Monday, August 25, 2014

Send off Summer with a Labor Day Getaway in Branson

Get away to Branson, Missouri for Labor Day Weekend.  Send off summer with a bang with a variety of outdoor activities, entertainment and Labor Day Celebrations all set in the beautiful Ozarks. 

 
2014 Labor Day Weekend Events and Festivals:
  • Branson Landing’s Summer Concert Series
  • Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City
  • Backlit – Live in Concert at the Branson Landing (August 29 at 8pm)
  • Labor Day Weekend Sales
  • Labor Day Fireworks at Big Cedar Lodge (August 31)
  • Chateau on the Lake Labor Day Celebration (August 31)
Along with these special events, visitors will want to explore Branson’s crown jewel – Table Rock Lake.  Several marinas, including Table Rock State Park Marina, have boats and water sport equipment ready for play!  Plus, two of Branson’s premier resorts – Chateau on the Lake and Big Cedar Resort – are featuring Labor Day Weekend fireworks which are perfectly viewed on the waters of Table Rock Lake.  The holiday weekend is also an excellent time to shop and save.  There are sidewalk sales throughout the city’s stores.  Discount shopping can also be found in Historic Downtown Branson, outlet malls like Tanger Mall and the Grand Village Shops. 
Reserve your Branson hotel soon for a summer send-off in the Ozarks. 

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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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Branson Balloon Festvial Takes Flight

Will you be in Branson, Missouri this weekend?  If so, make plans to attend the 4th Annual Branson Balloon Festival.  Featuring 20 hot air balloons from seven different states, skydiving, powered parachutes, helicopter rides, entertainment plus food and merchandise vendors, the event is the premier hot air balloon showcase in the Ozarks.  The Branson Balloon Festival lifts off August 22 and will continue through August 24, 2014.


The schedule of events for the Branson Balloon Festival:
Friday, August 22, 2014
5:00pm: Opening Ceremony
5:00pm-9:00pm: Live entertainment, food, vendors, tethered balloon rides for $10, Balloon Glow

Saturday, August 23, 2014
6:30am-9:00am:  FREE ADMISSION to come and watch.  To fly in the balloons you MUST register in advance. 
9:00am-9:00pm: Tandem Skydiving opportunities for the public (reservations required), helicopter rides, powered parachutes, ultralight aircraft , remote control planes, food, vendors, and live entertainment
6:30pm-8:30pm:   Tethered hot air balloon rides for $10, live entertainment, food, vendors, and Balloon Glow

Sunday, August 24, 2014
6:00am: Balloon Flights by reservation only.  No other activities scheduled.
A balloon flight normally lasts about 45-60 minutes in the air. During this time, you will be surrounded by the beauty of the other balloons and the majestic rolling hills of the Ozarks. Not only will you get the opportunity to fly, but you will get to watch the pilot and crew inflate the balloon.  You must reserve your balloon flight in advance.  Cost is $250 per person.   Allow at least 3 hours total time for the entire experience from start to finish.

Hot air balloon flights take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at sunrise.  There is only one flight each day.  Just want to watch?  Arrive by sunrise if you want to see 20 hot air balloons taking flight. 
Even if you’re not planning on riding in a hot air balloon, you should still attend this event for all of the activities available – including the balloon glow.  Around dusk, you’ll see all of the hot balloons illuminating like candles.  It’s a gorgeous sight and, for us, is the highlight of the event.

Tandem Skydiving is new for this year’s event.  If you’ve always wanted to try this extreme activity, where better than Branson?  Sign up now to experience the rush of jumping out of plane at 10,000 feet.  The free-fall is an adrenaline-pumping rush, while the feeling of flying is a breathtaking, unforgettable moment.  Cost is $250 per person.

The Branson Balloon Festival is free to the public.  Location for the event is the Branson RecPlex at 1500 Branson Hills Parkway. 

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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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fireman's Landing at Silver Dollar City Sparks Family Fun

Sound the alarm!  Silver Dollar City has unveiled an all new attraction for 2015 – Fireman’s Landing.  The firefighters-themed play area, which is replacing Geyser Gulch, features 10 new family adventures.  Six kid-friendly rides and four interactive play zones are planned, all of which aim to salute the spirit and courage of firefighters.  Designed with the atmosphere and theming of an old-time firefighter recruitment fair, activities will test skills of recruits while training and entertaining. 

 
 
The centerpiece of Fireman’s Landing is Station No. 3, which is firefighter headquarters.  At the Station, visitors can meet the station’s newest Dalmatian resident and sign-up for three training activities:
  • Firefighter’s Fire Drill – Featuring buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets for showering mock fires
  • Firefighter’s Fire Escape – An obstacle course of tubes, mazes, climbing structures and slides
  • Firefighter’s Junior Escape – A soft play area for toddlers
Other Fireman’s Landing attractions and rides include:
  • Fire Spotter – Soaring balloons for spotting fire dangers
  • Fire Wagon Frenzy – A bumpy ride for bucket brigade volunteers
  • FireFall – The 8-story fire tower free-fall drop ride for the more daring recruit
  • Fireman’s Flyer – A low-flying swing ride for little firefighters
  • Up the Ladder – A smaller tower drop ride for junior recruits
  • The Roundaboat – A bouncing ride on Dalmatians racing around a fire hydrant
  • Firehouse Splash Yard – Squirting water jets and pump hoses

With the addition of Fireman’s Landing, which encompasses nearly two acres, Silver Dollar City Branson will now have over 40 rides and attractions available to visitors.  The $8 million dollar project is scheduled to open in spring 2015.  Are you ready to volunteer for family fun? 
Silver Dollar City is an 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Missouri, featuring 7 world-class festivals and events, 100 resident craftsmen demonstrating America's heritage crafts, rides from high-speed thrills to an authentic steam train, music and entertainment, all in a park-like setting. The park has been internationally awarded numerous times for excellence in theme, presentation and operations, including the worldwide Applause Award for excellence and the THEA Award (Themed Entertainment Association).

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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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Downtown Branson's Autumn Daze Festival Falls into Place

The rich history and heritage of Branson, Missouri is on full display during the Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival.  Visitors to the area can attend the 41st annual event Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Held on the streets of Downtown Branson, Autumn Daze hearkens back to a simpler time and celebrates those autumn days or yore. 

During the 3-day festival more than 100 crafters and artisans will be on hand, showcasing their vast array of works.   Many of them will exhibit techniques they use to create their special pieces of art.  Festival entertainment will also be available, with local and regional Branson talents taking the stage.  Following their performances, the entertainers will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos.  A large sidewalk sale and food vendors round out the Autumn Daze Festival. 
One of the most anticipated Autumn Daze events is the free concert and street dance are slated for Friday night from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Put on your dancin’ shoes and two-step your way through the historic streets of Branson. 

The Autumn Daze Branson Festival is held on Commercial Street in Downtown Branson at the corners of Commercial and Main Streets. Hours are Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free to the public.

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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.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jonah Takes Branson by Storm

Have you seen Jonah at Sight and Sound Theatre Branson?  This show has taken the town by storm, wowing both locals and visitors alike.  Combining the traditional biblical story of Jonah and the whale with modern production values, the show has created one of the grandest spectacles you can see in Branson.


The story of Jonah particularly appeals to families as even children are familiar with biblical tale.  The prophet Jonah was asked by God to help the city of Nineveh to repent their sins.  When Jonah refused and ran from this task, booking passage on a ship in the opposite direction of the wicked city, God responded with a violent storm.  Jonah eventually gets tossed into the sea, seemingly in peril.  However, instead of drowning Jonah is swallowed by a great fish – the whale – which God provided.   In the belly of the whale Jonah repents and cries out to the lord in prayer, begging forgiveness.  During this time, one of the bible’s most encouraging passages is delivered: "Salvation comes from the Lord." (Jonah 2:9, NIV). 
Watching this emotional message come to life on the Sight and Sound Theatre stage is truly remarkable.  The show, which is a musical, features spectacular special effects, a large cast of 41 actors, giant sets, soaring vocals, and, of course, a huge whale.  There are some four-legged cast members as well, adding to the reality of the performance. Watch as alpacas, camels, birds, donkeys, cattle horses, sheep dogs, and even a zonkey (a cross between a zebra and a donkey) parade across the stage. 

I can’t say enough about the sets either, of which there are 71 pieces.  The largest of which is the boat which weighs over 33,000 pounds.  It floats all over the stage and is a truly stunning sight to see.  The boat scene makes you feel as if you are adrift at sea with Jonah, and if you’re close to the stage you might even get seasick the performance is that real!  Other sets bring the cities from the biblical story to life, with the port of Joppa expertly recreated.  There is also a part of the show where the audience is made to feel as if you are immersed underwater.  Yes, you read that correctly!  I won’t give too much away as this part of the show you have to see to believe!
The message of the show is one of forgiveness.  Musical selections, all of which are original songs, drive this theme home.  The audience seemed especially moved by “I Am Free,” which speaks of redemption. 

If you haven’t seen Jonah yet, you definitely should!  If you’ve seen it when it premiered, it may be time for second showing.  It’s just that good!  Jonah will be performed a Sight and Sound Theatre through 2015. 

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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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Branson Events: September 2014

Check out these Branson events planned for September 2014:

September 5-6: Country Music Weekend
Held at Silver Dollar City, Country Music Weekend featuring concerts from the stars of classic country hits. 

September 6: Stevie Lee Woods, T. Graham Brown & Friends – Live in Concert at Branson Landing Mark your calendars for an evening of great country music with Stevie Lee Woods, T. Graham Brown & Friends.  The concert will take place at the center stage in front of the Branson Landing fountains at 7:30pm.
September 12 – October 26:  National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City will welcome hundreds of visiting craftsmen during the National Harvest Festival. Tons of events will be happening throughout the festival, but here is just a sampling of what to expect:  Western stunt show, cowboy poets, wild mustangs, barn dancing, chuckwagons, and special musical entertainment.
September 18-20:  Annual Autumn Daze Festival
Browse artwork and crafts and enjoy demonstrations, food and performances during the Autumn Daze Festival in Downtown Branson.


September 26-27:  4th Annual Artisan’s Market at Branson Landing
From 9am-9pm check out the Artisan’s Market at Branson Landing where you can browse unique and handmade works from artists and craftsmen.
September 26: Journey Resurrection – Live in Concert at the Branson Landing
Come witness the spectacle that is 'Journey Resurrection' and experience the closest thing there is to going back in time to an actual Journey concert from the 'Steve Perry' era! Concert begins at 8pm.

September 27: TangerStyle Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk
Tanger hosts a family fitness themed 5k on Saturday, September 27 at 8 am.  Register now.  If you’re one of the first 350 participants you’ll receive a race pack!
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Five Need-to-Know Facts about Kapau Plummet

Kapau Plummet is the newest and most daring attraction you'll find at White Water Branson.  Designed to provide optimum thrills, the ride is a water slide unlike any other you've experienced before.  Ready to slide into adventure?  Let's go!

 
These five facts about Kapau Plummet will give you the inside dirt (or should I say sand) on this adrenaline-inducing attraction. 

1) Be prepared for an epic drop as this ride is all about the launch.  Riders stand on an acrylic floor, watching a clock countdown of "3, 2, 1...Kapau" until the floor beneath them drops out, creating a freefall at 70 degrees reaching speeds up to 26mph. Sound intense?  It is!

2) At the initial drop, you fall about two stories, or 40 feet, riding water until you level out.  But, the fun doesn't stop there as you then spin around a horizontal loop. 

3) Family and friends can watch as you drop, slide and slide as the entire length of the water slide tubes are translucent.  I'm pretty sure that makes the rocket-like plunge of Kapau Plummet a spectator sport!

4) You can launch with a buddy on Kapau Plummet as the attraction features two dueling 245-foot water slides.  Not brave enough to make the drop alone?  Bring a friend and take on the ride together!

5)  Kapau is a United States surfer slang for the next big wave.  With 1,000 gallons of water rushing through the ride per minute, you can definitely say White Water succeeded in creating the next big thing in Branson!

Dare the drop of Kapau Plummet at White Water before the summer season ends!  White Water will be open through Labor Day Weekend, September 1, 2014. 

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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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Free Concerts Highlight of Silver Dollar City's Country Music Weekend

Cowboy up at Silver Dollar City’s Country Music Weekend!  Back by popular demand, the event showcases the best music from classic country superstars.  The shindig is scheduled for September 6-7, 2014. 

With the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets, you’ll have access to all of the Country Music Weekend Concerts.  Each 90 minute concert will begin at 6pm at the Echo Hollow Amphitheater.  Seating for the show starts at 4pm.
Diamond Rio
 
Country Music Weekend Concerts:
  • September 6:  Saturday night two artists will be showcased – Juice Newton and Exile.  Newtown is a country crossover artist known for #1 hits like "Angel of the Morning," "Queen of Hearts," "Hurt," and "You Make Me Want to Make You Mine."  Exile, whose career has spanned 50 years, has charted 10 #1 hits including "Woke Up in Love," "I Don't Want to Be a Memory," "Give Me One More Chance," "Crazy For Your Love," and "She's a Miracle."

  • September 7: Diamond Rio, who are a four-time CMA Group of the Year and 13-time Grammy Award Nominee, take the stage Sunday night.  Their #1 hits include "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "One More Day," Beautiful Mess," and "I Believe."

Remember, Country Music Weekend concerts are included with the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets.   It’s an incredible value and a great way to spend one of the last weekends of summer.  Purchase your tickets today or upgrade to a Silver Dollar City vacation package for even more ways to play in Branson, Missouri. 

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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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Branson Waterpark Hotels Add Aquatic Thrills to Your Vacation

Add even more fun to your vacation when you stay at one of the Branson Waterpark Hotels.  When you stay at a hotel with indoor waterpark you have access to on-site aquatic fun.  Splash around in the pool, relax in the lazy river and dive down slides all while making memories on your Branson vacation.

Branson hotels with indoor waterpark offer the amenity free to guests.  That means you get an even better value with your room rate as you have a built in water attraction at your ready. 
Our favorite Branson waterpark hotels include:
  • Castle Rock Resort
  • Grand Country Resort
  • Lodges at Timber Ridge
  • Welk Resort and Splashatorium

Indoor waterparks add action-packed aquatic thrills and spills to your vacation.  Reserve Branson hotels with indoor waterpark today to make your vacation in Branson even better!

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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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

You're Invited to Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic

Southern Gospel Picnic is Silver Dollar City’s grand celebration of gospel music.  The event showcases hundreds of performers, delicious southern-style feasts and, of course, all of Silver Dollar City’s thrilling rides, entertaining shows and talented craftsmen.  Southern Gospel Picnic is scheduled for August 22 through September 1, 2014.

Purchase your discount Silver Dollar City tickets or a money-saving Silver Dollar City package today to enjoy performances by some of the most famous names in southern gospel music, including the Booth Brothers,  The Hoppers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Isaacs and more.  For a full list of performers scheduled for Southern Gospel Picnic click here.
Along with the full line-up of gospel greats performing throughout Silver Dollar City, Echo Hollow Amphitheater hosts Southern Gospel Nights Concerts nightly at park closing.
The Isaacs
  • Brian Free & Assurance: August 22 
  • The Isaacs:  August 23
  • The Hoppers: August 24 
  • Mark Bishop and Triumphant Quartet: August 25
  • Tim Lovelace and The Talleys:  August 26
  • The Martins:  August 27
  • Legacy Five:  August 28
  • Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet and The Bowling Family:  August 29
  • Gold City:  August 30
  • Dr. Dennis Swanberg and Jeff & Sheri Easter:  August 31
  • Booth Brothers:  September 1

Hear your favorite artists as they perform an unforgettable concert at Silver Dollar City's 4,000 seat Echo Hollow Amphitheater.   Each incredible concert is hosted by premier gospel emcee Duane Garren.  Seating in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre will begin two hours prior to show time, weather permitting
It wouldn’t be a picnic without chicken and fixin’s.  You’ll have an old-fashioned feast featuring family favorites like southern-style fried chicken, apple-butter glazed chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, hot rolls, and many other delicious items. Gather your family and friends, fill a plate with some succulent food and listen to the sounds of Southern Gospel music waft through the air. It’s a great way to end the summer season in Branson, Missouri!

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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.