The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson are debuting several new attractions this spring.

One of The Tracks you’ll see the most improvement is Track #4.  After receiving significant damage during last year’s Leap Day Tornado, the attraction has a new 4,300 square foot main building as well as a state-of-the-art arcade.  A meeting and party room has been added to the Pizza World restaurant to make hosting events like birthday parties even easier.  The Gator Golf miniature golf course, damaged during the tornado too, has been remodeled and features new fencing, landscaping and ceramic figures.

Over at Track #5 Branson visitors will enjoy the four new batting cages, each equipped to throw four different speeds of baseballs and softballs.  They are the only batting cages in Branson, so they should be a big hit with locals too.

Of course, the biggest attraction at all Track locations are its go-karts.  From Wild Woody to Heavy Metal High Rise, the courses give racers a thrill young and old can enjoy.  If you have little ones with you, be sure to visit Kids Kountry – a Track location geared specifically to kids 8 and under. 

Are you planning a Branson vacation in 2013? If so, perhaps you’re wondering what’s new in Branson. Luckily, there are several new attractions and events that will add to your Ozark Mountain experience.

Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City: The world’s most daring wooden coaster will make its debut at Silver Dollar City this spring.  Outlaw Run will feature the world’s steepest drop on a wooden coaster – 162 feet at 81 degrees. It is the only wood roller coaster to twist upside down and, at 68mph, is the second fastest in the world.

Titanic Museum’s Children of the Titanic Exhibit:  The new Titanic Museum Branson gallery – Discover the Children of Titanic – will put the spotlight on Titanic’s littlest heroes and tell the story of what these children saw, heard and felt from the moment the y boarded the ship.
The Adventures of Marco Polo:  Debuting at the White House Theater, The Adventures of Marco Polo is replacing The Legend of Kung Fu show.  The new show features a cast of more than 50 performers and is an epic tale exploring Polo’s legendary trip to China.
Dancing Queen ABBA’s Greatest Hits: Opening at the newly renovated King’s Castle Theatre, Dancing Queen will showcase ABBA’s greatest hits and other groovy tunes from the 70s.
Promised Land Zoo:  Educational and interactive, the Promised Land Zoo, located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, is a 120-acre facility home to small and baby exotic animals.
Pure Comedy: Starring Minneapolis comedian Joey I.L.O, this new show will be located at the Jim Stafford Theater.  Clean, family based comedy is a signature of I.L.O.’s stage act and he brings hysterical insights into everyday life.
Kirby VanBurch: Kirby will appear in a new location and theater in 2013.  The Kirby VanBurch Theatre is now located at 1835 W 76 Country Blvd – on the world famous Branson Hwy 76, fondly known as “The Strip.”  As always, the magic show features astonishing disappearing acts, illusions and exotic tigers.
Parakeet Pete’s Watefront Zipline: The new zipline adventure will let guests launch from the Branson Landing and zip across Lake Taneycomo, up to an observation deck on Mount Branson.Without a doubt, this is going to be one of the best ways to get a birds-eye-view of downtown Branson. 
Reserve your trip to Branson now to see all that’s new in 2013.

Are you ready to race?  Now is the time to start preparing for the Revolution3 Triathlon, scheduled for September 22, 2013.  There will be Half and Olympic distance races, including a $60,000 prize purse.
This event is replacing the Ironman Triathlon hosted in Branson the past three years.
The Revolution3 Triathlon will start in Table Rock Lake, with the Half distance athletes completing a 1.2 mile swim, while Olympic distance athletes will complete a 1500 meter swim. Competitors will then move onto a closed-road bike course along scenic highways with breathtaking mountain views. The challenging course features many technical ascents and descents, and will take Half and Olympic distance athletes a total of 56 miles and 25 miles, respectively. The run course will wind competitors through historic downtown Branson, completed with two loops for the 13.1 mile Half distance and one loop for the 6.2 mile Olympic distance.
Rev3’s course provides plenty of prime viewing areas for spectators, too.  Races are weekend long events and are tailored to be family events, with activities, concerts and other attractions creating a fun environment for all attendees.
Registration for the Revolution3 Triathlon is open now.  Registration cost is $250 for the Half and $150 for the Olympic race.  

The Hot Winter Fun Big Show is an annual tradition in Branson, with a wide variety of shows and entertainers taking the stage to showcase all that Branson has to offer. 

This year’s Hot Winter Fun Big Show is scheduled for February 4, 2013, at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater.    Starting at 7pm, the event is the perfect place to see a sample of the Branson show scene. 

You’ll see portions of several shows that are open during the winter months. Shows on stage include:

Many more shows are being added to the line-up daily.
Tickets for Branson’s 19th Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show can be purchased by calling Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater directly at 417-339-3003.

Branson shows have a lot of entertainment planned for 2013.  Several new shows are debuting, and perennial favorites like the Dixie StampedeJim Stafford and Shoji Tabuchi will return to the stage. 

Here’s a quick rundown of the new shows premiering in Branson:

The Adventures of Marco Polo: Replacing The Legends of Kung Fu show at The White House Theater, Marco Polo will have a cast of over 50 performers and feature exciting costumes, dance and music native to the northern regions of China.

Dancing Queen:  Opening at the newly renovated King’s Castle Theatre, Dancing Queen will showcase ABBA’s greatest hits and other groovy tunes from the 70s.

Daniel O’Donnell:  O’Donnell has been touring in Branson for years, but in 2013 he will begin an extended engagement at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. 

Reelin’ in the Years:  Starring John Tweed, Reelin’ in the Years will be performed at the Americana Theater.  Artists like Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and many more are showcased.  Tickets will include a dinner voucher for Sadie’s Sideboard restaurant.

Miracle of Christmas:  Sight & Sound Theatres will once again present Miracle of Christmas in November and December of 2013 after hosting Joseph during the holidays in 2012.

Magnificent 7 Variety Christmas Show: Located at the God & Country Theater and starring the Tinoco family, this holiday show features classic Christmas carols and seven decades of music’s biggest hits.

February 4:  Hot Winter Fun Big Show
Branson’s Hot Winter Fun Big Show is the perfect event to see tons of great Branson’s performers all in one place. It’s your chance to see portions of shows that are open during the winter, like the Baldknobbers Jamboree, Grand Jubilee, Clay Cooper, A Tribute to Marty Robbins, Legends in Concert, and Hank Williams Revisited. The show takes place at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased for $30 by calling the theater directly at 417-339-3003.

February 23:  World Sword Swallower’s Day Events at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Celebrate the 7th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day with this free event at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Branson. See performances from death-defying sword swallowers beginning at 1:30pm and an official worldwide “swallow” at 2:23pm.

February 23:  Vince Elfrink Memorial Tournament
Lillys’ Landing is hosting their second public fishing tournament of the winter on Saturday, February 23. The catch-and-release tournament costs $50 per two-person team. There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded for top teams. Register online or call Lillys’ Landing for more information at 800-284-2196.

The world famous racing ostriches are returning to Dixie Stampede Branson in 2013!  Beginning February 22, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will open its 19th season in the Ozarks and the return of the ostriches is one of the many things guests can look forward to during the show.

Ostrich racing was a funny and popular segment of the Dixie Stampede in years past, so Dolly Parton thought bringing back the crowd-pleasing race was a no-brainer.  In a Dixie Stampede press release she stated, “I want my guests to have some down home foot stompin’ excitement.  Part of the fun at my Dixie Stampede is giving the audience the unexpected, and these big birds are that, it’s just amazing!” 
Ostriches are 6-foot tall, 300-pound birds that can race around the arena at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour.  Though they can’t fly, ostriches are fleet, strong runners.  They may use their wings as “rudders” to help them change direction while running. An ostrich’s powerful, long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride.
During the “World Famous Ostrich Races”, performers at Dixie Stampede will ride the ostriches around the arena as they battle for first place.  Guests will be amazed at the performer’s ability to ride on top of these speedy birds in competition. 
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is a unique dinner and show experience set in a giant 35,000-square-foot arena featuring 32 magnificent horses, a stampede of buffalo, thrilling horsemanship, romance, and audience participation.  Purchase Dixie Stampede tickets to see one of the best shows in Branson in 2013.