Photo TR: Time Keeps On Spinnin', Spinnin', Into the Fuuutuuure.
Today we went to Silver Dollar City to ride Time Traveler and see all the new stuff in Valley Road. We got up early and got to the park around 9AM for a 9:30 opening. There were thunderstorms early today, but scheduled to end around 9AM, so I knew they would scare off a lot of people while leaving a perfect day for us to enjoy.
When we arrived at the park, we discovered this jackass parked his car in the road near Tram Stop 2, despite plenty of parking spaces available, hundreds in fact.
On the way out of the park, we sat in the very back of the tram and I was chatting with the...er...conductor? Not sure what his job title is. The guy who sits in the back and has a radio. Anyway, that guy said the car had been towed to another section of the parking lot. I was glad to hear it wasn't towed off the lot, but on the other hand this guy did park in the road about 4 rows in, and was totally blocking everyone from leaving. Hope he found his car eventually but also had a lot of difficulty so that he uses an actual f*cking parking space next time.
We got into the park in time to line up for rope drop about 9:20 AM, and didn't see too many people ahead of us, so I was feeling optimistic. We went straight for Time Traveler and I measured my son...51 2/3"! Good enough for time travel!
The queue is fantastic, and easily on par with any of the other queues at Silver Dollar City. For those saying it's too sparse...really? There's literally always something to look at that's not your phone. What else do you want? Y'all are crazy.
I should also mention the soundtrack in the queue. They play bluegrass instrumental versions of pop songs related to time, such as Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle," Coldplay's "Clocks," and yes, the one I am on record in this very thread for recommending..."FLY LIKE AN EAGLE" BY STEVE MILLER BAND!!!!
BEST COASTER EVAR!!!!!!!!!1!!!
On a more serious note, I applaud the queue design for allowing for easy grouping. The last few switchbacks are very short and have a path kept clear with only a simple chain to the switchbacks, making it easy for the grouper to find just the right person, and for that person not to have to push past people awkwardly. Absolutely brilliant. I've never seen this before, but every coaster should have this. There are not enough superlatives to say how wonderful this is.
The station itself is vibrant. The pulsing light and moving gears really give a sense of anticipation, and I felt like I was participating in an event more than simply going on a ride. The cubbies that are accessible from both the secured and unsecured sections of the station were very much appreciated, as well as the ability of non-riders to go right into the unsecured part of the station and watch. Mega kudos here.
No coaster experience would be complete without a ride photo, but this one is done before the ride, as a part of the queue rather than on the ride itself. You're given a ticket before you ride, and you can scan it at the kiosks and order a photo if you wish. The system is quite intuitive, and though I passed on the photo (we're totally going to be riding this a lot, and there will be more opportunities), it's a really great system that I would like to be replicated.
Exit through the gift shop! Lots of fun steampunk stuff here. I may end up getting some of it, but honestly probably not. I really don't own much SDC merch, as I'm there literally every other week or so. Looks really cool, and if you're wanting a souvenir, this is a good spot for it. They have some "stats" shirts, but plenty of far more classy ones too.
The coaster was only one of my major goals for today, and the other was the new shops and restaurants on Valley Road. They've accomplished a great feat in making Valley Road wider and also moving it away from Flooded Mine enough that its exit no longer opens directly only onto a main path. There are so many improvements here, it feels like a whole different park now.
We ate lunch at a couple of the places, gathering at the picnic tables behind the restaurants with our various goodies. We got the Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Grilled Chicken and Cheese, and Chicken Sandwich from Traveler's Stop, and the jambalaya from the newly relocated/expanded Buckshot's Skillet Cookery. There are more good things than we could eat in one day, so we'll just have to go back!
After that, we had to hit our favourites in the Grand Expo and Fireman's Landing, as well as the rest of the coasters throughout the park, and we ended our day in Half Dollar Holler. Everyone had a great time and was exhausted but happy by the end of it. Good to see SDC back in action, and absolutely better than ever.