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Silver Dollar City plans upside down Woodie

A first-of-its-kind thrill ride is planned for Silver Dollar City in 2013.

The Branson, Missouri, 1880s-style theme park will open Outlaw Run, a bizarre and daring wooden coaster this coming spring. The $10 million ride, which represents Silver Dollar City’s biggest investment in a single attraction for a decade, will include several firsts.

It will feature the world’s steepest drop on a wood coaster, from a height of more than 16 storeys (162ft) at 81 degrees. It will be the world’s only wood coaster to twist upside down, not once but three times including a 720-degree double barrel roll (as pictured above/below). And, with a top speed of 68 mph it will become the world’s second fastest wooden coaster and the fastest wood coaster on steel wheels.

“We were determined to create a world-class experience even our fans couldn’t imagine,” says Silver Dollar City vice-president Brad Thomas. “We pushed to take the classic wood coaster to a place it’s never been before by applying modern technology and techniques to traditional wood coaster building methods. The result is a ride with never-done-before thrill elements.”

Built in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Construction of Idaho, which is handling the ride’s engineering, design and construction, Outlaw Run will total 2,937ft in length, taking advantage of the natural mountain terrain. Custom-designed “stagecoach” trains will take riders on a journey of unexpected drops, thrilling twists and rolling inversions including elements such a 100ft double-down (one of only six in the world) and nine moments of weightlessness.

Already under construction, Outlaw Run is set to joins a line-up of popular Silver Dollar coasters including the multi-looping steel WildFire and the launch coaster PowderKeg.


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