The IMAX entertainment complex
in Branson MO
is currently undergoing renovations and plans to offer guests a whole new experience come spring.
The food court at the IMAX is being completely revamped with The Fudgery, Baskin Robbins and Quiznos being replaced with a new sandwich shop, a self-serve frozen yogurt bar called “Ur Weigh,” a coffee bar and a fudge, bulk candies and snack shop. Breadeaux Pizza will remain open.The new yogurt shop will feature five self serve frozen yogurt machines, with 10 different flavors, as well as a topping bar. The snack shop will allow patrons to buy fudge, nuts and candy in small or large amounts as it will also be a “pay by the scale” type shop.
Despite the renovations that are underway, the IMAX entertainment complex, including the Little Opry Theater, the IMAX screen and the Elite Cinema III Theaters remain open daily, as well as IMAX shops and McFarlain’s Family Restaurant.
Branson performers are on the move in 2011. Several Branson shows will be performed at new locations this season, and we’re here to fill you in on where they’ll be.
will perform his “Elvis Experience
” show at the Moon River Theater
in 2011, which is home the incomparable Andy Williams
. Roi’s show features the best of Elvis Presley, along with song choices by performers who were influenced by Elvis. This tribute to the King of Rock ‘n Roll is performed March 4 through September 4.
Branson’s newest theater, The Icon Theater
, will be home to The Rat Pack – Live & Swingin’: A tribute to Frank, Dean & Sammy as well as The Platters
. The theater is also planning to host various national acts in the upcoming year, including Chubby Checker, Fabian and Frankie Avalon.
The Osmond Brothers are moving their show to the Caravelle Theater for 2011. They will perform April through December on select dates.
The Doug Gabriel Show can now be seen at the Music City Centre. The Music City Centre Theatre recently underwent major renovations including a new group entrance featuring an elevator and more expansive parking for visitors. Gabriel will perform regularly at 10am and will have a night show at 8pm three nights a week.
Ready to fish the Tri-Lakes of Branson? These guides will show you where to go and give some great advice on how to reel in the catch of the day.
The Track Family Fun Parks
in Branson, Missouri
are celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a $3 million expansion. The Tracks will spend the $3 million over the course of two years on building two new tracks, including what will be known as Heavy Metal High Rise, expanding their current buildings and adding other family-friendly attractions. The construction is focused on Track #3
, which will be the location of classic-style go-kart track, and at Track #4
, which will feature the Heavy Metal High Rise track.
Heavy Metal High Rise is the latest addition to The Track’s high-rise family. The Lumberjack track currently calls Track #5
home, while the Wild Wood track is located at Track #3. They were built in 2001 and 2002, respectively. The Heavy metal High Rise Track is a state-of-the-art steel and concrete track and will offer a different experience than its counterparts. It will be 1,200 linear feet long and will contain over 200 tons of steel and 700 cubic yards of concrete. Riders will spiral up four stories before zooming down a three-tiered slope back to the ground. Heavy Metal High Rise is set to have a rock ‘n roll theme. It is expected to open in March.
The new classic track at Track #3
will be a road-style course that features tighter and higher banked curves. There will be more turns and more elevation changes on this track and the capacity of the track will be higher than most, allowing for a total of 20 single-rider and 10 double-rider go-carts. The main building at Track #3 will expand by 3,000 square feet, giving guests more than 5,500 total square feet of arcade games and indoor fun.
are a Branson staple and remain some of the most popular Branson attractions
in the area. The Go-Card
is a terrific option for families, as it comes loaded with 95 credits (tickets) that are valid at all of The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson
and Kids Kountry
. The 95 credits are good for high-rise or classic go-karts, bumper boats/cars, mini golf, laser tag, arcades and the Ozark Mountain Sky coaster and The G-Force Drag Race Simulator.
Branson shows are offering a lot of options for visitors in 2011.
There are several new shows in town, as well as special limited engagement performances, planned throughout the theaters in the area.
The Branson Variety Theater
is featuring an all-new show – Hooray for Hollywood
. Showcasing the most famous song and dance moments of the last 50 years of movie history, the show will feature film clips of your favorite movies and then the audience will get to see the action unfold live on stage.
will return to the area for a special Christmas performance at the Welk Resort. Scheduled for November 1 through December 10, the talented Tony Orlando will perform all of his career hits plus holiday favorites.
Andy Williams and Ann-Margret
are together again in 2011. Ann-Margret will join Andy for a six-week special engagement September 12 through October 22 at the Any Williams Moon River Theater. They will both perform their timeless classics for an unforgettable performance audiences will rave about.
Tim Conway and Johnny Mathis
are scheduled to perform at The Mansion Theater. Tim Conway ta
kes the stage October 21 and 22, and Johnny Mathis will appear on November 18 &19. The Mansion Theater also hosts the Three Redneck Tenors
for 32 weeks in 2011. Starting in late April and running through early December, the show will offer matinee and evening performances. Charlie Daniels
will also perform at The Mansion on April 28, and Sawyer Brown
is scheduled for April 29.
The Tri-Lakes Center welcomes John Conlee and Gene Watson on May 14 for a special evening of country music. With a combined 15 #1 songs and more than 50 Top 20 hits, this show is sure to be a popular one. On June 4, Grand Ole Opry legends will take the stage at the Tri-Lakes Center. Country music fans will be treated to show featuring the legends of country music, including Little Jimmy Dickens, Jack Greene and “The Grand Ladies,” which includes Jody Miller, Leona Williams and Billie Jo Spears.
Three of country music’s biggest stars come together for a special show at the Tri-Lakes Center on October 15. For one show only, Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie will perform live in-concert. With a combined 40 hit songs, fans will experience a real treat during this special night. A 70s Supershow is also scheduled at the Center for May 13. This show will feature the biggest stars of the disco era – The Village People – along with acts A Taste of Honey and Maxine Nightingale.
The Showboat Branson Belle is offering visitors something new for the 2011 season.
They will launch ENCORE!, an unforgettable musical journey featuring two acts new to Branson
. Janice Martin – the only fiddling aerialist in the world – is also a world-class pianist and vocalist. An all-male vocal group – The Showmen – feature amazing harmonies as they perform music from the ‘60s to today. Christopher James, a comedian and magician, will return as the master of ceremonies.
To go along with the Showboat’s biggest changes in 15 years is an all-new menu. The new selections, prepared fresh daily onboard the ship, feature a beef pot roast and chicken foccacia for lunch and a filet of beef tenderloin and Mediterranean chicken kabob for dinner. Children menu options are available for all cruises.
Even though the holiday season may be over, there are still plenty of reasons to be jolly in Branson
. The Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderland is still going strong as they offer dining and shopping in the midst of beautiful winter decor.
New for 2011 is the Promenade of Ice skating rink, which opened on January 1, 2011. The skating rink, provided by BH Skating Parks International, is located at Town Square, right in front of the 50’ Christmas Tree House. Ice skates are available to rent at the Promenade of Ice skate rink.
The hours of operation for the skate rink at the Branson Landing are:
Monday – Thursday: 3pm-8pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm-8pm
Pricing (includes skates):
30 Minutes – $5 plus tax
1 Hour – $10 plus tax.
Now is great time to enjoy the Winter Wonderland at the Branson Landing. Be sure to catch one of the Branson shows
currently available as well, including the Grand Jubilee