Thursday, October 17th, 2013 was a noteworthy day for Branson Zipline. We hosted a group of 275+ marching band members and chaperones from Edina High School, in Edina, Minnesota. Our Sales Manager, Wes Stoner works tirelessly to find new opportunities to bring all different types of groups to the zipline. We have variety of meeting/party spaces giving us the ability to host all types of groups. Our world class facility is specifically designed to handle any type of group, from your immediate family celebration to large corporate group outings. When Peter and Serena Simon of Simon and Simon Travel contacted us with this opportunity we were ecstatic to showcase Wolfe Creek Preserve to a group this size and quickly began the planning.
The Edina HS Marching Band made their way to Branson, Missouri on their annual performance trip for a few different reasons. On Saturday the 19th they marched and performed in the Missouri State University Homecoming parade. They also performed at the Branson Landing right after leaving the zipline on Thursday. While in Branson they saw a few different shows such as, The Haygoods and The Acrobats of China, they visited Silver Dollar City and attended dinner aboard the Showboat Branson Belle.
A majority of the students had never been to Missouri, let alone Branson and they kicked off their visit by coming to Wolf Creek Preserve, home of Branson Zipline Canopy Tours. Their experience included a guided hike up the Wolfe Mountain, zipping down the mountain via our Flying Prospector Canopy tour, shopping in our gift shop, roasting marshmallows at dual fire pits, and participating in team building activities.
After arriving in five motorcoaches we split up into ten different groups and began a different stations for the rotations throughout the morning. Some groups began hiking up the trail to begin their zipping adventure, some started shopping, others began roasting marshmallows, and the rest began their experience participating in team building activities.
After each student made the rounds through each station we had a grand finale planned. There was a group of 10 bus drivers, chaperones and band directors that zipped our Blue Streak Fastline. If you’ve zipped our Blue Streak you know how exhilarating it truly is to zip a quarter of a mile into a 100ft tower where you’re only option of from there is our 100ft Powerfan Freefall. Now imagine if you will, doing all of that with an audience of 275+ students there to watch you take the plunge and cheer you on. Standing in the parking lot amongst all the students and hearing their cheers for their chaperones was almost overwhelming, but truly exciting.
We definitely had a fun-filled, action packed morning. The motorcoaches filled with happy zipliners pulled out of the parking lot around lunch time to make it to their next event. When all was said and done it was an experience we here at the Branson Zipline will never forget.