Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Time Traveler" Circuit Complete - Silver Dollar City

Final Track Piece Laid Into Place at Silver Dollar City.

The biggest spinning coaster is on track to open at the beginning of next year if everything stays to plan! Always great to see a coaster ready right at the start instead of months after opening (Six Flags!!)

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, workers at Silver Dollar City operating cranes and lifts laid the final track for the Branson-area theme park's new roller coaster, park officials said.
Laying the final track means that the coaster, dubbed Time Traveler, is "about 50 percent" complete, Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Martha Hoy Bohner told the News-Leader.
"We hope we'll have it ready when the park opens next year" at the beginning of the 2018 season, Bohner said.
Because it's not possible to pin down a date of completion, park officials say Time Traveler is coming in "spring 2018."
The $26 million ride was made public Aug. 16 at a dramatic unveiling event hosted at Silver Dollar City for journalists and Branson dignitaries.
Time Traveler is manufactured by Mack Rides, a German company founded in 1780. The crew who lowered the gleaming track in place Tuesday consisted of a mix of Silver Dollar City maintenance and construction workers and outside contractors.

Not the most exciting piece to be placed last, but still an exciting moment.
When complete, the ride will be a spinning roller coaster that begins with a 10-story, 90-degree gravity drop, three "inversions" — elements in which the coaster track turns riders upside-down and then returns them to an upright position — and a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour. 
Preparations for the ride began last year, when Silver Dollar City's parent company, Atlanta-based Herschend Family Entertainment Company LLC, filed for federal trademarks including "Time Traveler."
Silver Dollar City was closed Tuesday, so Bohner said there were no coaster fans on hand to gawk at the construction milestone.
Super exciting layout here for a coaster, while I'm not a huge fan of spinning coasters over other coaster types, (Except for Wingas, of course!) I could definitely see this ride being awesome, spinning while upside down has to be quite and odd feeling.