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It’s time for SDC’s Time Traveler

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After hosting a sneak peek yesterday, Silver Dollar City today opened its largest project to date.

The $26 million Time Traveler roller coaster was first revealed yesterday to special guests and the media. Images provided by Silver Dollar City show Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. co-founder Jack Herschend and his wife Sherry among the first to ride the coaster.

Time Traveler starts with a 10-story, 90-degree drop and reaches 50.3 mph. It has three inversions with a mountainous, forested backdrop. The signature element, officials say, is the coaster’s 360-degree spinning cars designed by Germany-based Mack Rides, according to a news release.

“The car is the most advanced roller coaster car in the industry, featuring a free-spinning rotation on a launched roller coaster,” said Mack Rides CEO Christian von Elverfeldt, who traveled to the United States for the coaster debut, in the release. “For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience.”

Time Traveler’s opening corresponds with the first day of Silver Dollar City’s spring season.

When plans were unveiled in August, park officials said Time Traveler cost HFE Corp. double that of its most recently constructed coaster, Outlaw Run.

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