Celebration City, located in Branson, Missouri, will join the latest list of notable amusement parks to close in the past several years. The Herschend Family Entertainment, owners of several major family entertainment complexes the most notable being Silver Dollar City, Dollywood, and Wild Adventures, made the announcement yesterday that today, Saturday, October 25, 2008 will be Celebration City’s final day of existence.
Herschend stated that the closing was due to a "shift in business strategy," however 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."
It has also rumored that Celebration City’s closing is also partially due to the economy considering Herschend Family Entertainment has scaled back all of the planned additions to their parks for the 2009 season.
It is unknown what will happen to the park’s major attractions include its signature wooden roller coaster the Ozark Wildcat, which was built by Great Coasters International in 2003. The park is also home to two steel roller coasters, the Jack Rabbit and the Thunderbolt, as well as this year’s latest addition to the park, the Roaring Falls flume ride, which also came from another recently closed park in Geauga Lake.
Celebration City originally opened as Branson U.S.A. in the year 1999 where it achieved minimal success. The closed in 2001 and sold to Herschend where the park was rebranded and reopened it as Celebration City in 2003.