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I don't see a problem with the 48 inch height restriction, but I'd be surprised if they market it as a family coaster. I'm still a little surprised that PowderKeg (also 48 inch height requirement) is marketed as a family launched coaster, but I'd say most kids who actually will actually ride a coaster like this are going to enjoy it. One of my cousins rode Millennium Force when she was five, and while she didn't have much to say about it, you could tell she enjoyed it by looking at her on-ride photo. I'd also say that kids being thrown around on Outlaw Run would be less of a concern than some of the roughness that occurs on Vekoma/Arrow Corkscrew coasters and many older wooden coasters.

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http://silverdollarcity2013.com/outlaw-runs-first-snow/

 

Last week, it was clear winter had arrived at Outlaw Run. A fresh blanket of snow covered the “World’s Most Daring Wood Coaster” for the first time. We don’t know about you, but for us, spring can’t come fast enough. Get Ready to Ride.

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I don't see a problem with the 48 inch height restriction, but I'd be surprised if they market it as a family coaster. I'm still a little surprised that PowderKeg (also 48 inch height requirement) is marketed as a family launched coaster, but I'd say most kids who actually will actually ride a coaster like this are going to enjoy it. One of my cousins rode Millennium Force when she was five, and while she didn't have much to say about it, you could tell she enjoyed it by looking at her on-ride photo. I'd also say that kids being thrown around on Outlaw Run would be less of a concern than some of the roughness that occurs on Vekoma/Arrow Corkscrew coasters and many older wooden coasters.

 

Maverick was advertised as a family coaster with a 48" height restriction, but it was changed. Really ticked me off - I was younger then and wasn't yet 52", but I would have been tall enough if the restriction didn't change. I'm tall enough to ride essentially anything now, but I hate it when rides have different restrictions despite identical restraints. Sometimes it is proportional to intensity or size, while other times it is seemingly random and only based off of the company.

 

Cheetah Hunt - 48" (I think)

Maverick - 52"

I305 - 54"

 

Most small Arrow Loopers - 48"

Vortex (KI) (closest thing to viper besides missing a loop) - 48"

Viper (SMMM)- 54"

 

The only different thing about Viper (never been on it, so correct me if I'm wrong) is the larger handle.

 

Then there are random ones-

 

SFOT Runaway Mine Train - 42"

Cedar Creek Mine Ride - 48"

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^I can understand your frustration. The last time I couldn't ride a coaster was the late 70s at Elitch Gardens, I apparently threw a fit cuz I wasn't tall enough to ride Mr. Twister. The next time I got back to the ride in 1995, it was closed and rotting away Now that's a bummer!

 

Some surprising height restrictions that come to mind are Phoenix, Mind Bender and (SFGAmerica) Demon all at 42". My little cousin has been riding the Demon since he was a hair over 42" and even though I know he's perfectly safe (and I rode Demon at that height, too) that first drop in the back seat is still scurry... Mind Bender in the front seat in a couple spots has amazing air. And then of course we have the cool oddity of Cyclops at Mount Olympus where you have to be OVER 18 to ride the back car.

 

Outlaw Run is going to be wicked. With Rocky Mountain, the game could really change in the coaster world. And no redundant seat belts, better for high capacities!

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I don't see a problem with the 48 inch height restriction, but I'd be surprised if they market it as a family coaster. I'm still a little surprised that PowderKeg (also 48 inch height requirement) is marketed as a family launched coaster, but I'd say most kids who actually will actually ride a coaster like this are going to enjoy it.

 

PowderKeg has a 42" height requirement, that's why it's a family launched coaster!

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Im guessing that testing will start sometime next month.

 

Testing in February????? I'm guessing it won't start testing in the winter. Has the park given any hints about the projected opening date, beyond "Spring"?

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^Wild Eagle tested in February, but we did have a mild winter last year. Pretty sure B&M was testing it in January as well before they handed it over to the park.

 

Thanks Eric, good to know a historical Herschend reference. Do you recall if Wild Eagle announced to open with the park to begin the season? I just can't recall a wood coaster testing in the winter (outside of a warm weather climate) before. Then again, it's not something I've paid attention to in the past.

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Im guessing that testing will start sometime next month.

 

Testing in February????? I'm guessing it won't start testing in the winter. Has the park given any hints about the projected opening date, beyond "Spring"?

 

Yep. The monthly average temperature in southern Missouri (Branson is only about 12 miles from the Arkansas state line) is 49. Towards the end of February it's not unheard of to hit in the 70's often (even up in northern Missouri as well.) SDC is the first of the 3 major theme parks in MO to open each year. This year they open March 15th.

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^I'm sure that they'll be watching the Weather Channel and pick some good days that'll be warm and pleasant enough to do their series of testing on Outlaw Run. The weekend of January 12 and 13 was springlike if you live here Bridgewater, VA (Today it's cold and rainy) so it wouldn't be usual if one or two warm and pleasant days arrived in Branson right in the middle of winter, but I bet it'll be AH SO BAD if a blizzard shows up during Outlaw Run's opening day.

 

"I'm not perfect; I just love to ride!!!"

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Well, the park just posted this page yesterday:

 

http://bit.ly/VsVZlP

 

http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com/group-travel/ycw.aspx?sf8720431=1

 

From the top of the page:

 

Young Christians' Weekend

April 5 - 7, 2013

 

 

Music that moves you, Speakers that inspire you & Thrill rides that turn your world upside down! Plus in 2013, attend YCW and be one of the first to ride the new Outlaw Run—“The World’s Most Daring Wood Coaster!”

So we can take from this that they are certain that Outlaw Run will be open by April 5. Talking with park employees during the Christmas event, most of them believed Outlaw Run would be open on March 15. The park itself, though, has only ever said "Spring." So this page is probably the closest thing we've gotten so far to an official opening date. Nothing stopping them from opening it sooner, though; the tag "be one of the first" would still be true.

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SDC always opens their rides on opening day. The clientele here expect it. The actual media day will be later, but the ride will be open until then.

 

In other news, testing has begun, the first train has cleared the course a few days ago, and as of today it sounds like some PR or RMC folks actually got to ride.

 

Here's a great video series from the park that shows some of the train fabrication and the arrival on park:

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