ReserveDirect offers some of the best ways to save on your Branson vacation. Their website, ReserveBranson.com, provides a reliable, secure and convenient way to reserve everything you need for your Branson vacation, including Branson vacation packages featuring everything from Silver Dollar City to Noah – The Musical.

The great things about the vacation packages we offer is that they are completely customizable to fit your needs. Our Silver Dollar City Branson Packages, for example, allow customers to choose from 1, 2, or 3 parks including Silver Dollar City, White Water and Celebration City and there are other add-ons, like tickets to the Dixie Stampede or Showboat Branson Belle, available for guests as well. The Silver Dollar City vacation packages allow guests to save 20 percent on overall costs and they are easily reserved online or by phone.
The other packages we feature are geared for a quick getaway or an extended stay if you wish. Because Branson is a short drive from so many destinations, it is an easy locale to reach for a quick weekend of fun. A few of our vacation offerings feature Jim Stafford, Yakov Smirnoff, The Titanic, Andy Williams and The Presleys. Plus, we also offer Stillwaters Resort and Welk Resort packages. The Stillwaters Resort packages include activities like the Dixie Stampede and Silver Dollar City, while the Welk Resort packages include shows like the Tillis Family Reunion, Rankin Brothers and Tony Orlando and the Lennon Sisters. These play and stay vacation packages are convenient, fun and easy on the budget too.
When you start to plan your Branson vacation, be sure to check in to see any new Branson vacation packages we have available. And, of course, on ReserveBranson.com, you can always create your own package perfectly customized to fit your schedule, preferences and pocket book.

Branson’s Legends in Concert is a very entertaining production featuring tributes to everyone from Shania Twain to Johnny Cash. The line-up at Legends in Concert changes 4 times a year, so to make your vacation planning easier we have outlined their scheduled performers for the rest of the year.

Performing NOW until September 2:
Shania Twain
Johnny Cash
The Blues Brothers
The Temptations
Elvis
Performing September 4 – October 31:
Garth Brooks
Tina Turner
The Blues Brothers
Liza Minnelli
Elvis
Performing November 1 – December 31:
Alan Jackson
Cher
The Blues Brothers
Barry White
Elvis

Branson is known as an entertainment mecca, where tourists from far and wide come to see name acts perform, do touristy things, shop, and relax.

But a huge attraction in Branson is the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Missouri’s largest trout producer. It welcomed its 6 millionth visitor on Sunday and consistently draws 250,000 visitors a year.

There are about 10 million fish at the hatchery at any given time, far more than the 6 million visitors over the years. Hatchery naturalist Leah Eden said the July visitor count is usually 40,000.

On weekdays groups can get a guided tour of the hatchery’s Conservation Center, but Eden said the most popular activity is feeding fish. Millions of trout ranging from 5 to 10 inches are kept in 42 concrete tanks after spending their first five to six months inside.

Information & Image courtesy of KSPR News

On August 4 at 7:30pm, Merle Haggard will bring his hit song collection to The Tri-Lakes Center, 2527 State Highway 248 in Branson.

The Branson stop is a rare one for Haggard who plays to big audiences everywhere he goes. Bob Cannella with Up Close Concerts, who is presenting the event, says hard work on both sides made this one night appearance possible.
Haggard regularly plays to sold out audiences.
The Tri-Lakes Center, with 2500 seats, provides a great opportunity to see Merle Haggard without battling the elements at large outdoor festivals or the high ticket prices at casino showrooms.
Haggard has 38 Number 1 hits and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But that doesn’t even scratch the surface of the impact Merle Haggard has had on the world of Country Music.
The respect he receives in the music industry and among music fans in general extends far outside of the country music world.
In the past couple years Haggard has shared the stage with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones at huge arenas throughout America.
Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

Image courtesy of Merle Haggard

Branson entertainers, vendors and community members will join forces on Saturday to give big to Midwest flood victims.

“Branson Gives Big” includes a family festival on the patio of Branson Star Theatre and a special concert. Proceeds from the festival, the concert, as well as from all the day’s shows at Branson Star Theatre, will benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, as well as assist flood-victim families visiting Branson.

The one-time concert will include Jim Stafford, The Lennon Sisters, Jim Barber, The Hughes Brothers, Doug Gabriel, Dave and Denise Hamner, the cast of Breaking Up is Hard To Do, a musical featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka, Delena Ditto, David Lomascola, Gail Lennon and the Buzz Boys, Redkneckers and The Branson Divas.

Linda Buckles, one of the event coordinators, described bringing together so many Branson stars to benefit Midwest flood victims as “amazing.”

“This is just the kind of town that does that,” she said.

The show begins at 3 p.m.

The family festival, which gets under way at 11 a.m., will include concessions, vendors, inflatables, games and prizes, and free outdoor-stage entertainment.

“We are very excited about the outpouring from the Branson community and we are looking forward to a very fun event that is so much more special because all the vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds to the relief effort,” said co-event coordinator Angela Walker.

Buckles has been working to put faces on the victims and has arranged to bring five families affected by the flooding in Iowa to Branson for a free all-expense paid getaway. The families will be attending the day’s festivities.

“The community has given rooms, meals, show and attraction tickets — all free for these families. We are so grateful, however we do still need to pay for the travel expenses these families and are actively looking for donations to accomplish this,” Buckles said. “We are asking for help from the community to raise funds for the travel expenses and any amount will be appreciated.”

Buckles has visited with each of the families that will be arriving in town later this week. She said several have called this getaway a “miracle,” and something they could not have afforded to do, but truly appreciate at this time. Two of the five families have lost everything in the flooding.

“It is gut-wrenching,” Buckles said.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News
Image courtesy of Branson Star Theater

Silver Dollar City now offers families a complete vacation package, featuring all of Silver Dollar City’s properties and a variety of approved area lodging, thanks to reservation technology developed by ReserveDirect. The money-saving packages include Silver Dollar City, White Water, Celebration City, Showboat Branson Belle, Ride the Ducks and Dixie Stampede. The combination of Silver Dollar City’s theme parks and shows along with lodging allow customers to book Branson vacation packages at a discount of up to twenty percent over purchasing the products individually.

While the all-inclusive design of the Silver Dollar City vacation packages allows customers to reserve park tickets, show tickets, and lodging while saving money, the ReserveDirect’s reservation system permits them to get more for their money by choosing “add-ons” at discounted rates. These include the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show and a cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle.
Greg Craig, Internet Marketing Manager for Herschend Family Entertainment, owners and operators of Silver Dollar City attractions, said online conversion continues to improve as a result of providing user friendly packaging services to our customers. “Considering the record rainfall and current state of the economy, I’m very pleased with our results.”
John Johnson, President of ReserveDirect, added, “And with the stress of these shaky economic times and high gas prices, it’s good to know people can still afford to take a vacation while saving some money. It’s expensive to hop on a plane and go to Florida. But with our tool, you can spend a lot less to get here and have just as much fun.”
ReserveDirect has been providing online reservation technology since 2001 with the launch of their first destination website for Branson Missouri vacations, ReserveBranson.com. In 2004, ReserveDirect also launched ReservePigeonForge.com and ReserveGatlinburg.com to service the Smoky Mountain family vacation destinations.
A St. Louis based company, ReserveDirect has provided similar solutions for lodging associations and destination marketing organizations in markets like Branson, Missouri; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida. ReserveDirect also operates its own consumer booking engines in each of these destinations, as well as services for Polk County, Florida, Table Rock Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and Springfield, Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The King of Blues will return to Branson in October.

Blues singer, guitarist B.B. King will be performing one show in Branson Oct. 5 at Welk Resort, the resort and Sullivan Shows announced Wednesday.

Joe Sullivan, owner and president of Sullivan Shows, said King performed in two shows at Welk Resort in Feb. 2006 and said he is excited to bring King back to Branson again.

“He has so much charisma and he has been such an influence,” Sullivan said. “He just keeps the audience in the palm of his hand.”

Sullivan said following the two shows in 2006, he received many rave reviews from those who attended and also many requests from those who missed the concert. Sullivan knew he had to bring King back to Branson.

“It took about a year to find a spot to fit in his schedule,” Sullivan said. “He just tours constantly. He tours world-wide. He seldom shuts down.

“He is a warm, wonderful person. He is one of the nicest performers I’ve ever worked with.”

Sullivan recalled following King’s performances in 2006, the artist would pause and visit with fans while signing autographs.

“He stayed until he met the last person,” Sullivan said. “He is a dream to work with.”

King is the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and 22 W.C. Handy (Blues Foundation) Awards. He has released more than 50 albums including four Gold albums, two Platinum albums and one Multi-Platinum album. His R&B chart-topping hits include “Three O’Clock Blues,” “Please, Love Me” and “You Upset Me Baby.” King’s most popular crossover hit, “The Thrill is Gone,” reached 15th on the Top-40 Chart in 1970.

King has been inducted into the Blues Foundation, Rock & Roll, Performance Magazine and N.A.A.C.P Image Awards Halls of Fame; received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Academy Awards, Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, Orville H. Gibson/Gibson Guitar and more; and is featured on several Walks of Fame, according to Sullivan Shows. Kimberly Crites, marketing manager for Welk Resort, said having King perform in Branson, “It is huge.”

Buy tickets here!

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

America’s favorite morning show, NBC’s Today show, is inviting a couple of Branson’s biggest stars to join them live, on set, in New York, Monday, July 21st. Todd Oliver, comedian and ventriloquist for Showboat Branson Belle, along with his most famous talking dog, Irving, will appear on Today during the fourth hour, hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Locally, the fourth hour airs on KYTV at 10:00 a.m. CST. For the past 12 years, NBC’s Today show has been rated the #1 morning news program.
Todd Oliver and his trio of live talking dogs hail from Showboat Branson Belle, a 700-seat, authentic paddlewheeler that presents a fast-paced variety show, specialty foods and cruises on Table Rock Lake. Todd Oliver is the headliner of Showstoppers! which also features a live orchestra, and singers and dancers presenting memorable hits from Broadway to the big screen. Todd is one of the most nationally-acclaimed Branson performers, having appeared on numerous national shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Visitors to Showboat Branson Belle can visit with Todd and Irving as the cruise disembarks.

Classic cars will cruise into Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead on Aug. 7-9 for the annual Super Summer Cruise with owners eager to show off their vehicles.

The Super Summer Cruise is the premier car event in Branson, held annually during the second weekend in August. It features Show ‘n’ Shine with over 500 cars and trucks on display at Shepherd of the Hills. The event concludes with the Midnight Cruise, held on the 9th, which is a three mile parade of vehicles down 76 Country Boulevard and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

Vehicle registration opens at 7 a.m. Aug. 7 and from 8- 5 p.m. Aug. 7-8 visitors may view the classic cars. The judging of the cars will conclude at 1 p.m. Aug. 9th. The Midnight Cruise has people lining the street, jostling for the best viewing spot.

Anyone interested in registering a car for the cruise, may do so by going to supersummercruise.com/registration.php.

Beatles fans may soon want to put Branson on their travel agendas.

Branson officials said the nation’s only Beatles museum might open as soon as this fall.
Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s sister, plans to open the museum inside the Starlight Theatre, where Beatles memorabilia will be displayed.
The tribute band she founded — Liverpool Legends — performs nightly at the Starlite. Band member Marty Scott, who portrays George Harrison, said the group wants to open the museum by the start of the spring season, but could have it ready as early as this fall.
Scott said Beatles memorabilia at the museum will include items from Louise Harrison’s collection that have never been on public display. She has letters from radio stations saying they weren’t interested in the Beatles or their music.
Information courtesy of KMBC-TV