Powder Keg: A Blast in the Wilderness

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Powder Keg: A Blast in the Wilderness review by pazzap

by pazzap, 3 weeks ago
Rated 4.0 I LOVE this thing. A perfect 5 if the lift hill wasn't there, as it breaks up the (up to that point flawless) pacing and leads to just one (great) drop which is the end of the ride.. Had it launched up that lift and then gone over the drop, it just would have been an incredible end to a great coaster and really be perfect. There's also a spot of dead track before the lift (the old buzzsaw falls track). So really, if a small airtime hill was added there (a speed hill) and the lift was launched straight after that, THEN we'd have that perfect 5/5 coaster. However, what we have here is still a smooth coaster with a fairly powerful initial launch that leads you into an unexpected layout of airtime hills and basic turns. No 200 ft hyper coaster here, with the highest drop being 110 FT, but with a full length train to really provide different experiences depending where you sit. The location in the woods is also really fun as you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Front and back are both good but the very back row is the place to be and has some ejector as well as floater air time. If you are travelling to the USA and Silver Dollar City is on your radar, please do not skip this gem of a coaster, as it is often completely overlooked! I promise you will come off smiling and wanting to ride again. It's not intense (besides the launch), it's just FUN.., and after all, that's what a coaster should be!

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Enjoyment Amazing

Oh it's just so much fun.. and so close, SO close to being a perfect coaster. It's also incredibly underrated, with some enthusiasts ignoring it altogether! Big mistake! The reason it is so much fun is because it has a great launch and then is basically just a very simple ride with lots of drops and airtime.

Effectiveness Good

Intensity Medium

The launch is intense but the rest is more about graceful airtime. It's smooth, there are no moments that induce grey out.. I really think medium high is a better option but I can't choose that LOL.

Rider Comfort Good

I find premier trains tight for my 6 ft 4 frame. Shorter people will be much more comfortable.

Pacing Very Good

It would have been perfect with a launched lift hill instead of a chain, but that near end of course lift hill does break the coaster up unnecessarily.

Theming/Storyline Good

Well there is the literal powder keg theme but then it's just an out and back steel coaster in the forest, there's just that tiny bit of theming at launch time.

Upkeep/Presentation Very Good

A little rusted but overall still very good, trains in good condition too

Queue/Efficiency Very Good

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