Time Traveler Review - Silver Dollar City

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Time Traveler

Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri
A spinning coaster broken up into three main sections, each as exciting as the previous.
The entrance sign and theme music is catchy and inviting.

Score: ➊ ➋ ➌ ➍ ➎ ➏ ➐ ➈ ➉ 7.72/10

90th Percentile 

Height Requirement: 51" / 130cm
Top Speed: 50mph
Inversions: 3

Where to Sit on Time Traveler:
 
Back two rows.

Excitement: 8.9/10 When first announced, the idea of a spinning coaster going upside down seemed like a gimmick, but it's actually one of the strangest feelings you'll ever experience on a roller coaster. Going through a corkscrew sideways or a loop while slowly spinning around is extremely thrilling and fun. It's not about the spinning, it's about taking the elements in a different way each time you take the journey. This is not a vomit-inducing ride, it's is a fun, smooth coaster that will never go out of style! This is a must-ride when you visit!
Always in a different position than the previous time you rode, Time Traveler has excellent re-rideability.
 Pacing: 7.0/10 The pacing of Time Traveler is a bit strange at times. Overall the elements are taken at comfortable speeds that aren't out of control, it works in perfect harmony with the spinning element of the cars. The issue is the strange decision to stop at the first launch, but send you through the second launch without stopping, only to have the end ride abruptly after that. The stop on the first launch is a buzzkill after experiencing one of the most exciting exits out of the station of any coaster in existence. Sure, it gives you a chance to laugh with the person next to you about what just happened, and it also results in a stronger g-force launch for the riders; but the fact that you are just sitting there waiting to relaunch is odd and uneventful. A covered section with some theming and a continuation of the story line while waiting at this holding brake would really change my opinion of the strange stop. 

The ride starts out with a vertical drop out of the station. 
Technicals: 9.0/10 Time Traveler may not have the strongest g-forces or wildest elements, but the restraints and seats are extremely comfortable, the side of the hill the ride lies on is well used through the layout, and the track is as smooth as glass.  Throughput is good and operations are average, but the ride seemed to have an above average amount of downtime during its debut season.

Theming: 4.8/10 Theming is well done on the ride, there are times throughout the layout where more could add to the experience because once you leave the station the theming is non-existent. The trains are a work of art and the excitement just when you sit down and see all the lights flashing in front of you is exciting and fun.

Uniqueness: 8.9/10 This is one unique coaster that fits in with Silver Dollar City's coaster collection perfectly. The order of elements is exciting and taking them in a different position each time you ride is one of the reasons this is most re-rideable coasters in existence. The hillside works to the layouts advantage, and there's no other ride like this on Earth. Silver Dollar City has a winner on their hands.

Score: ➊ ➋ ➌ ➍ ➎ ➏ ➐ ➈ ➉ 7.72/10 

Placement: 90th percentile among all coasters. (Ranked in the top 10% of coasters worldwide.)

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