New roller coaster being built at Missouri theme park
BRANSON (AP) — Administrators of the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson say a new roller coaster being built will spin riders during the run that begins with a 10-story, 50-mph drop.
Officials announced on Wednesday that the $26-million coaster named "Time Traveler" will open next spring. It will be the world's fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster.
The ride will include three "inversions," or elements in which the coaster track turns riders upside-down and then returns them to an upright position. It will also feature a 90-degree vertical drop, a 95-foot tall loop, and will go 0 to 47 miles per hour in just three seconds.
The coaster is manufactured by Germany-based Mack Rides and is set to be completed by the spring of 2018.
As a mechanical engineer for that company, Dennis Gordt says the coaster is unique because it unites a double-launch coaster with spinning passenger cars and multiple inversions. He says that makes the coaster the world's only one with all three of those features.