Charles Henry and his precocious daughter, two dreamers with a desire to improve the world by inventing a machine that would navigate both time and space.Before the advent of DeLoreans, flux capacitors, and long stretches of well paved roads where drivers could easily reach and sustain 88 miles per hour, inventors had to be very creative in their attempts to become Time Travelers. One such case in point from the 1880’s is
Having recently inherited his family’s clock making factory, Mr. Henry became fascinated by the notion that every passing minute of time is simply one more opportunity to make the world a better place. If he could somehow invent a machine that could manipulate that passage of time, each moment could then be maximized for the best outcomes. Furthermore, it was his hope that if given the ability to learn firsthand from the mistakes of the past, humanity could apply that knowledge to help drive a better, brighter future for everyone. Propelled by the mantra "Dream Big – Do Good" and the youthful optimism of his unwaveringly supportive daughter, Charles Henry, the 29-year-old inventor and clock maker, set out to build a Time Machine.
Taking inspiration from inventors, thinkers, and the creative masterminds at MACK Rides (as well as a generous monetary contribution from the overwhelmingly supportive townspeople of Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri), Charles Henry went to work. After many stops and starts, Time Traveler, Mr. Henry’s invaluable contribution to society, was born (for those interested, here are the specs on the fastest, tallest, and steepest spinning coaster he created).
And today, March 13, 2018, the leaders of Silver Dollar City have opened their doors to select guests, allowing them to experience Mr. Henry’s amazing invention for the very first time. My oldest son, Jacob, and I were on hand to report back our findings to the Theme Park Insider faithful. Here is our on-ride video:
What did we think of Time Traveler? In a nutshell, it is a fun, one of a kind experience. From the brilliantly constructed, three-story load house that is built to take full advantage of the park’s sweeping terrain, to the exhilarating, 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop as the trains leave the station, to the innovative spinning ride vehicles, the three inversions, the two Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) launches (one horizontal and one inclined), and the 14 points in the circuit when the track is passing over or under itself, Charles Henry’s invention is a delightful, whole-family attraction.
Time Traveler offers a smooth ride that is quick and comfortable from loading to unloading, with decent speed and some sweeping moments of weightlessness. Furthermore, it is yet another coaster addition that complements Silver Dollar City’s hilly terrain and provides a unique adventure in an already amazing park. For riders worried about the spin of the vehicle, worry no longer. Rather than the free spin that comes from sitting off balanced on typical spinning coasters, the ride vehicles for Time Traveler control that spin and provide an exhilarating change of perspective without the whirling motion that can turn some visitors a deep shade of green.
If we have one minor quibble with this coaster, it would be the length of the ride. With just over 3,000 feet of track, no lift hill, and multiple launches, Time Traveler has riders back in the station in two very quick minutes. Knowing MACK Rides’ pedigree for building long, world-famous coasters like Blue Fire and (especially) Helix, coaster enthusiasts might be a tad disappointed if they are expecting a lengthier experience. However, the pacing of the ride and the placement of the elements provides a progression that feels right and left these two intrepid reporters wanting to hop right back in line and ride again.
Minor quibble aside, Time Traveler is innovative, thrilling, beautiful, and fun. It hits all the right notes resulting in a symphony of coaster elements that merge beautifully together to provide an immersive ride experience that will keep Silver Dollar City visitors coming back time after time after time.Tweet
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