1) The temperatures were going to be a little colder--ten degrees is a big difference when you're on a roller coaster!
2) It was a day where they honored police officers and their families--I just have a problem with the crowd issue, not the fact they honor police officers..
3) There was a special celebration for the official opening of Outlaw Run--again, serious crowds.
4) If the kidlet was bringing a friend--which she did--we wanted her to enjoy as many rides as possible!
The kidlet had a friend spend the night on Saturday and, with her parent's permission, the four of us headed to SDC early Sunday morning. (it's a 3.5 hour drive, out-of-state, so we would understand if they would be hesitant). . . after a short jaunt to Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
We arrive just 10 minutes after the park opened.
And we hit it HARD! We played on the big stuff, but there were a ton more rides we never bothered with. Here's the list.
These first four are rollercoasters!
Thunderation 1X-- fairly mild coaster
Wildfire 3X-- loop-de-loop with five inversions--loop, corkscrew, cobra roll and spiral
Powderkeg 1X-- shoots you up and over the first hill before you realize what happens--terrifying!
Outlaw Run 2X-- The newest coaster--AWESOME!!! This was the most fun I've had on a coaster in a long, long time!
Outlaw Run features the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster, with a 720-degree (double) barrel roll. In addition:
- Outlaw Run is the only wood coaster to twist upside down three times.
- Outlaw Run is the world’s steepest wood coaster with a first drop of 162 feet (more than 16 stories) at 81 degrees.
- Outlaw Run is the second fastest wood coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour.
Mighty Galleon 1X
Flying Swings 1X
Yep, the Outlaw Run is my new favorite coaster. I especially liked the 720 degree barrel roll!
Of course, like any new ride, it was down off and on throughout the day. But we gave it one last shot before we left the park around 4 PM. In less than 20 minutes we were walking out of the ride with very happy grins on our faces.
A trip to the local TRACK, we rode go-carts (Heavy Metal High Rise--scared the bejesus out of me going down the HUGE hill!) and then indulged in a 'dinner' of Andy's Custard before driving home.
This was the first time, the kidlet's friend had ever been to SDC or ridden this many coasters, but I think she had fun . . . they both fell asleep on the drive home. We made it home just 15 minutes past my projected time of 9 PM.
I know we all fell into a deep sleep after such a sugar- and fun-filled long day!
If you're in this part of the country, then the new must-stop is Outlaw Run!
Later, Peeps! I gotta go walk to work off all those sugary calories I ate!