BRANSON, Mo. – Plans are in the works to add a 225-foot tall addition to Highway 76 in Branson.
Early renderings for the project, called “Bigfoot on the Strip,” are scheduled to go before the Board of Aldermen for a first reading Tuesday night.
“What we’re looking for is unique things–things that don’t compete with businesses we already have here,” says Branson Mayor, Karen Best.
Best says “Bigfoot on the Strip” would redevelop the former Dollar Store, on the west end of highway 76, near White Water.
“When people come to us with ideas that we don’t have,” she says, “we love entertaining those types of ideas.”
Early renderings show the project with a tower standing more than 20 stories–-offering visitors multiple ways to get to the top, and back to the bottom.
The “rides” include an observation elevator, a free fall drop and two “slingshots” that are suspended above the ground.
“We’re excited that we may be one of the first ones to have it in the United States,” says Best.
“Obviously if Branson does well, we do well,” says Ron Howard, who works for the World’s Largest Toy Museum, which sit across from the proposed thrill rides.
Howard says he’s in favor of continuing to diversify what is offered to the millions of people that visit Branson each year.
“When people come to the toy museum, that’s a whole different thing than a show,” he says. “It’s a memory trip, and people walk out saying, ‘I can’t imagine what all was in there.’”
“Bigfoot on the Strip” falls in the same category of other planned developments in Branson like “Fritz’s Adventure” and “Mountain Adventure Resort.”
While some may point to an emerging theme, Best says the shows are still what sets Branson apart from other tourist destinations.
“We’re trying to augment that and bring in additional people,” she says, “who wouldn’t normally go to a show, that will catch a show while they’re in town.”
“Bigfoot on the Strip” plans also call for food trucks, something that would also be a first for Branson.
If the plans are approved by the Aldermen Tuesday night, they will be heard for second time in two weeks.