After over 120,000 man-hours and 2,000 tons of steel used during construction, the nation’s first double alpine coaster is now open for business. Located at 2115 West 76 Country Blvd, The Branson Coaster offers a great experience and a new coaster credit! Reaching speeds of nearly 30mph, riders can speed down the 3,980 feet of alpine coaster track (2,700 feet downhill and 1,280 feet uphill) in a way unlike every before. Like other alpine coasters, riders have control of how fast they go down the track. The Wiegand-designed alpine coaster allows up to two riders per alpine cart. Drivers must be at least 54 inches to ride alone, and accompanied passengers must be at least 38 inches tall. Maximum combined weight for the ride is 375lbs during dry weather conditions and 330lbs during wet weather conditions. The driver of the alpine coaster vehicle must be at least 16 years of age; passengers must be at least three years old. This alpine coaster is also outfitted with a collision-avoidance system that prevents two ride vehicles from hitting one another, thereby providing an extremely safe and thrilling experience to all guests. While this is the second mountain coaster to open in the Branson, Missouri, area, it is the first of its kind.
What is a Dual Alpine Coaster?
A first of its kind on the continent, this alpine coaster starts off by going downhill in lieu of the usual first hill climb. Rusty Mabe, co-owner of FACE Amusement and The Branson Coaster, explains, “You descend down the mountain, zooming left, right through the mountains and you go to the end of track one. It pulls you back up to go for a second (ride) which will be faster.” This experience is unlike anything available in North America. Usually, when riders reach the bottom of the track, that is it, but this experience is very unique and is one that guests will love to ride over and over. Essentially, this alpine coaster is two rides in one!
This alpine coaster experience begins with rides immediately descending 1,000 feet after departing the loading station! The Branson Coaster team adds, “the tracks twist and turn so close you’d think you were going to collide! As you reach the bottom of the track a chain driven system will catch your cart and begin to bring you back up.”
What Else is New?
Starting this fall (projected for September), an enhanced light display while add to the ride experience. With music throughout the track, guests will be able to enjoy a synchronized music and light show in one during the ride. Lastly, guests wanting to capture the memory will have the opportunity to purchase the on-ride photo!
FACE Amusement currently operates in high traffic areas such as Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Orlando, and Branson with plans to deliver this service model throughout the United States to create fun experiences & loyalty.
[Feature photo courtesy of FACE Amusement.]