A theme park in Missouri announced that it is building a record-breaking spinning roller called Time Traveler, which will open in spring 2018.
Silver Dollar City, a 1880s-style amusement park in Branson, said Time Traveler will be the “world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest spinning roller coaster.”
In its website, Silver City wrote, “Time Traveler speaks to the dreamer in each of us. This custom-designed coaster defies the laws of gravity, breaks speed barriers and makes history while challenging the dreamer in all of us to Dream Big & Do Good.”
Time Traveler is 100 feet tall, custom-designed for mountainous terrain, and has three trains carrying 16 passengers. Its speed is 50.3 miles per hour. It is the first and only spinning roller coaster with three inversions, a vertical loop (10-story, 90 degree vertical drop), and double launch— first launch is zero to 47 mph in 3 seconds and the second launch is 30 to 45 mph in 3.5 seconds.
It also features 360 degrees spinning vehicles with adjustable magnetic spin control, one dive loop, and one zero-G roll.
Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City Attractions, told Springfield News-Leader, “It’s gonna be really fun. It’s going to be thrilling.”
Thomas added that Mark Rides, a German company founded in 1780 designed the Time Traveler, which costs $26 million.
Dennis Gordt, a mechanical engineer at Mark Rides, commented that Time Traveler was a “crazy idea” compared to the company’s other coasters that are currently under construction around the world.
Mayor Karen Best of Branson said Time Traveler is “great” for the city and commended Silver Dollar City’s track record of adding remarkable attractions.
Park visitors and tourists already noticed construction signs at the amusement park. Some even posted photos of the construction site on social media.
A resident of Branson West, Delanae Lindstrom said she noticed a sign near the park entrance that states drones are prohibited.
“I do remember laughing about it and saying to my husband that they sure were not wanting drones to be hovering around their new structure,” said Lindstrom to News Leader.
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