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Just got to Outlaw Run. Thanks again all for the recommendations. Took 412 and it was almost exactly 7 hrs door to door.

 

Unfortunately the ride is down right now. Just went down. Good news is I got right up front for the back seat. I'm waiting it out!

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Ended up getting 4 laps in before park close - 2 in back seat and 2 in front seat. Wow what a ride! The ejector air has my big thighs bruised already but in a good way. I can't say yet which seat I like better. I can say that the sensations are nothing like any wooden coaster I've ever ridden. Only knock I can give it is for how short the ride is. But holy cow is it short and sweet. Totally worth the 7 hr drive up...and I haven't even explored the rest of the park. That's for tomorrow.

 

--Justin

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Just got to Outlaw Run. Thanks again all for the recommendations. Took 412 and it was almost exactly 7 hrs door to door.

 

Unfortunately the ride is down right now. Just went down. Good news is I got right up front for the back seat. I'm waiting it out!

 

540 is pretty scenic with a tunnel to boot. Just drove up it at sunset today from going to the Memphis Zoo, The Pandas were kicking back and relaxing. Can't wait for the start of the Zambezi themed Hippo exhibit gets going. Smaller zoo but pound for pound one of the best in the Nation.

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Thank you all of the travel advice. Just got back from SDC. Outlaw Run was amazing. Definitely on my top 5. It was pretty crowded when I was there last Saturday, but the operations in this park are amazing. They moved the lines very efficiently. I only waited 45 minute for Outlaw Run with pretty much a full queue.

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Quick recap of my visit:

 

Got to the park at 8:30 for some breakfast of coke and ridiculously good pecan roll thing from the bakery. The park was pretty empty even at 9:30 when they dropped the chains to allow guests back to the rides

 

Following someone's advice from earlier, I separated from the crowds heading to Outlaw Run and went straight to Powder Keg. The maintenance crew was still doing their morning checks so we didn't get to ride until close to 10am. I got 6 laps in before any crowds really showed up. What a great coaster! This ride wasn't even on my radar and it really surprised me! My best run was in the front seat on an almost empty train. The ejection over the first hill was amazing. The last little turn/drop thing before the brake run is also a nice surprise. I really enjoyed this ride.

 

I went next to Wildfire. The crowds were starting to show up now. Got 1 ride in and thought it was a pretty standard B&M floored coaster. Smooth as silk but nothing I'd travel to ride again.

 

Back to Outlaw Run to try it again after my 4 quick laps the night before. I found out very quickly that I was really pretty bruised from my 4 laps the night before. The ride was still amazingly intense and wild but I found myself cringing from the lapbar being smooshed into my thighs on the air time pops. I have big quads so my legs were pushed into the totally unpadded ornate side bars as well. The thing is...the ride is not at all uncomfortable the first day. You could ride 20x and not feel bruised or sore. Its the next day that gets you. For anyone planning a multiday trip to SDC, hit outlaw run as much as you can the first day because, if you're like me, you'll not want to ride it much the next day.

 

I rode some flats, the mine train, and ate some pretty sub-par bbq from the Bluegrass and BBQ festival area then headed back to Dallas and my 7 hour drive.

 

All in all, I enjoyed the park and really REALLY loved Outlaw Run (when i wasn't bruised). Powder Keg was a real surprise and treat! Definitely worth the 7 hr drive. For those of you who have been to Dollywood, SDC is similar but I have to give it to Dollywood for staff being overly nicer, food being better, and the park generally looking nicer. Still, SDC is well worth a visit for anyone considering!

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^We need more launched coasters like Powder Keg.

Indeed. I always liked the ride, but it wasn't until I started reading the forum here that I really began to appreciate it. I haven't been on that many coasters, and all but one have been in the Midwest, so I just didn't realize it was unique. I second that this ride deserves the front seat. The airtime is always good, but is extra special in the front. Plus, because the station building is rather narrow, and you come in behind the eighth row, you kind of have to squeeze past the crowd to get to the front. Consequently, the front line queue tends to be just about the same length as all the others.

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I'm so glad that SDC is pulling in so many patrons right now, as it really is helping to spark the economy here in Branson. I am returning to the park tomorrow with some performer friends who haven't ridden Outlaw Run, and am so excited to introduce them. Just a quick note...I spoke to a park worker last Thursday who was a ride tech at Celebration City for Ozark Wildcat (the now defunct GCI twister), and asked if SDC had ever considered relocating the ride. This was, of course, before I knew that some of the ride systems from OW were recycled for OR. He informed me that because the ride has been sitting non-operated for so long, it would cost too much to relocate and make it operational again. I have to say that I am a bit disagreeable with this statement, and, quite frankly, I truly believe that SDC would be absolutely untouchable with OR and OW in the same park. OW would definitely fit into the park's theme and ambiance. Anyone have thoughts on this?

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I would guess that the support structure would be okay, but that the track and trains are probably in not-so-good condition after sitting dormant for so long. They would probably have to re-track it at the absolute least. But, I'm just guessing.

 

If they would have to modify the support structure so much for the landscape, methinks that they'd be better off just building a brand new GCI with Ozark Wildcat's exact layout.

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^I would assume it would be VERY hard to relocate any coaster at all, let alone a woody at SDC. That unique landscpe would probably be impossible to relocate a coaster. Unless they have a semi flat land

 

OzCat was built on flat ground and is fairly compact. SDC may have been out of the question but at the time CC was shut down but Herschend has other parks and manages others. It was only 4 years old and still riding great. Guess they may have owed too much on the park overall and valued it more for tax depreciation. CC was a bad concept. It needed later hours, free admission, more nightlife oriented activities like a bowling alley instead of more shows, perhaps an aquarium and a franchised sit down restaurant or two. Rides by ticket or wristbands with a hotel with an indoor waterpark and maybe some indoor flats with a wildmouse to make it viable year round. Think a Downtown Disney and Kemah boardwalk. With Old Time Christmas SDC is only shut down from early Jan to late March.

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I have to say that I am a bit disagreeable with this statement

 

OzCat is trash, the trains are gone and the ride has been pieced out. It was built for the specific site, has sat too long, and would be cheaper to rebuild from scratch. Stick a fork in it, its done.

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Silver Dollar City has sent us a press release about their upcoming Bluegrass & BBQ festival.

 

The all-American favorites of bluegrass music and slow-smoked barbecue take over the Silver Dollar City streets as the park's Bluegrass & BBQ festival fires up the stages and the grills in the Branson, Missouri theme park. Awarded a bluegrass "Event of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Bluegrass & BBQ presents more than 40 bands and hundreds of performances, from international award-winning musicians to the hottest new bands in bluegrass today.

 

"Bluegrass music has its roots in every country around the world, but it all came together here in America," said festival manager D.A. Callaway, who visits bluegrass festivals around the country to find talent, and was named "Bluegrass Promoter of the Year" by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America in 2012 & 2013. "Since it was first recognized as a genre in the 1950s, bluegrass has grown in popularity as each generation that comes along adds to the spirit, the energy, and the innovation of the music, and that's why today's bluegrass music is the best it has ever been," he said.

 

The festival celebrates the all-American music genre, featuring top artists and award-winning performers in bluegrass today, including Rhonda Vincent, described as the "Queen of Bluegrass Music" by the Wall Street Journal, performing with her band the Rage; the Grammy-nominated Grascals; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, 6-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners; Blue Highway, the IBMA Vocal Group of the Year; the Boxcars, featuring 9-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and 5-time Grammy winner Adam Steffey; and the Gibson Brothers, winner of the 2012 IBMA Entertainer of the Year. Plus, guests can see the top up-and-coming bands in bluegrass, such as The Bankesters, the Snyder Family Band, the Hillbenders and Monroeville.

 

New this year, guests can enjoy bluegrass music by land and by lake: Bluegrass Cruises are featured aboard the nearby Showboat Branson Belle, presented May 24 -26 at noon, featuring performances by Monroe Crossing on May 24, the Larry Stephenson Band on May 25, and The Special Consensus on May 26. The cruises include the show, a three-course meal and lake excursion.

 

National Bluegrass Competitions

 

Bluegrass & BBQ highlights two national competitions featuring entrants from across the country. The 7th Annual National Single Mic Championship, May 18, highlights performance skills as each band gathers around a single microphone and balances their sound by moving toward or away from it, a technique revived by many of today's top bluegrass bands. The Youth In Bluegrass Band Competition, May 25, promotes and encourages amateur bluegrass musicians 21 years of age or younger as they compete for top honors and cash prizes.

 

The House of BBQ, a Rib Feast & Hundreds of Sauces

 

The House of BBQ serves up Silver Dollar City's famous flavor feast from St. Louis-style ribs and smoked chicken to Texas brisket and sweet roasted corn on the cob -- direct from large outdoor charcoal grills and a custom-made 9-foot smoker. Another back-by-popular-demand feature is an all-you-can-eat BBQ rib feast on the Square each afternoon with fall-off-the-bone smoked ribs, plus SDC's famous 18-hour smoked brisket. The festival's signature dessert is a 25-lb. apple pie baked in a 2-foot wide cast iron skillet.

 

Returning to the House of BBQ are visiting, award-winning BBQ connoisseurs, bringing an additional dimension of barbecue variety. Featuring straight-out-of-the-Ozarks pit-style barbecue is Richard's Hawgwild BBQ of Aurora, Missouri. Adding even more heat to the grills is Dickey's Barbecue Pit, specializing in hickory smoked Texas-style meats. These new taste opportunities bring even more flavor variety - which is on overload on the City's Square, with guests welcome to sample hundreds of sauces, from smoky chipotle and sweet hickory to Carolina vinegar and honey habanero, plus the park's new Outlaw Run Zesty Honey sauce with a kick.

 

Silver Dollar City, located near Branson, Missouri, is open daily during Bluegrass & BBQ, May 9 - 27, except for Tuesdays, May 14 & 21. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday, May 26). For information and performers' schedules: 800-831-4FUN(386) or visit www.silverdollarcity.com. For information on Bluegrass Cruises, click the link for the Showboat Branson Belle.

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^We need more launched coasters like Powder Keg.

 

Totally agree. It really is a great ride. I'd love to see some parks get rides like Powder Keg, and I wouldn't be sad at all if they also decided to get some Cinnamon Bread!

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I too have mourned the loss of OzCat. It was my first GCI. I loved it! I'm going to miss it. Maybe one day we will get a replica of it at SDC, or another park, but I dont highly expect it. I'm just glad I got to experience it in its short life.

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I just found out that earlier today a man died right after getting off outlaw run. He had a heart attack and fell while walking out of the station, in front of a full cue waiting for the ride. Apparently his physical appearance was enough that my friends said he should not have been riding in the first place. I know this happens from time to time, and really can't be avoided, but it is unfortunate especially with such a new ride. My understanding is that in absolutely no way was the ride at fault (unlike the person who got crushed riding Fire In The Hole), and that he just wasn't fit to be riding. Not sure if this really needs any other comment, but it seemed newsworthy. Has anybody else heard anything?

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I have also heard that there was an incident at OR today, but the rumors going around about it are both wrong and in some cases harmful. As knowledgeable enthusiasts, we need to be understanding that these kinds of rumors rarely hold much accurate information and can cause all sorts of issues for both the companies and families involved. I was informed earlier today that the incident was not related to the operation of the park or the ride. I would encourage others to wait until there is some official information about the incident before making any assumptions about what may or may not have happened.

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