World Record Triple-Inversion Spinning Roller Coaster Coming to the Ozarks

time traveler roller coaster
Over-the-top, family-friendly Branson, Missouri is hardly a magnet destination for solo adventure travelers. But its 1880s-themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City, is already teasing something big, exciting, and record-breaking for spring 2018. The first-ever Time Traveler roller coaster will be “ahead of our time”: the steepest, fastest, tallest spinning roller coaster in the world.

By the numbers, Time Traveler is impressive. The 3,020-foot ride will top out at more than 50 miles per hour and reach a 100-foot peak before a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop — all in less than two minutes. The three inversions along the way — including a zero-G roll, a dive loop, and a vertical loop — are the most of any coaster of its kind. To be sure, there are faster, steeper, and taller coasters in the world — even in the United States. But Time Traveler will be the first-ever spinning coaster to break these records. That means all these twists, turns, drops, and zero-G rolls will be done while each car simultaneously spins 360 degrees on adjustable magnetic motors.

The coaster’s design was inspired in large part by the lives and fantastical writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, so there’s a distinct steampunk element as well. Silver Dollar City enhances the story with a historic lecture by the 19th-century clock-maker, Charles Henry, who was said to have diligently sought the secrets of time travel. The new coaster is said to be the ultimate result of his experiments. Cheeky? Sure. But, the rugged, mountainous beauty of the Ozarks should help sell the backstory by providing the perfect backdrop for the one-of-a-kind ride.

This news will be Silver Dollar City’s biggest since the 2013 opening of the park’s first triple-inversion Outlaw Run. This unique coaster became the first ever to feature a hybrid steel-and-wood construction. Time Traveler takes cues from Cobra’s Curse — a similar coaster built by the same design company in Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016. Both feature cars which can spin randomly and face backward or forward depending on riders’ weight distribution.

Bottom line: if you’re a roller coaster buff, it’s time to update your bucket list.

Food & Drink

Heading to Hawaii? Make Your Reservations at Manta Restaurant to Eat Big Island Beef

How can cattle raised in Hawaii stand-up to beef carefully coddled for years in Japan, Australia, and the mainland U.S.? Pretty damn easily, that's how.
Living

The Best Presidents’ Day Mattress Sales this Weekend

Ready to upgrade your sleep? Now is the time to get a new mattress for cheap.
Food & Drink

6 Best Aged Rums Over $50 and Under $100

When it comes to sipping, a good aged rum — one that is crafted with care, quality, and time — can rival any other aged spirit any day of the week.
Auto

All the Presidents’ (Coolest) Cars: A Look at How the POTUS Rolls

The presidential state car serves as a reflection of technological progress, the style of the time, and the stark realities of safety and security concerns.
Travel

The Palms Casino’s Newest High-Roller Suites Have a Bowling Alley and Whiskey Room

The Hardwood Suite is a basketball-centric masterpiece, while the Kingpin suite is a bowling bro's paradise.
Living

Detroit’s Shinola Hotel Has Us Feeling Right At Home

With stylish guest suites and a social “living room,” the Shinola Hotel honors the Motor City’s past while looking to a bright future.
Travel

10 Reasons to Visit Norway in 2019

The picturesque ruggedness of Norway is just part of the appeal of what may arguably be one of the most beautiful countries on the planet.
Travel

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet?
Outdoors

4 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World

You'll need a healthy dose of fear and a desire to push your self to the edge — just not over it.
Travel

‘App in the Air’ Could Help Travelers Survive the Next Government Shutdown

It's like an airport survival kit in your pocket. It will be handy long after the government shutdown ends (again).
Travel

Celebrate Your Single-ness This Valentine’s Day with a Cheap Vacation

Contiki is looking to make solo celebrations even better with deeply discounted travel packages for Singles Awareness Day.
Travel

Win a Private Island Getaway for You and 7 of Your Closest Friends

Bring the entire squad on an ultra-luxe Belizean getaway worthy of a one-percenter.
Living

The Jamaican Villa Where Ian Fleming Created James Bond is for Rent and It Is Amazing

You can vacation at the birthplace of secret agent 007, complete with butlers to make your martinis.
Auto

PlugVan Converts Most Vans Into Full-Fledged Campers in 5 Minutes

Your van can be backcountry-ready for the weekend and back to work Monday morning.