Silver Dollar City is a theme park in the state of Missouri. Opened on May 1, 1960, the park is located between Branson and Branson West, Missouri, on Highway 76. The park is an 1880's-themed experience that fits Branson's vision as a family-friendly vacation destination with down-home charm.
Silver Dollar City is owned by the Herschend Family Entertainment, which owns, operates or partners in 25 properties in 10 states and includes the nearby water park, White Water; water excursion and theatre, the Showboat Branson Belle; water and land tour attraction Ride the Ducks; and dinner attraction Dixie Stampede. Marvel Cave:
Silver Dollar City has developed into one of the most successful theme parks in the United States
. Situated at the site of one of the Ozarks' oldest attractions, Marvel Cave, Silver Dollar City figuratively sprang from the ground. The cave, which has been designated a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, is important not only because of its subterranean features but also because of its role in the origins of Silver Dollar City.
Rides & Attractions:
American Plunge - Riders experience a 50-foot (15 m) drop at speeds of 35 miles (56 km) per hour. Riders sit down in a wet boat and straddle the seat, while using footrests and keeping a tight grip on the bars on the side.
Electro Spin - Riders sit facing outward with chests against a padded panel while riding a rotational vehicle the spins at high speeds on a 50-foot (15 m) U-shaped track.
Elephant March - Riders sit in an elephant shaped vehicle that revolves around a central machine. The vehicles also ascend and descend at the press of a button, which is controlled by the rider.
Elsie the Milk Cow - A fake cow with udders that allows guests to pull and retrieve their own "milk."
Fire-in-the-Hole - The park's first, and oldest, roller coaster. Guests ride in a dark building with scenes that tell of a town set ablaze by the Bald Knobbers overnight. Riders then are shifted quickly to avoid trains, fires, and broken bridges. The ride is notable for being the site of the park's only fatality to date.