Celebration City on pace for spring opening

Posted Monday, November 4, 2002 3:47 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Despite light rain Saturday, construction workers put in place the 80-foot supports for the highest point on the Ozark WildCat, the $4-million wooden roller coaster under construction at Celebration City on the west end of the strip on Missouri 76. The coaster is part of a $40-million renovation of the former Branson USA theme park, giving new owner Silver Dollar City a third family-oriented attraction in Branson.

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Monday, November 4, 2002 7:02 AM
I'm very glad to see GCI building another coaster, and the quoted speed of 66mph sounds great also.
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Monday, November 4, 2002 7:22 AM
360 degree spiraling drop? Like the Whirlpool drop on Rye Aeroplane?

The other odd bit was 66mph from 8 stories. Unless you're hiding another 4 stories worth of drop through grade, you aren't getting close to 66mph.

At 170', you can hit just a bit above 66mph.

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Monday, November 4, 2002 8:38 AM

So one of the steel coasters will be Firestorm from BUSA, I wonder what the other one will be. I do like Accelerator for the name of the Double shots. (but with that coming to CCity - they won't need a drop ride at SDC as they asked in the survey earlier this year.)

-Swoosh

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Monday, November 4, 2002 8:53 AM
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Wolf - like Aerplane...or at least that's what I understand it to be like, yes. Also, IIRC the site is on a slope, so while the lift is 88 feet the drop is longer.

Swoosh - the third coaster is probably a kiddie/family coaster.

Jim W...can you verify any of that?

Moosh

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Monday, November 4, 2002 1:16 PM
It is indeed the dragon coaster that is already on site. There are still some "surprise attractions" that they have in store for us. Look for an announcement later in the year!

*** This post was edited by Chris Godsey on 11/4/2002. ***

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Monday, November 4, 2002 2:14 PM

I somehow figured it was Dragon Wagon. I know about one of those "surprise attractions" that you are talking about. The ACE Winter Con down at SDC (with Celebration City tour) will be quite a lot of fun & will be quite informative.

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Monday, November 4, 2002 2:35 PM

Swoosh,

Is the flyer out for that event??? If so, where is it? I want to get it sent in so I dont have to worry about it.

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Monday, November 4, 2002 8:02 PM

Are you sure one of the coasters is Firestorm from BUSA? When we were there just after SRM, they were breaking down the coaster, and in fact, the people that bought the Firestorm for thier traveling fair circuit gave us an old lap bar from one of the trains and the "Please do not stand up" sign they were removing from it.

It looked as though every ride was sold. They either had crews from the new owners breaking them down, or signs on them displaying the new owners name.

--Robb "Who ended up with about 20 Branson USA signs!" Alvey

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Monday, November 4, 2002 10:08 PM
Firestorm (Branson USA name) is still on site and was not part of the auction back in May. A Zyklon was sold in May and removed along with numerous other rides. Some rides like the ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, etc were kept by SDC Inc for the new park. In the first artist rendering of the Ozark Wildcat you can see a portion of the Firestorm coaster which some enthusiasts mistook for an Intamin coaster. Dragon Wagon was still at the park but not sure of its status as to if it is staying or if it was sold.

Talked to ACE 18 region rep Jeff Mast and the event flyer should be up real soon, sorry for the delay, but, it will be worth the wait as SDC is great during the holiday season and the event will be great too. I will get the word out on the flyer just as soon as I see it up on the ACE website as we want good attendence for the event

Jim Wolgamuth

Ozark Wildcat is 6 months and 47 miles away.


*** This post was edited by JWolg on 11/5/2002. ***

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Tuesday, November 5, 2002 6:17 AM

Beat me to it Jim. :) There was your answer Chris.

-Swoosh

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Tuesday, November 5, 2002 7:28 AM

The site that the now named, Ozark Wildcat, GCI coaster is on is flat as it used to be a parking lot during the park's Branson USA years, so, the drop will be 80'-ish. SDC Inc tore out the pavement and there are tons of trees, bushes, and various plants on site waiting for planting. I believe I read somewhere that SDC Inc has some greenhouses and grows its own greenery so when done I bet you will not even be able to tell the site was formerly a parking lot.

Jim Wolgamuth

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Tuesday, November 5, 2002 7:40 AM

Well if anyone remember when they had the survey about what to add to the old BUSA site they had a concept drawing of CCity which showed a park heavily populated with trees. With the tradition of SDC's shaded lands, I highly doubt they would accept anything less.

The thing I wonder about, with Accelerator going in at CCity, will that eliminate the Drop Tower ride from the options of rides being added to SDC in 2004?

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Tuesday, November 5, 2002 9:34 AM

Swoosh, I would say that the "ice house" themed ride has a much better shot at this point ;)

Yes, SDC does have their own greenhouse near the park. You can see it when you enter. Look on the right and you can see the half circle shaped greenhouses as you approach the park.

Jim, When I was in the Branson area this summer, I took some photos of what was left at CC. They were gracious enough to let me walk the grounds (in a hardhat of course). They have several of the rides tucked away from view like bumper cars and other flat rides they kept from the Branson USA purchase. The Go Kart tracks were also intact on the back end of the park st the time.

So, are the ACER's getting a tour of the CC site at the event? If so I won't have to call GCI and get one ;)

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Tuesday, November 5, 2002 5:38 PM
Well from what Jeff Mast said, they are going to allow us to have a tour of Celebration City when we have our conference down there. I don't know what all it will entail, but yes we will get to go on the grounds.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2002 7:47 AM

Excellent.. see you guys there!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2002 8:53 AM

Chris, we'll see you there.

You know that comment about the "Ice House" ride is interesting. When I was asked to take the survey this fall down there, I listened in on a few other people's answer to that question, and the majority was the "Ice House".

*Fingers crossed* :)

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Wednesday, November 6, 2002 9:10 AM
New press release from SDC states that the Firestorm (S&MC Windstorm coaster) gets a new name; Thunderbolt. The KMG Afterburner, named Fireball, is staying (yeah) and that a third coaster will be installed this winter. Not sure if the third coaster is the Wisdom Dragon kiddie coaster that was at Branson USA.

Jim Wolgamuth *** This post was edited by JWolg on 11/6/2002. ***

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Wednesday, November 6, 2002 6:46 PM
Hooray! I wish they would go ahead and open an official site for the park outling the areas and rides. I imagine it's only a matter of time.

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Sunday, November 10, 2002 7:46 AM
Sawblade5's avatar I am just too excited for this new park. I am planing on being there for opening day on MAY 1st, 2003. I was at Branson all this week and I kept on drooling on the Wildcat there. I can't wait for the ACE tour of the park. In fact I already have my 2003 All City Passport good there.

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