I was one of the lucky few to be among the first to try the new ride, and I had a smile the whole time. Silver Dollar City has obviously taken great care in designing this ride, and it shows.
The Time Traveler concept is built around a H.G. Wells-like tale of Charles Henry, a clockmaker who is up to something a bit bigger than manufacturing clocks. He is the ride's mascot, and was brought to life at the opening, dressed in tune with the park’s rustic, late-19th century theme—a thick beard manicured just enough, black leather gloves that suggest calloused hands beneath and a devil-may-care smile. He’s joined by his daughter Emmaline, his partner in crime who we're told keeps him honest.
In popular culture, the act of time travel is depicted as instantaneous; one second you’re at one place and the next you’re in another. Keeping with this idea, Time Traveler’s 10-story, 90-degree-drop comes as soon as we dispatch. I sat backwards initially—there are four seats to a cart, and I spun around and face forward just before the drop. For me, it was the most exciting part of the ride.