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What are the closures for? My only concern is the stress on the wood from the barrel roll but that's a long term concern.

Oh no...trust me that RMC has it nailed down. The structure will hold up. I think most breakdowns are new system tweaks

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I sent a screen cap to the FBI, they were able to identify you as well.

thanks for the heads up

 

One thing that I think is important to the above discussion is that RMC did not install the mechanical's for this ride. That was all done by the park, the ride control system was also contracted out by the park and was not done by RMC. Placement of and type of mechanical's used on the ride i.e. brakes, drive motors, etc. were installed based on RMC spec.

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^They just wanted to offer you free room and board at a federal country club, sounded like a time share though.

 

That is interesting about the mechanicals, maybe they'll have a Q and A on the TPR trip, and we can ask more about it.

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From my experience when it's down it lasts between 30 and 90 minutes and this happens 3 or more times a day.

 

I work in the entertainment industry in Branson and am always asking bus groups if they had a chance to ride Outlaw Run when they visited the park. Those that did have been very enthusiastic, but I've spoken with a fair amount of people who have said that they weren't able to ride it because it was broken down.

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Sounds like a controls problem.. like folks have mention maybe something to due with sensors tripping and relaying a fault due to the 2 trains. Also such would have nothing to do with RMC as they were not part of that. Maybe they should call Irvine and Ondrey!

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That's too bad to hear about the downtime, but it is a new coaster and it's somewhat expected. I just hope they get it all worked out quickly! At least they have Cinnamon bread for sale. That is definitely a comparable alternative.

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Hopefully after this weekend we will hear better reports of uptime on the ride. I fully understand the challenges with a new ride system. But usually the bugs work themselves out. Hopefully for SDCs sake this happens sooner rather than later.

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That's too bad to hear about the downtime, but it is a new coaster and it's somewhat expected. I just hope they get it all worked out quickly! At least they have Cinnamon bread for sale. That is definitely a comparable alternative.

 

New rides are always a bit finicky the first few months they're open--just ask BGW about Verbolten. They always need some time to work out the bugs, but I'm sure SDC will have Outlaw Run sorted out soon.

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I was at the park last week Wednesday. The big midwest storm had passed about 30 miles north of the park so it was 81 degrees and sunny ALL DAY! Nobody was at the park either... like literally... nobody. There were times we would walk into the Outlaw Run station, completely empty, walk right into any row (front, back, didn't matter) and jump right on! Now's the time to go, if you can go during the week. Beautiful weather and no crowds.

 

Hillary in the station with NOBODY THERE!: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=358942450893433&l=0e0c7ffe72

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That's too bad to hear about the downtime, but it is a new coaster and it's somewhat expected. I just hope they get it all worked out quickly! At least they have Cinnamon bread for sale. That is definitely a comparable alternative.

 

New rides are always a bit finicky the first few months they're open--just ask BGW about Verbolten. They always need some time to work out the bugs, but I'm sure SDC will have Outlaw Run sorted out soon.

 

Just ask any park with an Intamin...

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Hi folks,

I will be spending a few days for work in Dallas starting Sunday May 12th. This may be my only opportunity to make it to SDC anytime in the forseeable future. I see that SDC is open that Monday 5/13. The idea is to drive up to SDC on Sunday, spend the day at the park on Monday, drive back Monday evening.

 

My questions are - how crowded is the park likely to be on that Monday? They're closed Tue and Wed. Also, the Outlaw Run downtime has me a bit worried. Does it generally last just 90mins here and there are have there been days that its closed the entire day? I'm nervous to drive 7 hours from Dallas to SDC only to have the main reason for making that drive be closed.

 

Thanks,

Justin

 

P.S. Any recommendations on a nice place to stay in Branson?

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The park shouldn't be too busy on May13th, school is still in session for the most part. Hotels, there is a best western next to the park if you want close, the village at indian point is nice. If you do downtown you get expensive. Hotwire usually has some good deals but in general you will find pretty standard rooms throughout the city, most are good, but nothing comes to mind that screams stay away from.

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^^^

Justin,

 

The park has been great during the weekday operations. The staff at SDC is wonderfully friendly and sociable. While Outlaw Run is the newest, and the most thrilling, ride in the park, you absolutely cannot miss the park's other rollercoasters and attractions. My advice is to get to the park early and head straight to PowderKeg (the line for PK is the slowest moving, and the longest on slower days). After that, head over to Wildfire. YOU DO NOT want to miss It, as it is, quite possibly, the smoothest B&M you'll find. Thunderation is an unbelievable mine train coaster too, and has great terrain theming. The Outlaw Run downtime is not unbearable, if you're a coaster nerd like me. If you're lucky enough to find yourself in the station when the ride goes down, the testing they do is interesting to watch. The ride staff is quite good at keeping you informed about the status of the ride as well. Once you ride Outlaw Run, you will be spoiled for most other wooden coasters. Try to sit in the front or middle, unless you enjoy insane ejector air, in which case, take the back!

 

You will find, in Branson, that the Hotels are cheaper the further away from HWY 76 and, unless you intend to see a live show, you will find a lot less heartache by staying away from the strip. Also, check and double check that your map does not take you through NW Oklahoma; that route takes so much longer than coming through Arkansas.

 

Enjoy your visit to Branson!

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Hi folks,

I will be spending a few days for work in Dallas starting Sunday May 12th. This may be my only opportunity to make it to SDC anytime in the forseeable future. I see that SDC is open that Monday 5/13. The idea is to drive up to SDC on Sunday, spend the day at the park on Monday, drive back Monday evening.

 

My questions are - how crowded is the park likely to be on that Monday? They're closed Tue and Wed. Also, the Outlaw Run downtime has me a bit worried. Does it generally last just 90mins here and there are have there been days that its closed the entire day? I'm nervous to drive 7 hours from Dallas to SDC only to have the main reason for making that drive be closed.

 

Thanks,

Justin

 

P.S. Any recommendations on a nice place to stay in Branson?

Outlaw Run breaks down almost every day, but usually it's only for a half hour or so. I've waited through the downtime, it's not terrible. Monday the 13th most schools are still in session here, so there won't be anybody in the park. In general, the crowds start coming around the time SDC goes to daily operations. Before and after that, on weekdays everything's a walk on, or at worst, a 5 minute wait.

 

As for motels, I would suggest Branson West. It's only about 5 miles from the park, and you'll find several decent $50-ish places. If all you need is a place to crash for the night, you'll do better in Branson West than in Branson itself. If you really want a nice hotel, the Hilton downtown is great, but in my opinion, why stay at a four-star hotel in a two-star town? Seems kind of a waste.

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Thanks guys very much for the info!

 

Jfruge,

About the route - google maps takes me up US75 from Dallas North into Oklahoma to I-40, east into Arkansas to I-540. North on I-540 to around Bentonville area then east on US-62 through Pine Knob Conservation area to finally coming up to Silver Dollar City from the south on 13. This way looks more direct but looks like the scenery would be pretty nice.

 

Google Maps has an alternate route to take I-44 through Northern Oklahoma to Springfield then down to Branson. I'm assuming this is the one you mentioned takes forever?

 

Thanks again!

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Thanks guys very much for the info!

 

Jfruge,

About the route - google maps takes me up US75 from Dallas North into Oklahoma to I-40, east into Arkansas to I-540. North on I-540 to around Bentonville area then east on US-62 through Pine Knob Conservation area to finally coming up to Silver Dollar City from the south on 13. This way looks more direct but looks like the scenery would be pretty nice.

 

Google Maps has an alternate route to take I-44 through Northern Oklahoma to Springfield then down to Branson. I'm assuming this is the one you mentioned takes forever?

 

Thanks again!

 

 

I would take US 412 at Springdale and go east on 412 to US 65 just north of Harrison, once across the Ark/Mo state line use the alternate route 265 over Table Rock Damn to 76 then a left on 76 and you are basically there. Kimberling City route is best used on days you know the traffic backs up coming from the east on 76 but it's all two lane or city four lane from 540.

 

 

I'm just a local that's gone every way possible and I'd avoid Springdale and get to 412 by cutting through North Fayetteville.

 

 

If you go 412, and I would, and you like fried anything, stop at Kings River Store at Marble just past Huntsville.

 

 

Again, if you like art and you are passing through this area, Crystal Bridges in Bentonville is a must and it's free thanks to the Waltons.

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Thanks guys very much for the info!

 

Jfruge,

About the route - google maps takes me up US75 from Dallas North into Oklahoma to I-40, east into Arkansas to I-540. North on I-540 to around Bentonville area then east on US-62 through Pine Knob Conservation area to finally coming up to Silver Dollar City from the south on 13. This way looks more direct but looks like the scenery would be pretty nice.

 

Google Maps has an alternate route to take I-44 through Northern Oklahoma to Springfield then down to Branson. I'm assuming this is the one you mentioned takes forever?

 

Thanks again!

I would take I-44 to Springfield. I talked to some Dallas people at the park last summer that went through Arkansas and they said it took forever.

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