The Ozark Wildcat Roller Coaster Demolition – Celebration City Branson Missouri
Celebration City was a “night-time theme park” located in Branson, Missouri. The park opened in 1999 originally named Branson USA. It closed in 2001 and was purchased by Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation in 2002. Herschend re-opened the park as Celebration City in 2003, after a redesign and expansion.
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. It was a sister park to Silver Dollar City theme park located just down the road. The theming was meant to continue the day where Silver Dollar City’s 19th century theme left off. It opened in the afternoon into the evening.
On Friday October 24, 2008, Herschend announced that the park would finish out it’s 2008 season and not return for 2009, due to unmet financial expectations. It closed its doors for good on Saturday, October 25, 2008. The park has been abandoned ever since. Most of the salvageable rides and attractions have been relocated to other HFE parks. In October, paperwork was filed to demo Celebration City’s icon coaster, The Ozark Wildcat that was built by Great Coasters International aka GCI. Mike Meyer, SDK maintenance supervisor said that due to the layout of the coaster, relocation to sister park Silver Dollar City was simply not feasible.
The Ozark Wildcat was demolished over the weekend. Check out the video below to watch as they try to pull it down time after time… Until finally it crashed 🙁
There is rumors that a new attraction is planned to be built in it’s place, but nothing was officially confirmed yet. Fans can take one last POV ride in the video below courtesy Theme Park Review!
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