Time Traveler roller coaster is now open at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO and it is amazing! Sadly, I had to decline the media day invite so I have yet to experience this thrilling coaster myself. But the reviews are in and IT.IS.EPIC according to coaster enthusiasts.
Time Traveler Roller Coaster: World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Spinning Roller Coaster
Never before in the history of Silver Dollar City theme park has there been such global excitement and enthusiasm over the opening of a new attraction. With its 2018 debut, Time Traveler, the World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Complete-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster, marks a new era in coasters, delivering ride experiences unlike any before, with no two rides alike.
A major difference is the spin, which is not a teacup-ride fast spin but a 360-degree controlled spin that delivers sensations and perspectives that differ with every car, every ride, every time.
The draw for coaster lovers seeking the newest, best, most exciting ride elements is global, but the experience will be available nowhere else on the planet except Branson, Missouri, an entertainment town that’s home to Silver Dollar City, the 1880s-style, internationally awarded theme park that was established by the Herschend family in 1960.
This custom-designed, custom-engineered ride that introduces a new generation of thrill coasters for families was more than two years in planning and construction. It’s Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever, with an investment of $26 million.
World Records For Time Traveler
- Fastest: Top speed of 50.3 miles per hour
- Steepest: A 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop…straight down. Custom-engineered to have an immediate out-of-the-station, gravity-driven drop down a Ozarks mountainside
- Tallest: Custom-designed for mountainous terrain with its tallest point at 100 feet
- First & Only with Three Inversions: A Dive Loop, a Vertical Loop and a Zero-G Roll
- First & 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
“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, the initial advocate for delivering this ride like no other.
Christian von Elverfeldt, CEO of Mack Rides, is in the United States this week for the Time Traveler debut. “The car is the most advanced roller coaster car in the industry, featuring a free-spinning rotation on a launched roller coaster,” said von Elverfeldt. “For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience.”
What makes Time Traveler truly unique is the combination of spinning vehicles and such thrill factors as a vertical drop, double launches and multiple inversions. And unlike most coasters that begin with a slow, chain-clacking ride to the top of a lift, Time Traveler’s thrills start in the first seconds of the ride with a hushed rush, as the cars leave the load station with a spin and a 10-story drop straight down, racing down a mountainside and through the trees in the mountainous terrain.
The track twists and loops, reaching heights of 100 feet, crossing over itself 14 times in total. Fans of the super acceleration of launch rides get two launches on Time Traveler: 0 to 47 mph in 3 seconds, and 30 to 45 mph in 3.5 seconds. In effect, the highly themed cars create the experience of an actual “Time Machine.”
“Since Silver Dollar City’s opening day in 1960, guests have taken a journey back in time with unique and world-class experiences,” said Thomas. “We strive daily to continue that tradition through our rides, our festivals, our crafts and our food. That pursuit continues in 2018 with Time Traveler – a Revolutionary Coaster Ahead of Our Time.”
Time Traveler is officially open today, during the park’s Spring Ride Days. Every ride is different on Time Traveler, so get out there and experience the thrills!