Outlaw Run, the new wood rollercoaster under construction at Herschend Family Entertainment’s Silver Dollar City, was revealed at IAAPA yesterday. The $10 million thrill ride, due for completion in Spring 2013, was unveiled by Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE).
Ride manufacturers Rocky Mountain Construction have employed innovative construction techniques which will allow Outlaw Run to do things never before achieved by a wooden coaster.
Cutting the metal track into sections and assembling on site rather than forming the track into curved sections means that the metal is not pre-stressed. This in addition to a strengthening concrete filling in the track’s cross section gives the ride some ground breaking world firsts for a wood coaster:
- the world’s first upside down twist on a wood coaster: 162-ft. drop, more than 16 stories, at 81 degrees – nearly vertical
- the world’s steepest drop on a wood coaster: A record-breaking 3 inversions, with a 720-degree (double) barrel roll and a 153-degree outside banked turn
- The world’s second fastest wooden roller coaster: Top speed: 68 mph – world’s fastest wood coaster on steel wheels
Joel Manby expressed HFE’s excitement at being able to reveal the exciting new ride and thanked “the Herschend family for supporting this innovation.”
Outlaw Run facts:
- Track length – 2, 937 feet
- 9 Locations for Airtime
- 107-ft. lift utilizes the natural hillside to create a 162-ft. drop – 10-story lift goes into 16-story first drop
- Rides duration – 1 minute, 27 seconds
- Capacity – 2 Trains, 24 Passengers per Train (2 per row; 12 rows/train)
- Height restriction – 48” Minimum Rider Height (4 feet)
- Other facts : 100-ft. double-down, 70-ft. double-up, twist & turn, high-speed float, Class 5 custom-designed U-bar lap restraint & individual fiberglass seats, Custom RMC Topper Track
- In line with HFE’s environmental policy, two or more trees have been planted for every one removed during construction and the whole project has been carried out in such a way as to minimise the impact on trees