Planning a vacation to Branson, Missouri in 2017? If so, you’re probably curious about what’s new in Branson. As always, there’s a lot happening in this Ozark Mountain town. From debut shows to exciting new attractions and festivals, these experiences are guaranteed to make your vacation in Branson even better!

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New in Branson: Attractions

The Runaway Mountain Coaster

The action continues at Runaway Mountain Coaster. This attraction merges Branson’s own hilly landscape to create a user-controlled coaster experience that’s totally one-of-a-kind. How does the ride work exactly? It starts by a cart being pulled to the top of a mountain (similar to a roller coaster). Then, once there, the carts are released, sending riders on a zooming, winding spin through the Ozark hills! As far as attractions that are new in Branson, this one is sure to be a favorite!

Big Foot on the Strip

Attention thrill seekers! Big Foot on the Strip is for you. This massive tower features three activities:

A 200-foot freefall tower: Passengers are strapped into seats outside the tower and travel up its side to the top; there they’ll have a breathtaking view of the Branson Strip and the surrounding scenic wonder of the Ozarks before being released for a thrilling “free fall” back down the side of the tower.

Saddle Swing ride: Passengers are launched from the ground into the air, accelerating upward until they reach a max vertical height of about 150 feet; where they begin an exciting descent back to earth.

360 ° observation ride: Riders are seated in an enclosed gondola that gently rotates and rises to the top of the tower. At the top, it slowly rotates giving passengers that amazing view mentioned above, one that’s both unique and constantly changing, before being slowly lowered back to its starting point.

At the concourse for the attraction guests will find Branson’s only collection of food trucks. This means after your epic sightseeing adventure, you can fill up on food that is local-approved and made on-the-spot.

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Fritz’s Adventure

Fritz’s Adventure officially opened in late 2016. However, it’s worth mention here as it is an attraction that’s relatively new in Branson. Plus, it’s SO. MUCH. FUN. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or a big kid (some might say adult), this place will keep you busy for hours. The dynamic attraction takes the challenges of outdoor adventures and moves them inside for a multi-dimensional experience. In total, there are three stories and over 80,000 square feet of space featuring everything from zip lines to rope courses to tunnels and climbing walls.

7D Dark Ride Adventure, Arcade City, and Mirror Maze

All three of these attractions will call the Branson Landing home, making your time at the entertainment complex that much more fun! The 7D Dark Ride Adventure is an interactive shooting adventure, while Arcade City mixes old school games with modern marvels and the mirror maze will have you seeing double.

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Titanic Museum Attraction – 20 Year Movie Anniversary

In honor of the 20th anniversary of James Cameron’s Titanic, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is hosting a special gallery March 12-June 13. Never-before-seen elements from the movie like costumes, set pieces, props, signed scripts, and more will be on display.

History of Fishing Museum

The History of Fishing Museum is the largest collection of antique fishing lures, rods, reels, boats and motors entirely collected by one man and his wife, Karl and Beverly White. In total, there are more than 40,000 pieces valued at nearly $5 million.

Johnny Morris’ New Golf Course

Morris, the owner of Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro, continues his mission to make Branson a renowned golf retreat with the addition of a world-class short course. He is working with golf icon Gary Player on a course that winds through the Ozark landscape, creating an extremely unique, and challenging, golf course. The course, which is yet to be named, should be open by late spring.

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New in Branson: Shows

Showboat Branson Belle – Country on the Lake

Starting in May, the Showboat Branson Belle will feature an all-new show: Country on the Lake. A live band and seriously talented singers will take guests on a journey through yesterday’s classic rock hits to country favorites of today. Country on the Lake will perform during the noon cruise only.

Dreams – A Classic Rock Fantasy

This show features classic rock favorites from Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and more. As a result, it feels like a classic rock fantasy brought to life! The show features the talents of Martin D. Andrew and Johnny Morocco.

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

Technically this show won’t open until 2018, but what can we say, we’re excited about it! Guests will be treated to a feudin’, feastin’ family fun as they become part of the longest-running feud in history. Watch as the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their difference in a hilarious dance and comedy review—mountain style! The show also features a southern homestyle feast, so come hungry!

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New in Branson: Festivals

Silver Dollar City’s Festival of Wonder

Set for a spring debut, the Festival of Wonder features amazing acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances. Among the headliners are the Earth Harp Collection, who play the world’s largest stringed instrument; the Flamenco Kings, starring seven brothers who fuse flamenco with tap, martial arts, and more; as well as Speed Painter Dan Dunn, who creates stunning masterpieces in a matter of minutes. In addition, the festival will feature delicious new foods and The World of Bacon, showcasing specialties like bacon cannoli and chocolate covered bacon. Yum!

Silver Dollar City’s New Echo Hollow Concert Series

This summer, Echo Hollow presents an all-new concert series taking its inspiration from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Performances by Poco, The Spinners, The Lovin’ Spoonful and local favorite 80s cover band Members Only are planned. Concerts are set for June 2-4 and 9-11.

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Silver Dollar City’s Food Days

2017 has been designated “The Year of Food and Crafts” at Silver Dollar City. Accordingly, the theme park is hosting Food Days, May 30-June 9 and July 31- August 20. The event will take park favorites like funnel cakes and milkshakes and put a new spin on them by adding wild new flavors to the mix. In addition, summer foods like hot dogs and grilled cheeses will feature unexpected toppings. That’s not all, though. Extreme Food Challenges will take place during Moonlight Madness, July 15-30, during which families can tackle foods like a 20-inch goliath pizza and 2-lb hamburger.

CAF Airpower History Tour

WWII aviation is the focus of the CAF Airpower History Tour, set for September 14-17 at the Branson Airport. The B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is bringing aircraft’s, pilots, and crews from over 70 CAF units to Branson. Aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-25 Mitchell will be on hand, as will the one of the rarest WWII bombers, the B-29 FIFI.

As you can see, when it comes to what’s new in Branson, vacationers can look forward to a little bit of everything. Which new attraction, show, or festival are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Silver Dollar City excels at keeping things fresh, fun and family-oriented. This spring, the tradition continues with the all-new Festival of Wonder set for April 6-30, 2017.

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Replacing the long-running World Fest, Festival of Wonder at Silver Dollar City features jaw-dropping and unbelievable acts. Everything from singers, dancers, artists and acrobats will take the stage. On top of that, there are delicious food offerings available including The World of Bacon. (That’s a world I want to live in!)

The Entertainment

Get a front row seat for the amazing entertainment and larger-than-life performances for the Festival of Wonder. Every show is guaranteed to WOW! Get a sneak peek at all that’s happening at this spring festival below:

Earth Harp Collective
You’ve never seen a stringed instrument this big! It’s so massive, it will stretch the full length of the Red Gold Heritage Hall! And just wait until you the music it makes. Once you do, you’ll easily see why this group was a finalist on America’s Got Talent!

Flamenco Kings
This troupe of seven brothers is multi-talented musicians and acrobatic dancers using flamenco, ballet and tap to create an astounding showcase you’ve gotta see to believe.

The Balancing Wonders
Agility, coordination, and skill combine during a show where everyday objects are used in highly unusual (and unexpected) ways.

Speed Painting
Artist Dan Dunn amazes audiences as he creates incredible masterpieces—in just minutes! He’s appeared on TV shows like Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. Now, he brings his wonderful talent to Silver Dollar City!

Melodies on Air
It’s truly astounding how beautiful air can be! These musicians use flutes, clay and carved whistles to create a smooth, mellow sound unlike any other.

Harp and Hang Drum
Marianne Gubri and Paolo Borghi bring these interesting instruments to life. Their performance is an infusion of hypnotic sounds, that makes a day at Silver Dollar City soothing after all those thrill rides.

The Glass Armonica
Brian Engel brings glass music to life by using various goblets and snifters. Popular songs, classical hits, and even jazz standards sound simple yet complex during this ethereal performance.

The Food

Foods of Wonder are an equally appealing part of Festival of Wonder, too. Check out some of the taste bud pleasing specialties lined-up for this special Silver Dollar City event.

  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese Varieties
  • Fry Bread Heaven
  • The World of Bacon
  • Curious Kabobs
  • Grilled Obsessions
  • New Flat Bread Creations
  • Outrageous Cinnamon Rolls & Bodacious Brownies
  • Incredible New Blended Beverages

 

Sounds pretty delicious, right? And c’mon, you know you’re intrigued by The World of Bacon.

Be sure to add the Festival of Wonder to your Silver Dollar City spring getaway for a fun-filled vacation. With Reserve Branson, you can always stay on top of what’s happening Branson and get the lowest prices on everything from Silver Dollar City tickets to hotel rooms.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Headed to Silver Dollar City anytime soon?  If so, you might be interested in purchasing a Silver Dollar City Trailblazer Pass.  It’s the best way to enjoy all of your favorite rides without having to wait in line.

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Skip the lines for front row access to Silver Dollar City’s newest coaster–Outlaw Run!

The Silver Dollar City Trailblazer Pass cost $35.00 (plus tax) and is good for up to eight rides.  When you purchase the pass, you’ll get to go straight to the front of the line at Outlaw Run, WildFire, PowderKeg, FireFall, The Giant Barn Swing, Thunderation, Fire-In-The-Hole, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, Electro Spin, Magnificent Wave Carousel, American Plunge, Lost River of the Ozarks and Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast. Want to skip the lines all day long? The Super TrailBlazer Pass, for $65 (plus tax) is the pass for you.

If you plan on purchasing a pass, please note there is a limited number of Trailblazer passes available each day. Be sure to stop by the Cave Information Desk at the Hospitality House to purchase a pass. Alternatively, you can order one online before your Branson vacation. In fact, ordering online is the best way to go as passes are $3 cheaper online.

One of the great things about a Silver Dollar City Trailblazer Pass is the option to add the Marvel Cave Lantern Light tour for only $10.  Silver Dollar City evolved around Marvel Cave. Now, the park offers visitors in the area a chance to discover this natural wonder the way Ozark explorers did. 

Guides dressed in period costume delight guests with historical facts and little-known stories during this nostalgic 90-minute journey each day. Now open to guests on the Lantern Light Tour, see the Mammoth Room! Last toured in the late 1950s, this large room is located just to the right of the guest trail in the Cathedral Room. Highlights of the re-opened trail include the bat wall, the only known “Spanish ladder” left in the cave (circa 1541) and many colorful stories! Tour begins at 4:30 p.m. when Silver Dollar City closes at 6 p.m. Tour begins at 5:30 p.m. when Silver Dollar City closes at 7 p.m. or later.

Get your Silver Dollar City tickets today to experience the thrilling attractions, entertaining shows and exciting festivals you can only find in Branson.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Up Close Concerts is entering their 11th year of producing entertaining shows in Branson, Missouri. For 2017, all shows are held at the Welk Resort and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.  Curious about who’s coming to town?  Take a look at the lineup.

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Kris Kristofferson
April 7
Welk Resort Theatre
Kristoffer “Kris” Kristofferson is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He wrote and recorded the songs “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It through the Night”.

Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew and Gunnar
April 12
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, this show pays tribute to their father, Ricky Nelson.

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Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show
May 14
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Vicki Lawrence is an actress, comedian and signer best known for her performances on The Carol Burnett Show and the comedy series “Mama’s Family.”

The Bellamy Brothers
May 31
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
This pop and country music duo is famous for songs like “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body,” “Let Your Love Flow,” and “Old Hippie.”

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John Conlee
June 7
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Conlee is a country music singer who has charted 32 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart over 25+ years. His seven #1 hits include “Lady Lay Down,” “Backside of Thirty,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only in It for the Love,” “In My Eyes,” “As Long As I’m Rockin’ with You” and “Got My Heart Set on You.”

Bill Anderson and Moe Bandy
June 23
Welk Resort Theatre
Moe Bandy and Bill Anderson join forces for a one-night-only show. Bandy and Anderson will be performing solos and ideally a memorable duet or two.

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June 30
Welk Resort Theatre
Big in stature and big in the world of country music, Adkins has a large catalog of hits to pull from. With 31 Top 40 songs including five #1 hits to his name, it’s sure to be an amazing concert from one of the world’s most popular country stars.

T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang
July 5
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
These two talented artists (and spouses) will sing their biggest songs as well as classic tunes. Lang is best known for “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart,” while Sheppard’s chart toppers include “Only One You” and “Last Cheater’s Waltz.

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Sister Sledge
July 7
Welk Resort Theatre
Sister Sledge is an R&B pop group best known for hits like “We are Family,” “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” and “Lost in Music.”

Terry Fator
August 11-12
Welk Resort Theatre
Fator is a ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian, and singer who rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Richie McDonald – Lead Singer of Lonestar
August 13
Welk Resort Theatre
While the lead singer of Lonestar, McDonald reached the top of the charts with songs like “Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” “What About Now,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” and many more.

Ronnie Milsap
September 22
Welk Resort Theatre
The Grand Ole Opry member’s signature hits include “Pure Love,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Stranger in My House,” and “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning.” Opening the show is Johnny Rodriguez, a famous Latin American country music singer.

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Charley Pride
September 29
Welk Resort Theatre
With 36 No. 1 hits to his name, Pride has a full repertoire to pull from for his live shows. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is famous for songs like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin,'” “I Can’t Believe That You Stopped Loving Me,” “I’d Rather Love You,” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.” Janie Frick is the special guest star opening the show.

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and special guest B.J. Thomas
October 6-7
Welk Resort Theatre
Classic songs such as “I’m into Something Good,” “What a Wonderful World (This Would Be),” “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am,” and “Can’t You Hear my Heartbeat” transports visitors back to the heyday of the 1960s. B.J. Thomas also performs.

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The Roots & Boots Tour
October 13
Welk Resort Theatre
Join Pam Tillis, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye for a star-studded performance featuring all their chart-topping hits.

William Shatner – “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It”
October 27
Welk Resort Theatre

Actor William Shatner will share stories from his life and career during his one-man show in Branson MO.

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Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
November 1, 15
Welk Resort Theatre
Best known for “Broken Lady”, “All the Gold in California”, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”, “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby”, and “Talkin’ to the Moon,” this group will perform for two nights only in Branson.

Country Unplugged Tour
Starring Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan & Joe Diffie
November 8
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Three country music stars come together to perform all of their biggest hits!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Searching for a break from the winter blues? In Branson, Missouri the weather is warming up just in time for a spring break. Bring your loved ones to this Midwest town for one-of-a-kind family fun. From new additions to theme parks to kid-friendly Branson shows and attractions, this destination caters to families and is sure to give you just the break you need. Need a nudge to get your spring break started? Read my Branson spring break vacation ideas for families.

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The best place to spend your Spring Break? Silver Dollar City, of course. During their Spring Ride Days, scheduled March 15-April 2, your family can be some of the first guests to experience Silver Dollar City thrills in 2017. The park features over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, such as the daring Outlaw Run and multi-looping Wildfire, ideal for the adrenaline-seekers in your group. Have younger kids with you? The family-friendly, kid-size rides at Grand Exposition and Fireman’s Landing are
perfect for your pint-sized loved ones.

Stomp, Cheer and Clap at Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede Branson_001I’ve never seen a kid at the Dixie Stampede bored. And that’s saying something, considering how fickle kids’ attention spans can be these days. From the interactive competitions, which let you yell, whoop, and stomp your feet as you cheer on your team, to the fact you get to eat with your hands, Dixie Stampede is a kids dream. Parents, not to worry, you’ll be entertained too. Each year, Dolly Parton makes the show bigger and better. 2017 is no exception. Add Dixie Stampede tickets to your Branson Spring Break vacation and see what the new show is all about.

Make a Splash at a Water Park Resort

IWelk_Resort_Hotel___Splashatorium_(046)t still may be too chilly outside to take advantage of the Branson lakes or even your hotel’s outdoor pool. Save the day by reserving a stay at a Branson Water Park Resort. Several properties, including Castle Rock Resort, Welk Resort and Grand Country Inn, offer indoor water parks perfect for aquatic fun. Your kids will love the slides, drop buckets, splash zones and giant pools. You’ll love seeing them laugh, splash and play! Don’t worry. There are hot tubs for parents to enjoy, too.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

National_Tiger_Sanctuary_(007)Another Branson Spring Break idea for families involves a walk on the wild side. Animals are a sure fire way to please kids. They just love them! Luckily, Branson attractions are offering more and more ways to experience animals up close. To view gorgeous tigers in all their glory, visit the National Tiger Sanctuary. Searching for smaller, even baby-sized critters? The Promised Land Zoo is for you. Looking for something in flight? The Butterfly Palace is ideal for gazing at tropical butterflies. Bonus – The butterflies will even land on you, creating a truly unique souvenir photograph.

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Get a birds-eye-view of the Ozarks with Branson ziplines. Two companies in Branson offer zipline tours, each distinctly different. At Branson Zipline, the course is through the canopy of the Ozark Mountains creating a more outdoorsy course complete with a ride in a Pinzgaur. Adventure Ziplines, however, is located in the heart of Branson and their tour combines the woods with city views so you can have the best of both worlds. Another way to take to the sky is the Vigilante ZipRider. At this attraction, you don’t zip through a course. Instead, you zoom down one 1/2 mile zipline at speeds reaching 50 mph all while in a harnessed seat. Sit back, enjoy the sights and zip on through to the other side.

These are some of the best Branson Spring Break vacation ideas for families. Book your vacation now and take a break from the everyday. You need it! (And deserve it.)


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Silver Dollar City, a Midwest theme park set in the 1880s, welcomes millions of visitors each year. Families from across the United States flock here for thrilling rides, entertaining shows, delicious food and so much more! They may know they can’t wait to ride Outlaw Run, but they only graze the surface of what there really is to know about this Branson theme park. Discover this attraction’s history, legend and claims to fame with our rundown of intriguing Silver Dollar City facts.

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1) It All Started with a Hole in the Ground

It’s not every day a theme park is born from a hole in the ground, but at Silver Dollar City, that’s exactly what happened. Marvel Cave, an enormous cavern, was first explored by Osage Indians in the 1500s. Then, it was mined by a group of Union Civil War veterans in the 1880s. After word spread of this natural wonder, mining expert William Henry Lynch opened the cave for public tours in 1894.

Finally, Hugo and Mary Herschend, founders of Silver Dollar City, signed a 99-year lease on the cave in 1950. They began implementing the initial phases of the 1880s mining town, which included demonstrating craftsmen, and the idea behind Silver Dollar City was born.

2) Coining a Name

One of the Silver Dollar City facts many people are curious about is how the park got its name. The answer may surprise you! It all began with a promotional idea. When the park first opened in 1960, it gave out silver dollars for change. As a result, word-of-mouth exposure was rampant. Visitors who returned home would remark on their visit to “Silver Dollar City” and the name stuck.

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3) It Takes a Village, an Ozark Village

The park was initially modeled after an 1880s Ozark Village. Accordingly, the town had a blacksmith shop, general store, ice cream parlor, doll shop, two authentic log structures and the Wilderness Church. The attraction did have strolling entertainers, as well as a show, themed after the Hatfield and McCoy Feud. However, no rides were available at that time. A theme park without rides? Silver Dollar City facts don’t get more unusual than that!

4) What was the First Ride at Silver Dollar City?

Speaking of rides, the very first ride at Silver Dollar City was the Frisco Silver Dollar Line. This steam train ride, which opened in 1962, remains largely the same today as it did then. Riders are treated to a leisurely, scenic 20-minute ride through the Ozarks. Of course, some pesky, no-good robbers always seem to lurk in those woods. The faithful conductor, though, continues to save passengers 50 years and counting. So, don’t fret—this is a safe ride!

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5) The World’s Most Daring Wooden Coaster

Die hard Silver Dollar City fans already know Outlaw Run is the park’s latest and greatest thrill ride. However, they might not know this attraction is truly groundbreaking. In fact, Outlaw Run is the world’s most daring wooden coaster. Why so? Because it includes the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wooden coaster; it’s the only wooden coaster to twist upside down; and is the world’s steepest wood coaster with a drop of more than 16 stories!

6) Silver Dollar City Loves Christmas

When one thinks of massive holiday light displays, Silver Dollar City may not be the first attraction to cross your mind. I’ve got news for you: that needs to change! This premier Midwest theme park loves Christmas and celebrates it with an all-out, one-of-a-kind spectacle that truly dazzles. First of all, there’s the glow of over five million lights. Secondly, there’s over 1,000 decorated Christmas trees. Thirdly, there are two Broadway-style shows included free with park admission. As if that’s not enough, there’s also 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree, Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends, and dozens of stores ideal for holiday shopping. It’s no wonder Good Morning America has named Silver Dollar City “A Top 5 Spot To Light Up The Holidays!”

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7) Demonstrating Craftsmen Central to Park’s Purpose

Demonstrating craftsmen have long been an integral part of Silver Dollar City. The park held its first craft festival in 1963. During which, 19 craftsmen showcased woodworking, weaving, blacksmithing, glass blowing and other unique trades. The demonstrating craftsmen were such a hit, the owners decided to make them residents of the park year-round. Today, there are over 100 demonstrating craftsmen on the park at any given time.

8) The Food is a Main Attraction

Many times, theme park food gets fairly lukewarm reviews. Luckily, that’s not the case at this theme park. When it comes to Silver Dollar City facts, there’s one no one can argue with—they’re food is delicious! In particular, you’ve got to try the Lumbercamp Falls Skillet; their melt-in-your-mouth funnel cakes; and the made-on-site taffy with flavors ranging from watermelon to butterscotch and so much more. Seriously, you could make a day at this park just eating!

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9) You Can Say “I Do” at the Park

Remember the Wilderness Church mentioned earlier? It was one of the original Ozark Village buildings and is still a prominent part of the park today. Visitors love the church so much, many wanted to get married here. So, the park agreed! Now, they host over 100 weddings a year. Be on the lookout for a bride riding roller coasters in her wedding gown. Hey, it could happen!

10) Silver Dollar City has its Own Resort

Why let the Silver Dollar City experience end at the park? Reserve a cabin at the Wilderness Resort to continue the authentic, all-American, outdoorsy experience. These cabins are outfitted with the latest creature comforts, while also providing a nice respite from the everyday hustle and bustle. Gather round a campfire for smores, gaze at the star-filled skies, and sleep soundly in your Pioneer-inspired yet modern day cabin. The resort gets bonus points for its free shuttle to Silver Dollar City!

Did You Know these 10 Silver Dollar City Facts?

I told you a few of the facts about Silver Dollar City were surprising. Of course, there is always more to learn about Silver Dollar City. And the best way to do so is by experiencing it firsthand. Purchase your Silver Dollar City tickets from Reserve Branson and start planning your vacation in the Ozark Mountains today.

One of the best things about Legends in Concert is the way the show constantly changes its line-up, creating a fresh new show for Branson visitors year after year. In 2017, Legends in Concert Branson shakes up the tribute artists performing. Old favorites will return as will the trend of bringing in more contemporary artists. Ready to find out who is performing at Legends in Concert? Read on.

The full 2017 Legends in Concert Branson spring tribute artist line-up includes:

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Spring Line-Up: February 3 – May 16
George Strait (Larry Turner)
The Blues Brothers (Clint Nievar and Danny Z)
Elvis Presley (variety of performers)
The Temptations (Talmadge Pearsall, Earl Welch, Greg Laster, Ditannual Hutchinson, Grady Harrell III): Feb. 3-May 11
Dusty Springfield (Katy Setterfield): Feb. 3-March 31
Prince (Frank Moore): Feb. 16-March 2
Adele (J.C. Brando): April 1-May 16
Michael Jackson (Michael Knight): May 12-16

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Summer Line-Up: May 22– September 6
The Blues Brothers (Clint Nievar and Danny Z)
Elvis Presley (variety of performers)
Celine Dion (Elisa Furr)
Michael Jackson (Michael Knight)
Brooks and Dunn (Doug Brewin and Larry Turner)
Bruno Mars (Isaiah): June 1-July 31

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Fall Line-Up: September 7 – October 31
Frank Sinatra (Robbie Howard)
Nedgra Culp (Aretha Franklin)
Alan Jackson (Doug Brewin)
The Blues Brothers (Clint Nievar and Danny Z)
Elvis Presley (Dean Z)

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Winter Line-Up (November 2 – December 31)
Michael Jackson (Michael Knight)
Alan Jackson (Doug Brewin)
The Blues Brothers (Clint Nievar and Danny Z)
Elvis Presley (Dean Z)
Barbara Streisand (Sharon Owens): Nov. 2-Dec. 30

Legends in Concert Branson is hosting a variety of Elvis tribute artists in 2017 in order to showcase all of the talented artists who fill the role of the King of Rock. Several Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champions will take the stage, including Cody Slaughter, Dean Z, Bill Cherry, Ted Torres and Travis Powell.

Legends in Concert Branson is one of the first shows to open in Branson, with the 2017 show opener set for February 3 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Silver Dollar City is the Midwest’s premier theme park, offering a range of activities the entire family can enjoy. From thrilling rides like Outlaw Run to entertaining shows like Hits from the Hollow, this Branson attraction has a never-ending list of things to do. As we enter the New Year, though, you may be curious about what’s new at Silver Dollar City 2017? Luckily, we’ve got the inside scoop. Read on for all the details.

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The Year of Food and Crafts

Silver Dollar City has always shone a spotlight on food and crafts, but in 2017 that spotlight gets even bigger. There will be more signature dining, more great crafts, and more family experiences. Be sure to come hungry to the park as there will be over 200 new menu items at the park. Likewise, the craft lover in the family will want to take some extra time discovering the new created heirloom treasure the park’s craftsmen have in store.

The Festival of Wonder

This all-new festival features fantastical acts of curiosity and wonder, with larger-than-life performances sure to captivate the whole family. Watch as the world’s longest stringed instrument is played, then be wowed by the acrobatic artistry of the seven Flamenco Kings. That’s not all, though, as many more amazing moments as in the works. Plus, new flavors and foods will be served at the festival that will make your taste buds say “Wow!”

Celebrity Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

May 4-29, 2017, Silver Dollar City is revamping the popular Bluegrass & BBQ Festival to include a star-studded celebrity concert during Memorial Weekend. Of course, the festival will still feature a full line-up of Bluegrass concerts as well as delicious barbeque.

Summer Concert Series

Echo Hollow Amphitheater will host an all-new summer concert series June 2-4, and 9-11, 2017. More details regarding performers will be available soon.

Summer Festival & Moonlight Madness

What’s new at Silver Dollar City 2017 for summertime? Guests can look forward to new kids foods, new family fun and new dates for the two biggest weeks of summer—Moonlight Madness! Plus, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters return in 2017 in their original show The Globetrotter Experience.

New Flavors at Southern Gospel Picnic

As part of Silver Dollar City’s efforts to expand their culinary offerings, Southern Gospel Picnic hosts renowned southern cooking expert Christy Jordan. She’ll host special events at the House of Chicken & Fixin’s.

Christmas in Midtown Spectacular

An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City is already one of the top places to see holiday lights in America. In 2017, the even gets even brighter with the addition of 1.5 million lights as part of the new Christmas in Midtown experience. Rumor has it the park will bring the famous lights from Disney World’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Stay tuned for details!

This is what’s new at Silver Dollar City 2017. What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, get a head start on your 2017 Branson vacation by purchasing Silver Dollar City tickets now.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Looking for a great way to ring in 2017? Branson New Year’s Eve events and shows celebrate with special performances, while hotels are hosting dance parties and special dinners. Take a look at what’s planned to get a head start on your Branson New Year’s Eve. 

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Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark’s 8th annual New Year’s Eve Party
From 9pm-1am, Castle Rock Resort is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party in the waterpark. The party features a live DJ, karaoke, buffet, soda, games, prizes, party favors, professional photo booth and midnight ball drop. Admission is $30 per person, $100 for 4, $130 for 5-6, and add $30 for each additional person after 6. Space is limited so call to reserve your tickets today at 417-336-6000 or 888-273-3919.

Chateau on the Lake New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year at the Chateau, where you can enjoy an evening filled with entertainment, food, a balloon drop, fireworks and more. Begin the night dining on specialties from the executive chef, then dance the night away to live music from The Tributes. Hotel packages are available. Call 1-888-333-5253 to make reservations to attend.

Hamners’ New Year’s Eve Fiesta Party
Spend the night a laughing, dancing and singing the night away at Hamners’ New Year’s Eve Fiesta Party on December 31, 2016. There will be an extra special performance of Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show starring Dave & Denise Hamner, and featuring Jeff Brandt, Tamra Tinoco, Vadim & Mariya Serykh, Brenda Hahne, AJ Heard, and Ken Brown. Adding to the festive them is a catered meal from Qdoba Mexican Grill. This is a family-friendly experience featuring fun contests, party favors, games, and a magical laser show countdown to 2017. Dinner begins at 8pm, with the show starting at 9pm.

Hughes Brothers New Year’s Eve
The Hughes Brothers will take you on a journey as they go ‘From Christmas to New Year’s Eve” during this special performance. Festivities are from 9pm to Midnight. Both “it starring the Hughes Brothers” and the “Hughes Brothers Christmas Show” are featured. Before the show starts you can dine on a boxed dinner or a table top, candlelight dinner, depending on the ticket package your purchase. To top it all off, there will be party favors a midnight balloon drop. Afterwards, stay for the Cut-A-Rug and Boogie Down Dance.

Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve Show
Don’t miss the spectacular Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve Show at the iconic Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater! Rock in the New Year with your favorite Legends in Concert stars.

The line-up for the 2016 event includes Frank Sinatra, George Strait, Adele, The Blues Brothers™, and Dean Z. as Elvis! And as a special treat, Kelly Smith as Cher will grace the stage. Several ticket packages are available, with a variety of seating and menu options.  Along with dinner, champagne, beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available in the lobby before, during, and after the show.  The experience begins at 7:30pm, with the show starting at 9:30pm.

Million Dollar Quartet New Year’s Eve
For Branson New Year’s Eve, the Million Dollar Quartet is hosting a special show at 9:45pm. Prior to showtime, though, guests can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres in the theater lobby from 8:30 to 9:45 pm, as well as light beverages: coffee, tea, and water. A cash bar will also be available. Party favors will also be handed out, adding to the festive spirit of the night.

Pierce Arrow Theater New Year’s Eve Show
The extended New Year’s Eve show will start at 9:00pm. It will feature comedian extraordinaire, James Sibley; special guest, Doug Gabriel; one of Branson’s best quartets – Tony Turner, Scott Fraker, Travis Spratt, and bass singer, Dan Britton; and the stunning Shonna Bonds. In addition, the three hour show will have fun and games, giveways, party favors, a live countdown with a balloon drop, and hors d’oeuvres.

The Clay-Goods Jambor-Eve
Join The Haygoods and Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express for a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration.  The night kicks off at 8:30pm, with The Haygoods performing.  Then, enjoy a hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar before Clay Cooper takes the stage. At 11: 50, both entertainment families perform as they countdown until midnight.  A non-alcoholic toast at midnight and balloon drop, as well as party favors and hats, make the evening even more festive! Call 417-332-2529.

These are best things to do for a Branson New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Planning on celebrating Christmas in Branson, Missouri? You may be visiting friends and family and have a holiday meal already planned. If not, there are several Branson restaurants open Christmas Day and almost all area restaurants are open on Christmas Eve.

Branson Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Get a head start on your holiday plans and browse this list of Branson restaurants open Christmas Day.

Top of the Rock Restaurants
Both Arnie’s Barn and Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock will be serving a Christmas lunch from 11am-3pm.
417-339-5343

Big Cedar Lodge
Another top pick for Christmas Day dining are the restaurants at Big Cedar Lodge. The Worman House and Devil’s Pool Restaurant will both be open but reservations are highly recommended.
Location: 612 Devil’s Pool Road
Phone: 417-335-2777

Chateau Grill and Atrium Restaurants
Looking for an elegant place to have your Christmas dinner? Chateau on the Lake’s dining establishments provide exactly what you’re looking for. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Location: 415 N State Hwy 265
Phone: 417-334-1161

Grand Country Buffet
The Grand Country Buffet makes it easy to please every member of the family. Open 8am-8pm.
Location: 1945 W. Hwy 76
Phone: 417-335-2434

Level 2 Steakhouse
Have an upscale Christmas lunch at Level 2 Steakhouse in Downtown Branson. Open 11am-3pm.
Location: 200 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616
Phone: 417-243-3433

Outback Steak & Oyster Bar
Want a taste of Down Under on Christmas Day. Have lunch or dinner here as they will be open until early evening, depending on need.
Location: 1914 W. Hwy 76  Phone: 417-334-6306

Paradise Grill
Paradise Grill serves a lunch buffet from 11am-3pm Christmas Day. Reservations are suggested.
Location: 3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Phone: 417-334-5405

McFarlains Restaurant
Stop in for southern cooking from 1pm-8pm at McFarlains Restaurant. Save room for the made-from-scratch cobblers and pie.
Location: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy
Phone: 417-336-4680

Not sure if a restaurant is open on Christmas Day? Be sure to call ahead. These are the only confirmed Branson restaurants open December 25, 2016.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.