Emily Wood, KY3 News
3:44 PM CDT, March 13, 2013
Notch, Mo. -- Silver Dollar City's newest wooden coaster, Outlaw Run, officially opens to the public Friday, March 15. But Wednesday a small group of park employees, community leaders, and reporters got to test the ride out and share their findings.I climbed aboard the park's newest and coolest $10 million addition, in a front row seat, with the SDC co-founder Sherry Herschend.
The 16-story, nearly vertical, 81-degree drop starts things off, and if you're not ready, it will take you by surprise.
"The best part was when we went down 162 feet; that was awesome," said Anna Orose, a Hurley Elementary School student.
Outlaw Run takes you upside down a total of three times at 68 miles per hour.
"The speed, I think, is surprising, even though we know it's the second fastest wood coaster. I think the perception of the speed is kind of a surprise to folks," said Brad Thomas, the general manager of Silver Dollar City.
Near the end of the stagecoach-themed coaster's half mile track, riders will take a very quick double twist.
"The train goes 360 degrees twice, so your feet go over your head absolutely twice," Thomas said.
Among the passengers on board Wednesday were student journalists from area schools.
"I thought it was amazing, especially the double barrel, because it felt like you were going to fall out of your seat," said Eli Tatum, another Hurley Elementary School student.
A seat in the back can make the downhill runs feel faster, but as Sherry Herschend knows, nothing can beat being in the front.
"Better than I ever dreamed it could be. A roller coaster that can turn upside down is incredible," Herschend said.
Silver Dollar City officials estimate the ride will attract at least 85,000 more visitors this season.
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