A new attraction appears to be taking over the location on the Branson strip that was previously home to Ride The Ducks.
A website and social media presence has been created for “Branson Top Ops”, which is being described as a “family-friendly visitor experience.”
The website promises a “patriotic-themed experience” and that they will donate ten percent of their 2019 proceeds to local first responders. All first responders and military will receive discounted admission to the attraction.
The venue is reportedly going to feature an interactive outdoor maze, indoors laser tag and other events.
Ride The Ducks has been closed since July 19, 2018 when one of the duck boats sank in Table Rock Lake killing 17 people.
Ride the Ducks will not operate for the 2019 season. Ripley Entertainment told OI they wanted to continue to serve the community by helping to bring in tourism though the new attraction and employ residents of Branson.
Target date is Memorial Day weekend.
Here is the full statement sent to OI by Ripley Entertainment:
“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. BransonTop Ops will be a patriotic-themed experience offering an interactive outdoor maze, indoor laser tag, and other adventures.
Ten percent of all proceeds for the 2019 season, with a minimum amount of $100,000, will be donated to First Responders, specifically to Local Police, Fire Department, and EMS, who put their lives on the line to make the Branson community a safer place to live, work, and play.
In addition, all First Responders and Military will be offered discounted admission at Branson Top Ops.
More information about the attraction is coming soon, and look forward to working with the community to bring this new attraction to Branson.
For the latest information, please visit www.BransonTopOps.com.”