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May 2, 2003

America's Newest Theme Park Celebration City Now Open

Branson, MO -- The top events and entertainment of the 20th Century provide the setting for fun at Silver Dollar City's new night-time theme park, Celebration City, which opened in May in Branson, Missouri. The new $40 million theme park, designed to be the "night" place for families, is America's newest theme park and the largest new park development to open in 2003 in North America. Celebration City features 30 themed rides, attractions and activities, including the all-new wooden roller coaster, Ozark WildCat.

The entrance portal into the 20th Century is Celebration Street, an area full of the vibrant activity of the early 1900s, with water sculptures and fountains from the elegant Victorian era that dance to music, and a vintage-style carousel. The Electric Boardwalk, with a boardwalk park atmosphere harking to the colorful days of trolley parks, features amusement rides, games and arcade adventure; and historic

Route 66 celebrates the 1950s and '60s era of shiny automobiles and drive-in diners with themed rides, shops and restaurants.

In the Route 66 area, the new coaster Ozark WildCat celebrates America's love for wooden roller coasters. Ozark WildCat is an ultra-compact, classic twisting wooden coaster that reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour and drops 8 stories. It has a one-of-a-kind 310-degree spiraling double-down first drop, a high speed swoop turn with a rabbit hop midway and a screaming finale.

Ozark WildCat is one of 30 rides and attractions, including three coasters, at Celebration City, said Steve Honeycutt, Director of Operations for the new park. A 60-foot compact steel coaster, the Thunderbolt, takes riders at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, and Jack Rabbit, a 52-foot coaster with numerous camel-back features, takes riders at speeds up to 35 miles per hour for a great family ride experience. Additional thrill rides include The Accelorator, a tower ride which launches riders 80 feet before plunging them back down with back-to-back positive and negative G-forces; Fireball, which swings and spins riders over 60 feet in the air; and the Electric Star Wheel, a 95-foot high classic Ferris Wheel.

One of the most outstanding features is a spectacular nightly outdoor, multi-media laser production show Celebrate!, presented by Kodak and expected mid-May, which was custom designed for Celebration City and takes guests through time travel of the 20th Century with dramatic effects, lasers, a massive water screen, projections and fireworks, all set to vibrant music. Watch the highlights of the century unfold through high-tech special effects, including VJ-Day parades, man's first steps on the moon, rock 'n roll, disco and the computer age. This multi-million dollar production is the "nightcapper" event culminating the day's fun and will be featured prior to park closing each evening.

A new show in the Celebration Theatre features the talented men's acappella group, Chapter 6, performing jazz, gospel, pop and rock songs.

Themed restaurants and eateries include the '50s-style Last Chance Diner, featuring all-American meals; Kate's Cookies and Cream serving ice cream cones like those introduced at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904; Mickey's Pizza, a cafe celebrating the "Golden Age of Sports" in the early 1900s; and Mustard's, serving the famous Nathan's hot dogs, a brand that dates back to 1916 and the glory days of Coney Island. Ten themed shops include: The Baldwin Theater, an old-fashioned photo shop that resembles a turn-of-the-century silent movie house, where guests can have photos taken with backdrops from the 1900s or the roaring '20s to the 1950s; Margo the Magnificent, with everything from outrageous costumes to lava lamps; Route 66 with an old-time gas station theme, offering Route 66 memorabilia, and Woody's Workshop, a shop at the exit of Ozark WildCat, filled with gadgets and toys to spark the imagination.

Celebration City is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., through May 22. From May 23 to August 17, Celebration City is open daily, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. From August 20-24 and August 29 - September 1, hours are 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. From September 5 - November 1, the park is open Fridays through Sundays, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. For tickets and information, call 1-800-831-4FUN or 800-888-PASS.