The Big Reveal: Time Traveler Coming in 2018

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At long last, Silver Dollar City has finally announced Time Traveler, a tremendously wild and innovative extreme spinning coaster set to open next March for the 2018 season. Time Traveler will take riders down a ten story vertical drop immediately out of the station before throwing them through three different inversions, two launch segments, and lots of twists and turns – all while the cars spin around on their own axis. This will be the fastest, steepest, and pretty much only looping coaster with spinning cars in the world. It would be the outright first launched looping spinner if not for a small amusement park in Japan that installed a prototype from Gerstlauer several years ago called “Viel of Dark”. Regardless, Time Traveler is easily the most innovative new ride for the 2018 season and perhaps one of the final great frontiers in roller coaster advancement.

Time Traveler is being built by Mack of Germany, a company many parks and enthusiasts rank as one of the best amusement suppliers in the industry. Mack is leaving no room for error in their relationship with SDC by taking into consideration the tolerance of the park’s wide range of guests. In order to ensure that the cars don’t spin too wildly for comfort, a magnetic governing system will be installed in each car to regulate the speed of the rotation. It will be a wild and incredible ride, but don’t be too scared away just because it moves around a little more than usual! You won’t necessarily be spinning like a tea cup, but since the cars are allowed to spin that means no two rides will ever be alike. You’ll go through some elements sideways, others backwards, occasionally forwards, and more often just at any odd angle.

Silver Dollar City is dropping a whopping $26 million on this single ride, making it the largest single investment in park history. If you combine that figure with other investments the park is making this year including a greatly expanded Christmas festival, an incredible sum of over $50 million is being invested into Silver Dollar City this year.

Here’s a quick glance at some of the incredible stats this new coaster is touting:

  • 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 an 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

Many of us at SDCFans are big fans of the incredible thematic experience that SDC always provides. This ride will be no different than usual, fitting into the park’s overall storylines with a new story involving a man named Charles Henry who inherits a clock factory in town but dreams of creating a machine capable of time travel. Together with his daughter, they tinker and experiment until the clock factory slowly becomes a workshop for their massive new invention. Citizens of Silver Dollar City are thus invited to try it out and see what happens. More details on the theme and the tagline of “Dream Big, Do Good” are expected to come throughout the months leading to the ride’s opening next year. We can already tell that the station will hold a lot of interesting details.

Check out the official site for tons of renderings and details HERE.

Joshua Meyers posted some really amazing professional photos of the day on Facebook HERE.

Here are some of my (admittedly poor quality) photos from the announcement day:

 

New Coaster Announcement Coming August 16 – Here’s What We Know

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Silver Dollar City has been steadily ramping up the excitement over the past couple of weeks for the big reveal of their newest roller coaster on August 16. SDCFans and Midwestinfoguide will be among the press pool attending the official announcement ceremony and I plan to live-update the facebook page throughout the day and the media event with as many pictures and interesting details as I can push through.

It has become highly unusual in the coaster enthusiast world for a new roller coaster to get all the way to track construction without hardly any solid details leaking to the fans. Back at the annual ACE Coaster Christmas event we were teased that it would be “Like. Nothing. Else.”. Since then we have seen an entire valley cleared, hundreds of footers built, a massive towering 6-story station building erected, and plenty of mysterious excavations and large concrete structures that we are still speculating the purpose of.

Finally some track was erected earlier this summer giving us some closure on the endless speculation of the manufacturer. We now know that it is a Mack coaster, but what type? Mack has become easily the most versatile roller coaster builder in the world, with ride options that span all class of intensity, vehicle movement, capacity, inversions, trick tracks, etc, etc, etc. What theme did they finally choose out of the many options that were presented in at least two rounds of concept pitches, or perhaps did they design something entirely different to create a unique ambiance for the ride? Will the ride spin? Go upside-down? Drop straight down? Go through a tunnel? So many options that are still possibilities until the big reveal finally arrives on August 16.

Until then, here is what we actually know, as sent to us straight from the horse’s mouth:

  • Biggest attraction EVER, by far – by more than double – for Silver Dollar City!
  • Promises a colossal, world-footprint attraction! NEVER done – anywhere – before THIS!
  • Custom designed for the mountainous terrain of the Ozarks!  
  • Promises several “First and Only” attributes – in the world!

And from what we can gather based on observation:

  • Manufacturer: Mack Rides of Germany
  • Elements: At least two large swooping turns (already constructed), potential for upside-down elements as indicated by footers
  • Some kind of drop into the valley as indicated by the height of the station.

Everything else is still a mystery! Be sure to follow us on our Facebook Page and also follow the official Silver Dollar City Facebook Page for more teasers like the one they recently posted.

Take a look at these amazing shots from last month sent in by our own Sanddunerider and see if you can connect any more dots:

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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