USA Today’s 10-Best Website Poll Includes 2 SDC Attractions

USA Today has a yearly tradition of running various online polls focusing on the best places and things around the U.S. The polls are hardly scientific, but they do add exposure and a small marketing boost for the covered attractions. As expected, each attraction appeals to its fanbase to encourage more votes. This year Silver Dollar City is represented in two categories: Best New Theme Park Attraction (Fireman’s Landing) and Best Roller Coaster (Outlaw Run). One of the downsides of the 10Best platform is a limited (and biased) selection of options, so SDC doesn’t seem to appear on the best entertainment or park restaurants lists. Dollywood is also included in a few lists, including a restaurant.

 

We encourage our readers to pop in and contribute to SDC’s vote counts. While the poll is fairly meaningless, I know the park appreciates our support. If you are feeling generous you can even vote once each day until the poll closes.

 

Vote for Fireman’s Landing Here.

Vote for Outlaw Run Here.

Outlaw Run Officially a World Record Holder

Outlaw Run debuted back in 2013, but the Guinness Book of World Records has finally caught up and officially declared the ride as the “Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster” due to it’s legendary 81-degree drop. I’m not sure why it took them 2 extra years to make the determination for Outlaw Run, but if you pick up a 2015 copy of the book, Outlaw Run will be in it.

Outlaw Run was constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction using a variation of their innovative Topper Track technology. The Topper Track technique involves using a larger steel section on top of per-fabricated glue-lam wooden beams for track that lasts longer, is smoother, can be constructed faster, and can perform much wilder maneuvers than traditional wooden coaster track. RMC’s innovative track systems are making the company a distinctive leader within the industry, completely revolutionizing the face of wooden coasters. In 2016, a similar RMC creation ironically dubbed “Wildfire” will snatch the record away from Outlaw run with a 83-degree drop.

If you haven’t seen it already, you should check out this great little documentary about the making of Outlaw Run by our friends at Coaster-net.com.

Check out the official press release about the Outlaw Run Guinness record here. The press release states that this is the first time Silver Dollar City has made it into the Guinness book, however I think they might be forgetting the annual most-spinning-tops-at-one-time event that was done for a couple years in a row some years back.

Outlaw Run’s distinction isn’t the only accolade that Silver Dollar City received this month. The park has once again been lauded on CNN’s list of “Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the U.S.”, and 10Bests.com’s list of Best Public Light Displays.

 

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