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The Runaway Branson Coaster Experience

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The most talked about Branson coaster of 2016 and 2017 has been the Runaway Mountain coaster on Hwy 165. Located between the Titanic Museum and Table Rock Dam this coaster has been one of the area’s most loved new attractions. But what is a mountain coaster, and what makes the Runaway unique?

What is this thing?

The unique aspect of a mountain coaster is that it utilizes the natural terrain to make it go. Instead of building invasive lift towers and massive structural supports, we found a big hill and used it to make our coaster in Branson go! Gravity speeds you down the hill through turns, dips and helixes at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. But what if you’re not a thrill seeker? That’s OK! We’ve got you covered too–because our coaster is fully gravity powered, it means there’s no point where you have to go fast to keep momentum going and because of that there’s no reason we can’t give riders the control. So that’s what we did–each driver has control of their cart and can go full out or slow down & enjoy the scenery. It really is a coaster for everyone.

Why is our Branson Coaster Unique?

Ok, so you’re sold on the idea of a mountain coaster. But why the Runaway? How are we different than any other mountain coaster? Lots of reasons, but the two big ones are length and intact natural beauty. Our track is nearly a mile long and not a single foot of it is wasted. Starting below the soaring rafters of our loading building, riders will start with a gentle glide over Fall Creek crossing where the cart will attach to the pull cable. This cable will bring them on a 5 minute scenic ride up the hill where depending on the season you may see a waterfall as you pass, incredible Ozarks rock formations jutting out of the ground, an old deer hunting stand, spring woodland flowers, fall leaves and color, and trees just a few feet from the track. It may seem a funny thing, but we’re proud of our trees–the wooded Ozarks hillside was pristine when we got it and we went to extra expense to keep it as close to that as possible. Sure, it would have been cheaper, easier & faster to clear the trees out and give a wide open space but our coaster experience would have been poorer for it. In addition, it adds to the excitement of the downhill ride which lasts from 2 to 3 minutes depending on how brave you are with the brake controls. As you race down the final 3000 feet of track trees will be whizzing by just out of reach which enhances your sense of speed. Finally you’ll soar across Fall Creek one last time to our loading area where you have the option to ride again, and most people do. We made sure this was a ride you will want to experience more than once.

So It’s Just For Kids & Thrill Seekers, Right?

Nope. Absolutely Not. We do provide plenty for thrill seekers and coaster enthusiasts–we love to hear from them. But kids over 90 years old have ridden this and come down with a huge smile on their face and that really makes our day. Celebrating your 93’rd birthday with us? No problem, it’s already been done. 50th Wedding Anniversaries? We’ve had those too. You pick the thrill. Leisurely ride through the adventure park or making our Branson coaster track scream, it’s all good.

So that’s what a mountain coaster is, and that’s what you’ll want to experience next time you’re in Branson. Come visit us at 935 Hwy 165. Find out what a real mountain coaster is like and experience the first attraction of it’s kind in the Ozarks. Come explore the mountain with us, Let’s Ride!

Twas the Coaster Before Christmas

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Twas the day before Christmas, when all down the hill
Not a creature was stirring, not a peep, not a trill.
The safety rules were hung at the load area with care,
In hopes that thrill seekers soon would be there.

When up on the mountain there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the office to see what was the matter.
Away to the lobby I ran just to check,
Flung open the door and went out on the deck.

The sun on the steel of a newly built track
Gave the lustre of mid day to carts on the rack.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a blue mountain cart, with no need to steer.

With a little old driver, so lively & quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than reindeer he shot down from the ridge,
And he shouted and whistled as he traversed the bridge

“Now to, Shoji, now, Clay! now, Mickey and Presleys!
To, Titanic! To, Hamner! then the Landing and Ripleys!
To the top of the mountain! Then race down the fall.
Now Runaway! Runaway! Runaway all!”

(all apologies to Clement Clarke Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas)

Christmas & New Year’s Holiday Hours

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Have a Merry Christmas celebration and ring in the New Year with the Runaway mountain coaster. Here’s our holiday operating hours and schedule as we celebrate the holidays with all our fans.

Mon 12/19 – Thu 12/22 – Closed
Fri 12/23 – Sat 12/24 – Open 10 AM – 4PM
Sun 12/25 – Closed – Merry Christmas!
Mon 12/26 – Tue 12/27 – Closed
Wed 12/28 – Sun 1/1 – Open 10 AM – 4PM
Sun 1/2 – Thu 1/12 – Closed

Come out & see us as we celebrate the holidays, close out our very first year, and ring in an even bigger & better 2017 at Branson’s only mountain coaster – The Runaway!

Night Rides – Ride the Runaway into the Dark

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Ride the Runaway into the Black Friday…Thrill Seekers only! We will be open after our regular hours at 6 pm Black Friday for Night Riders! You purchase your ticket & bring a willingness to race through the woods in the dark & we’ll provide head lamps and a coaster cart as well as specials on t-shirts, sweatshirts & hats! If you’re not a fan of speed, visit us during the day because a nighttime coaster ride is tailor made for adrenaline junkies!

This is the first time we’ve had a night ride open to the general public and we’re excited to show you what a night ride is like. But we have to stress this is for the adrenaline junkies only–riding at night is a MUCH different experience and due to the nature of the ride we do not encourage excessive brake use. It will be fast, thrilling & unique!

To celebrate Black Friday we will also be running specials on merchandise, t-shirts, hats & hoodies.

If you want to Ride into the Black Friday, come out to the Runaway Friday night from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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We’re Thankful for all the visitors and guests who have made our first 3 months a success. During Thanksgiving we will have a modified operations schedule.

Wednesday 11/23 – Closed
Thursday 11/24 – Open 11 AM – 5 PM
Friday 11/25 – Open 10 AM – 5 PM, and open again at 6 PM – 8 PM for our Ride into the Black Friday event – a night coaster ride for thrill seekers only!
Saturday & Sunday 11/26-11/27 – Open 10 AM – 5 PM
Monday 11/28 -Wed 11/30 – Closed

On December 1st we will be back to our regular operating schedule. Thank you for coming out and supporting us–we’ve had nothing but fun so far and look forward to even more over this holiday weekend. Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend in Branson or wherever you are!

Yes, We Are Open!

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We are open beginning today, August 3rd, 2016 at noon! We are keeping this opening low key to let our staff get up to speed & get prepared before the massive crowds of our Grand Opening Celebration on August 12!

Come out & see us to today! Visit our Pricing Page and view our Safety Requirements and come see us on the mountain!

Grand Opening Celebration Date Announcement!

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Due to circumstances out of our control & the timing of inspections we’ve had to adjust the date of our Grand Opening Celebration. The new Official Grand Opening celebration will take place one week later on Friday August 12th, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause–but we want to make sure every aspect of the Runaway is at it’s best so all of our guests can have a great time with Branson’s only mountain coaster.

If you’ve entered the “First Ride” contest–you are still entered! We will be extending the deadline on entering the contest to August 7th, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be drawn & contacted the next day. Because of these date changes, if your name is drawn as a winner & you can’t make it on the 12th you will still be given a voucher for 1 free ride on your next trip to visit us. Enter the first ride contest here: Be The First On the Runaway!

Again, we apologize for any confusion–you guys have been extremely excited and loyal fans over the last 4 months and we hate to do anything to disappoint you. But please trust us when we say it will all be worth it, we’ve got a great ride waiting for you on August 12th. We’ll see you on the mountain!

The Runaway First Ride Sweepstakes & Grand Opening:Updated

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Update: Due to circumstances out of our control we’ve had to adjust our Grand Opening Celebration to Friday, August 12th 2016. This articles has been adjusted to reflect that change.


After 3 busy months of construction and many more months of planning, we are ecstatic to announce that the Runaway at Branson Mountain Adventure Park will be opening Friday August 12th, 2016 at 10 AM. There will be a ribbon cutting, some light snacks and refreshment and our sweepstakes winner will get to open the newest thrill ride in Branson by being the first ever official public rider on the Runaway.

Oh yes, I mentioned a sweepstakes! Will you be in Branson August 12th? If not, you might want to plan to be–enter the sweepstakes below and you could be the lucky first rider and get to experience a ride like none other in Branson. Just follow the instructions below and get your free sweepstakes entry! The winner will get a free first ride and the envy of all the other coaster riders in line.

[RF_CONTEST contest=’2794′]

In addition to the grand opening, we have announced our pricing for the 2016 season–

  • Driver — $15.00 (plus tax) minimum age 9 years old & 54″ tall
  • Rider — $10.00 (plus tax) minimum age 3 years old & 36″ tall
  • Same day second ride — $10.00 (plus tax)

Maximum weight per cart is 300 pounds.
So plan to attend our grand opening, and enter the sweepstakes to try for your chance to be #1! Get ready to Runaway!

Mountain Coaster Concept Layout

I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

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Make Your Own Mountain Coaster in 3 Easy Steps!

You will need the following Ingredients:

  • Steep Hillside – 1
  • Trees – Hundreds
  • Gravity – 1 Planet’s Worth
  • Track – ~5,000 feet (Curved and straight track, as needed)
  • Vertical Drop – 330 Feet
  • 270 Degree Loops – 2
  • Coaster Barn For Selling Tickets, Souvenirs, Loading & Unloading – 1
  • Great Location For Visitors From Around the Country to Try it Out – 1


  1. Clear a path for your very own mountain coaster track. Cut down as few trees as possible. Watch out for the creek, you’ll probably need a bridge.
  2. Level Ground For Your Coaster Building-you’ll need a place for all your friends to load the coaster & head up the mountain.
  3. Build Your Building and Track. Stick to the Plan
    Mountain Coaster Concept Layout
  4. Inspect everything for safety and have some test runs.
  5. Ride your ride & Enjoy!

Or if all that is a little more effort than you want to put into it, just come visit the Runaway in Branson this summer for your very own made to order mountain coaster adventure.

Watch out For The Runaway!

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stagecoach-runaway-antiqueWhat’s in a name? A name should tell you what you’re in for. A name should tell you what’s coming. A good name will say, “Here we are and this is what we’ve got.” That’s why we’re proud to present, “THE RUNAWAY”.

The Runaway at Branson Mountain Adventure Park will be the first mountain coaster in Missouri and we want you to know what you’re in for. Picture an oncoming storm, the horses & stagecoach racing to safe shelter when suddenly there’s a flash of lightning followed closely by a crack of thunder…the horses race away in fear and the stagecoach passengers are hanging on for the ride as the stagecoach careens around corners barely missing trees–over bumps, making a 360 degree circle at one point before they race over the bridge and safely back into town where all are surging with adrenaline-but safe and sound. After a ride like that, some people just might want to try it again!

And soon you can! We will be bringing you The Runaway experience this summer at Branson Mountain Adventure Park. Like the runaway stagecoach in the old west, we won’t stop until we’ve got the best family thrill ride in Branson built for you!