If you haven’t found a compelling reason to get down to the Ozark town of Branson, Missouri just yet, this could finally do it. Today, the city's Silver Dollar City theme park opens the fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster on earth.
Called the Time Machine, the ride reaches top speeds of 50 mph, heights of 100-feet and hits steep 90-degree, ten-story drops. That doesn’t make it the fastest, steepest, highest roller coaster on earth. But the fact that each car on the ride freely spins 360-degrees does make it the fastest, steepest, highest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster on earth.
The spinning compartments, combined with vertical loops, numerous inversions and double launches, make the ride rather unique as guests whirl through the trees and down the canyons of the surrounding mountainsides. The ride lasts just under two minutes in total.
According to a press release, the spin is not fast like the funnel-cake-extracting teacups at Disneyland, but rather a controlled spin giving each rider different views, turns and sensations, promising no two rides are ever the same. Then again, the same press release also swears that, “the highly-themed cars create the experience of an actual ‘Time Machine.’” And we still have a couple doubts about that.
Anyway, the $26 million coaster was custom-designed for the park by Germany’s Mack Rides, whose founding goes back to wooden wagon-making in 1780, 100 years before Branson was even a place.
But should the Time Machine coaster not be quite enough to make you book two tickets to Branson, we can confirm that Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner attraction is but a 20-mile ride across town.