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 Review of PowderKeg @ Silver Dollar City
3 Rating Posted by: shag9004 on 7/6/2007 4:15:00 PM
Date Ridden : April 2007 Times Ridden : 1 (Front car)

Looking through the ratings, I noticed only two reviews on this ride so Ill try to give a decent amount of info. To begin with, greetings from Las Vegas where it currently sits at 116 degrees. I flew in from GA last night and slept about all day while my GF is off to work. As you know if you read my last review, we are headed out to Lagoon and some other areas this weekend to try to escape some of the heat. Now on to Powder Keg. Silver Dllar City created an interesting ride by combining the old water coaster with the new technology of a launched coaster. I was extremely pleased after I finished the ride as it contained minimal restraints, a great launch and some great airtime hills. The ride is also quite long if you count time in the train....the hydraulic system used to lift the car onto the track (or maybe slide it sideways is a better way to put it) in order to prepare it for the launch is the only such element I have seen on a coaster. There is a nice viewing area of the launch (mainly elderly people and young children....SDC is not exactly a thrill seekers destination) and the recording of the hick yelling "Watch out for that Nitrogylcerin!!!" really made me smile. Not for long though, because we evidently did NOT watch out for that Nitroglycerin and were launced out and over the first hill with a gorgeous view of the Ozarks. Its difficult for me to remember much of the rest of the ride. There were some laterals and a few hills then the train meets the lift hill in the middle of the ride which is another unique element. The part of the ride following this though is very short and it ends back at the well-themed loading station. We wanted to ride again but unfortunately the ops were only running one train. We waited about 45 minutes the first time for the front car and it was going to be about another hour or so for another ride as the line had grown back into the queing area so we skipped it. We were on limited time with Celebration City still to visit and then a three hour drive to our "point of origin". The trains were also being dispersed about every 5 minutes which is fairly long. So we went back and got another few rides on Wildfire, which was a walk-on, before leaving the park. I debated between and 8 and 9 for this ride since ratings are so high here. I do not want people to think that I hated it and gave it an 8. To me an 8 is a very good score and this ride reflects that. It is on par with Mystery Mine which I also gave an 8. If you get a chance, SDC is a great day of amusment park riding with this ride, Wildfire, the Giant Swing, and a fun "shoot-em up" water ride based on a flooded prison. And whatever you do, do not forget to add on the pass for Celebration City and ride the Ozark Wildcat which is by far the best ride in Branson. Thanks and good luck to all!!!

Review Comments

Canobie Coaster on 7/7/2007 6:11:17 AM said:
Do you get wet on the big drop following the lift hill (Buzzsaws old drop)?
shag9004 on 7/12/2007 10:15:28 AM said:
no...there is no water left as part of the ride. It is a pure coaster now. Thanks for the question!!
Timberman on 7/13/2007 12:06:25 AM said:
Nice review, shag9004. Im always interested to hear about these quirky rides that tend to fly under the radar, at least to those of us east of the Mississippi.
ginzo on 7/13/2007 4:59:14 PM said:
I hope to hit this puppy in late August. Although Branson doesnt seem like my kind of town, SDC looks too nice to pass up.
shag9004 on 7/20/2007 2:19:21 PM said:
ginzo...make sure to hit the ozark wildcat in celebration city.....in my opinion it is by far the best ride in branson. I rode it 10 times in an hour as the ride ops were nice enough to let me stay on as there was no one else in line. It is a very underrated woodie that more enthusiasts need to ride.
ginzo on 7/20/2007 3:43:27 PM said:
Yeah, I had no intentions of missing that. I think the problem here is that Branson is in the middle of NOWHERE. Its 600 miles from me. Imagine the drive for the East Coast people.
shag9004 on 7/20/2007 4:44:52 PM said:
I live in Georgia so I can feel your pain. We have family in Missouri so we did a 4 day trip and got to hit SDC, Celebration, Worlds of Fun and 6 Flags all at once. I was really lucky because it is a very long drive. Worth it though if you can get to those 4 parks.
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