Newly opened Branson attraction Branson Top Ops is looking to give back to the community this week.
As the area celebrates Law Enforcement Week June 8-15, Branson Top Ops is offering free admission for all police, fire, and EMS personal, as well as active and nonactive members of the military. Stone and Taney county residents will also receive free admission with a valid local ID on June 8 and 9.
Owned by Ripley Entertainment LLC, Branson Top Ops is housed in the former location of the Branson Ride the Ducks on the 76 strip. When Ride the Ducks closed its doors last summer, Branson Top Ops Public Relations Director Suzanne Smagala-Potts said Ripley Entertainment wanted to find a way to still contribute to the Branson community.
“Branson is a tourism community, and that’s what it thrives on, so we wanted to be able to contribute to the economy of Branson with our location, especially being right there on the main strip, and to be able to continue to employ the people of Branson,” said Smagala-Potts in a March interview. “We really are thinking about the community first, and we also want to give back to the community.”
Alongside its patriotic theme, both inside and out, the attraction features five missions. These missions, which have been labeled as Tactical, Recon, Reaction, Target Training and Agility, offer a family-friendly experience where guests can go up against, and compete with, their family and friends.
“Our epic laser tag experience puts your tactical training to the test while you play head-to-head against friends and family. For Recon, you have to navigate your way through a massive 12,000-square-foot outdoor maze that has surprises and interactive games around every corner,” said Smagala-Potts. “With Reaction, you race in our control room to deactivate as many buttons as you can. Target Training lets you sharpen your skills with our virtual shooting gallery, and for Agility, bend and twist your way as quickly as possible through our indoor laser maze.”
Following Law Enforcement Week, all first responders and active and non-active members of the military and their family will continue to receive $5 off admission into the attraction. In its first year of operation, Ripley Entertainment has also pledged to donate 10 percent of all their 2019 proceeds, with a minimum of $100,000, to local police, fire and EMS departments in Stone and Taney counties.
Branson Top Ops is open year round from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Branson Top Ops Combo, which includes entry into all five missions, costs $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for ages 4 to 11. Children 3 and younger are free. The attraction also offers an unlimited play all-day pass, so families can come and play as many missions, as many times as they’d like through the day.
Many members of the Ride the Ducks staff have also returned to join the Branson Top Ops teams.
“We are grateful that we have the opportunity to continue our long-term commitment to the Branson economy and employee hardworking and dedicated people who share that commitment,” said Smagala-Potts.