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$13M attraction opens in Branson

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A new $13 million attraction is slated to open tomorrow in Branson.

The WonderWorks indoor amusement park designed as an upside-down house is opening with coronavirus safety measures, such as reduced capacity, employee personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer stations, according to a news release.

"This is the type of place that people have been hoping for, giving their family a great place to make memories together," said Brenda Dent, general manager of WonderWorks Branson, in the release.

The 48,000-square-foot attraction offers hands-on exhibits, including zero-gravity astronaut training, 71 mph hurricane-force winds and a room to create large bubbles. It also has multiple nods to the Baldknobber Theater it replaced at 2835 W. 76 Country Blvd. The attraction places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math.

The two-decade-old WonderWorks started in Orlando, Florida, and the company has five other locations, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

WonderWorks' entry into Branson comes as city officials and business owners seek to tap into pent-up demand and expected regional travel as people stay close to home amid the pandemic, according to past reporting.

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