SILVER DOLLAR CITY
& WHITEWATER BRANSON
Herschend Family Entertainment Corp.
Park News - (11/28/16) Some great pictures from Silver Dollar City showing off the park's "An Old Time Christmas" event have been posted to MidWestInfoGuide this week.
2017 - New Entertainment / Events - (2/6/17) An interesting rumor has been making the rounds for the past couple of months, claiming that for the "Christmas in Midtown" holiday light expansion coming to Silver Dollar City's "An Old Time Christmas" in late 2017, that some of the new displays would actually be from the retired "Osbourne" Christmas lights display at Walt Disney World.
At first I felt that Disney must have destroyed the old display when they retired it, but now I'm hearing that certain aspects of the display may have indeed been sold off to Silver Dollar City to continue the legacy... in secret of course. According to the rumor the framework of some of the more famous Osbourne three-dimensional units (like the giant globe, Santa's sled w/ Reindeer and a carousel style unit of Angels that would move in a circle) are now at Silver Dollar City and being renovated and outfitted with modern LED style lighting.
Neither the park, nor Herschend Family Entertainment has confirmed any of this, but there have been more than a few eye witnesses who have seen the hardware on site at the park with their own eyes apparently. It is likely that while SDC may have bought the hardware to fix-up and put it to good use again, they may not be allowed to officially admit where any of it came from at this time due to the nature of the sales contract from Disney.
Either way, it is nice to see that the old spirit of the Osbourne lights will live on yet again, this time at Silver Dollar City.
(10/31/16) Silver Dollar City has announced a few entertainment programs for the 2017 season so far. The Festival of Wonder is coming with various new entertainment acts including the "William Close & The Earth Harp Collective" that is said to feature the world's longest playable string instrument that may span the length of the Red Gold Heritage Hall. 2017 will also see The Year of Food & Crafts come to the park with many new menu items, and a bigger focus on craftsman and their hand-made works. An Old Time Christmas is also said to be expanded and add a new Christmas in Midtown section to the park's display. 2017 is also said to be the final year for the Globetrotter Experience.
2018 - New Coaster - Under Construction - (5/30/17) In the latest update posted to MidWestInfoGuide, the first section of coaster track for the new Silver Dollar City 2018 coaster have now been placed along with several supports on the hillside. With track now going up, things should start to progress rapidly.
(5/19/17) A new collection of construction photos for the new 2018 coaster at Silver Dollar city was sent in by a reader a bit ago. What's interesting is that they are already taking advantage of one of those rumored new trademarked names as a sign by the construction site teases guests to look up www.silverdollarcity.com/wildmountain
(5/8/17) Silver Dollar City may be having a change of heart about the name and theme for their new 2018 coaster project. Previously the company had filed a trademark for the name "Time Traveler" back in December 2016 which matched up with a name and theme for the coaster that was included in a guest survey last year. Turns out the park has filed for two more new trademark names as possible alternates for the coaster in February, looking to use the names "Mountain Wings" or "Wild Mountain" instead as alternates.
This could be a sign of a number of things, including just a change of heart by management over the use of the Time Traveler name, or even the theme that was proposed as a cheesy road-side attraction / tourist trap style concept. Unlike the previous guest survey over the concept which was issued on-line, they could have quietly been asking guests in the park in person about more detailed feelings on the concept, and just not getting as positive a response as they did before when Time Traveler concept was pitched against two other alternate themes.
Of course it is always possible that the new names could be for an entirely separate project, but for the moment we're working under the assumption this is in regards to the 2018 coaster. Considering the height of the station, and the layout that will see riders drop down the side of the mountain right as they exit the station, giving it a more extreme theme like a zip line or glider style flight off the top of the mountain may fit in much better.
(4/11/17) The latest construction update from Silver Dollar City has been posted to MidWestInfoGuide this week, with lots of shots of the new 2018 coaster's crazy big station building.
(3/21/17) MidWestInfoGuide has a new update from Silver Dollar City's 2018 coaster project this week (aka: Time Traveler) with a lot of photos of this very large new station building going up on the hillside for it. I've got to agree with their assessment as well... for now it does look as if the coaster's first drop may come as soon as you exit the station, without the need for any kind of lift or launch until later on. Still, a lot to building between now and 2018... so stay tuned.
(3/16/17) One of our readers visited Silver Dollar City this week and managed to get a couple of closer-up photos of the new station building going up for the 2018 coaster project.
(3/6/17) The local news has posted a report on the new 2018 coaster under construction for Silver Dollar City this weekend, including some great aerial shots of the construction site that offer a new look at the scope of it all that we haven't seen before that you will want to see. So far the park isn't offering anything in the way of major details about what they are up to, only that the construction is for a new 'ride' (duh...) and that "It's not only something big, it's the single biggest thing ever, ever done at Silver Dollar City. By Far."
Of course if you are a regular Screamscape reader, then you are already well aware of what we believe this is going to be... and since it will be a world's first unique creation, Silver Dollar City does have every right to make those claims. Time Traveler, or whatever the final name will be, should be another huge project for the park when it opens in 2018... but we'll have to wait until probably the end of this summer before they are ready to spill the beans officially.
In the meantime, MidWestInfoGuide has also posted some new pictures of their own as seen peeking through a construction gate that was left open where they spied a new interesting development... a big hole dug next to the station with big footers down in the bottom, going down like a series of steps down the hillside. I'm very curious to know what this is for.
(2/13/17) A new Time Traveler construction update from Silver Dollar City has been posted to MidWestInfoGuide which has noted just how darn close the new coaster is coming to the Thunderation track. This includes some rather sizable footers, some of which may be for inversions elements. According to the rumor mill, the coaster may feature as many as three or four inversions or inversion like elements along the course.
(1/31/17) MidWestInfoGuide has posted a new construction update from Silver Dollar City this week, showing off some new progress being made to the future Time Traveler coaster site, especially with the formation of what appears to be the structure that will house the coaster's station.
(1/20/17) Looks like we have the name and theme of Silver Dollar City’s 2018 coaster. Herschend Family Entertainment just filed a trademark to use the name “Time Traveler” last month. As you may recall a hokey roadside tourist trap attraction with a time travel theme was one of the three themed concepts pitched in a guest survey for the coaster last year which described the experience as: “The theme here isn't true time travel, but more of a crafty roadside attraction style of time travel where guests are invited in to test the time machine and "take a spin" and be "launched back in time" to the Roman Empire, which is "suspiciously handcrafted". Looks like you were "taken for a ride".”
(1/4/17) Another Screamscape source has confirmed our earlier rumor that the 2018 Silver Dollar City coaster will indeed be the first of three launched Extreme Spinning Coasters under contract to Mack Rides at this time. No word on where in the world the other two may appear at this time.
(1/2/17) A few more photos from Silver Dollar City showing off the construction area of the park's 2018 coaster project were posted to MidWestInfoGuide just before Christmas.
Meanwhile another Screamscape source has sent in an interesting rumor indeed. They tell us that the new coaster may indeed be the first Extreme Spinning Coaster from Mack Rides. While we don't know the layout, the early rumor also indicates that the coaster may also include a few inversions as well. Anyone else know more?
(12/19/16) A new trip report from Silver Dollar City posted to Negative-G shows off a lot of the park's decor and rides as shot during a Coaster Christmas event at the park. But if you make it all the way out to Page 7 of the update, they take a look at the construction going on for the park's 2018 hillside coaster project where footers were being set up already. Lots of work taking place already for a project so far away... should be an interesting 2017 season to say the least.
(10/17/16) While Silver Dollar City has not yet announced what they are working on, MidWestInfoGuide now reports that what appear to be the forms for the first large concrete footers have now appeared on the hillside site that was being cleared earlier this year.
(8/11/16) We've mentioned the new land clearing being made on a previously undeveloped hillside at Silver Dollar City now we think we may know more about what is going on here. A guest survey was sent out proposing three different themes for a similar coaster design that seems to be some kind of terrain style spinning coaster. Each of the design art pieces show off a large tower structure where the track still pass under the roof of the tower and drop down a very steep drop. They also each have different themed environments you are supposed to pass through on your way, but the themed being told here are quite different. Survey takers are being asked to choose between a "Time Traveler" theme, a Silver Mine theme and a "Rodeo" theme.
1) Time Traveler - The theme here isn't true time travel, but more of a crafty roadside attraction style of time travel where guests are invited in to test the time machine and "take a spin" and be "launched back in time" to the Roman Empire, which is "suspiciously handcrafted". Looks like you were "taken for a ride".
2) Travel through the mysterious lost "silver caves" of the Ozarks. Your mine cart will take you on a wild ride through caverns, past old abandoned digging equipment and more.
3) Time to test your mettle on the rodeo circuit, as you climb aboard a themed ride that will spin, twist, buck and drop to try and shake you from their back.
My take? Just flat out "NO!" to the #3 from me as being one of the worst things I've ever heard of. I can deal with the tacky time travel roadside attraction theme, but it pales in comparison to the classic fun of a wild trip down a lost silver mine... IF they do the themeing right. Now the question is... is all this for 2017, or is this planned as a 2018 attraction instead? If I had to guess at a manufacturer, I'd lean towards Gerstlauer right now, simply because sister park, Dollywood, has bought two coasters from them (Mystery Mine and Firechaser Express). I'm thinking something similar to a Firechaser Express style track system with a launch and the addition of spinning cars could fit the bill for this quite nicely. Of course the park did previously hint in another survey about a launched coaster with spinning cars, which at the time I was thinking could be from Mack. We’ll have to wait and see.
(5/23/16) According to a photo report from MidWestInfoGuide, some new land clearing is taking place at Silver Dollar City for an unknown new project, part of which may include a new access road.
(3/1/16) Remember that plan to add a coaster to Silver Dollar City in 2017 that I told you about? According to rumors sent my way the park pitched a few coaster concepts in a guest survey not long ago, asking guests to choose between what sounds like a Mack Launched Coaster with new style Spinning Cars (which Mack posted a video about back on Nov. 19th, 2015) or a very large B&M Dive Machine with 4 inversions.
(2/3/16) Is Silver Dollar City planning a major new coaster for 2017? According to a few rumors this may be the case, though exactly what style coaster they might get isn't entirely know. The park currently has one B&M coaster (Wildfire) which is a standard Sit Down steel looping coaster, so there are many fun options to choose from that could put the park's terrain to good use as a Hyper, Wing or even large Inverted coaster would fit in quite nicely.
It has often been said that B&M does often sell their coasters with a 250 mile exclusive range bubble for 10-years for each design to help parks feel more secure that whatever they purchase, their competition wont build a slightly bigger version of the same coaster the following year. (Regarding the 10-year term... Batman: The Ride went into SFSL in 1995, and Patriot didn't open at Worlds of Fun until 2006) From what I can roughly approximate, it looks like Six Flags St. Louis is about 228 miles away and Worlds of Fun is only about 220 miles away from Silver Dollar City.
With these factors in mind, it looks like SDC would be clear to buy just about any B&M design they want, even an Inverted coaster if they choose to do so since Patriot would be over 10 years old.