Silver Dollar City’s newly built “Fire in the Hole,” the largest family roller coaster in Branson, officially opened on March 30! The original indoor coaster took its final ride on Dec. 30, 2023, after more than 50 years.


The new coaster – a $30 million investment, the park’s largest to date – is a nearly 3-minute long ride within more than 32,000 square feet that retells the tale of the night the real town of Silver Dollar City was burnt to the ground in the 1880s. In the store, “volunteers” are asked to board their very own “pumper” (a steam-powered, firefighting wagon) and save the burning town from a group of vigilantes, The Baldknobbers. With 14 iconic show scenes and 3 gravity-driven drops, the coaster reaches its finale with a quick water splash.


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“Fire In The Hole is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the men and women who work here at Silver Dollar City,” Silver Dollar City President Brad Thomas said. “Work on this massive addition started back in 2021, with planning much before that. They have poured tens of thousands of hours into this project, and their craftsmanship can be seen in every nook of this ride, from the queue line and coaster building, all the way to the hand-painted backdrops and lush foliage.”


As the centerpiece of the theme park’s newly incorporated Fire District, the ride has effectively doubled the size of one of SDC’s most popular areas. Surrounding the ride are two new stores: Sadie’s Pretzel Cafe and Flanders Dry Goods.


“Fire In The Hole is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Duane Marden, founder of the Roller Coaster Database, a worldwide database with statistics on over 10,000 roller coasters and counting from around the world. “The ride combines a family coaster experience all can enjoy with indoor elements illustrating the history of this area, all in a massive building that ends with a water splash. There’s nothing like it anywhere and will be an absolute must-ride every visit.”


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In honor of their heroic actions taken in 2021 when the City was saved from a fire of its own, Stone and Taney County firefighters were given the opportunity to be the first group of “volunteers” for the new ride.


In additional SDC news, the park’s Summer Celebration kicks off June 8; extended nighttime hours begin July 13 through Aug. 4. Before then, theme park enthusiasts can mark their calendars from May 2 to May 27 for Bluegrass & BBQ, which was awarded “Top Bluegrass Event” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).



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