Silver Dollar City rings in new year with 2017 attendance record

NEAR BRANSON, Mo. (News Release) -- With national headlines focusing on Silver Dollar City’s festivals, features and the Year of Food and Crafts, the 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Missouri hit record attendance in 2017, topping 2.1 million guests (actual total 2,115,522) and setting a record for the highest attendance in the park’s 58-year history. The 2017 wrap-up is some 42,000 people over the previous year.

Visitors to An Old Time Christmas also hit record numbers, surpassing 500,000 guests in the two-month period of November-December for the first time. The growth was spurred by the addition of Christmas In Midtown and national accolades including the #1 ranking in the USA Today/10 Best poll for Best Theme Park Holiday Event.

Also creating excitement for Silver Dollar City is the much-proclaimed and highly-anticipated coming addition of the $26 million record-breaking coaster Time Traveler, opening Spring 2018. The summer announcement and ongoing construction phases have claimed substantial global amusement industry buzz as “The World’s Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Closed-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster.”

"Record-breaking attendance signals the growing popularity not only of Silver Dollar City, but of the entire Branson area," said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. "Record numbers of families and adult couples are discovering what makes us a fun, thrilling and entertaining resort destination. We look forward to continued significant growth with the opening of Time Traveler, along with our other exciting plans for the future."

Silver Dollar City opens for the season March 14.