Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run coaster has been named the Best New Theme Park Ride of 2013. The honor was given during the Golden Ticket Awards, hosted annually by Amusement Today. The Golden Ticket Awards are considered a prestigious annual presentation by industry insiders and theme park aficionados, with awardees defining the “best of the best” in amusement parks.
Outlaw Run won the Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ridewith an astounding 45 percent of the vote. Featuring the world’s steepest drop on a wooden coaster – 162 feet at 81 degrees – Outlaw Run is paving an innovative trail for coaster enthusiasts. It is also the only wood roller coaster to twist upside down and, at 68mph, is the second fastest in the world. Along with winning the Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride, Outlaw Run ranked high among all wooden coasters worldwide, earning a #7 spot on the list of the world’s Top 50 Wood Coasters. This is a first for Silver Dollar City.
Silver Dollar City garnered eight top honors during the Golden Ticket Awards, including additional awards: #2 in Best Christmas Event, #3 in Friendliest Park, #4 in Best Shows, #4 in Best Food, and #5 in Cleanest Park.
Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey is sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories. They are the equivalent of the Academy Awards for the amusement industry. Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry in such categories as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “water rides,” “shows” and “food.”