Ober Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

We were pretty happy to hear after the fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, that Ober Gatlinburg had managed to remain unscathed, especially as it is one of the main tourist stops in town. During a visit a few weeks ago, I got to ride on the Ober Gatlinburg mountain coaster as well as the alpine slide.

Both Rides Are Great For Daredevils and Chickens Alike

Ober Gatlinburg mountain coaster - great for chickens!

Pictured: me prior to any kind of thrill ride


Bruck, bruck! Yes, I am a huge coward. Rollercoasters are not my bag. But one of the benefits of both the Ober Gatlinburg mountain coaster and the alpine slide is that you can control the speed with a brake you operate with your hands. So if you wanted a more thrilling ride, you could skip the brake, save for the parts of the track where signs indicate to slow down. We were urged prior to riding the mountain coaster not to use the brakes too much, but this was mainly because it would make the ride less exciting for us.

Ober Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Is A Bit More Pricey

Ober Gatlinburg alpine slide

Ober Gatlinburg Alpine Slide


It is $15 per person over 3 years old…..and from memory you are not permitted to ride if you are under 3 years old anyway. I rode with my 4 year old daughter, so it ended up being an expensive ride. The alpine slide, in contrast, was $7 per person, and while still a thrill ride, I was able to take my not-quite-yet-3-year-old son with me.

If You Have Vampire-Pale Skin, You Might Look Photo-shopped In The Coaster Photo

I saw the photo of my daughter and I flying down the mountain on the mountain coaster and instantly loved it and needed to buy it. There is no denying, however, that the effect of the flash on my rather pale skin makes us look like we were just photo-shopped into the pic.

Ober Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

“Try to look like you’re really riding it!”


A friend who has previously got up to some mischief with my photos asked if she could make it look “more fake”. I told her to do her worst.

Was not disappointed.

Ober Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster (with photoshop!)

What could make this ride more thrilling? Frickin’ sharks!!!


Ober Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster (with photoshop!)

No, make that frickin’ dinosaurs!


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  1. Damn Bella! Is Edward in the car behind you? You aren’t kidding. It does look like you guys were photo-shopped in. Looks like fun though. I’d like to try that Alpine Slide.

    *Disclaimer – I’m not a Twilight fan. Just saw parts of the movies because my wife is a fan. Not sure why I felt I needed to make that clear, but I did.

    • My fave is the sharks but the pic isn’t as good quality as the dinosaur. The sharks look so ridiculous, she even put one on the coaster with us and it was so small I didn’t notice it!

  2. Normally roller coasters aren’t my bag either (although now I’ve got James Brown’s “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” stuck in my head, thank you very much) but the Mountain Coaster looks fun and it looks like you and your daughter are both having a good time.
    The sharks are just icing on the cake.
    Actually the sharks look less scary than that chair lift thing in the background.

    • We stupidly took our 2 year old son on a chairlift there to get to a lookout last winter and he spent the entire time trying to throw himself off it. Last time I rode a proper rollercoaster I spent a significant part of the ride yelling out stuff like “I HATE THIS!!!!” “I WANT THIS TO BE OVER!!!”

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