Last week we introduced you to Silver Dollar City, undoubtedly one of the best theme parks found in the country. Like its sister park Dollywood, you’re transported to a world of world-class shows, food, entertainment, and thrill rides. We finally made our first trip to Branson over the summer and were so impressed with the park, we couldn’t fit everything into one article! Thanks for joining us on round two as we continue to explore the theme park set in the 1880’s, beginning with its headlining attraction!
New for 2018 is Time Traveler, a record-breaking launched coaster. Designed by German manufacturer Mack Rides and featuring a whopping price tag of $26 million dollars, it’s the first ride of its kind in the world. Guests are in for a surprise as the train immediately plunges out of the station one hundred feet straight down. Riders then navigate not one, but two launches and three inversions along Time Traveler’s 3,020 feet of twisted green track. While these stats might not sound too impressive, the ride is a record-breaker due to it being the world’s longest and only launched spinning coaster! Don’t let this fact scare you away; we absolutely loved it!
Silver Dollar City has some truly unique coasters, but that’s only a small portion of the rides they have scattered throughout the park. Families can enjoy the Magnificent Wave Carousel, swing high in the sky on the Mighty Galleon ship, or take a wild spin on the Royal Tea Party. A recent addition saw the opening of Fireman’s Landing, a family-friendly area featuring multiple rides and a giant firehouse. Inside kids will find obstacle courses, slides, and foam ball cannons where they can battle it out. Smaller tykes can join Lucky the Firedog on Lucky’s Dizzy Dogs and families love taking a spin on teh Fire Wagon Frenzy. Adventurous firefighters can conquer the Firefall, an 80 foot-tall launched drop tower. Nearby in Wilson’s Farm, guests can conquer the Giant Barn Swing as it swings back and forth seven stories in into the sky!
Hot days call for water rides, and the park has three fun choices to get you wet! American Plunge is a classic log flume that will get you completely soaked. Across the park in the Riverfront, Lost River of the Ozarks looks suspiciously like the Smoky Mountain River Rampage but has surprising new thrills. Tom and Huck’s River Blast is an extraordinary version of River Battle, one of our favorite Dollywood rides that we lost last season. Readers who remember the days when Dollywood was Silver Dollar City Tennessee will be thrilled to know that The Flooded Mine can still be found here!
As you explore the park be sure to keep your eyes open. There are so many quirky attractions to be found here! Grandfather’s Mansion is a walkthrough attraction that combines a funhouse with Wonderworks. Half Dollar Holler is a giant climbing structure for kids to burn off that extra energy. Stop by the McHaffie’s Homestead to interact with farm animals. There’s even a swinging bridge that takes you high into the trees! Even the ordinary-looking train ride has a twist as the peaceful ride is interrupted by train robbers!
Craftmens shops and demonstrations are a big thing here. Woodcarvers, blacksmiths, and more can be found. Over one hundred craftsmen can be found across the park, preserving the traditions and art that have been part of the Ozark region for generations.
Shows and festivals have been a staple here from the beginning. In fact, the park promises that 2019 will be the best year for shows, labeling it as The Year of Shows and Festivals. Be sure to catch Roots and Koontz at the Silver Dollar Saloon. This classic is not to be missed and it promises to be even better in 2019 with an entirely new look. Springtime will see the debut of Festival of Wonder in April and then the debut of Bluegrass and BBQ throughout May.
Summer promises to be filled with fun as the Summer Concert Series kicks off. This popular event will see throwback concerts from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Kid Magic is a new show for next year featuring the skills of Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn from America’s Got Talent. The park’s headlining show for next summer will be Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure, a wonderful stage show that promises to take families on a magical journey of discovery.
With the popularity of Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin Luminights, it only seemed to be a matter of time before the event made its way from the Smokies to the Ozarks. 2019 is the inaugural year for Pumpkin Nights at the park. It will be joining the Harvest Festival which has been a staple at the park for years. A new lumberjacks show will combine high-flying stunts with music set in the 1880s. This time also sees the Southern Gospel Picnic and Country Music Days where dozens of acts play throughout the park.
Silver Dollar City closes out the year with An Old Time Christmas, ranked by USA Today as one of America’s top 10 Christmas events. Come to see the Nightly Christmas Parade, over 6.5 million lights, and broadway-style shows. If you were a fan of Disney’s Osborne Lights you’ll be excited to know that Silver Dollar City purchased the displays. You’ll find them at Christmas in Midtown! For a complete list of all the shows and festivals, be sure to visit www.silverdollarcity.com and click on the shows banner.
Of course, no visit to Silver Dollar City is complete without a trip into the cave that started it all. Located at the front of the park, guided tours are free with admission and depart hourly. In addition you may also take part in a guided lantern tour. While these do have a small charge, it gives visitors the chance to relive the early days in the 1890’s where the only light was that of a gas lamp. We highly recommend setting the time aside to visit Marvel Cave. It’s one of the most impressive caves we’ve toured. Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss it!