Specific Type: Wooden Coaster
Silver Dollar City is one of those parks that no matter what rides they put in, they have to make it the best. This is arguable, but their current rides are definitely used to their full potential. 1972’s Fire in the Hole was the first application of this philosophy, combining the likes of a dark ride and roller coaster in one attraction. After riders travel around a town on fire, they enter one of the flaming buildings where the train suddenly dips a couple times before coming to a stop in the final brakes. This viewpoint is still used to this day with rides like Powder Keg, an air launched coaster that uses a transfer track to get the train to the launch track,Wildfire, a unique B&M sitting coaster that differs from the order of elements, and now Outlaw Run, Silver Dollar City’s first wooden coaster and the first wooden coaster in the world to feature inversions since King’s Island’s Son of Beast.
Outlaw Run was first noticed by enthusiasts when construction photos were released of a never-before-seen element that was like a Stengel Dive, but rolled the train for past the usual amount of banking. It also tilted to the opposite side of the lead in turn. Immediately, an argument broke out on whether or not this new element was an inversion. To this point, all that was known about the ride was that it was built by the new Rocky Mountain Construction group, and would be utilizing their new track topper for the whole layout. RCDB later listed the element as an inversion, which might change some people’s minds.
When the ride was finally announced, the layout was truly a sight to behold. Not only was there a completely unique element but also an 81 degree drop, the steepest drop on a wooden coaster by 1 degree, plenty of other unique non-inversion elements like a wave turn and double-up, and an epic double barrel roll finale. Yes, that means that Outlaw Run will have a total of THREE inversions. Rocky Mountain Construction certainly seems to have another winner on their hands.
Outlaw Run starts off with a 107’ lift, which takes riders to well above tree height. After a quick dip and slight turn to the left, riders suddenly point downwards at an 81 degree angle. At the bottom of the 162’ drop, riders turn to the left and then suddenly bank to the right in the first of the ride’s three inversions. After banking out of the element, riders turn to the left and execute the double down element. A quick turn to the right follows, along with a double up. This leads into a turn to the left that goes through the lift hill structure. The train banks to the right at a 90 degree angle this time, and does a wave turn. After a small floater hill and turn to the right, riders are spun twice in a 720 degree barrel roll element. After turning to face the station the ride hits the brakes, ending the 1 minute, 27 second journey on Outlaw Run.
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