Sunday, April 14, 2024

Silver Dollar City celebrates 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee with opening of Mystic River Falls

Mystic River Falls, featuring the tallest drop on a water raft ride in the Western Hemisphere, is now open at Silver Dollar City.  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 $23-million investment, Mystic River Falls features a one-of-a-kind rotating, 4-platform, 8-story lift.  Set in an authentic pier-like design of river towns of yesteryear, Mystic River Falls 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 their delicious specialties.   

Silver Dollar City is home to the massive Marvel Cave, which has the real Mystic River in its depths.  Intensively studied throughout the ages, Marvel Cave’s 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,” continues to be safely stored within Silver Dollar City’s archives.          

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, following study by modern- day scientists, the end of the river remains a mystery.                                

With the Mystic River headwaters unknown, the adventurers of today seek to find a fabled waterfall that could mark the end of the raging river.  They follow the path of Pearl, a young adventuress, along the challenging, winding waterways in pursuit of the legendary headwaters. At long last, Pearl and her riders discover Mystic River Falls — and the town erupts in celebration.    

As the storyline goes, the citizens of Rivertown are celebrating a 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee of the internationally acclaimed 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Missouri (founded May 1, 1960).  The fun includes award-winning BBQ with the all-new Rivertown Smokehouse presenting smoked-on-site brisket, turkey, pork, sausage and chicken, along with signature scratch-made sides and desserts. This is the largest restaurant ever constructed in the park’s history, picturesquely situated along the banks of the new ride.

Across the way is an all-new bakery, Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread, specializing in Silver Dollar City’s famous cinnamon bread – only now each loaf bakes in an individual pan designed to capture all the gooey icing, butter and cinnamon.  The bakery offers peach, apple and original versions along with a variety of other items.  

As in most businesses, and within most families, during summer 2020, adjustments are in place altering park operations – yet the vast majority of the City is open, including rides, attractions and outdoor entertainment offerings. Artisans continue to build on their well-earned reputation as Home of American Craftsmanship (US Congress) creating heirloom products.    

Adding to the fun is Moonlight Madness with nighttime hours until 10pm (select dates until midnight) with rides soaring into the night skies. The City offers an after-5pm ticket for Moonlight Madness of $30.00 plus tax. 

Upcoming concerts feature Newsboys on August 1 and Diamond Rio on August 6.

Upcoming festivals include Southern Gospel Picnic (August 27-September 7) and Harvest Festival featuring Crafts and Pumpkins In The City (Sept. 23-October 31).  The season brings a grand finale with the acclaimed Old Time Christmas (November 7 – December 30).

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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