Continuing this year-old trip report, the next segment cleans up the rest of the fun stuff we did in Branson, Missouri, on August 1-3 of 2017. I'd been in Branson in 2013 and 2014, and I couldn't believe how different everything looked just a few years later. It's rapidly changing from a country-bumpkin'-show based tourist area to something more well-rounded and akin to Pigeon Forge. We sampled just a few of the newer items to hit town, but I think we enjoyed them all, and there are more being built! At this point, I can say that if you're just stopping in Branson for a day to visit Silver Dollar City, you're missing out on some fun attractions.
So, let's start just up US-65 a bit in Ozark, Missouri, at...Lambert's
I don't have any pictures from inside, so enjoy this video of the throwed rolls
from the TPR Twitter account.
-----------------------------------First Night in Branson
We checked into the hotel, and experienced a little bit of the gospel.
After we got settled in, we went and played mini golf at Professor Hacker's. No pictures. We had fun, but I can't recmomend the course. It was well-themed but the holes were pretty boring. Oh, and they've got the most pointless train ride in the history of train rides.
Also, here's the old Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, which I wanted to ride but couldn't find anyone to go with. The lighting package on this wheel was seriously one of the most impressive I've seen anywhere. They did a great job sprucing it up!
-----------------------------------Second Night in Branson
After a day at Silver Dollar City, headed out to two attractions about a mile from the hotel. First up was the Xtreme Racing Center, a super-fast Go-Kart course with karts that go up to 40 MPH. That might not sound like much compared to your average road, but it's a lot on a Go-Kart track! I thought the fast karts were a lot of fun, but were somewhat uncomfortable as they ran a bit rough.
After some karting, dropped in next door to Bigfoot on the Strip for a much better round of mini golf than the night before! Not as heavily-themed, but the holes were more fun and better designed. There will be more from Bigfoot coming later in this post.
-----------------------------------Third Day in Branson
We made three stops in Branson on our last day in town, starting at a new alpine coaster -- simply named The Branson Coaster. What makes this coaster different than most is that it goes down the hill twice, with sort of a "dueling" layout. It's not the most intense alpine coaster I've been on, but the fun is in blazing past your friends on the other track down. We had a good visit and did some filming.
Our second stop on the third day was a full-group visit to Bigfoot on the Strip, checking out several of their attractions. I don't have pictures from the 8D shooting theater game thing, nor do I know what all of the eight Ds represent. I also don't have any pictures from the free jump, which was kind of scary but fun.
I do have pictures from the Super Sling tower, one of those insane Stan Checketts creations. If you were watching TPR's socials last August, you're probably familiar with the ride. Well, I've got some pictures! But first, how was the ride experience? I didn't think it was as intense as I'd feared, but then again, I only flipped three times -- others were breaking double digits. You definitely do feel pretty exposed, basically sitting in a chair that's attached to the tower by only a couple wires. We had a pretty thrill-hardy group in attendance, but only about half of the trip participants rode this one!
We also rode the Gravity Bomb drop tower. In my opinion, the thing that makes this one scary is the lack of major restraints -- you're strapped in with just a seatbelt! Like any good drop tower, it offers some air, and quick braking at the bottom. Also, they play that gutteral "ooh ah ah ah ah" thing from Disturbed's "Down With the Sickness" just before the drop, so if you're into David Draiman sounding like he's about to hock up a hairball, this ride is for you!
Our third and final stop in Branson was Fritz's Adventure. I have just one picture from this place, as I was too busy having fun to take any more! This place is like some sort of bizarre mashup of a climbing gym, a ropes course, and City Museum -- and I loved
it. So I'm just gonna link to their website here
and say you should go there!