August 13, 2019

MISSOURI - The Tallest Raft Ride Drop in the Western Hemisphere 4.5 Stories to The Wettest Splashdown in the Park’s 60-Year History!

(BRANSON, Mo. 8/13/2019) Mystic River Falls will be the highlight of a new themed area of the park, Rivertown, where 1880s townfolk are caught up in a high-spirited celebration, representing Silver Dollar City’s Diamond Jubilee. The all-new Rivertown Smokehouse, the largest dining investment in the corporation’s history, will serve the park’s famous BBQ plus new favorites, providing 450 viewing seats along the banks of the Mystic River. (Investment $4 million)

And to think, it all started with a hole in the ground. Marvel Cave in Branson was among the most popular “show caves” in the 1950s and 60s. In fact, the Herschends started Silver Dollar City so tourists to Marvel Cave had something to do while waiting for their tours. The family quickly learned they had entered into the theme park business!

Mystic River Falls calls upon that rich history for theming and backstory, intermingling fact and fiction, legend and lore, to arrive at an attraction that celebrates the spirit of adventure that’s part of Ozark culture. An underground body of water that seems to come from and go nowhere, Mystic River truly appears on the park’s historical maps as discovered and documented by botanist S. Fred Prince in the late 1800s, and to this day, flows in Marvel Cave. For the new ride, guests will be transported back to the 1880s in a storyline that revolves around a historically-based fictional character named Pearl Brazen, an intrepid explorer who’s eager to take them on a bold quest to find the headwaters of the Mystic River.

Silver Dollar City’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee will begin in March, 2020 along with park opening; an Anniversary Celebration will launch the weekend of May 1, 2020, followed by Mystic River Falls opening during the summer season.

As is tradition, cave tours are offered daily, so in 2020 park guests can step into the past by exploring the cave, and then look toward the future by experiencing a record-breaking, game- changing water ride that reminds us all that The Greatest Adventures Lie Ahead! 

The Tallest Raft Ride Drop in The Western Hemisphere: 45’ (4.5 Stories)
4-Platform Elevator Lift Tower: 82’ tall, the rotating elevator with 4 platforms is the only one like it in the world and will allow for scenic views, increase ride capacity and lessen ride wait-time.
Elevated River Channel: More than 6-stories tall & 180 linear foot channel
Channel Length: 2,100 linear feet (nearly half-a-mile)
Water Capacity: Maximum water flow 200,000 gallons per minute
Ride Duration: Approximately 5 minutes, 30 seconds (dispatch to stop & unload)
Vehicles:  8-person rafts | 18 rafts
Seat/Restraint: Latching seat belt
Rider Height Requirements: 55’’ | Guests between 40’’– 55’’ may ride with a supervising companion 16 years or older.
Manufacturer: Design & Construction by Silver Dollar City in partnership with R.E.S., Barr Engineering and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporate Development.
Investment: $23 Million, plus $4 Million+ for Rivertown Smokehouse

TO-DATE:
  • -22 semi-loads of rebar, equal to 1 million feet or 1.5 million pounds of rebar
  • -6,950 cubic yards/187,650 cubic feet of concrete poured
  • -222,000 board feet of heavy rough sawn timber laid
  • -Approximately 6,000 tons of landscaping rocks placed
Commitment to the Environment: Mystic River Falls was designed to utilize and preserve the natural landscape, with two or more trees planted for every one removed during construction.

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