Ever since seeing the making of Outlaw Run on a show on the Travel Channel I have wanted to visit Silver Dollar City. Now when I saw that special on TV I had never heard of Silver Dollar City before or knew where it was in fact. However once they built Outlaw Run, they would definitely be on the map, and jump to the top of my list of places to visit. So here I am in 2014 finally getting the chance to visit Missouri, a state I’ve never been to before and of course Silver Dollar City!
I expected a little more from Powder Keg, while it was a fun ride it just didn’t do much for me. It had great views I’ll give it that but it wasn’t really exciting in any aspect, granted it’s probably meant to be more of a family coaster but I figured we’d get a few pops of air. I was a little let down considering all the great things I’ve heard about this coaster, and the lines it gets later in the day. Good thing we didn’t wait long. 😛
Fire in the Hole was actually very fun, had a few surprises at the end which included a splash down section that I didn’t see coming. Later on in the day during the Marvel Cave tour we learned that the ride is based on the true story of the town of Marmaros burning to the ground by the gang of Baldknobbers. More on that story later.
Flooded Mine was very fun, plenty of targets to hit. My one gripe is that the guns are very heavy and the ride is longer so by the end of the ride your arm becomes tired from holding the gun. Maybe they were going for realism by making the guns weigh what they would actually weigh in real life.
Wow, this coaster exceeded my already high expectations. Not an ounce of track is wasted on this beauty, a great ride from start to finish. The first hill really pulls you over that drop thanks to the wonderful pre-drop section. The inversions at the end of the ride were also an awesome ending to a great ride. I can’t say enough about how good this coaster is, besides the fact that it is now my number one wooden coaster and number three overall. Excellent job Rocky Mountain Construction and Silver Dollar City you created a real winner.
Wow, this coaster also exceeded my expectations. Though I wasn’t expecting as much from this one as I was from Outlaw Run this turned out to be one of the surprises of the trip. Now I knew it was a B&M and it was going to be good, but I thought this coaster was better than good it was great! Very smooth and packed some good intensity moments. One of the best views you will ever get on a coaster. You can’t beat this setting!
One of the things that make Silver Dollar City such an awesome place is that there is a cave tour inside the amusement park. It is no extra charge and is included with admission, where else can you walk through a cave and ride roller coasters? No where that I know of. 😛 The other neat fact is that the cave started everything, without the cave there would be no Silver Dollar City or Herschend Family Entertainment which also owns and operates Dollywood, Newport Aquarium, etc. The cave started it all!
In this room our guide gave us a detailed history of the cave. It started out as a marble mining operation, once they figured out there was no marble to be mined they mined the Guano instead. Since Guano was used in gunpowder it was a very valuable resource at the time. The town of Marmaros sprung up around the cave to house the miners and their families. However one day the Guano dried up, and the town of Marmaros became a ghost town. William H Lynch a Canadian loved the cave so much he decided to sell everything he had to buy the cave and move to America. However a local group of outlaws known as the Baldknobbers did not like the idea of a foreigner coming into their area, they burned Marmaros to the ground before William H Lynch even got to America hoping to scare him away. However Mr. Lynch did not give up so easily and still came to the USA to open the cave and give tours, and the rest is history. Parts of Silver Dollar City stand on the original foundation of the town of Marmaros.
Overall a very entertaining show. It was a little longer than I expected nearing an hour, but some great tricks and great production for an amusement park. After seeing the quality of this show wish I had more time to check out the other shows at the park.
Overall a great mine train coaster probably one of the best, it picks up speed and never relents. Unique in that a lift hill is not present till near the end of the ride, but unlike Kings Island’s version where after the lift is the breaks, this one has a drop and helix for a nice finish before the brakes. Great fun family coaster.
Silver Dollar City is an incredible theme park, currently my favorite theme park, there’s so much to do from shows to rides to eating and of course the cave. The cave is what makes this place truly unique and if you visit Silver Dollar City and miss the cave tour you will regret it. Outlaw Run is also an incredible coaster, currently my number one wooden coaster and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, it has everything from speed to airtime to just pure fun. It’s another can’t miss attraction. If you’re ever in the Branson area make sure to stop at Silver Dollar City because it packs in more to do and more variety than Disney, Universal, Sea World, or just about any other park out there. The only bummer is it closes early even in the summer at 7 pm so make sure to get there early!
Well that’s all for Branson, MO folks next stop Kansas City and Worlds of Fun!