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Title: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: biscuitcreek on February 16, 2018, 04:25:20 PM
Noticed that this was mentioned today on 1branson and the SDC Fans Facebook page, the new Fun Park.

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/new-branson-amusement-park-to-open-by-may-2018/977147196

https://www.americasfunpark.com/

Plans are to open by May of this year and it is supposed to change with the seasons.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: shavethewhales on February 16, 2018, 04:32:52 PM
Yeah I was just about to post this. Came as a huge surprise to me.

Really though, it sounds like a small permantent carnival that will stay open through Christmas. Doesn't look like a tremendously professional operation considering they had to change their name a few days after going public (They were originally American's Fun Spot and I'm guessing the famous Florida company of a similar name sent them a cease-and-desist).

Still though, it sounds cool, and I'm always excited to see more rides pop up. Could be a neat place. I was hoping one of these micro parks would finally add a real coaster someday - maybe this will be the one? Pigeon Forge had a great wooden coaster for a short time at one of the go-kart parks.

Curious how SDC will respond... usually they throw their weight around enough to scare away competition. Then again, with this development being so small, maybe it works in their favor anyway be filling the market while scaring away bigger competition. Branson USA was probably a lot more scary to them because it had a lot more real estate and even a couple real coasters. It could have grown into a decent park whereas this is going to be limited to about 9 acres.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on February 16, 2018, 05:09:08 PM
I had not heard a thing about this.  Open in 90 days?   Going to have to do a lot of work fast.. 

Will for sure check it out when I am in town 2 weeks from now..
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: History Buff on February 16, 2018, 06:23:18 PM
It doesn't take very long to throw up a carnival.  I hope this is more than the standard parking lot fair.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: chittlins on February 16, 2018, 07:27:41 PM
Branson screams for a Fun Spot in Orlando, I keep thinking The Track will make the leap to that level but hasn't yet. If build a basic park with some park model caroussel, huymalaya, old school Tilt a Whirl, Scrambler, Spinner and a couple of other classics.   Group of 4 to four kiddie rides. A ferris wheel.  One of the small footprint Gravity Groups or GCI, a Wild Mouse, one of those spinning SBF Visas that's all the rage, and a kiddie coaster to start.
I'd keep a pad that changed mobile models from time to time like A zipper and other staples

my growth plan would be a Star Flyer, shot tower, compact steel coaster with inversions, a flume, and more modern flats like a Zamperla Air race

I'd call it Great Ozarks Fair
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on February 16, 2018, 07:35:48 PM
Still hard to believe someone on this site hadnt heard about this project..
I saw nothing about it on the minutes from city council meetings.
Nothing about on the weekly updates from Karen Best (mayor) FB page,
Nothing about building permits and est building value.
Odd.. ???
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: Swoosh on February 16, 2018, 10:03:19 PM
Well some of us have burnt in the past and don’t post everything they know anymore.  js
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: shavethewhales on February 17, 2018, 10:39:34 AM
The more I look into it, the smaller this operation looks. Basically it sounds like they have a contract for a carnival company to park a few rides here all year.

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“Remember the fun of the midway at the state fair? That’s America’s Fun Park,” said Rick Billington, spokesperson for Branson Fun Spot, LLC. “Summer of 2018, America’s Fun Spot is all about carnival rides, games, food and fun.

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They contracted with a major exposition company that does set up ride acquisitions and set-up at state fairs and other events across the country.  Their idea was just to bring another affordable family attraction to Branson.

I mean, it's an interesting idea and if it catches on it could turn into something bigger, but they aren't building a real amusement park in three months. I wonder if they'll even have a permanent bathroom or just a row of port-a-potties...

I see it as a proof of concept if nothing else. A lot of cities do things like pop-up parks and temporary bike lanes and such just to gauge community reaction to new things. This is like a pop-up amusement park  ;D  If they don't get a contract for next year, maybe that will encourage the Tracks parks to keep adding rides.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: cowboy on February 17, 2018, 11:48:07 AM
I was amazed at how fast the Galveston Island Historic Pier was put together, also Coney island in Brooklyn is basically a carnival with a couple permanent coaster installations. I'm sure if they get the infrastructure (electric, ride pads, bathrooms) built - the other items can be put up in a few short weeks.

I think this is going to be the logical next steps for Branson. You look at the direction SDC is taking with their ride installations, and the other attractions opened on the strip (coasters, Bigfoot, etc.) you'll probably continue to see more "family" attractions - as the focus moves to younger families.

Jay
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on February 17, 2018, 03:47:06 PM
Concrete slabs for rides,   
Hopefully permanent restrooms, 
3 or 4 food trucks when there are rides going.. 
LOW overhead, 
chance of being a money maker..
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: shavethewhales on March 05, 2018, 11:44:27 AM
Their facebook has begun listing some of the rides they have finalized. I was surprised to see that the main attraction will be a galaxi-style roller coaster. It's an Interpark Super Cyclon that was previously at Lake City (the park that lasted for two months in Alabama).

I'm just blown away that Time Traveler isn't the only new coaster in Branson this year.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: Swoosh on March 05, 2018, 05:50:38 PM
It’s amazing the change in information in just one week.  They were originally going with a Windstorm and had said as such and then out of nowhere comes Groovy Train - a Super Cyclone
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: chittlins on March 05, 2018, 05:56:45 PM
Super cyclone pov
https://youtu.be/fdMvD838hDc

Waiting for:

Tilt a whirl

Zipper

Himalaya

Round up/gravitron
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on March 06, 2018, 06:46:14 AM
Was in town this weekend  and I forgot to do drive by!!!   meant to check it out and get pics..  sorry gang.. :(
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: cowboy on March 18, 2018, 12:40:59 PM
It’s amazing the change in information in just one week.  They were originally going with a Windstorm and had said as such and then out of nowhere comes Groovy Train - a Super Cyclone

The Windstorm was announced this week. https://www.facebook.com/americasfunpark/

So three new coasters in Branson next year!

Jay
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: Swoosh on March 18, 2018, 08:44:34 PM
It’s amazing the change in information in just one week.  They were originally going with a Windstorm and had said as such and then out of nowhere comes Groovy Train - a Super Cyclone

The Windstorm was announced this week. https://www.facebook.com/americasfunpark/

So three new coasters in Branson next year!

Jay

Could be 4.  Heard whispers that a kiddie coaster might be coming to this park as well
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: shavethewhales on March 19, 2018, 10:06:10 AM
There's a lot of serious work out there right now. I'll upload some photos later. They are indeed building permanent structures and putting in proper storm/sewer/water/etc. lines.

Seeing it in person makes me question the location. It seems much smaller in person, and they are putting in so many rides + at least 2 big coasters? They are going to need a TON of parking, and even if everything is scrunched together they will only have space for a small fraction of their potential customers. Perhaps they have a trick up their sleeves involving satellite parking?
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on March 19, 2018, 04:59:09 PM
On my list to drive by and check out this weekend..   will take some pics if need be...
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: shavethewhales on March 19, 2018, 08:01:23 PM
Just added the photos to the FB page. It looks like an even smaller lot in real life than it does on google maps. Hard to say how much of the surrounding land they own. It'll be interesting to see this come together. They obviously have something up their sleeves because this is real construction, not just throwing stuff in a parking lot like I had thought might be the case.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: chittlins on March 19, 2018, 08:54:11 PM
These folks are certainly putting some effort into it.

Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on March 20, 2018, 10:31:48 AM
Saw the pictures, lots of work going on there. 

Open in 60 days?  Hmm we will see. 

I will try to get some close up pics this weekend...
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: HumphreyHawk on March 24, 2018, 10:06:22 PM
I drove by today...they where working on framing up a relatively mid-sized building.  They aren't messing around.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: chittlins on May 04, 2018, 07:21:02 AM
There's a lot of serious work out there right now. I'll upload some photos later. They are indeed building permanent structures and putting in proper storm/sewer/water/etc. lines.

Seeing it in person makes me question the location. It seems much smaller in person, and they are putting in so many rides + at least 2 big coasters? They are going to need a TON of parking, and even if everything is scrunched together they will only have space for a small fraction of their potential customers. Perhaps they have a trick up their sleeves involving satellite parking?

Branson's version of Grona Lund ;D

 Anyhoo, pricing  is up on the Web site. With them building permanent pads and structures, I wonder if the use of mobile carney rides is temp and going forward they add their own rides.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on May 04, 2018, 08:21:11 AM
here is website..     https://www.americasfunpark.com/

What do you think about the pricing structure?   

I can see parents dropping the kids off and coming back later to get them...
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: chittlins on May 04, 2018, 09:59:27 AM
here is website..     https://www.americasfunpark.com/

What do you think about the pricing structure?   

I can see parents dropping the kids off and coming back later to get them...

Seems reasonable but I'll have to check it out in person.

There was some question if there was going to be two full grown coasters. Seems there is along with a kiddie coaster. They see the Windstorm as their prized attraction though.

To this day, if Celebration City was free entry and ride wristband or ala carte with actually late night weekend hours, it would still be open. Heck, this could have been set up in there.
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on May 04, 2018, 11:32:05 AM
To this day, if Celebration City was free entry and ride wristband or ala carte with actually late night weekend hours, it would still be open. Heck, this could have been set up in there.

So true.  The idea was ahead of its time for Branson, But if they had structured the user fees differently, I still think it would have worked out fine.. They had decent rides, and a variety of things to do.. too bad...  It could have worked.. :-\ 
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: chittlins on May 04, 2018, 12:11:18 PM
To this day, if Celebration City was free entry and ride wristband or ala carte with actually late night weekend hours, it would still be open. Heck, this could have been set up in there.

So true.  The idea was ahead of its time for Branson, But if they had structured the user fees differently, I still think it would have worked out fine.. They had decent rides, and a variety of things to do.. too bad...  It could have worked.. :-\


They could closed it for a season, axed the overhead with the shows, sought franchisees for eateries(Panda, Chick-fil-a, Nathan's, ColdStone, AuntieAnns) and basically just collect rent and run the rides and general upkeep.

They could do this today if they wanted to. This and the general lack of new additions to Whitewater is my only WTF concerning Herschend.


Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: sanddunerider on May 04, 2018, 05:44:02 PM
Job Fair, tomorrow at Stone Castle.. 9-11..   
2 hours?  that wont take long, I hope they spend more time on the training process..
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: coasterdad on May 15, 2018, 07:37:16 PM
here is website..     https://www.americasfunpark.com/

What do you think about the pricing structure?   

I can see parents dropping the kids off and coming back later to get them...

Seems reasonable but I'll have to check it out in person.


would love to see them add a Eurofighter. Small footprint Great ride
Title: Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
Post by: Swoosh on May 15, 2018, 08:10:24 PM
FYI.  I confirmed with their PR person that they will not be ready this weekend like they originally planned.  They’re hoping it’ll only be a week delay, but she stated she wouldn’t know until later this week at the earliest