Special Press Release from Silver Dollar City:

With Silver Dollar City extending and expanding Moonlight Madness, families have the opportunity to scream under the stars for more days and longer nights. The park, as well as the 30 rides and attractions, will be open all day and will stay open into the night July 27 – Aug. 9. Open from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Silver Dollar City is giving families the chance to have one more value vacation or daytime outing before summer turns into fall. Daytime visitors to the theme park will be able to stay late and enjoy the rides by the light of the moon, and those who arrive after 5 p.m. pay just $20 for the night ride thrills.
“We’ve added special events, days and ticket packages for all of our attractions to help out those families looking for one last summer vacation,” says Silver Dollar City’s General Manager Brad Thomas. “We want them to be able to experience Silver Dollar City as they never have before, to see the stars between their toes on the Giant Swing and see Table Rock Lake from the top of WildFire, through the thrill of darkness.”
Throughout the day, Silver Dollar City will feature KidsFest activities, from the all-new JEERK show featuring the first U.S. performance by the Swedish supergroup to the magic and illusions of Peter Gossamer. For Moonlight Madness, select shops and restaurants will be staying open late with supper specials and thrill-seeker deals. VeggieTales characters will make a special nighttime appearance and the show Great American Country Nights in Echo Hollow, with a performance recently spotlighted on The Today Show, will be presented Tuesdays through Sundays.
The internationally-acclaimed Silver Dollar City and White Water are motivating families to fit in that last blast of summer through special events and packaging as well as added-value offers.

Special Last Blast Of Summer Opportunities At Silver Dollar City Attractions:

Moonlight Madness, July 27 – August 9: Throughout Moonlight Madness, Silver Dollar City will be open all day and into the night. July 27 – August 9, the park will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. for summer night thrills on the thirty themed rides and attractions from high-speed coasters such as the explosive-PowderKeg, to the mega-splashing American Plunge.
Enjoy KidsFest all day and stay all night with you day pass or season passORCome after 5 p.m. for only $20 for night ride thrills.

Summer Ride Days, August 17 – 20: For those still not back to school, the dates August 17 – 20 have been added to the Silver Dollar City calendar with a special price of only $25 for the day. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., these days are dedicated to the rides, from the multi-looping roller coaster WildFire to the 10 family rides at the Grand Exposition. Select merchandise and food venues will be open as well.
Night Water, August 17, 19 , 21: Open only at night August 17, 19 and 21, White Water hosts Night Water with the largest selection of water rides and attractions in the Ozarks. For only $20 from 4 – 10 p.m. guests can enjoy their favorite water thrills in a new way, from catching a wave in Surfquake Wave Pool to racing on the region’s largest high-speed water ride, Kalani Towers, under the stars. The Hawaiian theme will include a nighttime luau, offering tropical treats.

Two new attractions are opening in Branson today. Castle of Chaos, described as the world’s first such 5D ride, and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, a modern fairy-tale themed mirror challenge, will open next door to the Hollywood Wax Museum Branson.

Branson visitors who go to the new attractions will enter through a 35-foot-high castle entrance, all designed by Alterface, a Belgium-based developer of interactive entertainment.

3D images with special effects, motion-based seats and a laser-shooting system that tracks scores are all combined at the attractions. The ride creates an experience where visitors discover the fate of 1920s horror film star Carli Winepeg and her 25-man crew, who mysteriously disappeared while shooting the film “Castle of Chaos” inside a 15th century castle.
There are eight different sequences at the attraction, so visitors can have different experiences and build on their scores on each visit.

At Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors guests are challenged by a maze that has 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways.

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Using ReserveBranson.com is easy and convenient. Travelers can shop the site, create their unique vacation package, finalize their reservations and even print their e-tickets from the comfort of home. For Branson visitors who would like more of a personal touch when reserving their Branson vacation, ReserveBranson.com offers a fully-staffed call center, open 7 days a week, so reservations can easily be made over the phone or answers to any questions you may have can be easily obtained.

To learn more about why you should book your Branson vacation with ReserveBranson.com, join Teri Austin as she plans, reserves and enjoys her Branson vacation, all with a little help from ReserveDirect’s friendly customer service.

AirTran Airways announced that it has completed installation of Gogo Inflight Internet on all 136 of its aircraft. This milestone makes AirTran the first major airline to equip its entire fleet with Wi-Fi. AirTran Airways operates two flights per day to Branson Airport, both from Atlanta.

Wi-Fi enables business travelers to connect to the Internet and corporate e-mail and network systems (virtual private networks), staying productive in the air. It offers unlimited entertainment options to leisure travelers, including surfing the net, instant messaging, updating Facebook pages, Twitter accounts or anything else you can do online on the ground.

“When you get onboard an AirTran Airways jet, you know exactly what you’re going to get — an assigned seat on a full-sized, new Boeing jet with Business Class, a friendly crew, complimentary XM Satellite Radio and now Wi-Fi,” said Bob Fornaro, chairman, president and CEO of AirTran Airways. “It’s that consistent, low-cost, high-quality experience that sets us apart from our competitors.”

Charlie Daniels is returning to Branson after more than a decade to perform at The Tri-Lakes Center on December 11. Daniels is famous for songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.”

Daniels and his band will perform all of his hits songs, along with some Christmas classics from his new CD, which is scheduled to be released this fall.

Tickets for the show are on sale now.

To reserve Branson Lodging during the special Charlie Daniels show, visit ReserveBranson.com.

The Shoji Tabuchi Theater has been nominated for the title of “America’s Best Restroom.” The field has been narrowed to the TOP TEN, with the Shoji Tabuchi Theater competing amongst the likes of Radio City Music Hall, The Fox Theatre and The Drake Hotel. The restrooms at the Shoji Tabuchi Theater were nominated due to their marble fireplaces, hand-carved mahogany pool table, antiques, lion’s head sinks, leather chairs, stained glass, chandeliers and granite and onyx features.

The Best Restroom Award is presented by Cintas and was created in 2002 to honor businesses across America that place high value on hygiene and exceptional style in their public restrooms. The 2009 winner will receive a plaque of recognition and a coveted place on the America’s Best Restroom “Hall of Fame” section of the program’s Web site.
To vote for the Shoji Tabuchi Theater, click here. Voting is open until July 31, 2009. The winner will be announced in August 2009.

Shoji Tabuchi is an entertainment staple in Branson, connecting generations of audiences with his superb music skills and grand productions. Shoji opened his Branson Theater 20 years ago, and this summer, he is celebrating his 20th anniversary in Branson with his most spectacular show yet.

Backed by a world-class band, Shoji displays his mastery of the fiddle throughout his two-hour show, featuring country tunes like “Orange Blossom Trail,” classic numbers like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and even some ‘50s style rock ‘n roll. Shoji also incorporates Broadway hits into his production, complete with detailed sets and high-flying characters. The dancers at the Shoji Tabuchi Show really bring the production together as they glide, trot and swing through their numbers. The entire cast of the show are professional entertainers who deliver solid performances night after night. Shoji recently added a Taiko Drum segment to his show as well. The Taiko Drums are important to Japanese culture and represent the spirit of Japanese people. 25 drums, of varying size, are needed for the segment and is a unique element you won’t see anywhere else in Branson.
The Branson Shoji Tabuchi Theater is a sight to see in and of itself and is often called the “Showplace of Branson” due to its decadent décor. It is reminiscent of the Grand Palaces from the 1930’s and is famous for its opulent bathrooms. The ladies room takes its theme from the 1890’s Empire Period and features granite and onyx sinks, stained and jeweled glass, chandeliers and more. The men’s room is no less imposing as it features a marble fireplace, hand-carved billiard table and black lion head sinks. A visit to the Shoji Tabuchi Theater isn’t complete without a trip to his famous restrooms!
Come help Shoji celebrate his 20th year in Branson. Performances are at 3 pm and 7:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, with some Sunday performances. His wife, Dorothy, and daughter, Christina, perform in the show on select dates. Shoji Tabuchi Tickets are on sale now.

The Tri-Lakes Center in Branson, Missouri is hosting a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 7:30pm. This fundraiser, known as the Stars & Guitars Concert, will feature Richie McDonald & Joe Nichols.

Richie McDonald is the former lead singer for Lonestar. He is known for hits like “Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” & “What About Now.” Joe Nichols will bring his string of country hits to the stage, including songs such as “Brokenheartsville” & “The Impossible.”

Stars & Guitars tickets are on sale now. Make your reservations early in order to enjoy music & entertainment at the Tri-Lakes Center. All proceeds for this event go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Branson Airport said Tuesday that AirTran Airways has added a second daily roundtrip flight to and from Atlanta. Branson Airport, which opened in early May, is the first the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the country.

The new AirTrain schedule to Atlanta from Branson Airport is: Flt. #1581– departs Branson 1:45 p.m. (CDT), arrives Atlanta 4:20 p.m. (EDT) Flt. #1585 — departs Branson 5:50 p.m. (CDT), arrives Atlanta 8:25 p.m. (EDT)

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is hosting “Belle,” a popular heroine from Disney’s “Beauty & the Beast,” throughout the month of July. While she visits, she will be reading excerpts from children’s classics as part of a mission to to reinforce children’s reading and learning skills.

“Polar the Titanic Bear” is a special book in the series. Polar was a Steiff Bear, the property of seven-year old Douglas Spedden who was on the Titanic with his parents. When the American family was rescued from a lifeboat they left the bear behind, but a crew member returned it to the boy. A year later, his mother wrote the story of Polar for the boy. Decades later, a relative published the manuscript after he discovered it in a trunk.
The Titanic Museum presents various events throughout the year. Check back soon for more details.
Titanic Museum Tickets are on sale now.