The Scoop on Silver Dollar City’s New Spinning, $26 Million Roller Coaster

This morning, 417-land’s favorite theme park announced Time Traveler, the fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning coaster in the world that will open in spring 2018.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

There’s no clickity-clack tracks on Time Traveler. Instead, you board the ride then head straight down a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop.

When it comes to Silver Dollar City, I’m a lifer. One of my earliest memories is riding my first roller coaster, Thunderation. I was in second grade, and the ride was brand-spankin-new. I can still close my eyes and hear the clickity-clack of ol’ T as it edged up that massive first hill. I’ll never forget that sinking feeling in my gut or taking in those views as I shot through the rolling Ozarks hills at 48 mph. I was a four-foot-nothing kid, and that ride took my breath away. 

Fast forward more than 20 years, and I still buy a season pass every year. I’ve spent many opening weekends waiting in line just to be one of the first WildFire riders. Then PowderKeg. Then The Giant Barn Swing. Then Outlaw Run. Year after year, Silver Dollar City continues to add record-breaking attractions that make the park bigger and better.

My decade-long (and counting) career at 417 Magazine has gotten me sneak peeks of many of these rides when they’re first announced to the public. Today was one of those days, and as I made the rainy drive to Branson this morning, I wondered what in the world they’d come up with next. I knew it would be a new coaster, but what would set this one apart? Will it be faster? Steeper? Taller? 

A few minutes into SDC’s perfectly executed song and dance announcement, I learned it’s going to be all three. The coaster is called Time Traveler, and it’s described as the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster. A $26-million price tag affords it many bells and whistles, including three inversions (a dive loop, a vertical loop and a zero-G roll), a 95-foot-tall loop, a double-launch and a top speed of 50.3 mph. Oh, and as for the spinning part—riders are spinning around in vehicles with magnetic spin control the whole time. But there’s no clickity-clack here. Instead, you board the ride then head straight down a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop. 

Time Traveler was specifically designed for our mountainous Ozarks terrain, and its tallest point stretches 100 feet into the air. Better yet, its three-inversions, vertical loop and double launch are all first-and-only features that can’t be found anywhere else on the globe.

As I was counting the weekends until opening day, I heard some news that got my sweets-lovin’-self equally excited: The park worked with Hiland Dairy to develop a special Time Traveler ice cream made with French silk chocolate, marshmallows and a chocolate crust. It’s going to be available next spring, as well, and it’ll be the perfect celebratory treat after you ride the fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning coaster in the world. Is it spring 2018 yet? If only we could do a little time traveling ourselves… 

Time Traveler sits between Thunderation and Echo Hollow Ampitheatre. When you enter the park, you'll turn right on Valley Road to hop aboard the new ride.
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