Friday, June 4, 2004 1:31 PM
I visted Silver Dollar City this past week-end and got a nice view of the construction site of this massive coaster. To view the layout view this site:
This is what I saw. The removal of buzzsaw falls is almost complete. The PowderKeg station will consume the entire former buzzsaw ride. Man what a massive station! They are not removing many trees(very common for silver dollar city on new construction) the ride will be launched above them around 150 feet in the air. A Park employee said that PowderKeg will have a Hydro plunge at the end as seen in the bottom right of the layout. This is where they are digging the pool. The ride supports are in tan and black and the trains are said to look like mine trains. The most asked question that is not answered is how long and how tall. Like I said the site is massive covering a good 100 acres of SDC property all the way to the edge of Table Rock Lake. Sounds cool.
BYT: I don't think it is a S&S the track and supports look like Intamin to me. *** Edited 6/4/2004 5:34:06 PM UTC by cody316***
Friday, June 4, 2004 1:46 PM
I never believed it was an S&S.
All you had to do was look at that survey they did last year to have an idea of what it was.
The info presented here backs that survey theory 100%.
Friday, June 4, 2004 2:38 PM
It IS S&S. Period.
Friday, June 4, 2004 2:46 PM
Friday, June 4, 2004 2:52 PM
Wow, that looks massive. That is gonna be so expensive to build. That thing looks like it could be easily 3500 feet in length. I was kind of hoping it would go faster than that though, especially with such a long layout. Oh well, it still looks worth checking out.
Friday, June 4, 2004 2:52 PM
I can't say, and I'm sure you wouldn't believe that a source told me, but they did. If you choose not to believe me, come and talk to me when it's officially announced. It IS S&S. Period.
Friday, June 4, 2004 3:03 PM
So S&S is building a coaster hybrid with a splashdown?
I understand many resonably credible sources have declared this an S&S creation.
I, however, choose to remain unconvinced for now.
Friday, June 4, 2004 3:06 PM
It could be S&S but it tracks and supports are very much like Itamin's signature but of it does have a air-powered launch that is a S&S signature. Now throw in Water???? What a strange coaster
Friday, June 4, 2004 3:06 PM
"Those who know don't talk, and those who talk don't know..."
Friday, June 4, 2004 3:11 PM
That's why I'm doing a lot of talking, Tekno :)
I don't know and I barely care - but, like Cody mentioned, this just sounds too 'out there' at this point for an S&S. I'm possibly (probably?) 100% wrong, but something like this (an S&S with a splashdown) seems like info would have leaked sooner.
I'll admit that air launch sounds like a dead giveaway - you don't need a 'source' for that logic.
Friday, June 4, 2004 5:34 PM
Hopefully we will know more at the end of this month or next when the park starts releasing some info.
I want to know if the layout is accurate and if there is going to be a model of the ride up at the info kiosk like there was for BuzzSaw Falls, Wildfire and Ozark Wildcat.
Could some people be mistaking old BSF supports as new ride supports? As I did not think the new supports were around yet. Unless they are stored up across the road from Indian Point Road.
Friday, June 4, 2004 6:54 PM
Those supports are S&S/Arrow supports. The air launchs is S&S technology, and the rest of the ride is Arrow technology. Hell I have never been there, but from those blueprints its just logical. ;)
You never know it may use 4d trains that don't flipover for the splashdown, so you really get wet. ;)
Friday, June 4, 2004 7:27 PM
That drawing comes from the First Drop's IAAPA coverage or at least from the same source, S&S Arrows. It was on a display at S&S Arrows both together with some other way more wackier concepts.But I guess you still need some more proof it's S&S but I don't blame you...
Oh and on that drawing, I'm 100% sure there's a back spike like on a Schwarzkopf shuttle loop as the other thrust air concepts had them too. Not sure how exactly it's going to work but something new it is...
Saturday, June 5, 2004 3:04 AM
I would not expect to hear a peep from SDC till the Christmas Festival as this is there routine time for these types of announcement, however SDC can not hide the construction of a coaster of this size in the woods for long before the rumors get out of control. Well like the one I just started, sorry SDC, The Track and supports I saw were boxed up in the back of overflow parking lot off park( I know some of there hiding places). Having worked on an Itamin coaster that was just built, I found the way the track was stacked and boxed was identical. That is why I questioned S&S and it is Box Track. anywho I am just glad to see SDC building up like it has. I personally hope I am wrong and it is not an Intamin as SDC complained about downtown on BSF, Boy they have not seen nothing till they have dealt with a Intamin and with features like this, they may not even get it running at all the first year. I speak from personal experience on this one.
BTW: I am talking because I don't know, Thats why I posted what I did to fish for more information and to report what I saw.
Saturday, June 5, 2004 9:58 AM
The release from HFEC will come in Mid-June according to Lisa Rau (HFEC PR Director). Things have been quite busy right now in Branson with two seperate media events occuring yesterday (6/4). They had the media event for the official first day of Kid's Fest (which unveiled their new summer parade) and then they had the official unveiling of the Freedom Fountain at Celebration City at 5pm yesterday. So give them about a week or so and they will give out more information. I'm still trying to get a firm date from Lisa as to when that will be and then I will pass on the information. PowderKeg™ is the official name now as the trademark has been authorized.