Silver Dollar City announces Time Traveler roller coaster

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:28 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Silver Dollar City announces the tallest, steepest and fastest spinning roller coaster.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:50 PM

The world's first double launched coaster? Must have traveled back in time before Maverick.

I wish they told usr how many inversions it has

Last edited by Captain Hawkeye, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:51 PM

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:26 PM
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All of those qualifiers go with spinny coaster.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:02 PM

If I ever do get to ride this thing, I guarantee I'll need to sit down for an hour afterwards.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:29 PM
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I may be the only one who will say this....I think I'd like it better with a standard sit-down train.

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:03 PM
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Goodness, that spinning looks ridiculous, and not in an appealing way. The layout looks fun though!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:36 PM

No, Mr. Gator. You're not the only one.
A dear friend in Mo. thought for sure a US version of Helix was coming, and he's slightly forlorn. Had all the signs...

When Europa slapped spinning cars on Blue Fire it seemed sure that it was a test planned to show somebody out there. I watched it on the vid several times and I could only deduce it might be a bad idea.

Bless their hearts, SDC seems to be sending mixed messages with this. Free spinning but with a magnetic braking system to satisfy thrill seekers and families too? What does that mean?
I see a 90 deg drop, 3 inversions, all the while spinning. I'm still trying to figure out what's family friendly about that. While the stats themselves don't sound like much, it looks like the spinning may add a certain barf factor for some riders.

It sure ain't Tampa.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:02 PM
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rollergator said:

I may be the only one who will say this....I think I'd like it better with a standard sit-down train.

Nah, I agree. This looks like it'd make me sick, but the track layout looks solid on its own. I said this in the General forum:

Looks like a better version of the one at BGT which I was totally meh about. Personally, I think the ride looks good enough without the spinning element of it, but whatevs, people like that stuff.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:22 PM
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OK, so I'm not the only one.... :-P

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:03 AM
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Far from it. It's impressive looking, layout is great, but...lordy. Way too much spinning for me.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 1:57 AM

What a smart way to solve capacity problems

Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:41 AM

According to what I heard, the testing on Blue Fire with a completely free spinning car on Blue Fire was not conclusive. It was just way too intense and lead them to the system that will debut on Time Traveller where a magnetic brake will engage once the car spins too fast. This should help reduce the intensity and make it perfect for Silver Dollar City.

Currently, only one other spinning coaster feature a launch and it also has an inversion. I rode it as the "Veil of Dark" at the Sega Joypolis in Tokyo and it was quite a weird Gerstlauer creation! It started off as an interactive shooter where you use a small tab and button on your restraint to shoot at zombies and monsters on screens like Toy Story Mania. Next, after climbing a steep lift hill, you had a final screen and after, the car reached a block brake where the spinning unlocked and you were tire launched into a banked curve over the main plaza of the park. An awesome barrel roll followed and then the ride ended with a compact section in the dark with sharp turns and small drops.

Don't ask me why, but last year, Sega closed down the ride and stripped down the theming and interactive system. They replaced it with a musical theme and I haven't been back there to try it out.

My one concern is the cost of this attraction: 26.5 million dollars for this? Helix was a much larger ride with a more difficult location and it was 28-29 million US in 2014.

Last edited by Absimilliard, Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:42 AM

Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:33 AM

Mackrides had testet these spinning cars on the Blue Fire, from these tests they noticed that sometimes the spinning would be way too intense. Now they have made the turntables with somekind of magnetic braking as such to control the maximum of spinn each car can get

onride in 360 and with spinning cars

On the above video the turning of the cars would not make me sick.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:57 AM

Blue Fire is enough for me as is, thank ya very much.
I'm intrigued about things like barrel rolls in a spinning car. The chance of facing any one of a million changing directions makes me say hmmmm. I think I'd be pretty tense there, especially the first time.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:22 AM

Absimilliard said:

My one concern is the cost of this attraction: 26.5 million dollars for this? Helix was a much larger ride with a more difficult location and it was 28-29 million US in 2014.

Really? This is an actual "concern"? Are you afraid they'll write a hot check they can't cover and Mack will send the repo man to pick it up before you get the chance to ride? This, like the name bitching, goes to show that, if they can't find something they actually don't like about a ride, some enthusiasts will just make something up.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:59 AM
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But flipping out about the minutia of someone elses post... that's the sweet spot. (He says as he flips out about the minutia of someone else's post.)

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 PM

Uh, who's flipping out? I'm confused.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:06 PM

rollergator said:

I may be the only one who will say this....I think I'd like it better with a standard sit-down train.

I'm with you on this Gator. The spinning not only will make me sick (even with dramamine) it seems hard to tell when your up or down and what is going on from the video. I'm increasingly having more problem "stomaching" inversions. You add in spinning and I'll be lucky if I don't vomit. Tried VR on Iron Dragon yesterday and nope, nope, nope. Regretted that decision as my stomach was upset for quite awhile afterwards. Sucks to get old.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:18 PM
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They forgot one more world record...

"Most vomit collected by a roller coaster"

No thanks...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:32 PM
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Yup. I'm officially old, and finding that there are coasters and rides I just cannot ride. I can generally handle the small ones like Waldameer's spinner - or at least I could a few years ago, but you won't find me in line for this.

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