Rolling Through the Woods

The new Outlaw Run coaster at Silver Dollar City is changing how people see wooden roller coasters, and you can ride it yourself this month.

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There’s something special about  wooden roller coasters. You know, the creaks, the jerks and the fear that they might fly off the track... They’re certainly appealing. But typically, you don’t think of them as state-of-the-art. Loops, barrel rolls and highway speeds are usually saved for the metal guys. But Silver Dollar City is changing all that. 

Outlaw Run is a new wooden roller coaster whose terrifying drops and barrel rolls put it on the map. With plans to debut on March 15, the coaster will feature the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world. The ride sends parkgoers on a 16-story drop at an 81-degree angle and at a top speed of 68 miles per hour—the second-fastest of any wooden roller coaster out there.

Outlaw Run will also be the first wooden roller coaster in the world to turn upside down three times. There are nine times during the 90-second ride where riders feel weightlessness, an unprecedented feat for wooden coasters.

Planning for every drop, barrel roll, loop and turn, the $10 million roller coaster was built with the natural environment in mind—one of the hallmarks of Silver Dollar City founder Mary Herschend, whose mission was to save as much of the park’s forest as possible. When Silver Dollar City was first constructed in the 1950s and ‘60s, legend says Herschend would fire anyone caught unnecessarily cutting down trees (and those still living who worked with her say it’s the truth.)

The message was received. Outlaw Run was constructed in accordance with the park’s longtime policy of planting two tress for every tree that is cut down on the property. Buildings and walkways associated with the ride were also constructed with conservation in mind.

Silver Dollar City went back in time with Outlaw Run to create one of the most innovative roller coasters in the country. It will take how you see wooden roller coasters, speed your thoughts up to 68 miles per hour and then completely turn them upside down. 

 

 

 

The 411

Outlaw Run Grand Opening

Where: Silver Dollar City, 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy., Branson

When: Ride opens on March 15; Grand Opening Celebration is April 11–14

Cost: $56 for adults, $46 for children and $54 for seniors

How to get tickets: Online at silverdollarcity.com or at the park

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