Ask Dolly about conversations she remembers between her father and grandfather, and she’ll tell you stories she heard about daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s. It intrigued and inspired her imagination. She even recalls sky shows she witnessed. Dolly said,
"When we were kids, we were absolutely amazed when we saw an airplane do stunts in the sky. Their tricks would entertain us for hours on end, and I just know that my new Barnstormer ride is going to be every bit as exciting to folks today. I can’t wait to see the looks on folks’ faces as they dip and soar!"
Dollywood invested $5.5 million into this family thrill ride which features two pendulum arms accommodating 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation.