SILVER DOLLAR CITY
& WHITEWATER BRANSON
Herschend Family Entertainment Corp.
Park News - (10/3/21) A Really Wild New Attraction Rumor
(9/12/21) Silver Dollar City has announced that their Harvest Festival will return this fall even bigger than ever, with an expanded pumpkin display featuring “new bigger-than-life pumpkin sculptures and more lighted pathways featuring spectacularly hand-carved designs.” This is all part of Silver Dollar City’s 50th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee celebration, with the Harvest Festival running from Sept. 24 through to Oct. 30, 2021.
(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.
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.
2022 - New Attraction Rumor - (10/3/21) So what’s going on at Silver Dollar City for the 2022 season? Way back in February Screamscape reported that a large clearing was being made in an area behind Mystic River Falls and Fireman’s Landing, not far from the road that goes around behind the park. Back then we were told that excavators were on site and they seemed to be digging a good sized hole back there for something on this site, which formerly was a backstage parking lot. Jump ahead to the present and in the tweet below you can see that the entire area is now walled off from view, and a recent Google Maps aerial image shows the former parking lot entirely cleared out to make a very large new site for something special. The large building at the end of the cleared site would be Heritage Hall performance theater, so access to the site site will likely be through the Fireman’s Landing area, via crossing the train tracks.
This brings me to the really interesting rumor about what may be going in here, and how it could be linked to another attraction that sits on the other side of Mystic River Falls from here. Yep, I’m talking about Fire in the Hole. While covering the various theme park news over the years, we’ve heard a lot about various upgrades and refurbishment projects that have been performed on Fire in the Hole’s sister coaster at Dollywood, which goes by the name Blazing Fury. The two rides were nearly identical, but I’ve always wondered why we never heard much about off-season work being done to Fire in the Hole. It turns out there is said to be a fairly good reason for this… because the structure that Fire in the Hole (the older of the pair, opening in 1972) sits in, is really not in the best of shape.
Now don’t get me wrong… the attraction is not dangerous in any way. The ride is safe, the building isn’t in jeopardy of collapsing or anything remotely close to that. But much like how Dollywood has been taking steps over the years to preserve Blazing Fury for future generations to enjoy, I’m told that the years just haven’t been as kind of Fire in the Hole. After 49 years of riders taking on the journey, it sounds like the best way to preserve the Fire in the Hole experience for the future may be to actually tear it down and rebuild it from scratch.
Nothing is confirmed of course, and this may be one of the wildest rumors of all time, but Screamscape is being told that Silver Dollar City has been looking to do just that several years now. Of course this comes along with a lot of “What If…?” questions… such as, if they are going to spend the money to do this, should they make it a faithful copy of the original? As the ride system will obviously have to be upgraded to something modern, so will other aspects like lighting, audio and other theatrical systems. Then what about the scenery? How much to keep, how much to upgrade, along with the various figures within, so they keep them old fashioned looking or upgrade them to look like modern figures and animatronics? What about the experience itself? Do you keep it the same, or perhaps add in some new tricks or entirely new scenes?
So many options to choose from and so many questions to figure out.
If this is true, one other factor comes into play, which is that 2022 will actually be the 50th Anniversary of Fire in the Hole. Do they celebrate it with the new ride, or give the old version one more season as a fitting send off for the 50th? Or what if the park could even offer the old and new version for the 50th Anniversary as a fun way to celebrate the passing of the torch.
Again… this is all just rumor. For all we know the park could be building nothing more than a warehouse back there, but stay tuned! I think we may start to get hints about what is going on before too much longer. In the meantime, be sure to get your rides in on Fire in the Hole while you still can, just in case.
(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.