Branson is booming with new attractions, several of which feature ziplines. Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve are already open, and the Shepherd of the Hills will be opening its Vigilante ZipRider on June 12, 2010.
The Shepherd of the Hills Vigilante ZipRider was scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend, but heavy rains delayed work on the new attraction.
The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider won’t be like traditional ziplines; it will be more like a ride. On a traditional zipline, the carriage that holds the rider in place has to come off and be reset after each run. The ZipRider has a patented trolley retrieval system, so with the push of a button, the seats are brought back up to the tower.
The design of the new Shepherd of the Hills attraction will have guests traveling to the top of Inspiration Tower to the observation deck, where they will proceed to the open-air observation deck. From there, one of four ziplines await to send guests sailing across the 160 acre park at speeds of more than 50mph. Guests will ascend to the opposite side of the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater, one half-mile away.
The Branson ZipRider location will feature the highest starting point of any Zip Rider attraction, as the starting point is 203 feet up in the air, atop Inspiration Tower. There are currently 10 other ZipRider attractions open in the world.
The Shepherd of the Hills Vigilante ZipRider will cost $28.64 per person for the first ride, and each additional trip will cost $20.