Time Traveler Now Open at Silver Dollar City
Time Traveler, the world’s tallest, fastest and steepest spinning coaster, is now open at Silver Dollar City. The park hosted members of the media yesterday for a preview of the record-breaking attraction.
The Mack Rides designed and manufactured coaster features a 10-story vertical drop out of the loading station.
According to a news release from the park, Time Traveler represents “a new era in coasters, delivering ride experiences unlike any before, with no two rides alike.”
The park has repeatedly stressed the “controlled spin” of Time Traveler’s trains as opposed to “teacup-ride” fast spin. Regardless, Time Traveler indeed offers guests a different experience each time they ride.
“This coaster’s state-of-the-art controlled spin provides riders a unique thrill experience while still appealing to families,” said Silver Dollar City Attractions president Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions.
Mack Rides CEO Christian von Elverfeldt said: “The car is the most advanced roller coaster car in the industry, featuring a free-spinning rotation on a launched roller coaster. For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience.”
Watch an on-ride and off-ride video of Time Traveler below:
World Records Broken by Time Traveler:
- Fastest at 50.3 mph
- Steepest: 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop
- Tallest at 100 feet
It also features a number of “firsts”:
- First spinning coaster with three inversions: a dive loop, a vertical loop and a zero-g roll (and first with a vertical loop)
- First and only spinning coaster with a double launch: 0-47 mph in 3 seconds; 30-45 mph in 3.5 seconds
The coaster stretches 3,020 feet through the park’s hilly terrain — taking full advantage of those elevation changes. Because of the complexity of the terrain, construction on the coaster began in October 2016. It was officially announced in August 2017.
The intricately themed trains match perfectly the steam-punk, time-travel theme of the coaster:
The cars themselves are quite large — it’s mesmerizing to watch them navigate the comparatively small track.
I can’t wait to see what this area looks like once all the leaves return. The track will surely blend right in with the Ozark Mountain foliage.
The park has also spruced up the Valley Road area of the park that is now home to Time Traveler.
New to the area are the Time Traders gift shop and Traveler’s Stop eatery, the latter of which serves chicken sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches.
All Images © Silver Dollar City Attractions
In true Silver Dollar City fashion, the theming and overall aesthetic of the area look amazing.
What are your thoughts about Time Traveler? Does it spin too much? Not enough? Just right? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.