BRANSON, Mo. - Silver Dollar City revealed a multi-million dollar project -- Mystic River Falls. The new rafting journey is set to open in 2020.
The new Rivertown attraction will have food, photo ops and a view of the rafters as they end their journey on Mystic River Falls.
The raft journey will be nearly a half mile long before reaching an 82 foot tall lift tower. Once at the top, the ride will follow an elevated river channel more than six stories tall. Then, officials say riders will experience the tallest raft ride drop in the western hemisphere - 45 feet.
You can learn more about the future addition to Silver Dollar City here: https://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/2020
Media Release from Silver Dollar City:
(Branson, Missouri, 8/13/2019) – Silver Dollar City is making a historic splash starting Fall of
2019 and going through the park's 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee of 2020 by investing $30 million into new park offerings. This represents the largest investment, made during a one-year time frame, in the 60-year history of Silver Dollar City.
As part of a series of upcoming attractions, the largest of the announcements will open next summer with the debut of Mystic River Falls. The exhilarating new water raft ride will feature the "Tallest Drop in the Western Hemisphere." This addition will take themed water experiences to the next level, setting an ever-higher standard for guest expectations. Additional 2020 announcements include a highly-themed area and dining experience, bringing the total investment to more than $27 million.
Still to reveal during 2019, Silver Dollar City will soon open its doors, day and night, to a glowing Fall Harvest Festival that showcases Pumpkin Nights, a concept all new to Silver Dollar City. Between live and specially-carved, there will be more than 8,000 pumpkins.
Most prominent will be the illuminated pumpkins and custom-designed carved pumpkin icons that reach from the ground to as high as 4 stories, such as a massive cat, spider, owls and others. A nighttime black light dance party, along with rides and attractions, will keep the park glowing into extended hours of 9pm/10pm on weekends. During the day, the park is adding a new acrobatic adventure of a lumberjack production show from Canada, Cirque Eloize, plus dozens of new to the City crafters, including a new Makers' Market. Food at the park also adopts a fall look and palette with pumpkin-flavored churros and ice cream, glow-in-the-dark beverages and classic fall favorites like caramel apples and cider. (Investment of $2 million)
An Old Time Christmas
An Old Time Christmas, already heralded as one of the biggest and brightest holiday celebrations in the land, brings more to its entertainment menu with the addition of a customengineered & designed 8-story, lighted, special effects Christmas tree. The tree combines color, music and animated imagery to create an immersive experience "Joy on Town Square." (Investment of $1.5 million)
Mystic River Falls
Mystic River Falls, itself a $23 million investment, will be a River Adventure that is themed to the history and legend of the great Marvel Cave, which was the catalyst for Silver Dollar City six decades ago. Riders will splash through nearly a half-mile (2100') scenic journey, navigating hairpin turns, high tides and a hidden mine shaft on more than a 5-minute trek.
Plus, Adventurers will discover industry-leading special features:
- 82' Tall Lift Tower
River Adventurers will ascend a more than 8-story lift tower, exposed to the open air as their rafts rotate during the climb! The rotation elevator lift of 4 platforms is unique to this ride and will be the only one like it in the world to go up so high.
- More than 6-Story Elevated River Channel, 180' Long
The rafts will connect to an elevated river channel suspended in the air 66' high and travel within the channel for 180 linear feet.
- A Grand Finale Waterfall of 4.5 Stories of Thrilling Adventure!
Racing down and through the ride's queue building, River Adventurers will brave the Mystic River Falls finale…
The Tallest Raft Ride Drop in the Western Hemisphere - 4.5 Stories to The Wettest Splashdown in the Park's 60-Year History!
Mystic River Falls will be the highlight of a new themed area of the park, Rivertown, where 1880s townfolk are caught up in a high-spirited celebration, representing Silver Dollar City's Diamond Jubilee.
The all-new Rivertown Smokehouse, the largest dining investment in the corporation's history, will serve the park's famous BBQ plus new favorites, providing 450 viewing seats along the banks of the Mystic River. (Investment $4 million)
And to think, it all started with a hole in the ground. Marvel Cave in Branson was among the most popular "show caves" in the 1950s and 60s. In fact, the Herschends started Silver Dollar City so tourists to Marvel Cave had something to do while waiting for their tours. The family quickly learned they had entered into the theme park business!
Mystic River Falls calls upon that rich history for theming and backstory, intermingling fact and fiction, legend and lore, to arrive at an attraction that celebrates the spirit of adventure that's part of Ozark culture. An underground body of water that seems to come from and go nowhere, Mystic River truly appears on the park's historical maps as discovered and documented by botanist S. Fred Prince in the late 1800s, and to this day, flows in Marvel Cave. For the new ride, guests will be transported back to the 1880s in a storyline that revolves around a historically-based fictional character named Pearl Brazen, an intrepid explorer who's eager to take them on a bold quest to find the headwaters of the Mystic River.
Silver Dollar City's 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee will begin in March, 2020 along with park opening; an Anniversary Celebration will launch the weekend of May 1, 2020, followed by Mystic River Falls opening during the summer season.
As is tradition, cave tours are offered daily, so in 2020 park guests can step into the past by exploring the cave, and then look toward the future by experiencing a record-breaking, gamechanging water ride that reminds us all that The Greatest Adventures Lie Ahead!
The Tallest Raft Ride Drop in The Western Hemisphere: 45' (4.5 Stories)
4-Platform Elevator Lift Tower: 82' tall, the rotating elevator with 4 platforms is the only one like it in the world and will allow for scenic views, increase ride capacity and lessen ride wait-time.
Elevated River Channel: More than 6-stories tall & 180 linear foot channel
Channel Length: 2,100 linear feet (nearly half-a-mile)
Water Capacity: Maximum water flow 200,000 gallons per minute
Ride Duration: Approximately 5 minutes, 30 seconds (dispatch to stop & unload)
Vehicles: 8-person rafts | 18 rafts
Seat/Restraint: Latching seat belt
Rider Height Requirements: 55'' | Guests between 40''– 55'' may ride with a supervising companion 16 years or older.
Manufacturer: Design & Construction by Silver Dollar City in partnership with R.E.S., Barr Engineering and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporate Development.
Investment: $23 Million, plus $4 Million+ for Rivertown Smokehouse
• 22 semi-loads of rebar, equal to 1 million feet or 1.5 million pounds of rebar
• 6,950 cubic yards/187,650 cubic feet of concrete poured
• 222,000 board feet of heavy rough sawn timber laid
• Approximately 6,000 tons of landscaping rocks placed
Commitment to the Environment: Mystic River Falls was designed to utilize and preserve the natural landscape, with two or more trees planted for every one removed during construction.
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