Sean: Alright y’all, we here! Finally I got the chance to visit one of the country’s best reviewed theme parks: Silver Dollar City! As a proud Dollywood season pass holder we rolled up and were given 50% off admission. Join us as we check out some of the country’s best coasters, food and scenery!
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Does anyone recognize this beautiful water clock from anywhere else? Hint… Dollywood has one in the middle of the park, where their entrance used to be once upon a time. Silver Dollar City, though larger than ever before, hasn’t quite seen the growth spurts like sister park Dollywood has and thus the classic clock is still part of the SDC entrance.
Crowds have started to form well ahead of opening, much like Dollywood guests are invited into the park prior to opening. For a second it seemed so busy we were concerned about the park’s operations for the day.
See those beautiful emotions? – Time Traveler is a very unique ride with some amazing elements that would do very well on forward facing coasters too. Luckily on Time Traveler you get to experience all of this while spinning!
The ride features several great inversions and some lovely airtime moments. However, the ride is not as intense as it looks. Pacing wise there are some slow moments and breaks throughout the ride. I believe this pacing is in the ride’s favor as spinning already adds a ton of sensory to the ride! Overall, very satisfied! We’ll talk about the ride some more in a little bit!
Next up: ThuNderaTion! The classic Arrow mine train that is considered one of their very best products. Thanks to the park’s mountainous terrain ThuNderaTion leaves the station and immediately dives some down turns towards a massive helix that then continues underground and further into the woods. You get a great view of Time Traveler. Unlike the similar coaster at Kings Island, Adventure Express, ThuNderaTion‘s lengthy lift-hill back up the mountain features a large drop as well, one of the largest seen on an Arrow mine train. Overall spectacular ride!
After riding ThuNderaTion it was time to make our way over to Outlaw Run, a coaster I had very much looked forward to riding. On the way over we noticed that the park’s rapids ride and lagoon had disappeared. New concrete flumes seem to be poured for the rumored new-age rapids ride the park may be building.
Outlaw Run is best known for its crazy airtime and impressive inversions. The terrain on which the ride is located creates for one heck of an airtime machine with a spectacular finale. I appreciated this coaster much more than I thought I would. The fast-paced wooden coaster was running particularly smooth and violently and secured a place in my top 3 wooden coasters.
Hilarious how RMC Iron Horse coasters don’t usually excite me too much but this work of art was simply the best. Another great thing about Outlaw Run, and most coasters at this park, is that they go out into nature and the entire ride takes place far away from the park’s midways.
The park’s signature lake is no more, for now. Hopefully they bring it back when the potential new ride opens. The park also has a big of a bottle-neck and dead-end issue, so a bridge from Fireman’s Landing to Outlaw Run wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
We love food, so shortly after we decided to make this a foodie day. We checked out Silver Dollar City’s Foods of Wonder: A Culinary Adventure food festival, who’s food hall is located not far from Time Traveler.
From Fireman’s Landing we get another great look at the massive construction area. Now getting around this to the Giant Barn Swing and Outlaw Run really feels like an unnecessary hike that needs to be shortened.
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