An upside-down adventure perched in a seemingly perilous and ridiculous angle above the 76 strip opens today for Branson tourists and residents.
It’s called WonderWorks Branson. The 48,000-square-feet of indoor amusement park for the mind offers family fun with three floors of non-stop “edu-tainment” and more than 100 hands-on and interactive exhibits.
*We have something for everyone from two to 102 years of age,” beamed a cheerful Brenda Dent, General Manager of WonderWorks as she welcomed guests in a preview of the new indoor amusement park located at 2835 West 76 Country Boulevard.
“You can spend all day in here,” Dent said, adding that staff is grateful the doors are now open.
For months, Branson residents have wondered about the ongoing construction of a purposely tilted building that can be seen for miles around.
Dent said the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the initial planned grand opening in April.
“We were two days from launch when the lockdown was announced,” Dent said. “We had to stop, furlough employees and implement new safety measures for the safety and health of customers and employees. It was a little-bit heartbreaking, but now were open to the public.”
New protocols put in place include reduced capacity, enhanced cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, hand sanitizer stations, employee health screenings and employee personal protective equipment (PPE).
The pandemic hasn’t spoiled the fun for visitors to WonderWorks. Guests taking preview tours marveled at the diversity of fun features that engaged like kids and big kids alike explaining weather, physics, light and sounds, space discovery, the elements, and much more.
What sets WonderWorks Branson apart from the other five WonderWorks across the country is the homage it pays to the Ozarks roots and history.
Guests can learn about the Shepherd of the Hills, Native American tribes, ties to Route 66, and other local connections, including an exhibit featuring area artists called “Ozart.”
WonderWorks Branson features the attraction’s iconic exterior – a grandiose house flipped upside down, part of a backstory legend of a top secret laboratory and an experiment that went awry.
Some of the exhibits include a bubble room, interactive sandbox, illusion art gallery and xtreme 360 bikes.
One of the most compelling attractions is the XD Theater. This one-of-a-kind experience combines 3D film with special effects and full motion seating ranging from subtle sensations to intense vibrations.
Said one visitor of the railroad roller coaster 3D ride he underwent, “Man! That alone is worth the price of admission!”