Ripley Entertainment have announced that Branson Top Ops, an all-new, patriotic-themed, family-friendly visitor experience, is to replace Ride the Ducks.
The patriotic-themed attraction will offer an interactive outdoor maze, indoor laser tag and other adventures.
10 percent of all 2019 proceeds, with a minimum amount of $100,000, will be donated to the first responders who make the Branson community safer – specifically local police, the fire department, and EMS.
Moreover, all first responders and military will be offered discounted admission to the attraction.
Ride the Ducks attraction
Ripley Entertainment is opening Branson Top Ops in the same location as the former Ride the Ducks business.
The company confirmed to KY3 News in a statement the Ride the Ducks attraction will not operate in 2019.
Ripley closed Ride the Ducks after one of the boats sank amid strong winds. 16 passengers and a crew member died.
The statement read: “Branson Ride the Ducks has been an important part of the Branson community for 47 years. We are deeply appreciative of the support we have received.
“Due to the ongoing investigations into the tragedy last summer, Branson Ride the Ducks will not operate this season. Our building and property are a gateway to the economic engine of this community, however, and we want to ensure it continues to contribute during the upcoming season.
“To do so, we will be offering an all-new visitor experience at this location [Branson Top Ops].”
Elsewhere in Branson, the Board of Aldermen has voted unanimously to approve funding for the proposed $51m Branson Aquarium, also known as the Aquarium at the Boardwalk.
The attraction will take visitors on a walking journey through the oceans of the world. It will provide views of colourful fish, seahorses, octopi, and sharks.
Kuvera Partners will complete the $51 million project in phases. The 46,000-square-foot attraction is located on the site of the Grand Palace in Branson, Missouri.
Image: Branson Top Ops