Silver Dollar City and Mack Rides Reveal New Time Traveler Train
Yesterday, media and industry leaders gathered around the Mack Rides booth at the IAAPA Expo as the inventors and designers of Silver Dollar City’s ground-breaking roller coaster Time Traveler revealed the ride’s first vehicle. Time Traveler will make its much-anticipated debut at the park in Spring 2018.
Representatives from both the German-based Mack Rides and Silver Dollar City joined together to pull back a curtain, unveiling the vehicle, which dramatically emerged from a cloud of fog. The Time Traveler vehicle is part of an innovative project currently underway at the 1880s-themed park. When Time Traveler opens in the spring, it will be the “World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Complete-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster”.
The vehicle, which is the first of four cars that will be positioned on each of three trains, resembles a time-traveling machine. The highly stylized Time Traveler features gears, cogs and other industrial components as part of its décor. Beyond its specialized look, the most cutting-edge feature of the vehicle is its 360-degree adjustable magnetic spin control.
“The car is the most advanced roller coaster car in the industry, featuring a free-spinning rotation on a launched roller coaster,” said Christian von Elverfeldt, CEO of Mack Rides, the ride’s manufacturer. “For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience for all ages.” Riders will need to be at least 51 inches tall, which opens the ride to a multitude of ages and allows it to complement Silver Dollar City’s commitment to entertaining the whole family.
The game-changing vehicle allows riders to experience two simultaneous thrills: a roller coaster car moving along a track, but also a spinning component that provides a different ride each time … and does not result in the whirling sensation some riders feel on a standard “teacup ride.”
At an investment of $26 million, Time Traveler is Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever. The coaster is custom-designed to fit the park’s mountainous terrain. In total, the track crosses over itself 14 times. Let’s take a look at a few of the records Time Traveler will break when it opens:
- 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 and Only with Three Inversions – A Dive Loop, a Vertical Loop and a Zero-G Roll
- First and 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
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