SILVER DOLLAR CITY
& WHITEWATER BRANSON
Herschend Family Entertainment Corp.
Park News - (7/9/21) We’ve been sent another update regarding the sudden closure and reopening of Mystic River Falls at Silver Dollar City. According to our latest confidential source who works at the attraction, the story about the near tip over of a raft is false or exaggerated. According to this report the ride maintenance team has been playing with the water levels in the splashdown area at the bottom of the drop to make the splashdown experience smoother. Apparently there have been some guest complaints about the impact at the bottom.
The other day the water level got a little too low, causing one of the rafts to come to a very sudden stop at the bottom. No whiplash or neck injuries were reported, just guests being grabbed tight by the seat belt from the sudden stop.
I have to admit, this does make the most sense as well, as many parks have had issues with the adjustment of the water level at the bottom of various water ride drops over the years, which resulted in problems if the water levels get too low. Usually sensors get put in place to constantly monitor the water levels, once they are set to the new proper level to ensure no further problems arise.
(7/6/21) If you read our top story today, you’ve already read about the incident on a rapids ride at Adventureland in Iowa. Apparently a rather unusual incident also took place on the Mystic River Falls rapids ride at Silver Dollar City on Friday evening. Guests to the park noticed the ride closed early on Friday and quite literally overnight, the 2020 ride was quickly blocked off from view by new walls set in place on the pathway when the park opened Saturday morning.
According to one Screamscape source who claims to work at the park, “a raft didn’t have proper weight distribution which resulted in the raft almost tipping when it reached the bottom of the drop. There was a collar bone related injury”. They went on to explain that the walls were put up to preserve the theme of the area, while the ride was being tested with weighted dummy riders to determine what happened. Apparently they were happy with the test results, and/or any adjustments made, as Mystic River Falls was said to have reopened to riders once again on Monday.
(6/26/21) Good news for Silver Dollar City fans, as the park just tweeted out a new park schedule last night that has actually ADDED 16 MORE DAYS to the calendar. That’s the way you do it SDC! Good on you!
(4/14/21) Silver Dollar City has announced their new Street Fest event will take place at the park on Thursdays through Sundays from April 15 through May 2, 2021. The new outdoor festival will feature street performers, music and a new “Tasting Passport” that will let you munch on a variety of sample size dishes for a simple price. Pay $30 to get a five-tasting passport, or pay $10 more to add a refillable souvenir mug. Visit the official site for all the details about what you can find at Street Fest.
(2/7/21) According to a few messages sent my way, I’m told that there is some kind of large new land clearing taking place at Silver Dollar City. Given the timeline this clearly isn’t something in the works for the 2021 season, but it could be our first hint at what the park may have planned for 2022. I’m told that a large clearing has been made somewhere behind the new Mystic River Falls and Fireman’s Landing areas that can be seen from the road as you pass the park back there. According to one post there is an area where they appear to be digging down deep for something, which would seem to indicate that this could be for some kind of new attraction.
If anyone knows more or has the chance to pass by and snap a few photos, I’d love to see them for a future update.
(8/3/20) Congratulations to Silver Dollar City for being named as the #1 Amusement Park in the nation by a USA Today “10Best’ poll. The park also took home two other awards as well in the poll’s various categories as Outlaw Run made the #10 spot for best roller coaster and the park Buckshot Annie’s restaurant took the #5 slot for Best Restaurant for their massive skillet meals.
2021 - Harlem Globetrotters - (5/5/21) Silver Dollar City has announced the return of the Harlem Globetrotters to the park this season in The Harlem Globetrotters Skills Showcase, a new show created for the theme park. “Known the world over for their ball-handling skills, fun teamwork, and trick-shot mastery, the Globetrotters will help tip-off Silver Dollar City’s summer festival on Saturday June 12 and run through August 8, 2021.”
If you didn’t get a chance to ride last year’s new Mystic River Falls ride, this season will be your chance as well, along with dining at the new 450-seat Rivertown Smokehouse restaurant, situated along the banks of the Mystic River.