With new thrill rides and nightlife options, Branson entertainment seeks to please all ages and demographics.
New to the Branson Landing is Branson Jet Boats. Each boat is 1,200 horsepower, holds up to 65 passengers at no age limit, and takes travelers on a 14-mile round trip around Lake Taneycomo. This attraction allows guests to see the beautiful views of the lake with the boat’s design allowing it to traverse exceptionally shallow waters. These rides are better for the environment because of the jet power source. The Jet Boats will run during daylight hours, approximately May 15 through October 15, and 7 days a week during the summer. Guests are encouraged to check the schedule online for additional dates. Rides are weather dependent. The Branson Jet Boats may be reserved for parties, and reservations can be made online at bransonjetboats.com.
New to Silver Dollar City in 2018 is a revolutionary roller coaster known as Time Traveler. This coaster is the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster. Silver Dollar City is working with renowned coaster manufacturer MAK RIDES of Waldkirch, Germany on the new attraction, and the custom design cost $26 million. The two companies had a dream to create this one-of-a-kind ride that combines a variety of coaster elements with mountainous terrain.
Time Traveler travels at a top speed of 50.3 mph and has a 10-story, 90-degree vertical drop straight down. This coaster is custom-engineered to have an immediate out-of-the-station, gravity-driven drop down an Ozarks mountainside. Additionally, it is custom-designed for mountainous terrain, with its tallest point at 100 feet, providing a scenic view of the Ozarks landscape. This is the first and only coaster with three inversions and a 95-foot-tall vertical loop.
Time Traveler opened in spring 2018. Silver Dollar City is open seasonally from March through January. Time Traveler joins more than 40 additional rides and attractions at the park, which is also known for hosting 10 festivals and events, showcasing demonstrating craftsmen, offering unique dining options and showcasing a huge cave. Learn more at silverdollarcity.com.
Fun Mountain has activities for the entire family in a truly one-of-a-kind, adventurous environment. With underwater themed bowling and electric go-karts arriving this spring, Big Cedar Lodge has something for everyone.
Fun Mountain features traditional activities, such as an arcade and bumper cars, presented in a new way. Guests enter the building to a scene of a sunken pirate ship that features multiple slides, one of which is nearly 30 feet long. The attraction also has an interactive climbing wall for kids where they can play games while rock climbing and a “Flip Zone” that has one-of-a-kind bumper cars that can’t be found anywhere else in the region—guests flip upside down when they get bumped!
In addition to the electric go-karts, Fun Mountain will be opening a ropes course this spring, providing participants with a beautiful view of Table Rock Lake.
Bigfoot on the Strip offers wholesome family fun that appeals to all ages with world-class experiences that guests can’t get anywhere else. Bigfoot marries several activities that have never been together before to create a family entertainment destination with something for everyone in a more compact setting.
Everything in the attraction is Bigfoot themed. The Bigfoot Discovery Expedition is a 4×4 off-road tour that takes travelers to Bigfoot Farms, one of largest Scottish Highland Farms in North America. It combines animal viewing and off-roading in the scenic Ozarks with state-of-the-art technology (developed specifically for this project) to create an experience that rocks guests to their core.
The 200-foot-tall action tower features two thrill rides, the Super Sling and Gravity Bomb, that have guests either screaming or unable to! Additionally, the other attractions in Bigfoot include 18 holes of Bigfoot-themed mini-golf, Yeti Fun Zone play area with Monkey Jump, Bigfoot Arcade featuring some amazing redemption prizes and an 8Di Movie Action Ride. More information can be found at bransonbigfoot.com.
The Mountain Coaster in Branson features the longest track in the area at nearly 5,000 feet. This coaster car can accommodate one or two guests who have the opportunity to control the ride—and it even lights up at night!
Guests load the car of the Mountain Coaster at the bottom of the track and are pulled up a 2,000-foot hill. They then wind their way down, controlling the speed of the car up to 30 mph. Ages 3 and older are welcome on the Mountain Coaster; children 9 and older are welcome to travel without parental supervision. The Mountain Coaster track was carved into the Ozark Hills by hand, allowing guests the opportunity to get a scenic view of their surroundings. The attraction is open March 2 through the end of the year. During the summer and spring breaks, it is open7 days a week, with long weekends in between. The Mountain Coaster is located off of Highway 165 between Titanic and the Table Rock Dam. Details are available at bransonalpinemountaincoaster.com.
Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Centers currently has 10 locations throughout the United States, with an all-new location joining the retail and recreation at the Branson Landing in 2018. The Branson facility is the first boutique-style concept the company has developed. The facility includes a variety of social games and attractions, including nine lanes of boutique bowling, karaoke rooms, table games, virtual reality and express escape rooms to complement the experience. Among the new features, the center also offers an extensive and delicious food and beverage selection, social lounge and stage to host live music and an indoor-outdoor bar. The new location introduces fun for all ages to enjoy, serving as a destination for family dining and entertainment, group and corporate events and nightlife.
Andy B’s opens mid-summer 2018. To learn more about Andy B’s upcoming attractions, visit AndyBentertainment.com.