Published Online: Aug 9, 2012
Press Contact: Lisa Rau
BRANSON, MO -- Thrill ride enthusiasts around the world will mark a first-of-its-kind ride debut at Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City in Spring 2013 when the 1880s-style theme park makes history with the opening of Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster.
The park’s (SDC) biggest investment in a single ride in the past decade, the new $10 million ride sends passengers soaring through the Ozark Mountains on a ground-breaking wood coaster that includes several firsts:
“Our Silver Dollar City fans told us they wanted a new thrill attraction, and we were determined to create a world-class experience even they couldn’t imagine,” said Brad Thomas, senior vice president, Silver Dollar City Attractions. “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 wood coaster with never-done-before thrill elements.”
Silver Dollar City, highly awarded for theme development, designs attractions with compelling storylines to bring projects to life with real history in mind. In the creative concept, Outlaw Run goes beyond the outskirts of the safe haven of the 1880s Silver Dollar City to a storied place where civility is waning and outlaws may lurk. Passengers, setting out with brave new dreams of vast America, board the Western Missouri Stagecoach Company – where, during treacherous travel, and at any minute, a wild chase could ensue. “All generations will enjoy this bold and daring ride where the ‘good guys always win, leaving the bad guys in the dust,’” Thomas said.
The new ride takes advantage of the natural mountain terrain, with a more than 10-story lift that leads to a 162-foot drop (16 stories) into a valley. Custom-designed “stagecoach” trains, fashioned after the iconic Concord stagecoaches of the time period, take riders on a journey of unexpected drops, thrilling twists and rolling inversions. Riders soar through nine locations where they will experience “airtime” – or weightlessness.
Outlaw Run joins a lineup of popular coasters including the multi-looping steel coaster WildFire and the launch coaster PowderKeg. The park collaborated with Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction on the innovative engineering, design and construction of the new ride. Minimum height requirement is 48 inches.
For more than half a century, Silver Dollar City has drawn people from all across America. The “City” is an 1880s-pioneering town of winding paths carved into the wooded mountains, with more than 30 rides and attractions, award-winning festivals and entertainment, an authentic crafts colony 100-strong, and the centuries-recognized Marvel Cave that is a National Natural Landmark. Silver Dollar City is the number one attraction in the famed family vacation destination, Branson, Missouri.
Silver Dollar City’s Commitment to the Environment: Outlaw Run was designed to utilize and preserve the natural landscape, with two or more trees planted for every one removed during construction. Plans for the entire area have been created minimizing the impact on trees, including location of track and structure, buildings and walkways.
An Outlaw Run website has been created, www.silverdollarcity2013.com, to follow the construction of this ground-breaking project.
Outlaw Run will open in Spring 2013. Silver Dollar City is open mid-March through December. Other SDC Branson attractions include White Water and Showboat Branson Belle. More information, including vacation packages is at 800-831-4FUN(386) or www.silverdollarcity.com.