Mystic River Falls flows at Silver Dollar City

North American editor, Paul Ruben reviews its credentials

Brad Thomas, president, Silver Dollar City Attractions, Herschend Family Entertainment:

“For 60 years, Silver Dollar City has been building and growing. Every ride, every attraction, every festival has been created based upon feedback from our guests. Rivertown is a culmination of years of guest feedback. Mystic River Falls is packed with unique thrills that the family can enjoy together. Now add in the new Smokehouse with 400 seats

overlooking the banks for the roaring river, slow cooked meats, awesome sides and cinnamon bread pudding; the culmination of all of this truly takes Silver Dollar City to a different level of experience for families and positions us for growth in the years to come.”

A theme of Legacy & Lore...

Silver Dollar City is home to the massive Marvel Cave, which has has a Mystic River in its depths. Studied throughout the ages, its passageways, water features and crannies are detailed in words and drawings as far back as 1893 through the documented work of the botanist, artist and scientist S.Fred Prince. His book and work of art, “The Story of Marvel Caverns 1893-1942,” is safely stored within Silver Dollar City’s archives to this day. As specified in several places in the book, Prince, enthralled by his inability to find the headwaters of the Mystic River, kept searching to no avail. To this day, the end of the river remains a mystery.

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ilver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, has opened a new water raft ride, Mystic River Falls. Designed by the park in partnership with Ride Engineers

Switzerland (RES) and Barr Engineering, the ride’s claims to fame include “tallest drop on a water raft ride in the Western Hemisphere” and a “one-of-a-kind rotating, four-platform, eight-story lift.” The water adventure includes winding, roaring rapids

set in an authentic Ozarks mountainous river theme, culminating with a waterfall drop that sends riders down more than four stories of splashing, rafting, family fun. A spectacular $23-million investment, Mystic River

Falls is set in an authentic pier-like design of river towns of yesteryear. It is is the focus of the all-new area called Rivertown that includes the new expansive Rivertown Smokehouse, with an array of meats smoked on-site, and a new cinnamon bread bakery, featuring bakers in full view to guests as they create legendary specialities. Passengers in round boats manufactured by Novaplast

float through a 2,100 foot (640 m) channel during the more than five minute ride. Anticipation escalates as they ascend an eight-story tower, travel along 180 feet (55 m) of waterway elevated six stories and splash down a 45-foot (14 m) waterfall. Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City Attractions, said when the ride was announced that passengers might “laugh so hard you snort -- and you will certainly get wet!” The ride isn’t the only thing new in that section of the


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