- Associated Press - Sunday, May 21, 2017

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The second mountain coaster in Branson is expected to open as early as this summer.

Collin Wheeler, marketing coordinator for Tennessee-based FACE Amusement told the Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/2ra7eXI ) that the Branson Coaster doesn’t have a specific opening date but it will be “sooner than August.”

Mountain coasters, or alpine coasters, are installed on steep hillsides so that gravity can give riders a thrill as they descend along an established track in carts. Branson’s first mountain coaster, The Runaway, opened last August.

The Branson Coaster will be about 2 miles away from The Runaway. Wheeler said the newest coaster will be the first “double alpine” coaster in North America, with two downhill tracks. Riders will start at the top of the attraction, and descend in two-person carts on both tracks during one ride.

“It’s not like any other mountain coaster that’s out there,” he said.

Wheeler didn’t specify pricing, but said it will be “comparable to other coasters in the greater southeast region.” The Runaway charges $15 per driver and $10 per passenger for the first ride on its two-person carts, with additional rides on discount.

The Branson Coaster will be FACE Amusement’s first alpine coaster. FACE - which stands for Faith, Attitude, Consistency and Excellence - operates attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as well as Orlando, Florida.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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