‘Silver Dollar City’ News

Silver Dollar City Opening Day 2015

IMG_3451 Opening day for the 2015 season got off to a fairly lackluster start. Rain prevented the typical opening ceremony involving the raising of the flag and the pledge of allegiance (at the same time honoring service members in attendance). Instead we huddled around the main...

Silver Dollar City Introduces New Character

Silver Dollar City has a long tradition of creating characters to go along with the theme and storyline of the park. At one point, all of the park’s “citizens” had their own back-stories and individualized costumes. Various major additions to the park such as Rube...

Fireman’s Landing Topped Off with Iconic Bell

Another milestone in the construction of the huge new Fireman’s Landing area of Silver Dollar City was reached today with the setting of the iconic firehouse bell atop the new Firehouse #3. KSPR had a great little interview with park general manager Brad Thomas in...

Spring Ride Days Start on March 14

IMG_2576 Silver Dollar City will open for the 2015 season on March 14, 2015. During “Spring Ride Days” the park will be open from 9:30 am to 6 pm with all rides and some shops and craftsmen open. This event occurs on March 14-15, 18-22, and...

Silver Dollar City Meets Attendance Expectations for 2014

In a rare move, Silver Dollar City released the attendance total for 2014 in a recent article (see here). At 1.9 million visitors in 2014, SDC PR Director Lisa Rau says they met their goal for the year. The park struggled some during the year...

Outlaw Run Officially a World Record Holder

IMG_2015 Outlaw Run debuted back in 2013, but the Guinness Book of World Records has finally caught up and officially declared the ride as the “Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster” due to it’s legendary 81-degree drop. I’m not sure why it took them 2 extra years to...

Violet Hensley, One of Silver Dollar City’s Oldest Musicians, Biographed in New Book

Violet Hensley is one of the true treasures of a person you can only find at Silver Dollar City. In fact, she’s actually a recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure award! Violet’s life and decades of experiences at Silver Dollar City have now been biographed...

Throwback Thursday: Shanty Town

[Editor's Note: Thanks to Junior for a number of corrections in the dates that I had listed formerly] This week’s Throwback concerns a long-gone section of the park that is often referenced, but rarely talked about in detail. As with most other Throwback Thursday posts...

Coaster Christmas 2014

IMG_3008 This was my first year to actually make it to Coaster Christmas, and I definitely hope to make it an annual tradition. Last year’s event was essentially canceled due to a snow storm, so this year it was moved to the second weekend of November...

Fireman’s Landing Update (Coaster Christmas)

IMG_2837 A major component of the ACE Coaster Christmas event this year was a backstage tour of the construction of Fireman’s Landing. The park opened up the center area to us, and had some of the construction leads on hand to answer our questions. Even for...