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Never a Dull Moment while Exploring the Marvel Cave Attraction

Marvel Cave is one of the nature’s greatest wonders that evolved around the entrance to the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson. The cave was opened as an Ozarks tourist attraction in 1894 by a Canadian entrepreneur William Henry Lynch. It run for more than fifty years as a tourist show cave. By 1950, the cave was leased by Hugo Herschend, a Danish immigrant from Chicago. In 1960, Silver Dollar City theme park was introduced and built near the entrance to Marvel Cave and it continued to be a popular tourist attraction in Branson.Marvel Cave Lanter Light Tour Logo

The cave was originally known as Marble Cave when miners thought that marble could be found in the cave. When it was found out that no marble was ever mined inside the Marble Cave, the name was changed to Marvel Cave. The cave is known to be one of the largest caves in Missouri, with the biggest cave entry rooms of any cave in North America and for being one of the longest running tourist attractions in Branson.

A Marvel Cave tour is always included with your ticket when you visit the Silver Dollar City where the tours depart every half hour. To begin the tour, you will have to travel to the surface 300 feet below and get in the Cathedral Room. The excitingly wonderful Cathedral Room is the largest cave entrance in the whole USA. The tour lasts 60 minutes and most of it is spent climbing about 600 stairs. The cave tour offers a trained cave guide who will guide your journey and give you interesting and entertaining facts of geographical and historical importance of the cave.

A unique cable train designed to take cave visitors back to the surface with 1070 foot climb was installed in 1957. Thereby giving visitors an easy climb to get back up to a daylight. Many famous spelunkers have ventured the Marvel Cave which is Missouri’s deepest cave with rich history and interesting facts. The tour to the Marvel Cave is a unique opportunity to see Mother Nature where only a few were fortunate to experience the beauty and wonder of the cave.

Explore the Marvel Cave’s darkest and deepest secret and experience a wonderful cave tour using a lantern light. The last lantern light tour starts 90 minutes before closing time. Tour guides are dressed in costumes that delight guests with interesting facts and little known histories during this daily nostalgic journey. Lantern Light Tour is open to guests above 11 years old to see the Mammoth Room. This big room is located just to the right of guest trail in the Cathedral Room. The re-opened trail highlights the bat wall, the only surviving Spanish ladder left in the cave (circa 1541) and many interesting stories.

If you want to discover the interesting facts and historical treasures of the Marvel Cave, visit the original tourist attraction in Branson and enjoy some of several exciting activities of the 1800s style theme park of Silver Dollar City.


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Feel Like a Star and Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum

If you want to have a photograph with your favorite Hollywood stars, don’t miss to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum, where Samuel Jackson, Hugh Jackman, Angelina Jolie, and Matthew McConaughey are among the stars waiting on the red carpet to give you a unique excitement. This world-famous attraction is just the perfect destination to pose with your favorite stars and get into the action on their memorable movie sets. Whether your passion is current blockbusters, all-time classics, action movies, or other western films, there are scenes especially recreated and stars to please every visitor.Wolverine Wax Statue Logo

Hollywood Wax Museum was established as a family business and later expanded into an entertainment company that become known internationally. About 50 years ago, the original Hollywood Wax Museum in California was built by Spoony Singh who had a dream of bringing together starlets and favorite stars. Today this wax museum in California is still open for business. Other two locations have been added in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.

When visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum, don’t forget to bring your camera as you will definitely like to pose with the wax figures of your favorite Hollywood stars and be entertained by their action-packed movies and TV shows. The only wax museum in the country that is devoted to famous celebrity stars was recently renovated that added a dynamic style of the museum. Visitors coming to the Hollywood Wax Museum can have a close glimpse of some of the most famous celebrities in show business.

Your wonderful vacation in Branson can be a memorable one when you take a close look of your favorite Hollywood stars. See famous classic entertainers like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and Elvis Presley that stand aside with current stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, and Johnny Depp.  All of them are here in the Branson, brimming over great entertainment and wholesome fun for the entire family.

Hollywood Wax Museum which opened in the 1990s is a magnificent attraction in Branson with similar replica in Mouth Rushmore that displayed Hollywood celebrities instead of famous presidents. The display of the Hollywood stars has become one of the most photographed landmarks in Branson. At the top of the museum building, a Great Ape can be spotted dangling atop the skyscraper. This wax museum is without question one of the best visited attractions in Branson.

The wax figures of famous Hollywood stars in the museum are so lifelike with realistic looking you think they are alive. The wax figures of the stars was created by wax artists that were formed from plain old globs of clay and wax. The museum is open all year round – so there’s no reason that you can’t have the opportunity to come and have a picture taken with your favorite stars.

So, if you want to see the life-size wax figures of your favorite Hollywood stars, visit the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson and stay at one of the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.



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Spend your Day with the Family at the IMAX Entertainment Complex

When Hollywood blockbuster films are shown in movie theaters, many movie goers always wanted to watch it and look for the best theaters with wide screen and great surround sound systems. This IMAX Theater features 22,000 watts of surround sound that engrosses you with a unique movie experience.  Flight of the Butterflies, Tornado Alley, Rocky Mountain Express, and Ozarks Legacy and Legend are some of the featured movies at the Branson IMAX Theater.

At the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson, many movie goers will fall in love with its giant IMAX screen that measures 83 feet in width and a height equivalent to six stories. Elite Cinema III in the IMAX Entertainment Complex is one of the best theaters in the area that is showing the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies. All the theaters in the complex feature oversized seats, stadium style seating, and seat pads made of Tempur-Pedic foam.

Peterson Family Bluegrass Band LogoAside from the spectacular movie shows in theaters at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, you can have the chance to watch great live show performances all throughout the year. This live show is performed at the Little Opry Theater that features Petersen Family Bluegrass Band. It also includes other shows such as Johnny Cash Songbook, Hank Williams Revisited, A Tribute to John Denver, A Tribute to Marty Robins, Smoke on the Mountain, and Patsy Cline Remembered.

Some new productions and old classics comprise the list of films shown in the IMAX theaters that truly entertain the viewing public. Whether you’re travelling interstate, following a team of bikers, or just spending a happy moment with your family on a leisurely walk, there’s always a film that fits an imaginative mind. If you want to see a movie with a high level of excitement or the one that can increase your mind’s activity, you will be able to find both at the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson.

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex is not only ideal for movie-goers, it also features shopping and dining opportunities to satisfy your shopping needs and cravings for delicious foods. The shopping outlet in the complex features sixteen different shops that offer an array of items that range from fine jewelries, arts and collectibles, and many specialty items making the place a perfect vacation destination for all visitors. To make your day full of energy, enjoy a fine meal in one of the restaurants in the complex.    

The theaters in the complex also feature independent films for all ages. With the complex’s state-of-the-art and 6-channel surround sound system, you will certainly enjoy a wholesome fun watching some of your favorite movies. If you have already enjoyed so much of your favorite movies, then it is best for you to watch a live show performance in the Little Opry Theater that features old-time country favorites.


If you want to experience a wonderful summer vacation, visit the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson where you can have the chance to watch your favorite movies on the big screen with great surround sound systems.


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Have a Party and Celebrate at the Silver Dollar City's Star-Spangled Summer

Giant Swing LogoSilver Dollar City in Branson is a perfect place to spend a fantastic summer vacation as it features many exciting thrill rides and fabulous entertainment shows that you can enjoy with your family. This popular vacation destination in the Midwest has been entertaining visitors since 1960 with its six annual festivals, 60 outlet shops and restaurants, and 40 live entertainment shows that make the place a fantastic spot to celebrate Independence Day this 4th of July. Silver Dollar City’s non-stop entertainment shows and great attractions are what most people want to experience during summer season.

From middle of March to end of December, Silver Dollar City theme park offers visitors lots of entertaining attractions and exciting activities. This theme park in Branson features 30 thrill rides that include PowderKeg Roller Coaster, Outlaw Run Wooden Coaster, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, Giant Swing, water-shoot-out rides, and steam engine train rides.  The park also offers six entertainment venues that feature 40 shows daily that only last up to 25 minutes. A thrill ride with the PowderKeg Roller Coaster will give you a thrilling ride of your life when you experience its launching speed of 53mph in 2.8 seconds.

Summer vacation in Silver Dollar City is great for visitors of all ages who want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings around the Ozark Mountains, the panoramic view of the wildlife scenery, and the pristine lakes around Branson. With so many fun-packed activities in the park, you will surely enjoy every bit of your time in Silver Dollar City.  The 1880s-style theme park features many craftsmen and artisans that include glassblowers, basket weavers, potters, blacksmiths, knife smiths, quilters, and many more. Inside the park, don’t miss to see some of glassblowers turning an ordinary glass into a flower vase. You can also watch live entertainment shows in the park or enjoy a fine dinner in a restaurant that serves delectable foods.

This Silver Dollar City theme park features many specialty restaurants that include Buckshot Annie’s Skillet Cookery which is famous for its harvest succotash; Aunt Pollys, offers popular catfish and specialty fried chicken; and The Ribhouse, features baby back ribs specialty, serving barbecue, and smoked brisket and smoked chicken. You can also find ice cream parlor in the park and funnel cakes for dessert making your dining experience a wonderful one.

In Silver Dollar City, there are about six world class festivals that are held yearly to entertain visitors of all ages. These festivals include the World-Fest and the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival which are both international events held between the months of April and May. The National Kids Fest is celebrated from June through August by young visitors. The celebration of Southern Gospel Picnic is held from late August through early September. The National Harvest Festival is celebrated from mid-September to late October.

If you want to experience a fantastic vacation with your family this summer season, visit the Silver Dollar City in Branson where celebrating the 4th of July is fun with a mixture of many exciting attractions and great shows.

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Dare to Share Sweepstakes is Back!

One lucky winner won a dream vacation to Branson, Missouri last year, and now you have another chance to get that dream vacation for yourself! Branson has been a Midwest vacation destination for more than 50 years and with the 2nd annual “Dare to Share” Branson vacation sweepstakes you could take in the vacation of a lifetime. Thousand Hills Golf Resort, one of the leading area lodging providers, is pleased to announce their partnership with the leading attractions and shopping destinations in Branson to provide a Grand Prize dream vacation to one lucky sweepstakes winner. Guests can begin entering today at The sweepstakes will continue collecting entries through June 8th, 2014 and the lucky winner will be contacted shortly after.

dare-to-share-2014The grand prize consists of 3 nights at Thousand Hills Golf Resort where the winners will stay in a completely furnished luxury two bedroom cabin or condo. They will also receive a $500 dollar gift card for nearby Tanger Outlets, where they can spend their prize winnings in any of the stores there. In addition to the lodging and shopping, the grand prize winners will receive 4 tickets to each of these top Branson attractions: Silver Dollar City, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, and the Titanic Museum Branson.

Thousand Hills Resort cabins and condos are located near the award winning 18 hole public golf course in the heart of Branson, Missouri. With this fantastic location guests will be minutes from every show, shop, restaurant and attraction in town. All condos and cabins are fully furnished with all the comforts of home.

Head on over to Tanger Outlets Branson and shop 'til you drop with a $500.00 gift card, good for any store within Tanger Outlets Branson.

Silver Dollar City is rolling out the red, white & blue carpet this year with a yearlong celebration of America

Dixie Stampede is heating up its 20th Season with the biggest, boldest, brightest Roman Ride of Fire ever!

They built the Permanent, Interactive Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, MO, honoring the 2,208 passengers and crew who sailed Titanic 102 years ago.

Sweepstakes entries must be received by June 8th to have a chance to win this Dream Vacation in Branson. Thousand Hills and all their partners are encouraging their fans to take advantage of this incredible opportunity before time runs out. Entries and official rules can be found online at

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is a golf course and nightly lodging resort located in Branson, Missouri. For nearly 20 years this locally owned resort has been providing affordable luxury lodging for vacationers in Branson. The staff of Thousand Hills prides itself on offering the best value for lakefront condos, golf condos, townhomes, cabin rentals and everything a vacationing family will need for their stay.

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Branson Real Estate’s Finest: The Cabins At Grand Mountains


They say that the best place to come home to is one where nature abounds. It would not hurt, too, if your home would be close to all the hip attractions and fun activities, shopping malls, restaurants, and theme parks in your area. Search no more for the place which has the perfect mix of nature and fun! Find your perfect home in Branson, Missouri – the live entertainment capital of the world and also the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest.

Branson, Missouri is teeming with lots of attraction and activities so you will always have something to do. There is surely no dull moment here in Branson. Branson is also the best place for your dream home. You can commune with nature anytime you want or watch your favorite musical act in Branson. For the kids, they can also go on an adventure in the theme parks and learn new things in Branson’s museums. You can find the perfect spot for your home in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is considered to be the industry leader when it comes to real estate offerings. One of the most popular real estate choices in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort are The Cabins at Grand Mountain. The cabins in Thousand Hills are situated in the rolling foothills of the Ozark Mountains, so you are guaranteed of the best ambiance and scenery in your home. The log cabins in Thousand Hills depict the perfect home – simple yet elegant. Thousand Hills has allotted 20 acres for the development of the log cabins properties. These log cabins in Thousand Hills are made of Colorado cut spruce log to induce that rustic atmosphere in the cabin. The design of the cabins was also made such that the natural setting of the Ozark Mountain could well be integrated into the interior of the cabins. Some of the most popular choices of the log cabins are the two bedroom and three bedroom cabins.

The location of Thousand Hills is another reason why you will love this place for your new home. It is close to Branson’s entertainment district and also to the best outlet malls, restaurants, and museums in Branson. Thousand Hills is also located very near Silver Dollar City, Branson’s popular theme park. Your home in Thousand Hills may be situated close to the heart of Branson, but you can still have some peace of mind when you reach home because Thousand Hills’ cabins are all about nature. Don’t miss this opportunity to get that country living while staying in the heart of the city. Choose Thousand Hills’ cabins for your new home!

For more inquiries, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Summer Fun in Branson


It is summer time once again! If you are looking for ways on how to beat the summer heat, then you have come to the right place. For your summer vacation, choose to be in Branson Missouri! Branson is the perfect place to be in for the summer because it offers you all the entertainment and relaxation that you will need. In Branson, you can have indoor and outdoor entertainment, and a whole lot of nature, too!

Mornings in Branson starts with a cool fog from the Ozark Mountains. As the day progresses, feel the heat that summer brings as you go about the day activities in Branson. Your summer vacation won’t be much of a vacation if you do not have some water activities. In Branson, you can find much of these activities in the TriLakes Area. The TriLakes Area is composed of three beautiful lakes, namely Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and Table Rock Lake. You can do activities like scuba diving, canoeing, water skiing, boating, fishing, and a lot more. You can also embark on an outdoor adventure by visiting Branson’s amusement parks. Silver Dollar City is one of Branson’s most popular theme parks, and it also houses some of the best rides in the world. Some rides that you must try are the Powder Keg and Outlaw Run, which is also considered as the world’s most daring wood coaster. If you are looking for a chill outdoor experience, Branson has its nature parks wherein you can be one with nature’s gifts.

For those who wants to shy away from the heat of the scorching sun, you can always entertain yourselves with the shows in Branson. There are over 100 indoor theater events, music shows, dance concerts, and plays that you will surely enjoy. Get to see the amazing talents of Branson like the Presleys, Baldknobbers, The Liverpool Legends, and a lot more. Apart from musical shows, there are also shows like the Barber Variety Show if you want to see some magic and have a comic relief.

During the summer, Branson also holds several festivals which you could join. Some of the festivals happening are the Annual Woodcarving Rendezvous, Mustang Rally, Fiddlers Festival, and the National Kidsfest. The KidsFest is the most anticipated festival that runs from mid-June to mid-July in Silver Dollar City. Special activities for the kids will be prepared by the theme park, including a Half Pint Dance. And of course, there is the much celebrated Fourth of July celebration. Join in the parade, festivities, and cap it off with a grand fireworks display.

Make your vacation even more worth it by picking the right lodging place in Branson. Choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort. There are nightly rentals of Branson log cabins, golf front condos, and lakefront condos – a fresh alternative to the usual hotel rooms. Thousand Hills is also located near Branson’s entertainment district, but far enough for you not to be disturbed by the city noise when you want your rest. Book your trip to Branson now and have the best summer ever! Contact Thousand Hills at 1-877-262-0430.

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Come to Branson’s White Water For Your Vacation


Are you excited for the summer? Well, who isn’t, right? But the more important question is: What are you doing for the summer? Summer is the best time to have that much needed vacation. Take the time to de-stress and forget for a while about all the worries! Plan a trip now to the premier vacation destination in the Midwest – Branson, Missouri!

Branson is beaming with attractions and activities that will keep you busy for the summer. The hot weather will not be a hindrance at all for you to have some outdoor fun. It doesn’t matter how hot it gets in Branson, because there is White Water to cool you off during the summer.

The White Water is a part of the attractions brought to you by Silver Dollar City. The entire water park is filled with over two million gallons of water to help its visitors beat the heat. White Water is a 13-acre park that gives its visitors extreme thrills and cool fun with its water rides and attractions. This park is also very family-friendly, so tag along the whole family so you can have memories to remember for the years to come. There are also cabanas available for $100 every Sunday to Friday, and for $125 every Saturdays. White Water also features four eateries within the park so that you can refill your tummy without going outside the park.

There are rides and attractions for every person, no matter how young or old, in Branson’s White Water. The most popular of the rides are the Aloha River, Kalani Towers, and Coconut Cove. Everyone will surely enjoy the Aloha River – a float ride that transports you into a whole new South Pacific world. The Aloha River features fountains, geysers, and a 30-foot tall tiki water tower, which makes this the ultimate family friendly ride in White Water. The Kalani Towers, one of White Water’s newest attractions, lets you experience free fall body surfing and racing with speeds up to 40 mph and from as high as 7.5 stories. Last but not the least, the Coconut Cove is the ride for the little kids to enjoy. The Coconut Cove has slides, interactive sprays, and shooting nozzles that will surely thrill the kids!

After a long day of fun and adventure in White Water in Branson, there is no need to cut that adventure short just to catch some snacks! Turn it into a food adventure instead with the park’s four eateries. Big Island Marketplace is where you can get fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, and nachos. High Tide Hannah’s Island Café is the place where you can have lunch with the entire family. Their menu includes chicken strips, cheeseburgers, salads, wraps, and many more. Surf’s Up Snacks is the perfect stop for your craving of sandwiches, fries, and funnel cakes. For desserts, go to Island Delights for soft serve cones, ICEE, and root beer floats.

White Water is located in Highway 76, so better get a lodging place near this place. Choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for your lodging needs to make every day of your summer vacation an adventure in White Water!

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Spend Memorial Day in Branson Missouri


Branson is not only known to be the live music capital of the world and the ultimate vacation destination of the Midwest. It is also one of the places that celebrates traditions and holidays in the most unique way. With this, Branson is the perfect place to be this Memorial Day. Come over and celebrate Memorial Day with your loved ones right here in Branson and enjoy all the good things it has to offer.

May 26, 2014 is the date for the celebration of Memorial Day. In Branson, expect the best celebrations to happen. For your Memorial Day vacation with your family, get to know more about Branson by immersing yourself in its culture and traditions. You can also make memories with the attractions and activities in Branson.

For some family friendly activities in Branson, you can always visit Silver Dollar City, Branson’s world-class theme park. Kids and adults will enjoy the different attractions in the park. It has several heart-pumping rides that will surely let you have memorable moments with your loved ones. If you want to take a break from all the excitement in the park, there are also shows and plays in Silver Dollar City for you to watch. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food in America. You could also spend some time in the TriLakes Area, to commune with nature on the pristine lakes of Branson. Activities you can do in this area are swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating, and a lot more.

Your trip to Branson to the kids could also be a learning opportunity for the both of you. Even if you are on vacation, learning never stops. Branson has a lot of museums to give you additional tidbits of knowledge that you can share with the people back home. Visit the Titanic Museum to learn more about the unsinkable ship that sank, the stories of its survivors, and the artifacts that can be seen in the museum. The Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson never fails to fascinate the movie lovers. It has life-sized wax figures of your favorite Hollywood celebrities so you can take all the photos you want with them. For a more bizarre knowledge source, there is always the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Branson!

Make the most out of your Memorial Day vacation in Branson! Explore the whole city and discover a whole lot of things that you can enjoy. To have the best vacation ever, let Thousand Hills Golf Resort be a part of one memorable vacation. It has the lodging options that are perfect for families and those going solo on vacation. Reserve your very own units now for your vacation. Dial 1-877-262-0430 for more inquiries and reservations. 

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Brace Yourself and Have the Best Ride Ever of the Powder Keg Roller Coaster

PowderKeg LogoIf you want to treat the whole family for a wonderful summer vacation, come to Silver Dollar City in Branson and enjoy the thrill ride of the PowderKeg Roller Coaster. Built in 2004, PowderKeg Roller Coaster is the longest thrill ride in the park. This Roller Coaster is packed with amazing ride along with fantastic lakeside settings of the Table Rock Lake.

During the launching of the PowderKeg Roller Coaster, flames come out from the chimney at the exterior portion of the building and the barrels positioned outside the building burst out water. Meanwhile, a short audio track is played loudly with a man’s voice that says: “Hey, that area is restricted! You’re too close to that nitro! Do you smell smoke?” The coaster then moves forward from the shed of the nitro and the green lights go and flames would shoot out of the shed, then the coaster starts to move. In just 2.8 seconds, the coaster launches from 0 to 53 miles an hour and combines the gravitational forces and compressed air-launch with a speed of 64 miles an hour.

The coaster travels up and down the hills many times and run through many tight turns and then slowly moves up in a chain lift hill while bluegrass music is played. From the coaster will take a 90 degree turn before dropping down a steep of 110 feet. Coaster riders will then fly high through the trees over 3,500 feet of track for a truly exhilarating and breathtaking thrill ride experience. At the end of the roller coaster ride, in travels in a big helix that almost makes everyone in upside down position before it stops into the final brakes and back to the launching station.

PowderKeg Roller Coaster was designed that would raise every strand of hair of any thrill rider. With the height requirement of only 42 inches, young and old can have the opportunity to enjoy the thrilling roller coaster ride. The coaster has a unique restraint system that allows every rider a secured and safe ride. The adjustable lap bar across the hip allows every rider a comfortable sitting.

A ride with the PowderKeg Roller Coaster will let you experience a thrilling and exhilarating ride of your life. As you feel the excitement of the breathtaking view of the scenery, the lift hill chain can be heard as you come closer to the highest point, then plunge down with the pull of gravity and take the rest of the travel.

The exciting launch and the high speed of the PowderKeg Roller Coaster can really make the stomach of any thrill rider flip upside down. With the exciting and thrilling ride features of the Roller Coaster, it makes the Silver Dollar City a truly great thrill ride destination.

So, brace yourself and have the best thrilling ride ever of the PowderKeg Roller Coaster, visit the Silver Dollar City in Branson this summer season.


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