The inventors and designers of Silver Dollar City’s ground-breaking roller coaster Time Traveler today revealed the ride’s first vehicle, which will make its much-anticipated debut at the Branson, Missouri-based theme park in Spring 2018.
Before continuing its journey to Branson, the vehicle made a stop on the show floor of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, which each year draws more than 32,000 attendees from around the world for the amusement industry’s largest convention. Reflecting the global nature of the event, a huge crowd of media and industry leaders gathered at the Mack Rides booth. Representatives from the German-based manufacturer and the American-based theme park together pulled back a curtain to unveil the vehicle, which dramatically emerged from a cloud of fog and was met with cheers and applause.
The Time Traveler vehicle is part of an innovative project currently underway at the 1880s-themed park, which will present the “World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Complete-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster” in a few short months.
The vehicle, which is the first of four cars that will be positioned on each of three trains, resembles a time-traveling machine. The highly stylized Time Traveler features gears, cogs and other industrial components as part of its décor. Beyond its specialized look, the most cutting-edge feature of the vehicle is its 360-degree adjustable magnetic spin control.
“The car is the most advanced roller coaster car in the industry, featuring a free-spinning rotation on a launched roller coaster,” said Christian von Elverfeldt, CEO of Mack Rides, the ride’s manufacturer. “For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience for all ages.” Riders will need to be at least 51 inches tall, which opens the ride to a multitude of ages and allows it to complement Silver Dollar City’s commitment to entertaining the whole family.
The game-changing vehicle allows riders to experience two simultaneous thrills: a roller coaster car moving along a track, but also a spinning component that provides a different ride each time … and does not result in the whirling sensation some riders feel on a standard “teacup ride.”
At an investment of $26 million, Time Traveler is Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever. “The interest in Time Traveler has been monumental from the perspective of guests, coaster enthusiasts and the industry,” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. “Our goal is to make a global statement with a ride like no other.”
The custom-designed Time Traveler will break several world records:
Silver Dollar City has announced a MACK spinning roller coaster that will break many records!
FASTEST, STEEPEST & TALLEST COMPLETE-CIRCUIT SPINNING COASTER IN THE WORLD FIRST and ONLY with a VERTICAL LOOP – A 95-foot tall loop FIRST and ONLY DOUBLE LAUNCH – 0 to 47 mph in 3 seconds; 30 to 45 mph in 3.5 seconds
• FASTEST: 50.3 miles per hour
• STEEPEST: 10-story, 90° Vertical Drop
• TALLEST: 100 feet tall, custom designed for mountainous terrain
INVESTMENT $26 Million
TRACK LENGTH More than half a mile - 3,020 feet
INVERSIONS THREE - Most Inversions EVER on a Spinning Coaster (one Dive Loop, one Zero-G Roll and one Vertical Loop—first and only in the world)
LAUNCH ELEMENTS Two Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launches (one horizontal and one inclined) RIDE DURATION 1 minute 57 seconds (Dispatch to stop & unload)
VEHICLES/TRAINS 360° Spinning Vehicles with adjustable magnetic spin control Total of 3 trains carrying 16 passengers (2 per row; 2 rows per vehicle; 4 vehicles per train)
SEAT/RESTRAINT Individual Lap Bar Restraint (Class 5)
MINIMUM RIDER HEIGHT 51"
MANUFACTURER MACK Rides GmbH & Co KG, Waldkirch, Germany
Silver Dollar City's newest, secret attraction might be called "Time Traveler." Or "Top Dog." Or something completely different. Aerial photographs taken by the News-Leader on Feb. 15 reveal a vast construction site adjacent to a Silver Dollar City amphitheater, complete with concrete footings and a large scaffolding structure.
A spokeswoman for the Branson-area theme park, Lisa Rau, was not ready to reveal many details about Silver Dollar City's latest attraction — unconfirmed reports of which have been fluttering around roller-coaster enthusiast blogs and on social media in recent weeks.
"It certainly is a ride," Rau told the News-Leader. "However, the make, the style, the attributes, the name — none of that anybody knows, except a secret vault of people." Since February 2016, Silver Dollar City's parent company, Herschend Family Entertainment Company LLC, has filed for federal trademarks including "Time Traveler," "Top Dog" and "Barke." In filed documents, the company has described the trademarks with legal language including "amusement park and theme park services" and "entertainment services in the nature of an amusement park ride, namely, a roller coaster," among many other terms.
Park goers at Silver Dollar City have had a tease going on all year. Since opening day, signs of construction on something fairly large loomed at the park, though if you asked any park employee, they'd say it didn't exist, though that was due to keeping it quiet until August 9th. Well, wait no longer as Silver Dollar City has announced its 6th coaster, Outlaw Run.
The ride is being manufactured by the Rocky Mountain Construction, who has had recent success in their Iron Horse design at Six Flags Over Texas's New Texas Giant as well as adapting their topper track to existing wooden coasters. Outlaw Run will feature a layout composed entirely of the topper track. The ride has a few records it will hold once it starts operation in 2013.
The ride will start up a 107 ft lift. However, using Silver Dollar City's hilly terrain, the hill will drop to 162 ft. The first drop will also angle all the way up to 81 degrees, making it the steepest wooden coaster in the world. It will feature 9 areas of airtime and near weightlessness. Also along the 2,937 ft of track, the wood coaster will do something no other wooden coaster has done since the now defunct Son of Beast, which will be it will go upside down. Three times in fact, one through a roll at 153 degrees on top of the 2nd hill and twin barrel rolls at the very end. This will make it be the wooden coaster with the most inversions, though no other wooden coaster goes upside down as of yet. Along with the first drop, most of the elements play to the park's rolling hills. There will be two 24 passenger trains and it will cost $10 million.
Other elements of note stated on the fact sheet include a 100 ft double down, a 70 ft double up, and a u-bar lap restraint system.
What do you get when you take a former Premier Rides watercoaster, combine it with an S&S Power launched family coaster, and mix it with the theming of Silver Dollar City? You get Powder Keg, just confirmed by the park to be opening next spring.The Branson, Missouri theme park has taken a rare approach to a new ride in combining elements of the formerBuzzsaw Falls, which closed in 2003, with new track from S&S Power and a pneumatic launch of 53 miles per hour in three seconds along with the current lift hill. In all, the new ride experience will twist through 3,506 feet of steel track.Three 16-passenger trains will replace Buzzsaw's ten-rider single cars. Along with twister elements including an overbanked turn, Powder Keg promises a 110-foot drop, three large airtime hills, and a final rabbit hop into the brakes. G-forces will top out at just below four.Buzzsaw Falls opened in 1999, and the park began demolition work last year, but retained certain elements of the ride, piecing it together with the new track from S&S Power. Construction is well underway at Silver Dollar City, as the new structure is erected in preparation for the 2005 debut.