Get ready to get wet

20 Nov

Tom & Huck's RiverBlast

A couple of weeks ago during Silver Dollar City’s Christmas kickoff celebration the marketing team at the park gave me and a room full of other media types a preview of Tom & Huck’s River Blast. The new ride will début in spring 2010 and promises to be a great addition to the park. The $7 million water adventure pays homage to Mark Twain’s mischievous duo, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. As SDC’s media package notes, The Water Blast will allow, “Raft riders, armed with water soakers, to navigate the Mighty White River, battling raft-to-raft and raft-to-shore, dodging even more streams of water from sharp shooters on shore.”

 Sounds wet to me. I suppose that’s the idea. The park bills the new ride as America’s biggest water battle. I’m trust them on that. The graphics are intriguing and the site where the ride is under construction is impressive. I snapped a few shots of the work site and have a couple of renderings of the new attraction. SDC always does a great job with their rides. If you have ever been to SDC in the heat of the summer, you know that a cool-down on a water ride is always welcome.

SDC theme boards preview the rides character.

A look at Tom & Huck's RiverBlast under construction at Silver Dollar City near Branson.

The RiverBlast snakes through the landscape to create a winding, river-type feel.

Silver Dollar City's own craftsmen are building the ride from the ground up. That's a lot of concrete.

The ride is set to open when the park opens the gates this spring. In 2010 Silver Dollar City will celebrate 50 years of entertaining families from around the country. I’ll have more on the events and celebration in the coming weeks.

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