Silver Dollar City Announces Time Traveler Roller Coaster

Today, Silver Dollar City announced their 2018 roller coaster, Time Traveler, the world’s tallest, fastest, and steepest spinning roller coaster. Time Traveler will have an unusual beginning, starting with a massive drop right out of the station. As the ride begins, riders will plummet down a 90-degree 100 foot tall drop, traverse through a three loops (vertical loop, dive loop, zero-g roll)...[Read More]

Kyle Lindner’s Otherworldly Roller Coaster Artwork

Kyle Lindner writes at Coaster101 and is also a graphic designer and photographer. He’s put a neat twist on roller coaster and theme park photography with his chromoskedasic prints. As you’ll see the pictures have a really unique look with a style that goes way beyond your typical roller coaster photos. Kyle explained to me how these prints are made: They’re called chromoskedasic...[Read More]

What Was Your Single Best Ride Experience of 2013?

With the year coming to a close, I thought I’d write about my single best ride experience of 2013. I’d also like to hear about your most memorable or best ride. Last year, for me it was quite a surprise. Even though I’d ridden the exciting new wing coasters, Wild Eagle and X-Flight, my pick was Mystery Mine’s Beyond 90-Degree Goodness. 2013 Contenders for Best Ride Experien...[Read More]

2013 Theme Park Year in Review

Here’s a wrap up of 2013 including the state of roller coasters and some of the biggest news stories of the year. The Year of the Wooden Coaster Comeback If 2012 was the year of the wing roller coasters, then 2013 was definitely the year that wooden roller coasters made a comeback. We saw genre-bending roller coasters with wooden coaster characteristics, but elements like loops and other inv...[Read More]

Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas Event

When I interviewed Brad Thomas, he shared that nobody does Christmas like Silver Dollar City. Apparently, with over 5 million lights (350 miles worth!) he wasn’t kidding. Here’s an excerpt from a press release about Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas: One of the nation’s most acclaimed Christmas festivals, Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas presents tw...[Read More]

The Cleanest & Friendliest Theme Parks

Amusement Today’s 2013 Golden Ticket Awards were announced last month. If you’ve been following them for a few years, then you’ll already know most of the results. You may not know the winner, but you’ll likely know much of the top 5 for each category. Year after year most of the same theme parks and rides are chosen. They just shift in order a bit. Having said that, I̵...[Read More]

Outlaw Run Interview with Brad Thomas Part 2

While I was at Silver Dollar City, I had the chance to interview Brad Thomas. He’s the General Manager of the Branson, Missouri park. I wanted to learn more about Silver Dollar City and also gain insight into how Outlaw Run came to be. It was great to get the chance to sit down with him. Part 1 focused on some great details about what makes Silver Dollar City special as well as the research ...[Read More]

Interview with Silver Dollar City's Brad Thomas

While I was at Silver Dollar City, I had the chance to interview Brad Thomas. He’s the General Manager of the Branson, Missouri park. I wanted to learn more about Silver Dollar City and also gain insight into how Outlaw Run came to be. It was great to get the chance to sit down with him. Here’s part 1 of our interview including background on Silver Dollar City and the research process ...[Read More]

Wildfire at Silver Dollar City | Roller Coaster Review

Silver Dollar City is located in the mountain’s of Southern Missouri. Aside from a few of the tallest ride’s lift hills poking out above the treeline, it’s tough to see the rides until your about to get on them. This was also the case as Daryl and Kendra (my tour guides for the day) led me towards Wildfire. I’d studied images of the brown B&M looping coaster for years, but they didn’t prepare...[Read More]

Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City | Full Review

I found myself drawn to Missouri for this year’s long-distance theme park trip. While there were two amusement parks there for me to check out, Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run really ignited my interest and was pretty much the deciding factor in why I chose this trip over the others I was considering. Awe, No They Didn’t! I still remember sitting there, awe-struck staring at the ...[Read More]

Must-See Outlaw Run Documentary

I’m back from my trip to Missouri where I visited both Worlds of Fun and Silver Dollar City. I’m working on Prowler and Outlaw Run reviews and I’ll have them up within the next week. For now though, I thought I’d share this awesome documentary on Outlaw Run. It gives a great background on the park, the project itself, and of course the finished product. In my opinion, it...[Read More]

Worlds of Fun & Silver Dollar City Trip

Soon, I’ll be heading out to Missouri for my next theme park trip. I’ve got my sights set on Worlds of Fun and Silver Dollar City. Both parks will be new to me and both offer some awesome-looking roller coasters. Worlds of Fun is a Cedar Fair park in Kansas City. Aside from Boomerang, the parks other six roller coasters will be new to me. One of them will even be a milestone. You can s...[Read More]

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