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Lightning Rod features
United States
Rocky Mountain Construction
Sit Down
Topper Track
Magnetic Launch (LIM/LSM)
Lap bar
Reviews  82
  • Mikhile Williams
    Mikhile Williams 30 days ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors

    This damn ride... my good lord. To this day, Lightning Rod is the one and only coaster that has given me an adrenaline rush that felt legitimately addictive. After almost every one of my 10 rides I NEEDED to get right back on it. Although it's had its well-documented reliability issues, I was lucky enough for it to be running very consistently when I visited last summer, to the point where a friend and I managed to marathon it for an hour or so on the first of our 2 days at Dollywood. The only time I didn't feel to re-ride was after that marathon session where I looked at my friend and said "yo my body needs a break." This thing is absolutely relentless from start to finish, and even so, it somehow hits another gear halfway through it. There are so many moments which characterise the nature of this coaster, but everything after the two wave turns is why Lightning Rod is my #1. From the off-axis airtime hill onwards, it's complete bedlam, and the quad down and subsequent speed hill might be my favourite coaster sequence I've ever experienced. As if the avalanche-like nature of the quad down wasn't enough, the speed hill which flies between the launch and the brake run, feels as though the train is crashing through a brick wall. Pure, unadulterated aggression. This coaster showed me definitively what my favourite coaster characteristics are - sense of speed, aggression, whippy elements and transitions, strong forces. Airtime is cool, but I much prefer it when it is implemented with the purpose of a sense of speed/aggression behind it, eg. LRod's world beating finale. LRod has the potential to stay at my #1 spot for a very long time. A truly special experience that very well may not be beaten for me anytime soon.

  • Jack Lathrop
    Jack Lathrop 1 month ago

    Airtimes First Drop Fun Reliability

    The one and only Lightning Rod. After over 240 rides across every single operating version of it, It is still my all-time favorite! The launch, airtime, pacing, and theme are all fantastic!

  • Carter E.
    Carter E. 2 months ago

    Location Pace Ejectors Capacity Intensity Reliability

    This is my #2 Coaster so far, the pacing and the airtime is some of the best on the planet, it doesn't even feel short, unfortunately i wish this ride had positives, this ride easily gets a 10/10 for me

  • Mr. Roller Coasters

    Location Pace Ejectors

    It is an intense ride with POWERFUL airtime. It's not the longest ride, but if it was longer, it might be too much to handle, it is that insane. This is the only coaster to beat Steel Vengeance for me and I've been a SteVen fanboy for a while.

  • Slovis Cellery
    Slovis Cellery 4 months ago

    Pace Masterpiece Ejectors

    This is my number 1 without a doubt, no other RMC even comes close to packing in the full package like this ride does, it has the airtime of Storm Chaser, the Setting of Outlaw Run, the Pacing of Zadra. This coaster is indeed perfect, and with a night ride marathon on this thing, I came of in pain from the airtime, but it was pure joy.

  • Dan Wright
    Dan Wright 7 months ago

    Airtimes Ejectors Launch

    For all its problem during its first season, Lightning Rod is well worth the wait. A cocktail of beautiful hillside mixed with utterly relentless air time, particularly on the ludicrous hillside finale. Whilst the launch itself is lacking any significant grunt, the remainder of the ride that hides over the crest of the first hill is downright bonkers and a thorough joy right to the last moment.

  • Luca Boucher
    Luca Boucher 8 months ago

    Airtimes Pace Ejectors Reliability

    Every element after the launch has ejector, and most of it is extremely strong ejector. The ride starts with a fun launch which goes directly into a short but intense ejector moment which then leads into the amazing first drop which provides strong, sustained ejector in every row. The ride then has a strong moment of positives before it goes into the wave turn which has surprising sideways ejector which is also well sustained. The ride entered maybe the most disappointing part of the ride for me, the outward banked wave turn has good ejector throughout the whole element however it doesn’t compare to Wildfire’s version of the element. The following twist and shout had very strong ejector and laterals, making it one of my favourite elements ever. The step up into the quad down has maybe the strongest moment on the ride in the front row, but then the ride enters the first hill of the quad down which is also really strong. Each subsequent hill on this journey down the hill gets more intense except for the final hill which focuses more on laterals. The only rough patch on the ride is the bottom of the final hill of the quad down, but it still isn’t that bad and before you can process it you flying through an ejector speed hill. The ride ends with an intense turn which has great ejector and whip on the exit. So overall this ride is amazing, every element is phenomenal, making Lightning Rod my favourite coaster.

  • IronChef C.
    IronChef C. 8 months ago

    Launch Fun Intensity

    LRod doesn't have a weakness. Its been reliable lately so hopefully that's all solved. Launch is bonkerz. Theming is perfect. Location is perfect. RMC trains are great. Pacing is fantastic. Ejector air is great. Strong and intense the whole way through. It's like the wooden version of Skyrush; its fast, its intense, it has insane ejector, it has a fast lift hill, no inversions, and sort of hates you. Amazing Ride.

  • Alex M.
    Alex M. 9 months ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors Reliability

    Lightning Rod is by far my favorite roller coaster of all time, beating other coasters like Fury and TTD. It has airtime unlike any other coaster every, it’s so powerful and non stop that after a few rides your legs might be bruised from it. My favorite experience on it though was in 40 degree weather at night, by far the most intense experience on any coaster I’ve ever ridden. The only issue with the ride would obviously be reliability, it took a while for me to get my first ride in this because it was always broken down. Of course now it’s a lot better but you still have The fear of it breaking down and not being able to ride it.

  • Chase W.
    Chase W. 9 months ago

    Airtimes Pace Fun Reliability

    Dolly has really outdone herself with this magnificent roller coaster. If her coaster's were like her songs, this one would be her "Jolene". What a number one hit this is. The epic uphill launch was a nice touch. The entire coaster makes use of the hill terrain found in the region of the Smoky Mountains. The speed is intense and just doesn't let up, it only gets faster as it comes down the hill. The wave turn is gigantic and lovely. The old woodie feel is just right. Alan Schilke deserves the highest award for how this thing came out.

  • Brian Sheldon
    Brian Sheldon 10 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors

    My first ride, I wasn't 100% sold on its greatness. After a few back-to-back night rides, however, it launched its way up my favorite coasters of all time rankings. The air is crazy, ejector style. Literally on the border of downright frightening and/or painful. It isn't painful at all though. Truly on the edge of what our bodies can withstand and still enjoy. The most intense ejector air ever, by a wide, wide margin. Crazy fun. The launch up the hill is...interesting, not necessarily spectacular, just different--it does give a decent air pop over the top. Then the 90 degree banked turns at the top of the hills were truly disorienting--especially at night. Then the return trip home down the mountain. Truly epic. Air, then air, then air, then air again. The whole time you are getting faster and faster and more and more intense. Good times for sure. Great coaster for sure. Truly a world class thrill machine.

  • mokume disney
    mokume disney 11 months ago

    Fun Layout Ejectors Dead spots


  • Aki Hayashi Rags
    Aki Hayashi Rags 11 months ago

    Airtimes Location Ejectors Disappointing! Lap Bar


  • Candice Fu
    Candice Fu 11 months ago

    First Drop Ejectors Discomfort Launch Intensity

    This coaster is too relentless.

  • Na N.
    Na N. 1 year ago

    Launch Pace Ejectors Rattle Reliability

    I have ridden this thing at least 100 times. My first ride was in late 2016. So... rare credit! The airtime on LR is so strong that if you aren't stapled, you can see where the seatbelt dug into your lap. Last time I rode LR, in was mid-August 2019 and it closed twice while I was in line, so try to ride early in the day.

  • Jack Jack J.
    Jack Jack J. 1 year ago

    Airtimes Theming Location

    One of 4 coasters I’ve ridden so far that I consider to be perfect. I live unique rides and this is one. Only launched woodie, hugs the terrain, well themed. It has everything I want. The launch is great the wave turns throw you out if your seat and the quad down is arguably the greatest airtime Moment there is.

  • Raymond Jackson

    Masterpiece Intensity Hangtime

    10 out of 10! This is a perfect coaster with the speed and big jumps like Shawn White in the half pike. For me it is the perfect amount of time you get all of the excitement not too much to be overbearing but you don’t feel cheated. I got to ride this front, back and middle and loved ever location.

  • Kw6sTheater
    Kw6sTheater 1 year ago

    Airtimes Location Intensity Disappointing! Lap Bar

    Lightning Rod was all the rage back in 2016. No one talked about anything BUT the world’s first launched wooden coaster, meaning that my hype for this ride had skyrocketed for when I would finally get to experience it in October 2016. It certainly did live up to my absurdly high expectations, but the very next morning my thighs were riddled with black-and-blue bruises. Then, it placed at my 4th favorite spot, just behind Mako, Fury 325 and Skyrush. I revisited Dollywood in spring 2017, and was able to get one ride on Lightning Rod. Unfortunately, I was stapled — meaning that I couldn’t feel any of the incredible airtime that I’d experienced back in 2016. Thankfully I came off with no injuries, but this experience disappointed me greatly. My most recent ride was in December 2017, in which the ride ops caught me trying to get more room. I begged and used the old “puff out your stomach” trick (which worked), and I actually secured some room! The airtime was great, sure, yet I didn’t find this altered version of Lightning Rod to be nearly as intense and airtime-filled as the former one I had ridden the previous October. While Lightning Rod’s layout makes for a fantastic ride, the restraints, inconsistent quality and colossal hype unfortunately ruined it for me. There’s no denying that it is a very impressive coaster — however, the quality of my more recent rides on it did not match the sheer insanity that this coaster delivered back in October 2016. It’s the flagship attraction at Dollywood and a must-ride for any coaster enthusiast like me, but I have yet to understand why others rate it so much higher than I do.

  • Coaster Cupcake
    Coaster Cupcake 2 years ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Intensity

    Out of 159 credits including Steel Vengeance, Japanese and Chinese Credits, most of the East Coaster, Lighting Rod reigns not only as my #1 wooden but #1 overall.

  • Bart R.
    Bart R. 2 years ago

    Intensity Discomfort

    I rode it twice, once in the back row and once in the middle, and both were some of the least enjoyable rides i've ever been on. The layout is awesome, but the ride just hurt like hell and was incredibly uncomfortable. The ride broke down both times we were in line as well, making it even less enjoyable. Almost all other reviews seem to say this coaster is amazing though. So maybe it just had an off day? I'll try it again next time I'm in the area, and can hopefully update my rating.

  • Sam Weaver
    Sam Weaver 2 years ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Ejectors

    Lightning Rod is the best coaster I have yet ridden out of 280 different coasters. Although it is a short ride, the layout leaves very little to be desired as a lot is accomplished in every element of the ride. Every single moment of Lightning Rod features ejector airtime, and although the airtime may not be as strong as El Toro, the different sensations of airtime found during the first wave turn (my favorite element of the ride), the outward banked turn, and the final overbank were pure bliss. While the launch has been troublesome to the ride's reliability, it is what makes the rest of the ride paced so well. What sets Lightning Rod apart from other rides is an amazing ride paired with theming, as most coasters are stellar in only one of those aspects. Lightning Rod is a near-perfect roller coaster experience, and is a must ride for every enthusiast out there.

  • Zachary Strader
    Zachary Strader 2 years ago

    First Drop Pace Intensity Too short

    Lightning Rod is the king of ejector air. The launch is neat, the location is great, it is truly a relentless beast, but, frankly, the imfamous quadruple-down makes this coaster. To put it simply, Lighting Rod is a full buffet-worth of airtime that Dollywood aggressively shoves down your throat till you simply can't handle anymore. This is the type or coaster that you are out of breath on when you arrive back at the station. Somehow despite its incredible intensity, this coaster remains comfortable too. Fast, smooth, and ferocious—what's not to love?

  • Heiko Hartmann
    Heiko Hartmann 2 years ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors Harness

    What a wild and intense ride! Love the "launched" lift hill, the pre-drop and the following "first drop". The rest of the layout hugs the terrain and was a little bit too hectic for my tastes (especially the quadruple down wasn't as fun as I expected - you are thrown against the restraints four times in a row). After riding Wildfire in Kolmarden, I also wish they had added an inversion or two, because RMC inversions are exceptionally great. But still, one of the best coasters I have ever ridden.

  • Dan Hood
    Dan Hood 3 years ago

    Airtimes Location Masterpiece

    Not a wasted inch of track

  • CanadaCoasterFan Channel

    Airtimes Launch Pace Discomfort

    One of the best coasters ever built, it's just not the most comfortable ever.

  • Joshua Uy
    Joshua Uy 1 day ago
  • Mark Barnett
    Mark Barnett 23 days ago
  • Edward M
    Edward M 1 month ago
  • Chad Brown
    Chad Brown 1 month ago
  • Gaël S.
    Gaël S. 2 months ago
  • guy perfect
    guy perfect 3 months ago
  • Wisconsin Thrills
    Wisconsin Thrills 5 months ago

    Pace Intensity Ejectors

  • Andrew E.
    Andrew E. 5 months ago

    Airtimes Pace Ejectors

  • Florian L.
    Florian L. 7 months ago
  • freddy johnson
    freddy johnson 8 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors Too short

  • matthew p.
    matthew p. 9 months ago
  • Griffin Eldred
    Griffin Eldred 9 months ago
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan H. 9 months ago
  • Daniel Massey
    Daniel Massey 9 months ago
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff T. 9 months ago
  • Roskaa L.
    Roskaa L. 11 months ago
  • Wang Tony
    Wang Tony 11 months ago
  • Luis H.
    Luis H. 11 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Rattle Discomfort Reliability

  • Jimmy P.
    Jimmy P. 1 year ago
  • Michael W.
    Michael W. 1 year ago
  • Jason Leslie Wright
  • 手取Fishland
    手取Fishland 1 year ago

    Launch Airtimes

  • Trent Mulvehill
  • Steve N.
    Steve N. 1 year ago
  • Hans Roost
    Hans Roost 1 year ago
  • んぱ どど
    んぱ どど 1 year ago
  • Seth Pobursky
    Seth Pobursky 1 year ago
  • Kohler Briggs
    Kohler Briggs 1 year ago
  • Pear Bennett
    Pear Bennett 1 year ago

    Airtimes Location Pace Too short

  • Alex Mahon
    Alex Mahon 1 year ago
  • Kyle Broxton
    Kyle Broxton 1 year ago

    Airtimes Nice surprise! Layout

  • Estelle Despierre
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel W. 1 year ago
  • Xabi L.
    Xabi L. 1 year ago
  • Julien RocKub
    Julien RocKub 1 year ago
  • Julien Grimbert
  • morgan flay
    morgan flay 1 year ago

    Airtimes Launch Layout Reliability

  • S
    S 1 year ago
  • James Cook
    James Cook 1 year ago
  • Kommi
    Kommi 1 year ago

    Location Launch Ejectors

  • Usa t.
    Usa t. 1 year ago
  • Manuel Zeiselberger
  • iac17
    iac17 2 years ago
  • Joseph Bricout
    Joseph Bricout 2 years ago
  • Nicolas R.
    Nicolas R. 2 years ago

    Location Launch Pace Too short

  • JB T
    JB T 2 years ago
  • Katun GagaLefou
    Katun GagaLefou 2 years ago

    Airtimes Pace Ejectors Too short Discomfort

  • Joris B.
    Joris B. 2 years ago
  • Alexandre Humbert
  • Florian Blond
    Florian Blond 2 years ago

    Pace Masterpiece Ejectors Too short

  • Jeremy Cole
    Jeremy Cole 2 years ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Ejectors

  • Mathieu B.
    Mathieu B. 2 years ago
  • Edward M.
    Edward M. 2 years ago

    Airtimes Pace Masterpiece

  • Sebastian L.
    Sebastian L. 2 years ago
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin R. 3 years ago

    Pace Fun Masterpiece

  • Anthony Crawford
    Anthony Crawford 3 years ago
  • pinwheelguy
    pinwheelguy 3 years ago