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!
One of the first things you notice before entering the park is the theming, the whole place is designed to look like it’s the 1880’s and this water clock is the first part of that.
So instead of 2014 it’s really 1884!
The entrance area with the message that you have a great past ahead of you. That we do!
Silver Dollar City hosts multiple festivals each year and these consists of different shows and attractions. We’ve arrived at the end of the Star Spangled Summer festival which features a magic show with Brad Ross!
This part of the country has no shortage of American pride.
We’ve arrived a bit early so we’re all waiting around for the park to open so we can get to Outlaw Run!
And we made it! Unfortunately Outlaw Run is not ready to open and is temporarily closed at the moment. It better open by the end of the day, it’s why we came!
Well instead let’s get some rides on Powder Keg since it can also build up a pretty long line.
No line as of yet!
We get right to the station and see the trains, very unique looking.
This being my first S&S coaster I was surprised to see the restraints were just like Skyhawk at Cedar Point another S&S ride.
The train slides up into launch position and we wait for the green light.
The light is green!
And we’re off!
The ride even has a lift hill as well as it incorporates the track leftover from an old water coaster that used to be at the park.
A fast coaster with great views but not much airtime.
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. 😛
The wrecked back spike that’s part of the theming for the station. Apparently it was blown up.
Danger live explosives!
Let’s check out the next coaster Fire in the Hole. This coaster is original to the park and has been here since day one.
Pretty neat that they use a fire hose as rope for the line.
We’re ready to volunteer!
The fifth rule is the best one.
Holly and John are excited to ride.
John is praying hoping this ride is good. haha 😛
Ready for my front seat ride.
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.
Is Outlaw Run ready for us yet?
Not ready yet. 😦 At least I can get my picture in front of the sign.
Silver Dollar City acknowledges serviceman all throughout the park, very nice touch.
I can’t wait to be on this twisty track!
In the meantime let’s check out the shooting dark ride Flooded Mine.
It’s a boat ride, neat! Hit as many targets as you can.
Here’s a look at the boats, the guns were very heavy. You could knock someone out if you hit them with these. It also got tiresome to hold them during the ride, still very fun though.
Passing by some gravestones in the water.
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.
Let’s hop on the train!
Passing under Powder Keg!
View of the pathways from the train.
We’re approaching Outlaw Run wonder if it’s open yet.
Is that Outlaw Run track?
Yes it is! Look at that track! Never seen anything like it for a wooden coaster. Rocky Mountain Construction sure are geniuses.
We’re entering the woods, wonder if it’s safe out here?
And we’re stopped by some train robbers.
Our conductor will get this all settled out.
They tell him there’s a bridge out up ahead, he goes to check it out.
Turns out there’s no bridge out, and they tell us to put our arms up.
Asking each passenger to hand over their gold. Turns out we don’t have any. 😛
The conductor comes back, doesn’t see a bridge out and asks what the big deal is.
After a short gunfight one of them gets shot in the butt and we’re back on our way to our destination.
Wave goodbye to the unsuccessful train robbers.
Is that people in the Outlaw Run station?!?!?!? Does that mean it’s open?!?!?!?
Construction work for Silver Dollar City’s 2015 plans, wonder what they could be?
Now that our train journey is at an end, let’s make our way over to Outlaw Run!!!
Winner of 2013’s Best New Ride! Can it live up to the hype?
There’s a little bit of a line but the sign said 25 minutes so shouldn’t be too long now before we get to ride.
They look pretty happy.
Make sure to follow the stagecoach rules.
The station is very spacious and well themed.
We’re almost there, I can see the lift!
There’s a bunch of clocks in the station, none of them have the correct time.
There’s seat belts added onto the ride this year, and the thigh restraints are shaped to your legs, instead of bar like last year. I imagine it’s more comfortable now than it was before.
After final restraint checks we’re ready to go!
Climbing the lift!
Up and over!
Plummeting down the first drop.
The train flies through the course providing tons of airtime and that good old fashioned wooden roller coaster squeal.
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.
You can meet the Flintstones at Silver Dollar City.
I had heard the food at Silver Dollar City is amazing, let’s try a handmade pretzel dog!
Yum! Very very good! Excellent lunch. 😛
This park has the option to make your own floats with ice cream and your choice of Coke products.
Well now that Outlaw Run and lunch are out of the way what do you say we make our way over to Wildfire.
Keep to the right for Wildfire.
Maybe the coaster is in here? Looks like a very interesting workshop.
Bizarre plans all over the walls in here.
Wonder what this thing does?
Is this the Wildfire?!?
Looks like a workshop.
We might need this in case of Wildfire. 😛
Exhaust vents in case they are needed.
Wonder what will happen when we get in this contraction?
It’s a coaster?!?!? Well now you tell us. 😛 Very well done theming in the station I must say.
The employees even drink out of mugs to keep the facade of the 1880’s intact.
AEDs however are on site and I don’t think these were around in 1884.
Once the gate opens we’re ready to go!
We’re ready to go, with a short turn out the station and onto the lift!
Even though there’s a floor your feet dangle, making this more like a floorless coaster. That guy in the front row sure is loving it.
Onward to the lift.
Climbing the lift!
First drop! Very fun, decent airtime in the back.
After the first drop you go right into an immelman, and onward to the vertical loop.
Looks like everyone is enjoying their ride!
Next up is the cobra roll!
The coaster finishes with a few low to the ground moments, a corkscrew, and then brakes.
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!
Another look at the layout of the ride. Can’t beat the Ozark mountain setting.
Off into the distance there.
After leaving the Wildfire area we spot a waterfall, picture opportunity?
Nice little path off of the main pathways of the park.
Yup photo opportunity. haha 😛
Everyone had to get a picture by the waterfall.
Holly got one too!
We thought this might be a line for a ride, nope, turns out it’s for the skillets. Everyone must be hungry.
This hill lined with the American flags, we must have walked up and down at least 10 times during the day. This park is very hilly, definitely not a flat park.
On our way to the Marvel Cave tour we spot someone making bubbles for kids to enjoy.
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!
Before entering the area for the cave tour you must pass under a gate that is only 4 feet tall. This is smart as during the tour you will have to squeeze into tight spaces to navigate the cave and this helps prepare you for that.
The cave is known for mining of Guano which is otherwise known as bat poo.
A map of the cave we will be journeying through.
Safety guide for the cave tour.
We get an explanation of all the rules and everything the tour entails. Basically an explanation of everything that was on the safety guide. Lots of walking up and down steps, low spaces, etc. If you can not meet any of these requirements turn back now.
And here’s our tour guide. After walking down a few steps he gives everyone one last chance to turn back before heading down into the cave.
Someone asked if we could take pictures. He responded with I’ll even pose for you. 😛
Down we go.
The beginning of our cave tour, down these steps is the cathedral room which is the largest cave entrance in North America with a height of 200 ft.
Looking up to the entrance of the cathedral room, we just walked down all those stairs.
Here’s the bottom of the cathedral room.
Dedicated to William H Lynch who bought the cave after the Guano mining ceased and started cave tours.
This room used to filled with Guano, it is called the shoe room because the ceiling is shaped like a shoe.
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.
Our tour guide joked this column was the only thing holding the cave up. Better hope it doesn’t collapse. 😛
There’s water in this cave.
One more final stop before we start the climb back up the surface.
Ooh purdy. 😛
This tour rocks!
Now the goal was to make it through the cave without hitting my head. I was unsuccessful. 😦
More cave goodness.
That’s a long way back down.
For our journey back to the top we rode in old cars that run on a railway back up to the entrance. Very neat, but very tiny cars.
Here’s a look at how small the cars were.
At the exit of the cave there were some old promo posters hung up.
One of the many craftsmen of Silver Dollar City working on chopping a tree.
There’s that hill again. 😦
Let’s check out a magic show. Brad Ross is doing shows specially for the Star Spangled Summer festival.
Someone from the crew comes out before the show to get the crowd pumped up.
Here’s Brad Ross.
You’ve all seen this trick before, but the tips are on fire. Ooh fancy. 😛
He ask for a volunteer and tries to help him perform his own magic trick.
The kid doesn’t have the magic skills of Brad, but Brad makes him a hat out of ripped paper.
Afterwards he tells everyone you can buy your own magic kit in the gift shop after the show. Where are we Disney?
Next up another volunteer, he asks to clean her sneaker.
With what you ask? The Brush-O-Matic 3001!
Unfortunately something goes wrong and her sneaker is burnt to a crisp.
After trying various magic wands of different size from small to very big to bring the shoe back to no luck, the audience suggests checking the box hanging from the ceiling the whole time.
What box Brad asks? Then he looks up and see’s it and of course her shoe is in the box good as new.
Next up was a neat trick. First you need some water.
Second some paper machete to go in the water.
And lastly a fan to make a cool display of confetti across the stage.
And just to make sure we got all the confetti out.
Next up was a classic trick with a twist, sawing a girl in half but with two girls.
First step is to cut them in half.
Ok now how should we put them back together?
Oh switch up the colors you say?
And boom they now have different color bottoms!
They have a little difficulty walking however since it’s not the legs they are used to. 😛
A few more magic tricks.
Ending with a Red, White, and Blue finale.
Enjoy the rest of your day here at Silver Dollar City everyone. And don’t forget to stop in the gift shop and buy some magic stuff. 😛
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.
Time to check out another coaster.
Classic Arrow mine train coaster with a train engine for the front car.
To keep the theme of being in the 1880’s the employee’s wear period costumes to match with the time. Pretty neat.
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.
More America flag decor. Murica!
What is a Twisted Tater Dog?
Oh looks yummy!
Moving ball fountain outside the kids area of the park. John just had to touch it. 😛
The Grand Exposition is the kids area of the park and has sort of a world fair theme to it.
The one credit I missed out on in this park, there was a bit of a line and figured I’d be back someday and I can ride it again.
Dumbo! Oh wait we’re still not at Disney. 😛
Here it’s called the Elephant March.
In case you get lost, which is very easy in this park, just look down you might see some chalk directions pointing you where to go.
There’s even a Christmas gift shop.
Oh Miller’s Bridge could be fun!
No running or jumping the sign says. John chooses to ignore that and then rips his bag in process. Should’ve listened to the sign. 😛
Lye Soap, works in only 6 years. 😛
It’ll kur your pizen ivy. 😛
Knives made right here in Silver Dollar City.
Duck Dynasty stuff is 75% off, seems about right. 😛
These knives aren’t cheap.
Since we didn’t get a ride on it let’s see what American Plunge looks like.
Looks like a fun log flume, well there’s always next time.
Yum fresh made kettle chips. The food here is really delicious.
A history of the camera, called the tintype apparently came from good ol Ohio!
Peek a boo.
Looks like a fun splash battle. Wasn’t warm enough to get soaked today however.
These kids kept spraying me while I was trying to take pictures.
Grandfather’s Mansion looks all kinds of messed up. Let’s check it out.
We’re upside down?
Wow slanted, titled floors, very disorientating.
Let’s head back over to Wilson Farms to end our night with Outlaw Run!
Let’s hope this stagecoach doesn’t get ambushed by outlaws. 😛
Roberts doesn’t like to listen and pulls down his lapbar before they can check his seat belt. He’s about to get yelled at here. 😛
Alright who’s ready for a back row ride?
The final train of the night and the back rows are empty!?!? Do these people know nothing?!?!
The back is the best seat on a ride like this!
The good guys win!
Time to say goodnight to Outlaw Run and Silver Dollar City. 😦
Really SDC, why?!?!
Marvel Cave is a registered Natural Landmark.
Neat little pond area by the exit/entrance.
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!
It was starting to rain but we decided to get some dinner at Indian Point Table Top Lake, walking to the floating cafe we spotted some turtles in the lake.
Our view from our table for dinner.
And the lovely Floating Cafe, great place to unwind and catch a bite to eat.
Well that’s all for Branson, MO folks next stop Kansas City and Worlds of Fun!