Track Is Already Being Placed on 2018 Coaster

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I have been completely forgetting to write official blog updates about the new coaster under construction at Silver Dollar City. If you have been following along with our Facebook Page, I’ve been posting and sharing updates regularly.

To nearly everyone’s surprise, track has already shown up and at least one piece is already in position as of this Memorial Day weekend. The coaster will not open until the 2018 season and won’t even be announced until this August. Considering the hype and secrecy that the park is building up with their teaser campaign, we were kind of expecting them to hold off on the track for at least another month or so just to keep us guessing as long as possible. The new track does appear to confirm rumors that Mack is the designer and manufacturer of this ride. That still leaves questions about which exact type of ride system SDC purchased for Mack, whose offerings include extreme spinning coasters, launch coasters, drop coasters, and all kinds of crazy variants and combinations.

 

What we do know is that the park has publicly stated that this is the single largest thing they’ve ever done, and that this ride will be like nothing else. The footprint for this ride is huge, the station is towering, and the elevation changes that they have to work with (or against, if you are the contractor) are massive. The track colors they have picked out are a brilliant combination of grey and forest green that both blend with the scenery and look pretty sleek. Now we simply have to wait to see what kind of crazy inversions, airtime hills, and/or launch sections will arise out of the tangle of footers spread across the gully. If that isn’t enough, there is re-emerging hope for some seriously incredible theming to be included with this ride.

Check out the first publicly shared shot of the track, thanks to fellow SDCFan Chris Knight (sawblade5):

Another fellow SDCFan, Swoosh, has posted a full update with analysis on his site, MidWestInfoGuide.

SDC Debuts New Teaser Site For 2018 Coaster Project

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It’s opening day at Silver Dollar City and the hype machine behind the new 2018 roller coaster project has turned up another gear. Park general manager Brad Thomas tweeted a photo earlier today of a new sign that has appeared in the ThuNderaTion queue line. In classic SDC humor, the sign tells visitors not to peek over the fence and provides a mysterious web address at the bottom. The /WildMountain? site redirects to a page inviting users to enter their contact details for a chance to hear the news about the ride firsthand as it breaks from the park itself (and of course to receive general news and ads from the park). This is a typical element of theme park marketing these days, following many other media hype campaigns that other parks have used for their new roller coasters. We have been told that the park plans a long and intriguing teaser campaign for the new coaster that will last until August when the new ride is finally revealed.

 

So what about the significance of the /WildMountain? web address? It is a matter of public record that HFEC has two unused trademarks that have been set aside specifically for roller coasters: “Time Traveler” and “Wild Mountain”. The address indicates the latter is being used, but the earlier concept pitches certainly indicated that they were exploring a creative theme involving phony time travelers. Which name is real and which is the red herring? Only time will tell.

 

Be sure to stop by the teaser site and sign up for the updates directly from the park!

Clearing Continues On Apparent New Coaster Project

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Large scale clearing has continued at Silver Dollar City in preparation for what we can only assume is a major new roller coaster project. The clearing is now readily noticeable behind Echo Hollow and next to ThuNderaTion. The change in the scenery when riding TNT is drastic: the once hidden helix and swoop through the woods is now completely exposed on one side. As we noted back in May, a large cut was made into the hillside next to TNT’s lift hill, which is now occupied by construction office trailers. The clearing shows off the large expanse of land that was previously hidden in this area; easily enough for a large new coaster. The survey stakes that clearly state ‘CL Coaster’ and ‘CL support’ are still there.

 

On the other side of Echo Hollow the majority of the current action is taking place. New utility lines are being placed down the hill, and a large new excavation has been made on the East side of the amphitheater next to the concession stand that is nearly always closed. It’s speculated that this will be a new set of restrooms to replace the set being demolished on the other side. We will probably see the Echo Hollow entrance moved closer to this side as well.

 

It’s still not easy to photograph the construction from inside the park without breaking any rules (do NOT take a camera on any coasters), but here is what I was able to snap with my cellphone from the TNT queue and EH:

2017 Project Construction Update – 5/21/16

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The 2017 project is already well underway it seems. Construction markings are flourishing in the area around ThuNderaTion and Echo Hollow. The markers clearly identify the centerline of a new roller coaster, complete with arrows apparently depicting the direction of travel. There is also a lot of electrical line work going on, with orange markings leading out from the TNT station and near the power box by Echo Hollow.

The ride markings make a tight loop mostly encircling the Echo Hollow restroom building, with markers leading off down into the valley behind the amphitheater. At least one marker can also be spotted within the turn of ThuNderaTion following the dive out of the tunnel.

The small gravel area that has always been next to ThuNderaTion’s lift hill has been expanded and had fresh gravel added, and a tall chain link fence with high wires has been added around the coaster. This is obviously going to be a major staging area. If you are quick, you can also spot a large clearing being made on the entrance road just past the turnoff where an access road is being added into the area.

At this rate, I would not be surprised to see actual clearing for the coaster itself begin next month, but that’s my assumption.

 

 

More Markings Appear for 2017 Project

The mysterious construction markers around Echo Hollow are multiplying, and as if to throw gasoline on the smoldering new coaster project rumors, some of the markers are clearly marked ‘CL COASTER’. The CL apparently denotes the centerline of the track. Furthermore, an access road into the area is being expanded, and equipment to clear trees is starting to show up.

 

Check out the most recent set of photos Here on MidwestInfoGuide.com. I’ll be heading to the park myself to check it out tomorrow, and I will try to post some photos of my own by Monday.

 

While the park could be toying with us by planting red-herring markers (some parks have been known to do things like that in the past), all signs seem to be pointing to a new coaster coming to the Echo Hollow area next year. What type of coaster and how it will fit into the area is anyone’s guess, but you can join the discussion here and make your bet now!

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