Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City Review
When Silver Dollar City announced Outlaw Run, their new coaster for 2013, I, like everyone else, was amazed. It broke numerous world records including steepest drop of a wooden coaster and first woody since Son of Beast to include inversions. Of course, we were all excited to see how it would turn out. Ladies and Gentlemen, Outlaw Run does not disappoint.
The main story of Outlaw Run is this: you are a passenger on a stagecoach which has been attacked many times. In order to stop these attacks, the stagecoach company has decided to use really fast horses to try and outrun the outlaws.
There is heavy theming inside the station. Even the ride operators have special uniforms. After riders hop into the trains which were custom-made by Rock Mountain Coasters, they’re off. The lift hill is especially fast for a wooden coaster but you still get time to look around at Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. At the top, there is a small dip before the first drop. It is the last breath before the madness begins.
The first drop is excellent, the airtime is especially great in the back seat (airtime moment #1.) As the train dives into a ravine, it reaches sixty-eight miles-per-hour before flying up into the Outside Banked Turn. This was the element that first got people interested when the ride was still under construction and it is just as insane as it looks. My recommendation, sit on the left side of the train to get some insane airtime on the transition into the turn (airtime moment #2.)
The train turns around like there’s no tomorrow and jumps over a twisting airtime hill (airtime moment #3) and dives into another ravine. Being Outlaw Run, the train doesn’t stay there long before flying up another airtime hill (airtime moment #4.) One of the surprise elements of the ride was the overbanked turn under the lift hill. There are some nice headchoppers and there is even more airtime on the drop after the turn (airtime moment #5.)
The element that I was most curious about wasn’t one of the inversions, but actually the Wave Turn. It sort of looks like a hill but the track is turned ninety degrees to the right, you can see a picture here. If you had your eyes closed, you really woudn’t be able to tell that you’re sideways. There is good ejector airtime on it though (airtime moment #6.) There is a small hill that follows this which has just about the most insane airtime on the ride (airtime moment #7.)
This leads us into the finale and the thing that everyone was talking about, the double barrel roll. Each of the twists is different, the first one is traveled at a fast pace but still has some hang time (airtime moment #8,) the second is much slower, especially in the back seat (airtime moment #9.) From there, the train glides onto the brake run, safe from the outlaws.
Here’s a POV of Outlaw Run:
Outlaw Run is insane. All the elements work perfectly together and there is no moment to catch your breath. After riding it eight times though, I couldn’t decide whether to give it a nine or a perfect ten. I finally decided that if I am having to debate this hard about it, that in itself should keep it from the perfect score. It is really, really close though. It has made it in my top ten list at #9. It beat out Top Thrill Dragster as the closest ride to a ten. If I gave out 9.5 ratings, Outlaw Run would get it.
Have you ridden Outlaw Run? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading!
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