Celebration City

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Celebration City
Celebration City Gate.jpg
Location Branson, Missouri,  United States
Coordinates 36°38′52″N 93°17′45″W / 36.64765°N 93.2959°W / 36.64765; -93.2959Coordinates: 36°38′52″N 93°17′45″W / 36.64765°N 93.2959°W / 36.64765; -93.2959
Owner Herschend Family Entertainment
Opened 2003
Closed October 25, 2008
(5 years ago)
 (2008-10-25)
Previous names Branson USA
Operating season May until October
Rides
Total 30+
Roller coasters 3
Water rides 2

Celebration City was a "night-time theme park" located in Branson, Missouri, USA. It was themed after America in the 20th century, with areas based on Route 66, Small-town America in the 1900s, and a beachside boardwalk in the 1920s. As a "sister park" to Herschend Family Entertainment's Silver Dollar City theme park located nearby, It was meant to continue the day where Silver Dollar City's 19th century theming left off. It opened in the afternoon into the evening, with the operating day capped off by a laser and fireworks display.

The park featured many rides, shows, and attractions. Its operating season ran from May until mid-September.

History[edit]

An amusement park named Branson USA was opened on the site in 1999. The park struggled in its early years and closed in 2001. Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation purchased the park in 2002 with plans to redevelop and reopen it. The Branson Courier reported at a cost of over $40 million. It was reopened as Celebration City in 2003, after a redesign and expansion. It was equipped with a laser, water, and fireworks show, a wooden roller coaster, and a brand new log flume ride in 2008.

On Friday October 24, 2008, Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation announced that the park would finish out its 2008 season and not return for 2009, due to unmet financial expectations. It closed its doors for good on Saturday, October 25, 2008. Herschend continues to operate the nearby Silver Dollar City and White Water Branson attractions, and in announcing the closure, stated "...the company is already exploring various new development concepts for the site including an aquarium, other family attractions, re-theming the current park and also, destination retail and dining."

Rides[edit]

Rides included:

Former Rides[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Wild Adventures making big plans for 2010". Valdosta Daily Times. Retrieved 2009-10-08.