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You pick and choose how long you want to stay and what you want to do.

*Included in your conference registration fee, are the things that are highlighted below. All other activities should be purchased separately at the links that are provided.

 

CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST!

Shalom! Join FCM’s Journey through the Promised Land and meet Moses, along with Aaron, as they lead us through the Bible, so you can learn firsthand to avoid the pitfalls that plagued the Hebrew people.

A Spectacular 5-day celebration held at the beautiful AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center, Silver Dollar City, College of the Ozarks, Titanic Museum, and Sight and Sound Theatre

·      Christian Hospitality Welcome Bags

·      World Class Speakers and Workshops

·      Celebrity Book Signings

·      A Special Viewing of Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit

·      Sight and Sound Theatre Singers before workshops

·      Biblical Impersonators

·      Treasure Hunt

·      Special Biblically Related Gifts

·      Special Performances by the Anthem Glorye Band and The Bowers Family

·      Hymn Singing

·      Bible Quiz

·      Christian Pageant

·      Costume Contest

·      Spectacular Biblical Scenery at Sight and Sound Theatre

·      Bible Ball in Sight and Sound’s Spectacular Biblical Themed Lobby

·      Special Workshop on how one family captured an entire “Community Culture” toward Christian Biblical Values and learn how YOU can be a Legacy Catalyst in your own community

·      Special workshop on Family Business and Impacting Your Community by Jack Herschend, co-owner of Silver Dollar City/Herschend Family Entertainment

·      Tour at College of the Ozarks

·      Tour of the Cave at Silver Dollar City

·      Free Classes at Silver Dollar City

·      Treasure Hunt at the Titanic Museum

Especially convenient for families with young children, Chateau on the Lake Resort’s guest rooms and suites are just above the conference ballrooms.

·      For your convenience, the entire conference will be held on the main floor of the Chateau, including our Exhibitors, with a glass elevator to guest rooms and suites just around the corner from the registration tables.

·      Special pricing for Silver Dollar City

·      Special classes at Silver Dollar City presented by the best of America’s Craftsmen

·      Special pricing for Titanic Museum

·      Special pricing for Sight and Sound Theater’s Production of Moses

 

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SCHEDULE & SPECIAL PRICING OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Events and Special Ticketing Prices

 

To order your tickets for any of these events, go to http://www.homeinbranson.com/homeschoolweek1.html

 

Monday September 5 Silver Dollar City (Special classes for our families. Details below. Some Free classes.)

Tuesday September 6 Conference at Chateau on the Lake

Wednesday September 7 Conference at Chateau on the Lake

Thursday September 8 Titanic Museum 9:00

College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch 11:30

Lunch on own at Keeter Center

Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production 3:30 (Arrive 2:45)

Christian Pageant and Bible Ball in Sight and Sound’s Lobby

Friday September 9 Silver Dollar City (Special classes; details below. Some Free Classes.)

 

Silver Dollar City 2-day Special Pass for Monday, September 5 and Friday, September 9

Adult: $54

Child (4-11): $41

Includes taxes, shipping, service fee

(Compare to regular price 1-day tickets: $65.64 adult/$53.80 child)

We will have a tour of the cave and special workshops planned for you at Silver Dollar City.

 

Titanic Museum September 8, 9:00 a.m.

Child (4-18): $9 plus one adult

Other adults: $25

(Compare to regular price: $28 adults ages 13 and up/$10 child ages 5-12)

 

College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch September 8, 11:30 a.m.

Tour Free This tour will not only impart the history, vision and mission of the college but also allow you to see firsthand the students working around the campus. College of the Ozarks honors Christ, Life, and Family!

 

Lunch on your own at Keeter Center.

 

Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production September 8, 3:30 p.m. (Arrive at 2:45 p.m.)

Adult (14 and up): $29

Children (4-13): $12

Lap children up to 3 years: Free

Includes tax and service fee

(Compare to regular price: $50.22 adults/$21.20 children)

 

Our Spectacular Biblical Pageant and Ball will commence in the Sight and Sound’s spectacular lobby following the production of Moses.

 

Silver Dollar City Tickets will be mailed so that you are able to go on Monday; all other tickets will be available at Conference Registration Table on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.

 

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MEET MOSES AND BECOME A MEMBER OF FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES ENTOURAGE TO THE PROMISED LAND

 

SHALOM! Join the journey to the Promised Land as you learn how to navigate the pitfalls that plagued the Israelites.

 

CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST!

 

Celebrations will include Special Performances by Anthem Glorye Band and the Bowers Family, Hymn Singing, Bible Quiz, Costume Contest, and Bible Ball.

 

We are very excited about the upcoming 2016 conference. Although this conference continues our reputation for excellent speakers, messages, and fellowship, it will be distinctive in many ways. So keep watching as we unfold plans for this spectacular conference in upcoming newsletters—plans that are sure to excite and delight your family!

 

IMPERSONATORS

 

We had such an outstanding response last year to all of the impersonators that we are going to do it again this year.

 

Calling volunteers for becoming impersonators of the Bible—Prophets; Priests; Kings; Mothers and Wives of the Prophets, Priests, and Kings; Centurions; Reformers; Preachers; Missionaries; Hymn Writers; Christian Composers…

 

Thoroughly explore your character so you are prepared to answer attendees’ questions as they attempt to identify your person.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135.

 

COSTUMES

 

View Sight and Sound Theatres media gallery for costume ideas.

 

http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/home.do

 

http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/mediaGallery.do#m2

 

http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/shows.do?showCD=MOS

 

TREASURE HUNT

Before the conference, we will print cards with the names of the characters coming to the conference and hand these out to our attendees.

 

Characters will wear a name tag that identifies them as an impersonator and sign their characters’ name on attendees’ Treasure Hunt cards when someone discovers their identity.

 

The first attendee in each age category to fill their card by discovering the identity of our impersonators will receive a special biblically related gift. Attendees need to brush up on the Bible and biblical history so they are prepared to ask good questions of our impersonators.

 

BIBLE PAGEANT

 

We will also ask our impersonators to be part of our Bible Pageant in Sight and Sound’s spectacular biblically themed lobby, where we will announce each character before our Bible Ball commences. Attendees will vote on the best impersonator’s costume, and the winner will receive a biblically related gift.

 

For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators But Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

 

Our Bible Ball will be comprised of dances from the Jewish culture. Costumes are not mandatory; however, for those of you who do not wish to be impersonators but wish to dress in period costumes, you should begin sewing or selecting your gowns, dress attire, or uniforms for the Ball. This can be Hebrew dress, Roman attire, Reformers attire…or dress up as any of the characters above. You do not have to participate as an impersonator to dress up as one of our biblical characters.

 

THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION & A GREAT PLACE TO RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS

 

BOOK SIGNINGS

 

Have your books signed for your posterity! The time schedule of each book signing will be listed in our program, which will be handed to each attendee at the registration table.

 

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ANTHEM GLORYE BAND-Branson’s Family Music Legacy Continues

 

The Anthem Glorye Band is a family acoustic band from Branson, MO. The Rolf Family includes Jory and Tess Rolf with their six children, Banner (14), Nation (12), Anthem (9), Justus (4), Honour (2) and Glorye (8 weeks). All have a heart and passion to encourage and inspire others to Believe in Family again and to “Make Believers” by sharing Christ’s Heart through a “good ol’ fashioned family music experience.”

 

In step with Branson’s history of family entertainers, the Rolf Family seeks to follow in the footsteps of Branson’s legacy of live Ozark Mountain music entertainment. Of the Rolf family’s six children, the oldest four children all entertain on multiple instruments including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, washboard, hammered dulcimer, accordion, harp, dobro, piano, classical guitar and more. Their good ol’ fashioned family musical style encompasses bluegrass, folk, gospel, country, old-time fiddle, Irish, original, patriotic and more.

 

The Rolf Family band, Anthem Glorye Band, has been performing in inspirational venues all across America. This talented family has traveled coast to coast performing at many events, churches, festivals and RV resorts around the country. Here in the heartland, Branson and the surrounding areas have also enjoyed several “Anthem Glorye” performances including the Showboat Branson Belle Gazebo, downtown Branson, and veteran’s reunion shows around the Ozarks. The Rolf’s musical presentation inspires audiences to “Believe in Family” again as they shine the “Ozark Mountain Spirit” wherever they perform.

 

The unrivaled history of live Ozark Mountain family music has inspired us immensely,” says the family patriarch, Jory Rolf. “Our family greatly values the rich heritage of live instrumental and vocal family music that has made Branson famous. We desire to pass on this great Ozark Mountain family music legacy to future generations.”

 

This summer, the Anthem Glorye Band will be touring the northeastern US and Canada. Their route will include stops in New York, Vermont, Cape Cod, Boston, Maine, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, DC, Tennessee and back to Branson.

 

The family just released their first music CD titled It Is Good featuring classic favorites “Grandpa” and “Church in the Wildwood” and heart-stirring original pieces written by the family, “Greatest Sermon” and “Keep Her Safe.” To experience more of the Anthem Glorye Band or to purchase the family’s new CD visit their website www.AnthemGlorye.com.

 

The Rolf Family has cherished being Branson, MO residents for the past 12 years and have been very instrumental in celebrating our area’s Christian Biblical Core Values found at www.OzarkMountainLegacy.org. To learn more about the Rolf family’s 18-year Family Ministry, visit www.MakeBelievers.com.

 

If you’ve enjoyed the live family music that has made Branson what it is today, then keep your eyes open for the up-and-coming Anthem Glorye Family Band continuing to inspire the next generation to embrace Branson’s Family Music Legacy. Their Family Anthem will inspire you to believe in family again and celebrate good ol’ fashioned Family Values that still echo across the Ozark Mountain Hills.

 

The Rolf Family is available for local bookings year-round and can be reached at 417-598-1314 or email Jory and Tess at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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SILVER DOLLAR CITY CLASSES FOR OUR FAMILIES

 

For reservations, meal tickets, or questions about a class, call 800-417-7770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

 

Class: History of Folksongs

Time: 1:30 p.m., 40 minutes

Cost and class size: Free

Description: The Homestead Pickers, four Christian entertainers and recording artists, took on the task of compiling the folk music and lyrics of some of the most cherished folksongs of the world. The Pickers’ hope is that learning can be made fun through studying and singing these selected folksongs.

Take home craft/activity: Optional songbook and CD to be purchased

Park map location: Picking Shed (J-4)

 

Class: Marvel Cave Mystery Tour

Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., 75 minutes

Cost and class size: Free, reservation required

Description: Be a cave explorer! Learn the history and science behind one of Missouri’s deepest treasures.

Take home craft/activity: Activity sheet

Park map location: Marvel Cave

 

Class: Wacky Taffy

Time: 2:30 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class

Description: This tasty confection appeared in the Midwest in 1880 and today Silver Dollar City taffy makers create over 75,000 lbs. of taffy each year. Now you get the chance to pick your favorite flavors while watching taffy-making in action.

Take home craft/activity: 1/2 lb. bag of handpicked assorted taffy (you pick the colors)

Park map location: Phoebe Snapp Taffy (I-5)

 

Class: Classic Candles

Time: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 20 per class

Description: Can you imagine what life would be like without electricity? Back in pioneer days, candles were the primary form of household light. Now it’s your turn to learn some fun facts about this beautiful and once crucial skill.

Take home craft/activity: Self-dipped farm animal candles. Students will learn the rainbow technique.

Park map location: Carrie’s Candles (F-4)

 

Class: Finger Weaving

Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $11 plus tax, 20 per class

Description: In this class you will learn how to make a 15-minute scarf using only your hands and bulky yarn. Various colors to choose from.

Take home craft/activity: A bulky yarn scarf

Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

 

Class: The Potter’s Wheel

Time: 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 15 per class

Description: Did you know that pottery is considered one of the tools that changed the course of history? Whether it’s for artistic or practical purposes, this craft makes for a fun challenge! In this class you’ll learn how to make a basic custom coaster, then take it home and paint or decorate it.

Take home craft/activity: Pinch pot

Park map location: Hillcreek Pottery (D-6)

 

Class: Leather Art

Time: 11:00 a.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class

Description: In this class you will discover some fascinating facts about leather. Then work with our craftsmen as you create your own personalized leather keychain to take home.

Take home craft/activity: Personalized leather keychain

Park map location: Mountain Leather (H-3)

 

Class: Loom Weaving

Time: 2:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $3 plus tax, 6 per class

Description: Have you ever wanted to weave on a large loom? Our peg loom system allows you the experience of interlocking fibers at a fraction of the cost.

Take home craft/activity: Bookmark or dollhouse rug

Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

 

Class: Homeschoolers’ Children’s Church

Time: 3:00 p.m., 30 minutes

Cost and class size: Free

Description: The city’s pastor, Kevin Day, will deliver an energetic interactive special children’s sermon geared for ages 1-11. Everyone is welcome.

Take home craft/activity: Small cross for the children

Park map location: Wilderness Church (I-5)

 

Class: History of Folksongs

Time: 1:30 p.m., 40 minutes

Cost and class size: Free

Description: The Homestead Pickers, four Christian entertainers and recording artists, took on the task of compiling the folk music and lyrics of some of the most cherished folksongs of the world. The Pickers’ hope is that learning can be made fun through studying and singing these selected folksongs.

Take home craft/activity: Optional songbook and CD to be purchased

Park map location: Picking Shed (J-4)

 

Class: Marvel Cave Mystery Tour

Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., 75 minutes

Cost and class size: Free, reservation required

Description: Be a cave explorer! Learn the history and science behind one of Missouri’s deepest treasures.

Take home craft/activity: Activity sheet

Park map location: Marvel Cave

 

Class: Loom Weaving

Time: 2:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $3 plus tax, 6 per class

Description: Have you ever wanted to weave on a large loom? Our peg loom system allows you the experience of interlocking fibers at a fraction of the cost.

Take home craft/activity: Bookmark or dollhouse rug

Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

 

Class: Wacky Taffy

Time: 2:30 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class

Description: This tasty confection appeared in the Midwest in 1880 and today Silver Dollar City taffy makers create over 75,000 lbs. of taffy each year. Now you get the chance to pick your favorite flavors while watching taffy-making in action.

Take home craft/activity: 1/2 lb. bag of handpicked assorted taffy (you pick the colors)

Park map location: Phoebe Snapp Taffy (I-5)

 

Class: Classic Candles

Time: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 20 per class

Description: Can you imagine what life would be like without electricity? Back in pioneer days, candles were the primary form of household light. Now it’s your turn to learn some fun facts about this beautiful and once crucial skill.

Take home craft/activity: Self-dipped farm animal candles. Students will learn the rainbow technique.

Park map location: Carrie’s Candles (F-4)

 

Class: Leather Art

Time: 11:00 a.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class

Description: In this class you will discover some fascinating facts about leather. Then work with our craftsmen as you create your own personalized leather keychain to take home.

Take home craft/activity: Personalized leather keychain

Park map location: Mountain Leather (H-3)

 

Class: Finger Weaving

Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., 45 minutes

Cost and class size: $11 plus tax, 20 per class

Description: In this class you will learn how to make a 15-minute scarf using only your hands and bulky yarn. Various colors to choose from.

Take home craft/activity: A bulky yarn scarf

Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

 

Tickets for these Silver Dollar City homeschool classes for our families are on sale, and space is limited.

 

2016 meal tickets are also available, which are good at ANY Silver Dollar City restaurant (includes entrée, drink, dessert and gratuity).

Adult (12+): $13.50 (tax included)

Child: (4-11): $7.00 (tax included)

 

For reservations, meal tickets, or questions about a class, call 800-417-7770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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SILVER DOLLAR CITY

 

Silver Dollar City, an 1880s theme park located near Branson, Missouri, presents six world-class festivals from April through December. The 100-acre park has 12 stage venues, 30 rides and attractions, 12 restaurants, 60 shops and 1500 employees, including 100 resident craftsmen. But it began as an accessory to a hole in the ground.

 

The hole, first called Marble Cave because the limestone walls were thought to be marble, was one of the first attractions in what would become Branson. In 1907, after his famous novel The Shepherd of the Hills was published, nationwide interest in the Ozarks began, drawing visitors who wanted to see the self-reliant and stoic hill people, the wooded valleys, the mountain “balds,” and the incredible cave Harold Bell Wright had described.

 

In 1946, Chicagoans Hugo and Mary Herschend vacationed in the Ozarks and discovered the cave now called Marvel Cave because of its awesome proportions. Hugo, a Danish immigrant whose world traveling had separated him from his family in Denmark and whose sales work at times kept him away from home in Chicago, was looking for a family business where he could work together with his wife and sons. In April 1950, Hugo and Mary and their teenage sons, Jack and Pete, took over the management and tours of the cave. That summer, Marvel Cave drew 8,000 visitors.

 

Following Hugo’s death in 1955, Mary, Jack and Pete began building the 1880s Ozark village. Mary was committed to authenticity and preservation -- there would be no cheap storefronts. She also insisted on preserving the natural beauty of the area, particularly the trees.

 

In 1960, the Herschends opened the village they called Silver Dollar City, named for the promotional idea of giving visitors silver dollars as change. When vacationers returning home would pay for their gas and other purchases with silver dollars, people would ask where they got the coins, and the vacationers would describe the park and their Silver Dollar City adventure.

 

The town square had a blacksmith shop, a general store, an ice cream parlor, a doll shop, and two 1800s authentic log structures which had been relocated and restored, the McHaffie homestead and the Wilderness Church. For entertainment, a small troupe of Silver Dollar City “citizens” dressed in 1880s costumes performed street theater, presenting humorous feuds between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The staff, including Herschends, was about 17 people.

 

Silver Dollar City continued to grow, adding stagecoach rides and a steam train. Ingenuity in handling challenges led to some of the park’s long-standing traditions. When the steam train needed a stop to build up enough steam to make the final run up a hill to get back to the station, the rest period was turned into interactive theater. Comedic train robbers would come out of the woods to hold up the passengers while the boilers churned up the necessary steam to complete the ride.

 

The first craft festival held at the park in 1963 had native craftsmen demonstrating 19 crafts including woodcarving, tie hacking, shingle splitting, blacksmithing, weaving, lye soap making and candle making. Visitors were so interested in the demonstrations that more resident craftsmen were added, including a glass blower, a weaver, a potter and a silversmith. That year 500,000 people visited the park, and Silver Dollar City became Missouri’s number one tourist attraction. By 1998, visitors were topping two million.

 

Silver Dollar City now encompasses more than 100 acres, showcasing America’s heritage crafts with a demonstrating colony of 100 resident craftsmen -- woodcarvers, glassblowers, potters, basket makers, leather crafters, candle makers, knife makers and more.

 

Rides include the groundbreaking wood coaster Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster. Thrill ride enthusiasts around the world marked this first-of-its-kind ride debut as the park made history with the March 2013 opening of Outlaw Run. The new $10 million ride sends passengers soaring through the Ozark Mountains on a wood coaster that includes several firsts. Outlaw Run features the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster, with a 720-degree (double) barrel roll. It is the only wood coaster to twist upside down with a record-breaking three inversions; the world’s steepest wood coaster with a first drop of 162 feet (more than 16 stories) at 81 degrees – nearly vertical; and the second fastest wood coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour. Outlaw Run was voted Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide.

 

Additional rides include the explosive launch roller coaster PowderKeg, named the Best Family Thrill Coaster on the Planet by Thrillride.com; the multi-looping roller coaster WildFire; the super-soaking water raft ride Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast; and the Giant Swing that launches riders more than seven stories in the air and nearly upside down at roller-coaster speeds. The Grand Exposition area of the park has 10 family rides that recreate the era of the World’s Fairs and Expositions of the late 1800s. Attractions such as Half Dollar Holler and The World’s Largest Treehouse at Geyser Gulch provide interactive play areas for kids and families, and entertainment is showcased in on-park theaters ranging in size from 150 seats to 4,000 seats.

 

Along with Silver Dollar City’s growth and the addition of high-quality production shows and high-tech rides -- themed to keep an old-fashioned look -- “high-touch” elements remain. Visitors join the activities of an 1800s homestead at the McHaffie Cabin. Kids are deputized by the town marshal. Gospel singing beckons from the door of the 155-year-old Wilderness Church. One can smell the aromas of succotash cooking on an outdoor skillet and feel the waxy bars of freshly made cakes of lye soap. The ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil invites visitors to watch his work at an open-air forge. The craftsmen show their techniques, share the history and answer questions, such as why hewing the logs for a cabin make it strong enough to stand for centuries. The Culinary & Craft School offers guests behind-the-scenes experiences with classes on legendary Silver Dollar City home-style cooking.

 

The vision of the Herschends nearly five decades ago to showcase the natural beauty of the Ozarks and to bring to life the colorful history and heritage of the area led to the development of a theme park which is today an industry leader. Silver Dollar City won worldwide recognition with the 1999-2000 Applause Award, the theme park industry’s top award of excellence based on management, operations, creativity and ingenuity. The park was also the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Thea Classic Award, recognizing worldwide excellence and outstanding achievement in themed entertainment from the Themed Entertainment Association. In 2009, Silver Dollar City won the Golden Ticket award as the “Friendliest Park” in the entire theme park industry. In 2013, the park’s new wood coaster Outlaw Run won the Golden Ticket Award for ‘Best New Ride’ in the theme park industry worldwide, and the park was voted in the top ten Best Parks in the world.

 

The park has seen 71 million guests since it opened on May 1, 1960, contributed over $100 million to the state economy, and has employed 35,000 people over the years, including the nearly 2,000 Herschend Family Entertainment employees who work in the Branson area. A Congressional Proclamation recognized the 1880s Theme Park as “The Home of American Craftsmanship,” and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon described the park as “the Hope Diamond of Missouri tourism.”

 

http://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park