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General Category => Branson Talk => Topic started by: shavethewhales on January 09, 2017, 07:09:26 PM

Title: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: shavethewhales on January 09, 2017, 07:09:26 PM
I summed up the story here: http://sdcfans.com/cool-off-water-chute-being-torn-down-new-attraction-on-the-way/

This slipped by the planning commission meeting minutes without much fanfare until now. I'm curious to hear what they are cooking up. It's hard to speculate without knowing how much property they were actually able to acquire. If they got the slide, rental homes, and the old Clay Cooper theatre property then they'll have quite a chunk to work with. The water chute itself is pretty small. There's also plenty of empty land for sale around it that has sat vacant for years.

Still, the hill isn't so big that it could accommodate anything huge in the way of the typical zip-lines, alpine slides, and mountain coasters. They probably could cram some ziplines in, but there are already so many in Branson and these probably wouldn't be anything special. The fact that they are interested in a sling shot as well though could indicate they are looking into multiple rides for this attraction, similar to one of the Track parks...

Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on January 09, 2017, 09:12:55 PM
And that explains why after all these years, they demo'd the old theatre.. Obviously was part of this "deal".   
I will be watching this area through this winter and early spring to see what if anything is happening..
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Pudgy Jones on January 10, 2017, 08:57:33 AM
My family has been going to Branson since the 60's, but for one reason or another, we never went to the Cool Off Water Chute until 2015. When I heard it was up for sale, we decided we better give it a try. We went the last two summers and loved it! I'm sad to see it go. I love these types of "vintage" attractions, and hate that they are disappearing. Time marches on.  :(
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: biscuitcreek on February 16, 2017, 08:06:02 AM
More details about the new project from Hometown Daily Radio:

http://www.hometowndailynews.com/2017/02/15/two-new-branson-attractions-totaling-over-5million-announced/
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: shavethewhales on February 16, 2017, 02:07:18 PM
Here's an article with some more quotes: http://bransontrilakesnews.com/news_free/article_383ed09e-f3ca-11e6-89a5-4b2b07c8e683.html

So they are going with a mountain coaster after all... but they claim it will be unique? The Runaway already incorporates everything you'd expect a mountain coaster to have and it has much better topography to work with. Not sure what this one will have to spice things up. It looks like it will have two lifts though. Judging from the logo with the track art it will use the same track technology? Not sure what they are getting at...
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Swoosh on March 23, 2017, 08:49:02 PM
If you haven't seen the layout for the new mountain coaster yet, we have it posted on our website now
http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/03/the-branson-coaster.html

I really like how there is a lift midway through the course that takes you back up and sends you down the hill again in another direction.  There is another lift at the end of the ride -- and the ride starts right out the gate with a helix and then heads on down the hill.  It is supposed to open this summer and I cannot wait to take a spin.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: marolinesdad on March 24, 2017, 05:52:55 PM
My kids are mad about the water slide being gone but I cant wait to ride this.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Swoosh on March 24, 2017, 08:26:23 PM
My kids are mad about the water slide being gone but I cant wait to ride this.

I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I rode the water chute.  I think it might have been back in the 80s
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: mhguy77 on March 25, 2017, 08:14:14 AM
It looks fun but also seems shorter than what I have seen of the other coaster on fall creek but they will be on the strip, this will help them. 
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: shavethewhales on March 25, 2017, 03:33:32 PM
Yeah, I'm willing to give it a try, but I honestly think the best thing about this is simple competition with the other place to keep costs down. It's ridiculous paying $15 for a single ride, and then $10 for each consecutive trip. For the cost a few rides it's easier to just go to SDC and ride a bunch of rides all day. Going to a $10/$5 split would be much easier to swallow and would get me back again.

And I'm still curious about their claim to be unique with this... will it be as simple as a sightly different style and manufacturer, or something big?
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Swoosh on March 25, 2017, 04:50:32 PM
$15-16 is the normal price for all the ones I've ridden.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sirwillow on March 25, 2017, 08:22:57 PM
$15-16 is the normal price for all the ones I've ridden.

That's what I've seen as well.

the price doesn't seem to be stopping people from riding.  I took my son to the Branson one Thursday of last week and it had a 45 minute long line at 3:00!  They were kicking them out as quick as they could, but there were a lot of people there.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on March 26, 2017, 06:02:40 PM
Finally seeing some steel on this project. see pics, lots of excavation going on still..  My pics dont show on the extreme west side of property there is a long drop all the way to the bottom, then i would guess that is the speed to start back uphill...   Will be back in 3 weeks, i am sure there will be much more to see,,,

https://www.facebook.com/lorrie.crumb/media_set?set=a.10210957237758430.1073741936.1578260143&type=3&uploaded=15
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on May 02, 2017, 10:09:59 AM
New Pics from this weekend... this thing appears to have lots of feet of track!  It just goes and goes and goes..
Swoosh, Shave, us pics if you want to.

this is a FB link, so you will need to be signed onto FB

https://www.facebook.com/lorrie.crumb/media_set?set=a.10211288690964553.1073741940.1578260143&type=3
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Gilligan on May 02, 2017, 10:29:44 AM
How tall is that tower, Sand? I guess I guess I'll have to drive down the strip to see it.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on May 02, 2017, 11:03:35 AM
How tall is that tower, Sand? I guess I guess I'll have to drive down the strip to see it.

Bigfoot tower?  200 feet.  I believe they are saying it is the highest elevation attraction in town now, surpassed the ferris wheel a long ways.!  LOL..  higher elevation and taller structure.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Okiebenz on May 03, 2017, 10:30:29 AM
So is this next to where that dome building used to be?  I noticed a while back it was torn down and was thinking it was next to the water slide.  I believe they had an old time photo place in there last.  I remember in the 80's it was some sort of deal where you go in and watch a movie projected on the inside of the dome that was of different scenes such as flying, motorcycle, etc and it made you feel like you were moving with the motion of the movie.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Runner1960 on May 03, 2017, 12:38:02 PM
Nope, Bigfoot is farther west on the strip. The new mountain coaster is going in where you described.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sirwillow on May 05, 2017, 08:54:58 AM
So is this next to where that dome building used to be?  I noticed a while back it was torn down and was thinking it was next to the water slide.  I believe they had an old time photo place in there last. 

Yes, the new alpine coaster takes up the whole plot of land where the water chute and the domed building used to be.  They tore down the domed building you remember a couple of months back in preparing the land for the coaster.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Swoosh on May 05, 2017, 10:00:08 AM
Dome building = old Clay Cooper Theatre, right?
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: biscuitcreek on May 05, 2017, 11:03:55 AM
Dome building = old Clay Cooper Theatre, right?

Clay Cooper's first theater was in another nearby building, the Thunderbird Theater, which has been torn down.

http://www.fotosearch.com/UNS086/u13244362/
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sirwillow on May 06, 2017, 07:43:12 AM
Dome building = old Clay Cooper Theatre, right?

No, the dome building wasn't anywhere near that size.  It was a small building that in recent years housed an old time, dress up photo.  It was about 200- 250 feet from the chute and sat pretty close to the road.

Edit- look at the last photo on this page- it shows it: http://www.tntoldtimephoto.com/pictures.html
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on May 06, 2017, 07:57:05 AM
Dome building = old Clay Cooper Theatre, right?

Swoosh,   for perspective, when I take the views of the west side.. I am sitting in the old cooper parking lot, and the building would have sit behind me.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Okiebenz on May 09, 2017, 04:01:39 PM
Dome building = old Clay Cooper Theatre, right?

No, the dome building wasn't anywhere near that size.  It was a small building that in recent years housed an old time, dress up photo.  It was about 200- 250 feet from the chute and sat pretty close to the road.

Edit- look at the last photo on this page- it shows it: http://www.tntoldtimephoto.com/pictures.html

Yep that's it
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on May 17, 2017, 11:03:02 AM
Anybody been by here the last week or so? wondered on progress?
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on July 04, 2017, 06:41:03 PM
here are some new pics from this weekend.. Lots of work done on the building for sales and loading,  have not heard of opening date yet. I would guess before labor day for sure..

. Swoosh-Shave as always, if you wan to use pics go ahead..

https://www.facebook.com/lorrie.crumb/media_set?set=a.10211852564221032.1073741948.1578260143&type=3&uploaded=19
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sirwillow on July 04, 2017, 09:57:19 PM
Edit- not yet, but hopefully soon is the word I got from them yesterday.

(deleted my original comment as I was mixing up the status of Bigfoot.  sorry)
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Swoosh on July 19, 2017, 04:58:10 PM
ICYMI: The Branson Coaster opened on Tuesday.  Hours are Noon-10pm Daily.  $15.99 + tax to ride.  Re-rides are $7.99 + tax.  Max of 375lbs per cart.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: sanddunerider on July 20, 2017, 05:44:34 AM
thats great, will check it out this weekend,

 I would still be interetsted in stats..  how "long" is it ie, how many feet of track?..

They did a great job using the terrain and the track goes in and out, around and around and up and down....  LOL
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: Swoosh on January 01, 2018, 09:00:43 PM
So we finally got to ride this thing this past Friday.  It is possibly one of the best mountain coasters I've ridden. 

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/12/the-branson-coaster.html
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: KBCraig on January 02, 2018, 10:59:06 PM
So we finally got to ride this thing this past Friday.  It is possibly one of the best mountain coasters I've ridden. 

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/12/the-branson-coaster.html

Nice. Attitash has both the modern tube rail coasters, and the traditional chute slides.
Title: Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
Post by: shavethewhales on January 03, 2018, 06:37:06 PM
I haven't gone out my way to get on this one yet since we had the special deal to ride the other one during Coaster Christmas, but it sounds like I'll have to give it a try this year. 

On a related note, I went by their setup at the Landing and it looks pretty sharp. The arcade looked decently busy and interesting. Nothing huge, but just about the right size for the crowd it serves. The "7D  dark ride" was a disappointment though. It turns out to be a big screen with some kind of rumble chairs - basically a subdued motion simulator. It's not an actual ride like I was hoping for from the wording of the announcement.