From Tame to Thrilling: The Coasters of Silver Dollar City - Coaster101 (2024)

Before Silver Dollar City opened as a theme park, it operated as a cave tour destination for nearly 100 years. Marvel Cave is still home one of the largest cave entry rooms in North America. In 1960, under the ownership of the Hugo Herschend, the transformation from single attraction to full-blown theme park began to take shape. Rides started popping up around the mountaintop with the first roller coaster being built it 1972.

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Over the next 50 years, Silver Dollar City’s coaster collection would grow to seven. While it’s not the largest lineup out there, it holds its own among the best by being some of the highest quality and unique rides out there. Not only does the park have some world class thrills, but also great beginner coasters.

Like in the previous versions of our “Tame to Thrilling” series, we have created a “natural progression” of Silver Dollar City’s roller coasters, so that “thrill seekers in training” can work their way up from the tamest roller coasters at the park to the most thrilling. We’ve divided the park’s roller coasters into four “levels:” Thrill Seekers In Training, Thrill Seekers, Thrill Junkies, and Extreme Thrills in order to help future park visitors learn more about the roller coaster lineup.

Level I: Thrill Seekers in Training

1) The Grand Exposition Coaster

Every thrill seeker in training has to start somewhere! This single helix Zamperla family coaster stands in at a whopping 13 feet tall. These family models are typically more adult-friendly than normal kiddie coasters and don’t force parents to sit with their knees in their throat. With a track length of only 262 feet, riders can expect to get several laps in even on the busiest days.

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2) Fire in the Hole

The first and oldest coaster at Silver Dollar City, Fire in the Hole, is an indoor (mostly) powered coaster. The course winds slightly upwards through scenes of an 1880’s town set ablaze with a series of small gravity powered drops along the way. While the theming may be a bit more than mild for younger riders, this should be your next step in the thrill-level at the park. Blazing Fury at Dollywood, Silver Dollar City’s sister park, is nearly an identical ride built only 6 years later.

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Level II: Thrill Seekers

3) Thunderation

After conquering the first two coasters on the list, Thunderation will be a must. Quite possibly the oddest coaster at the park, it is built on the side of a very steep hill where you board the ride at the top and immediately start into the course. The main section of the ride is filled with large helixes as you make your way down the hill. In a non-traditional convention, the lift hill is located at the end of the ride to take the riders back to the station (with one last drop before hitting the brakes). With the perfect amount of thrill, speed, and intensity, this mine train coaster is definitely one of the hidden gems of Silver Dollar City.

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You can barely catch any of the ride’s layout from the midways.

4) PowderKeg

This coaster has an interesting history. Originally, it was built as a water coaster. BuzzSaw Falls opened 1999 and was built by Premier Rides. After only four years of operating, the coaster was closed for refurbishments and reopened in 2005 as PowderKeg. S&S Power came in and redesigned the ride, keeping parts of the track, lift hill, and drop intact. This coaster shows no signs of age and runs as smooth as a brand new ride.

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After boarding the train, you pull out onto a transfer track and are moved up and to the left onto the launch section. Once the lights turns green, riders are launched up a 98 foot hill at 53 mph before plummeting down a 110 foot drop. The middle section of the ride is full of tight turns, helixes, and plenty of airtime. Just like Thunderation, the lift hill is at the end of this ride.

PowderKeg is also perfect for younger riders who have that need for speed, but lack the height to fit on most larger coasters. The minimum height requirement for this ride is only 42 inches if riding with an adult! While not quite making the Thrill Junkies category, it is good to note that PowderKeg is still quite a jump in intensity from Thunderation. In my opinion it is the most underrated roller coaster at the park.

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5) Time Traveler

Time Traveler is Silver Dollar City’s newest roller coaster and is also only one of two Mack Rides Xtreme Spinning Coasters in the world! Fitting right into the park’s theme of non-traditional ride layouts, guests start their journey on Time Traveler with a 90 foot drop out of the station. Some may be surprised that this coaster isn’t in the next category, but for the most part it is an easy going and well-paced ride. Yes, it has inversions and launches, all while spinning, but it is all done in a very enjoyable manner. If you have a thrill seeker ready for their first looping coaster, Time Traveler is the ride for them.

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Level III: Thrill Junkies

6) Wildfire

Situated in one of the most picturesque scenes in all of theme parkdom, Wildfire sits on top of a ridge overlooking the Ozark mountains and lakes below. This coaster is one of the most re-ridable B&M sit downs we’ve been on; Silver Dollar City does a great job of maintaining all of their rides to be operating in peak condition. Enjoy the view as you make your way to the top of the 120 foot lift hill because once you make the 155 dive, the rest of the ride will be a blur of speed and huge inversions!

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Level IV: Extreme Thrills

7) Outlaw Run

Outlaw Run is in the Extreme Thrills category all by itself and rightfully so. There are very few coasters that are so crazy that they leave you speechless and Outlaw Run is one of them. It may be short, but the pacing is incredibly fast and the layout is constantly twisting. If Wildfire is a nice run through the park, Outlaw Run is a 40 yard dash. Along the track you’ll find insane moments of airtime, speed, sudden turns, and the cherry-on-top double barrel roll finale.

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If you are lucky enough to visit Silver Dollar City during one of the few days they are open after dark, make it a priority to ride Outlaw Run at night. The pitch black ride will leave you so disoriented even if you know what’s coming next. Night rides here rival those you can find on The Beast and The Voyage. The park is open late select nights in the summer and during An Old Time Christmasin the winter.

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RMC’s outlaw run, designed by Alan Schilke. (credit Jeremy Thompson from Los Angeles, California / CC BY (

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What is the most thrilling ride in Silver Dollar City? ›

Powderkeg. As its name suggests, PowderKeg is a truly explosive coaster! Right out of the gate, riders soar from 0 to 53 miles per hour in less than three seconds. There's a huge 110-foot drop, and top speeds later in the ride reach 64 miles per hour.

What is the fastest roller coaster at Silver Dollar City? ›

Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler is the world's steepest, tallest and fastest spinning roller coaster ever designed! Silver Dollar City in Branson is home to the world's steepest, tallest and fastest spinning roller coaster.

What is the most intense ride at Universal Studios? ›

Given its wild stats, VelociCoaster is the most thrilling attraction at Universal Orlando. (Although, we have not included Volcano Bay's water park rides here, and the Ko'okiri Body Plunge, which is inside the volcano, may actually be scarier.) It features two magnetic launches, one of which propels it to 70 mph.

What is the longest ride at Silver Dollar City? ›

Time Traveler (roller coaster)
Time Traveler
Length3,020 ft (920 m)
Speed50.3 mph (81.0 km/h)
25 more rows

What is the steepest roller coaster at Silver Dollar City? ›

Prepare to embark on the ride of a century on the World's Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Spinning Coaster. The $26 million, record-breaking Time Traveler® features three inversions — the most ever on a spinning coaster, including a 95-foot tall vertical loop — and two launches that send riders to unprecedented speeds.

Is there a weight limit on rides at Silver Dollar City? ›

Just returned from a silver dollar city, Branson MO vacation. I wanted to let anyone know that their rides are not quite as restrictive as first thought. Their web site states that persons over 215 lbs cannot ride several of their rides.

Which ride is more intense VelociCoaster or Hulk? ›

Q: Is the Hulk more intense than Velocicoaster? A: In our opinion, the VelociCoaster is more intense than the Hulk. It is faster and has more thrilling features overall than the Hulk ride.

What ride has the biggest drop in Universal? ›

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is the tallest coaster at Universal Orlando Resort and deserves a spot as one of the best roller coasters at Universal Florida. With the highest drop at 167 feet, guests are plunged a 90-degree angle drop, reaching top speeds of 65 mph.

Is the Transformers ride scary? ›

Transformers delivers relatively mild motion simulator thrills. Those who are susceptible to motion sickness might experience some discomfort (but closing your eyes should alleviate most queasiness). There are loud and thrilling scenes depicted that could frighten younger children, but the action is mostly an illusion.

What is the newest ride at Silver Dollar City? ›

Construction of the new Fire In The Hole roller coaster was announced in August 2023, following Silver Dollar City's announcement that the 51-year-old original Fire In The Hole would close at the end of the 2023 season. The new ride is 1,512 feet long and moves as fast as 8 feet per second.

What was Silver Dollar City called before? ›

In 1946, Chicagoans Hugo and Mary Herschend vacationed in the Ozarks and discovered the cave now called Marvel Cave because of its awesome proportions.

Which rides at Silver Dollar City go upside down? ›

- Outlaw Run® is the only wood coaster to twist upside down three times.

What level of thrills is Big Thunder Mountain? ›

Ride it after dark if you can. Seats in the back offer the best experience. In terms of intensity, we put this coaster at about a 5 on a scary scale of 10—it has tight turns rather than big hills or drops, and no loops or upside-down parts.

Which theme park has the most thrilling rides? ›

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Some of the park's most notable thrill rides include the world's tallest stand-up coaster, a skydiving experience, a vertical spinning coaster, the tallest drop ride in the world, the world's longest, tallest and fastest flying coaster and more.


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