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Hold tight: Silver Dollar City unveils record-breaking spinning roller coaster

Take a ride on Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler roller coaster

Time Traveler, a world record-breaking roller coaster under construction at Silver Dollar City, features spinning cars, two launches, three inversions and a killer 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop. The $26 million ride opens in spring 2018.
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Time Traveler, a world record-breaking roller coaster under construction at Silver Dollar City, features spinning cars, two launches, three inversions and a killer 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop. The $26 million ride opens in spring 2018.

Prepare to flip, roller coaster fans.

Silver Dollar City, the 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Mo., just unveiled plans for a world-record-breaking $26 million spinning coaster called Time Traveler.

The ride, set to roll out in spring 2018, features a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop down an Ozark mountainside. Riders spin 360 degrees and go upside down through three inversions: a dive loop, a zero-gravity roll and a 95-foot-tall vertical loop.

Time Traveler is the most expensive attraction in Silver Dollar City’s 57-year history. In addition to the loops and spins, it features two launches — the first propels riders from 0 to 47 miles per hour in three seconds.

Plans for the ride have been in the works for two years and were officially unveiled in a live video on Wednesday — National Roller Coaster Day — by Silver Dollar City president Brad Thomas.

During the video, Thomas brags that Time Traveler will be the world’s “fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster.” “Complete circuit” means the track continues back to the starting station, as with most roller coasters. (The other major type, shuttle roller coasters such as Worlds of Fun’s Boomerang, reverse and travel back on the same track.)

Time Traveler was designed by Mack Rides, a German company founded in 1780 that made wagons. It was specifically engineered to hug the mountainous terrain of the Ozarks, and its name hints at Silver Dollar City’s old-fashioned theme.

“Since 1960, Silver Dollar City has been a vessel for time travel,” Thomas says in the video.

The 100-acre park features 100 working craftspeople such as blacksmiths, glassblowers and candle-makers. There are also 12 stages for live music, shops that sell handmade items and food stands that serve kettle corn, succotash, funnel cakes, fudge, Icees and deep-fried Oreos.

In recent years, the park owned by Herschend Family Entertainment has focused on adding themed festivals and rides. Silver Dollar City currently has five roller coasters: the indoor Fire in the Hole, the wooden Thunderation, the looping WildFire, a launch coaster called PowderKeg and a wooden inversion coaster called Outlaw Run.

Outlaw Run opened in 2013 and was the first wooden coaster with multiple inversions. It’s also one of the fastest wooden coasters in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour.

Time Traveler is Silver Dollar City’s biggest investment ever; according to the park, it cost at least two times more than any previous attraction. Construction is already underway.

During the announcement, Thomas said that Silver Dollar City had spent $50 million between 2013 and 2018 and that he hoped Time Traveler would attract roller coaster addicts from around the world to the Ozarks.

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