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The flying Walendas return to Silver Dollar City this year. Courtesy photo.

Silver Dollar City opens, expects large crowds as pandemic ends

Silver Dollar City opened for the 2022 season Wednesday, March 16. Spring Ride Days runs through March 20 and again March 23-27 and will take advantage of warmer temperatures. Guests at the park can enjoy over 40 rides and attractions, special music and family-fun entertainment.

The internationally-award-winning park based on an 1880s theme and nestled in the Ozark Mountains near Branson, it’s a favorite of residents of six surrounding states and beyond. This year is expected to set records with the easing of Covid restrictions and the return to post-Covid normalcy across the region.

Guests can brave the tallest drop in the western hemisphere on Mystic River Falls, an epic rafting journey winding through the mysterious Mystic River. Take a step back in time on Time Traveler, the world’s fastest, steepest & tallest spinning coaster, or catch a wild ride through the Ozark Mountains on Outlaw Run, the Guinness World Record holder for 2015’s steepest drop on a wood coaster. In addition to the park’s five other coasters, families can also make memories at Fireman’s Landing with its 10 unique family attractions designed for the littles. Additional attractions include 10 family rides in the Grand Exposition, the high-flying Giant Swing, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, Marvel Cave—the park’s original and nethermost attraction—and much more.

“Spring Ride Days is the best time to really become immersed in all of the attractions we have here at the park,” says Mike Brown, Director of Attractions. “We offer something for everyone here, whether it’s daring, speedy coasters or relaxing rides through the hills, we have plenty of options for the entire family,” he added.

There’s plenty of live entertainment during Spring Ride Days, with the agile Perondi’s Stunt Dog, Bluegrass and Gospel group Lindley Creek, Indie-folk singers Dawson Hollow and magician-comedian Mike Bliss performing throughout the event. Still to come this season at Silver Dollar City, Street Fest, an eclectic festival featuring daring acrobats, world-famous performers, lively entertainment and specialty foods from around the globe. Street Fest begins April 14-May 1

The park also features a picturesque, tree-lined “City” atop the massive National Landmark, the great Marvel Cave. In addition to the rides it offers a working crafts colony of 100 artisans strong and hosts 10 world-class festivals and events featuring a variety of entertainment plus live concerts. Home to several roller coasters with record-setting footprints, home-style foods are in high demand with keen emphasis on specialty items and famous cinnamon breads.

–Metro Voice