World-record Time Traveler coaster now open at Silver Dollar City
A historic attraction has made its debut at Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Mo. Officially opened on March 14, the Time Traveler is the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circus spinning roller coaster.
No two ride experiences are alike on this coaster, with the major difference being the ride vehicle’s spin – which isn’t a teacup-ride fast spin, but rather a 360-degree controlled spin that gives guests high dimension, perspectives and sensations that can differ with every car and every ride.
This custom-designed, custom-engineered ride will introduce a new generation of thrilling roller coasters to families after being in planning and construction for more than two years. Time Traveler will be Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever, after an investment of $26 million. Silver Dollar City chose coaster manufacturer Mack Rides of Waldkirch, Germany for the coaster’s concept, design and development.
Time Traveler breaks a number of records, including:
- Fastest – Top speed of 50.3 miles per hour
- Steepest – Features a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop straight down. The coaster is custom-engineered to have an immediate out-of-the-station, gravity-driven drop down the mountainside
- Tallest – The coaster is custom-designed for its mountainous terrain with its tallest point at 100 feet
- First & Only with a Vertical Loop – A 95-foot-tall loop
- First & Only with Three Inversions – A Vertical Loop, a Dive Loop and a Zero-G Roll
- First & Only Double Launch – Zero to 47 miles per hour in three seconds, 30-45 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds
“This coaster’s state-of-the-art controlled spin provides riders a unique thrill experience while still appealing to families,” said Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City Attractions. Thomas said that Silver Dollar City partnered with Mack Rides because of their long-running reputation of delivering the best and most innovative rides in the industry.
The coaster track loops and twists as it reaches heights of 100 feet, and crosses over itself 14 times in total. Plus, the highly-themed cars create the experience of riding in an actual “Time Machine.”
“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. “For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience.”
Time Traveler is now open for guests, and will be open with the park’s Spring Ride Days. For more information, visit SilverDollarCity.com.
Check out our videos of the queue and a POV of the new coaster below: