Silver Dollar City opened Outlaw Run opened recently and some early reviews are popping up all over the web. I’ve been following this ride’s developments for months so I was eager to here how it’s being received. A reader of the blog, Daryl, was lucky enough to be on the very first train carrying public riders. He sent in this great review and a photo.
Me and my daughter Kendra decided the night before Outlaw Run was to open to try to be early in line, so we wouldn’t have to wait in long line. We arrived at the park around 7:30 a.m. and there was a line already of about 30 people. When we got to the front of the queue line about ten people had bailed out of line and another 6-8 had gone to the front row line, leaving us to get on the first public train if we chose to. So, me and the daughter dashed to the back of the train to make sure we got on.
We made it and my daughter about “chickened out”. She was scared, never been upside down before. The ride starts with a very quick lift hill. Before you know it your at the top.
I really like that it doesn’t go straight into the descent. You hook to the left and then drop. The drop is so steep it looks like you go inwards, you reach maximum speed very quickly, and maintain it throughout the ride till the barrel rolls.
The banked curve is quick. In fact there is no time to catch your breath anywhere on this ride. It is not a long ride, but the ride more than makes up for it in the amount of non-stop features in the layout. All of the features are great on the ride, but my favorite part (after 3 rides) is the twist and turn through the lift hill followed by the wave turn. The wave turn in amazing, like hanging on a wall sideways at highway speed!
The barrel roll is really cool too. But, you loose a lot of speed through this feature as it is on a uphill. I truly love this ride. There is nothing I can say bad about it. The designers did an outstanding job in developing a ride that has so much in it, in such a short footprint!
I have been on a lot of coasters in my life, I am 44 now. This one is now number 1 on my list of favorites. It is really hard to put this coaster into any words, it really leaves you breathless and speechless and wanting more. The only thing I can come up in describing it is “totally controlled insanity at its best”. There is nothing like the view in the front, its insane. The back though, seems to be way more airtime, the ride is wanting to pull you out, which is a great feeling when you are not going anywhere.
– Daryl B.
First let me say that Outlaw Run is amazing! It packs more action into each foot of track than I think almost any other roller coaster in the world! It’s like the “Batman” of wooden roller coasters! From the first drop to the brake run, the coaster does not let up! There is no place to catch your breath on Outlaw Run until the end! Quite simply, if Outlaw Run isn’t in the top five wooden roller coasters in the world next year, I’ll be shocked!
Note – For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster without permission from the park. Also, here’s an Off-Ride and Reverse POV Video.
Alvey also went on to say that there were “at least four moments of serious air” and also that, as weird as it may sound, that the inversions seemed natural. Almost like if you never knew wooden coasters didn’t have loops that you’d think that they were supposed to be there. This ride sounds and looks incredible! I’m hoping to get out to Missouri and check out this ride for myself.