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Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness

Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness

roller coaster
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness
Silver Dollar City
Location Branson, Missouri, USA
Status Operating since 1999 (As Buzzsaw Falls)

2005 (As Powder Keg)

Height restriction 42 inches
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Compressed Air Launch System
Height98 feet
Drop110 feet
Top speed64 mph
Length3,506 feet

Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness is a S&S Worldwide steel launched roller coaster located at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, USA.

History[edit | edit source]

When constructed, this roller coaster was a water roller coaster from Premier Rides. The ride represented an investment of $7,000,000.[1] It was originally intended to open on May 16, 1999, however this was delayed due to technical problems.[2]

However, in the 2003 season, they closed the ride down, and started construction on Powder Keg. This conversion saw the ride converted from a water coaster to a launch coaster. In the 2005 season, the ride was reopened. Powder Keg launches riders from 0-53mph in 2.5 seconds. Part of the track from BuzzSaw Falls is still on Powder Keg.

Design[edit | edit source]

The ride starts where the train slowly leaves the station. Then, the track moves to the left. The train is then placed into position, and it launches. It then goes up an air time hill, and is then dropped again, being put into another hill. It then turns, using the track left from Buzzsaw Falls, and then enters the chain lift. It gets lifted and then has a pre-drop, turns, and does the final drop. Entering a helix then into the brake run.

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