Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time Traveler Station Construction (SDC)

Time to take a look at the current progress of Time Traveler.  First let's look at the boardwalk.  This was taken directly under the old TNT arch.

I am happy to confirm that Poke Salad Mary's will remain next year.  The pathways will go around the building.

I am currently standing on the ADA entrance ramp.  The stairs in the middle of the photo will belong to the ride's exit which will empty out near TNT's entrance/exit.

Another view of the ADA ramp.

Looking back at the ADA ramp with the exit stairs on the left.

Heading towards the station.  This bridge will serve as the waiting spot for those who choose not to ride.  The station will empty out here.

They have constructed 3 structures on the bridge instead of one large shade structure.

You really don't realize how massive this bridge is until you are on it.

Now let's talk about the queue set up.  The stairs you see on the bottom level will be used for Trailblazer passes.  The stand-by queue line will enter under that stair case.

Here's a better look at the Trailblazer staircase.

Once they enter the building they will enter the "ground" floor where there will be a series of switchbacks and a main focal point in this open area.

After navigating the lower switch backs they will travel up the staircase to the 2nd level which will contain another set of switchbacks.

When they finally get through the line on this level they will come to this point where the normal line and the Trailblazer line will merge.

Then they will go up another flight of stairs to the loading level.

Here they will be greeted by 8 different lines which will correspond with the seats on the train.  16 passengers can ride Time Traveler at a time.

Once they have completed their ride, they will exit to the left of this pictures and then out onto to the bridge and back to the park.

Before we shift our focus to the track work, here is a good look at the maintenance bays for the ride.  We are still unclear how the switch track will function.

Time Traveler Media Event (SDC)

 Today is the big day.  Silver Dollar City is announcing its largest project to date.  Oh and did we happen to mention that today is also National Roller Coaster Day?

 Members of the media packed the stands in the Red Gold Heritage Hall for today's event.

 Lisa Rau, Director of Publicity for Herschend, welcomed everyone to the event.

 She also mentioned two hashtags that the park wanted everyone to use on social media when posting photos of the event.

 Next we were treated to the backstory of the new ride.

 Brad Thomas, General Manager of Silver Dollar City next took the stage to discuss the theme behind the ride.

 We were next treated to a history montage of the park.

 It was fun to see some of the old photographs.

Finally it was time to get down to the details of the ride with a great animation and ride specifications montage video

 After a great video of the new ride Brad broke down all of the elements of the ride.

 This thing is going to have a great layout.

 First the cars will be able to spin 360 degrees in a controlled spin.

The ride starts off with a 90 degree vertical drop.

 The ride will have 3 different inversions - a dive loop, a vertical loop.

 The final inversion is a Zero-G Roll.

 There are also two different launches on the ride.

 Next, Dennis Gordt from Mack Rides joined Brad Thomas on stage to discuss some of the process that went into designing the ride.

The attendees were treated to an amazing medley of songs by the Missouri State Chorale.

 They even had a house band to accompany the chorale.

 They are a very talented group.  We really enjoyed their performance.

 Finally we were treated to videos of Time Traveler.

 We ended the presentation portion of the event with a POV video of the ride.

 Amazing videos - this is going to be a great ride.

 Attendees were next invited backstage for lunch.

 It was quite the festive area.

 We were treated to a very tasty lunch of rotisserie chicken sandwich, twister fries, 5-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, and for dessert we had a bowl of the new Time Traveler ice cream from Highland Dairy.

Really loved the atmosphere that the park was able to create for lunch.

It's time to move over to the Time Traveler station for the next part of the event.

The park really went all out for this portion of the event as well.

First, we were treated to a bowl of the brand new Time Traveler ice cream flavor that is being produced by Highland Dairy to celebrate the new ride.

Next we were treated to a "ride" on the new Time Traveler thanks to VR technology.

Finally the park built this skybox that you could stand in for a photo opportunity.  Notice how it protrudes out from the station.  (It will be removed once the track for the station arrives)

Inside the sky box this was your view if you looked straight down.

The first drop was right there if you had your back to the station while standing in the box.

We want to thank the park for inviting us to this amazing event.  
We cannot wait to take Time Traveler for a ride next Spring.  

Thanks again to Lisa, Brad, Martha, Nick and everyone else that worked hard to put on this event.  It was a day to remember.

If you are interested, there are new shirts with the Time Traveler logo on the back now available for purchase in the Hospitality House.