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Thank you to those who posted pictures. This thing looks amazing. For the first time, Silver Dollar City has a signature ride, something that simply can't be found elsewhere. They made a big deal about tree cover in the announcement, too. Glad to see they understand the trees are as much an attraction for SDC as any of the rides are. If y'all are coming next spring, we'll join you that day. Can't wait!

 

I agree that this is a signature ride for them and I cannot wait to try it out, but let's not forget Powder Keg which you cannot find something similar anywhere else (outside of China if I'm not mistaken)

Really?! I'll admit my experience is pretty limited compared to some of y'all, but I'm kind of surprised you'd say this. There are plenty of launch coasters; I've been on Mr. Freeze in St. Louis and Poltergeist in San Antonio. What makes Powder Keg so different?

 

The way the trains are moved to launch, the compressed air launch, the fire effects, the use of the terrain and the setting, the theming. The overwhelming response to this ride by the TPR tour there in 2010 was, "why haven't more parks built these??" It is just overall a very complete and great ride. I like the freezes and the flights of fear and other launchers - but none of them are as just plain fun as Powder Keg.

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Thank you to those who posted pictures. This thing looks amazing. For the first time, Silver Dollar City has a signature ride, something that simply can't be found elsewhere. They made a big deal about tree cover in the announcement, too. Glad to see they understand the trees are as much an attraction for SDC as any of the rides are. If y'all are coming next spring, we'll join you that day. Can't wait!

 

I agree that this is a signature ride for them and I cannot wait to try it out, but let's not forget Powder Keg which you cannot find something similar anywhere else (outside of China if I'm not mistaken)

Really?! I'll admit my experience is pretty limited compared to some of y'all, but I'm kind of surprised you'd say this. There are plenty of launch coasters; I've been on Mr. Freeze in St. Louis and Poltergeist in San Antonio. What makes Powder Keg so different?

 

The way the trains are moved to launch, the compressed air launch, the fire effects, the use of the terrain and the setting, the theming. The overwhelming response to this ride by the TPR tour there in 2010 was, "why haven't more parks built these??" It is just overall a very complete and great ride. I like the freezes and the flights of fear and other launchers - but none of them are as just plain fun as Powder Keg.

I'm really impressed that y'all liked it so much. My daughter won't go on it yet (she's tall enough to go with me, but she's still pretty little), but she loves watching the pyro as it goes off. Personally, I love the airtime, the special effects, the theming--it's one of the reasons we haven't found a need to go all the way to Six Flags, when we've got such great rides half an hour away. Powder Keg is not merely a step up from Buzzsaw Falls (which it replaced)--it's in a whole other league. Its only fault is the poor reliability.

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Powderkeg was truly one of the suprise hits for me on that trip (and it was an AMAZING trip!) I knew I'd love SDC, since I love Dollywood - but there were so many neat suprises and CAVES!!! I am truly looking forward to going back again next summer

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Really?! I'll admit my experience is pretty limited compared to some of y'all, but I'm kind of surprised you'd say this. There are plenty of launch coasters; I've been on Mr. Freeze in St. Louis and Poltergeist in San Antonio. What makes Powder Keg so different?

 

^Because its launch uses compressed air rather than LIMs or cables. Basically it's an S&S drop tower turned on its side.

 

Until I ride this and find out otherwise, Powder Keg is the main attraction at SDC. I don't know that I would compare it to an S&S Tower either, because Powder Keg is very good. As for what makes it so very good- I'm not sure exactly what it is. I think it has just the right amount of intensity that also allows it to be fun as hell, it makes good use of the hilly terrain it's built on, and there are some surprising pops of airtime scattered throughout it's layout.

 

It's actually what I think would be the perfect steel addition to Holiday World- should they ever add steel.

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^^ If you do come, you're going to want to come for WorldFest (April and early May). Most of the guests who come during this time are there for the shows, and the ride lines are very short, especially during the week. Plus, they do have some great shows if you can be parted from roller coasters for a half hour.

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I am truly looking forward to going back again next summer

 

^^ If you do come, you're going to want to come for WorldFest (April and early May). Most of the guests who come during this time are there for the shows, and the ride lines are very short, especially during the week. Plus, they do have some great shows if you can be parted from roller coasters for a half hour.

 

I would imagine he would come with TPR.

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When I saw/heard about the inversion and then the barrel roll, I was unimpressed (loops to me are boring and gimmicky). But after seeing the drop, layout, terrain, I'm totally sold. Now even the barrel roll looks cool.

 

When is the TPR event for this ??????

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Oh heck yeah! What a GREAT addition to this already one-of-a-kind park! And right in my back yard to boot! We have been on again off again pass-holders for SDC, but I know what is going into the Christmas stockings THIS year!

 

And count me in on the TPR trip. My first and only one was the Texas Giant Bash last year, so looking forward to doubling my count at SDC! Yeah I know it's not officially planned yet, but if it happens count me in.

 

And thanks Chad for posting all the great pics. Hope to meet up with you again this summer sometime.

 

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^^ If you do come, you're going to want to come for WorldFest (April and early May). Most of the guests who come during this time are there for the shows, and the ride lines are very short, especially during the week. Plus, they do have some great shows if you can be parted from roller coasters for a half hour.

 

I have to put in my vacation by October... I wonder what the chances are that OutRun will be open for WorldFest?

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I think this could be a top ranking coaster, it is going to be blazing through that course! I love that wooden coasters are evolving, hopefully it is the beginning of a whole new generation of rides, I know people rave about New Texas Giant. Coasters are getting better all the time!

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^^^^^I suppose after all the intensity this ride is sure to produce one is going to need a break!

^^ If you do come, you're going to want to come for WorldFest (April and early May). Most of the guests who come during this time are there for the shows, and the ride lines are very short, especially during the week. Plus, they do have some great shows if you can be parted from roller coasters for a half hour.

 

I have to put in my vacation by October... I wonder what the chances are that OutRun will be open for WorldFest?

 

Officially the park is saying spring 2013. The train design has been tested so it's doubtful any issues will arise there, so, I would think there would be a very good chance of the ride being open at some point during WorldFest.

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^^^^^I suppose after all the intensity this ride is sure to produce one is going to need a break!
^^ If you do come, you're going to want to come for WorldFest (April and early May). Most of the guests who come during this time are there for the shows, and the ride lines are very short, especially during the week. Plus, they do have some great shows if you can be parted from roller coasters for a half hour.

 

I have to put in my vacation by October... I wonder what the chances are that OutRun will be open for WorldFest?

 

Officially the park is saying spring 2013. The train design has been tested so it's doubtful any issues will arise there, so, I would think there would be a very good chance of the ride being open at some point during WorldFest.

I'd say very good chance it will open sometime during WorldFest. The park always opens in mid-March, and when they have a new big ride, it's usually open by about mid-April at the latest. The biggest problem you're going to have, Texcoaster, is that the park has kind of a crazy schedule, and they don't release the new one until season passes go on sale on November 1. This year WorldFest was April 12-May 6. Simplified, the schedule is essentially Thurs-Sun until Memorial Day, then daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, then back to Thurs-Sun until New Year's, when it closes for the season. But that's simplified. Some weeks the park will be open on a Monday or a Wednesday, and some weeks it's closed on Thursdays, too. Actually, for the next two weeks it's only open Fri-Sun, so my "daily till Labor Day" oversimplification doesn't hold up. In fact, the only day of the week it's never closed is Saturday.

 

So, if I had to request off for next year before knowing the operating calendar, and the whole point of the trip is Outlaw Run, I'd go on a Friday in late April, to be sure that the park and Outlaw Run are open, and that it's not going to be so crowded that you won't get your money's worth.

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Well, I wasn't aware the track was being made from Swiss cheese.

 

This thing looks amazing. The only concern I have (and I'm being completely serious) is that it doesn't end up like SoB and have structural problems - especially through the barrel roll. I'm sure RMC has taken it into account, and the main track supports are on steel I-beams, but until then there is that lingering thought in my head.

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