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Silver Dollar City Unveils Unique New Wooden Roller Coaster

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The ride starts with a 16-story drop at 81 degrees. The ride starts with a 16-story drop at 81 degrees.
Rob Alvey is a roller coaster reviewer with themeparkreview.com. Rob Alvey is a roller coaster reviewer with themeparkreview.com.
Alvey said Outlaw Run is unique because of its wooden construction. Alvey said Outlaw Run is unique because of its wooden construction.
BRANSON, Missouri -

History is being made at a Missouri amusement park.

The Outlaw Run is a wooden roller coaster at Silver Dollar City, in Branson. It's the first wooden roller coaster to twist upside down and it does it three times.

I was one of the first to go for a ride.

Silver Dollar City's newest ride is 87 seconds of twists and turns, drops and rolls.

"Oh my God, it blew my mind away. I mean, seriously," said roller coaster enthusiast Robb Alvey.

Silver Dollar City spent more than $10 million on the Outlaw Run. The track is more than a half mile long and the cars reach a top speed of 68 miles per hour.

"You can't believe it. You can't believe the feeling. Well, I've never felt anything like it," said Peter Herschend.

Herschend helped found Silver Dollar City and was one of the first to get a ride.

"That was like no ride I have ever been on and I've been on hundreds of them. That was amazing," he said.

Now back to my ride—I buckled into the last car, took a few deep breaths, and was on my way. The ride starts with a 16-story drop at 81 degrees. That's the world's steepest drop on a wooden roller coaster.

From there, you go through nine different turns that give you a weightless feeling, finishing up with a double barrel roll.

"The triple inversions on this thing, I've never felt anything like it on a wooden roller coaster, ever," Alvey said.

Alvey is a roller coaster reviewer with themeparkreview.com. He said Outlaw Run is unique because of its wooden construction. Wooden roller coasters don't go upside down.

"Wooden roller coasters have attempted to go upside down before and have failed. This one did it successfully three whole times and it's awesome," Alvey said.

"It's very unique, it's a one of a kind, there's none other like it," said Fred Grubb.

Grubb owns Rocky Mountain Construction, the group that built the roller coaster. He said the secret is the state of the art track.

It's a new technology that makes for a smooth ride. There's not that usual back-and-forth you find on a typical wooden roller coaster.

Herschend said he is very proud of how far Silver Dollar City has come since it opened in 1960, and this latest attraction, he said, is just the next step into a promising future.

"The men and women of Silver Dollar City have just done a great job of making this day happen, right here, right now," Herschend said.

Silver Dollar City opens for the season this Friday and goes through the Christmas holidays. The park's owners expect this ride alone to bring in an additional 70,000 visitors, just this year.

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