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Branson IMAX Proves Bigger Can Be Better

Ozarks Legacy IMAX TicketMovies have always captivated people from all walks of life around the world. Since the very first black and white, soundless movies appeared on screens, to today’s lifelike, special effects studded box office hits, movies have captivated our minds and imaginations. It’s really something special to lose yourself in a movie – it transports you to another world entirely, and often it will make you laugh, cry, and think hard about tough issues. And if you truly want to be immersed in the world of movies, get a ticket to the Branson IMAX! This iconic Branson movie theater will give you a movie-going experience like no other, and will have you coming back again and again for more!

The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, located right on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, has been entertaining Branson residents and guests for many years. And not just with movies! Live shows, food, and shopping are all located under one roof here at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex – so you might as well plan to stay all day! Check out McFarlain’s Family Restaurant, the Indoor Shopping Mall, catch a show at the Little Opry Theater and of course, see a movie!

At the Branson IMAX, you don’t just SEE a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie! It is certainly not hard to do when the movie viewing screen is six stories tall, and wraps around the theater so there are no bad seats! According to the IMAX website, ‘The 15/70 film format used to create a GIANT-Screen IMAX Adventure is ten times larger than a conventional 35mm film. The sheer size of a 15/70 film frame, combined with the unique IMAX projection technology, is the key to the extraordinary sharpness & clarity.’ A trip to the Branson IMAX is sure to be an adventure the whole family will love.

Branson IMAX FilmFest Logo 2015This year, you have the opportunity to experience the IMAX Film Festival, where the Branson IMAX will be showing some of their ‘Greatest Hits’ films, including the Branson exclusive adventure ‘Ozarks Legacy and Legend.’ This fun kickoff to the 2015 Branson season starts March 6 and runs through April 2. Visitors to the Branson IMAX will have the opportunity to see films like Mystery of the Nile, Lewis and Clark: The Great Journey West, Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets and of course, Ozarks Legacy and Legend. "Ozarks Legacy & Legend has passed a 20-year milestone in Branson and we're celebrating such an enormous achievement with $2 admission for a limited time during our Film Festival. It's been a guest favorite since its inception,” said Tom Forster, Vice President of Marketing & Hospitality for Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex. “Filled with breathtaking aerial IMAX footage of the Ozarks, Civil War battles, the vigilante bravery of our Baldknobbers, and a family filled with love, tradition and the Lord...it's the story of Branson, before Branson.”

If you just can’t wait to get a seat at the Branson IMAX 2015 Film Festival, don’t worry – you can purchase tickets any time online at www.bransonimax.com! Then you’ll be ready for the next time you and your family get the urge to hit the town and see a movie – IMAX style!

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Boating Safety Tips for Your Summer on Table Rock

Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, is one of the most versatile (and most famous!) lakes in the Midwest. Table Rock Lake, a man-made lake created when the White River was dammed up by the construction of the Table Rock Dam to alleviate flooding problems, has a long history of being well used for outdoor recreational activities, especially during the summer months! The lake is great for fishing and swimming, and the surrounding parks and nature areas provide outstanding places to hike, camp and mountain bike with a lakeside view. And of course, what is a lake without boating? Table Rock Lake is the perfect place for summer boating – and here are some tips to keep you safe on the water!

Wear a Life Jacket:

Even if it seems a bit overdone, this is probably THE most important safety tip to comply with for any sort of boating activity. Wearing a life jacket really can save your life in the event of a boating accident. A life jacket is a personal flotation device that is designed to keep the wearer afloat in a breathable position in the water. Life jackets come in a variety of styles, colors, thicknesses and materials – so “it doesn’t match my fishing outfit” or “life jackets are uncomfortable” is NOT a valid excuse not to wear one. All states have regulations that say children must wear a life jacket while on the water, and Missouri is no different. Be sure to find one that fits your child properly before hitting the water!

Stay Hydrated:

It is no secret that it gets HOT in the summertime. So be sure to drink liquids, and plenty of them! Out on deep water in a boat is not the time you want to find yourself dehydrated or suffering from heatstroke. Pack a cooler with enough drinks to last everyone on your vessel the entire day – and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. If you think you might be getting dehydrated (some symptoms are dry mouth, increased thirst, dizziness, confusion and the inability to sweat), you should immediately stop your activity and find a shady spot to rest. Drink some liquids and prop your feet up until symptoms have passed.

Know Emergency Protocol:

Whether an emergency on the water occurs or not, you and your crew need to be informed of and prepared for emergency protocol. The first step is to stay calm and assess the situation. Your boat should be equipped with a GPS, so step two is to take not of your location so you can call for help – that’s step three. Before you set out on the water, you and all your passengers should have a working knowledge of your vessel’s ship to shore radio. Consider laminating and posting the radio instructions, and how to send out a MAYDAY call next to the device.

With a little planning and preventative methods, your summer of boating on Table Rock Lake can be safe, successful, and fun. Always remember – safety first!

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KaPau Plummet Splashes Into White Water

It is no secret that White Water in Branson, Missouri, is one of the most popular water theme parks in the Midwest. White Water is affiliated with the famous Silver Dollar City, and is one of Branson’s most popular attractions. The hot, humid Ozarks summers send both tourists and locals alike flocking to White Water in droves. This year, it’s not just the promise of cool water, wave pools, summery music and frozen lemonade that is drawing crowds to White Water – it’s the newest thrill slide on the radar, the KaPau Plummet! Hold onto your stomach – this wet and wild thrill slide will leave you breathless!

‘Biggest in history.’ That is how the brand spanking new, $1.7 million KaPau Plummet slide is described. This thrill ride is not for the faint of heart – the enclosed but transparent side by side slides are two hundred forty feet of sheer indescribable awesomeness! Riders begin by standing in a launch capsule. After the countdown, the see through bottom of the capsule drops out from underneath the brave riders, sending them plummeting in a seventy degree free fall and rushing down the slide at twenty-six feet per second to the bottom of the ride. The transparent slide allows onlookers to watch their brave friends splash down!

The bottoming out of the slide that leads to the plunge is brand new technology for White Water – it is called the ‘AquaLaunch’ trap door. The trap door builds up massive amounts of anticipation as the riders wait for their plummet. The term ‘kapau’ is also new – it is a slang U.S. surfer term to mean the next big wave or the next big thing, pronounced KA-POW. The slide tower is a dizzying forty feet in the air, which helps riders build up speed as they plunge, and a staggering one thousand gallons per minute makes up the water flow of the slide.

The KaPau Plummet is definitely the biggest thrill in White Water history. It combines anticipation, speed, technology, and engineering genius with a whole lot of water and fun – so don’t miss out on this amazing thrill slide! Get your season passes – and your spot on the KaPau Plummet – today!

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Top 5 Branson Thrills for Adrenaline Junkies

Are you one of those people that love to feel your heart race, and your adrenaline soar? Do you like fast paced thrills and things that make you scream? If you are, it’s a good thing you are in Branson! While the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest is known for great bluegrass music and stage shows, there are more than a few Branson thrill rides hidden in these hills for visiting adrenaline junkies. Check out these top five thrillers that Branson has to offer for an adrenaline spike you won’t forget!

Outlaw Run

Outlaw Run, Silver Dollar City’s newest roller coaster that broke worldwide records, is one of the most popular Branson thrill rides around. This wooden roller coaster was a $10 million investment for Silver Dollar City – and the thrill is worth it! This wooden coaster features over half a mile of track, and has the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster ever – a nearly vertical 162 feet at 81 degrees plummet. Outlaw Run is also the first wooden roller coaster ever to go upside down, and it is the second fastest wooden coaster in the world. Hold onto your hats!

The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider

If you like heights and bird-like flying, then the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider at Shepherd of the Hills is the Branson thrill ride for you! And it is a thrill for all ages – this zipline ride requires no orientation or knowledge of special equipment – riders are simply strapped in to an upright seat and away they go! This ride with a view takes off from the top of the Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills. It is 170 feet high, and the ride is a full half mile long. Riders will hit speeds of up to 50 miles per hour! What a rush!

KaPau Plummet

Do you like water AND thrill rides? Then you will want to be among the first to ride the newest slide at White Water – the KaPau Plummet! This watery Branson thrill ride is sure to leave you breathless and screaming. This side by side enclosed water slide will launch riders from a drop floor into a 70 degree plummet. Riders will then free fall at 26 feet per second until they splash down at the bottom of the ride! The KaPau Plummet is a new ride for 2014 – and you won’t want to miss it!

Powder Keg

Another Silver Dollar City thriller, Powder Keg will literally take your breath away as the ride blasts you from zero to 53 miles per hour in a mere 2.8 seconds! A 110 foot drop, G forces and floater hills all await riders as they speed through the wilderness at 64 miles per hour. This Branson thrill ride is a salute to the miners who worked in Marvel Cave – the original Branson attraction. That is why the beginning of the ride is stimulated to make riders think that a powerful blast of dynamite is responsible for the initial blast of speed!

The Sky Surfer

Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush – surfing in the air! The Sky Surfer, across from the Toy Museum on The Strip, is fast becoming one of Branson’s most popular attractions, and the only one like it in the world. This high flying ride is fifty feet off the ground, and you can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour on this flying surf board!

Branson has no shortage of thrill rides – so be sure and try them all!

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Don’t Miss a Visit to Forsyth, Missouri

By now, chances are that you know Branson, Missouri, is a great place to visit, vacation and/or live. One of the great things about Branson is that there are several surrounding towns within the Tri-Lakes region that make super stops to visit too! And Forsyth, Missouri, is one of them. Just a few miles northeast of Branson, Forsyth is a travel stop you won’t want to pass up!

Forsyth, Missouri, has a population of over 2,500 people, and is the county seat for rugged Taney County. Records show that the town was incorporated as the Village of Forsyth on December 5, 1890. In the 1950s, the future of the city of Forsyth became a little uncertain – the dam along the White River that would create Bull Shoals Lake was in the works, a move that would wipe out the little town entirely. It was decided that the city limits of Forsyth would be extended 2 miles west of the old town site (now called Shadowrock Park) to an area that had once been a golf course. Other fun historic facts about the town of Forsyth, Missouri, is that the famed jazz musician and band leader Charlie Haden was a Forsyth resident, and spent his youth growing up in the town.

Today, Forsyth is referred to as the Gateway to the Ozarks Outdoors. The town sits right on Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri), and is a prime location for fun, family oriented outdoor recreational activities like fishing, boating, hiking and hunting. Shadowrock Park (the old town site of Forsyth) is a popular place for families to play, picnic, swim, fish, camp and enjoy the outdoors on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake. The park boasts a rodeo arena and fairgrounds and is the home of the Annual Taney County Youth Fair and Livestock Show. There is also a campground at Shadowrock Park – there are tent sites with and without water and electricity, RV hookups and sites, as well as opportunities to rent the stage area, the arena, barn or pavilion areas for special events. Tennis courts and a baseball field are also located within the park for community enjoyment!

Forsyth really embodies the small town spirit, and is full of small local shops, restaurants and businesses that will woo you with their charm. If you fall in love with Forsyth enough to live there, there are many affordable real estate options both in and out of town. Forsyth has their own school district as well, if you have children in your family! There is a low crime rate in Forsyth, as well as friendly folks and fun outdoor opportunities. A visit to Forsyth, Missouri, is one you won’t want to miss out on!

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Spring Break is Well Spent in Branson

 

The spring season is a great time to be outdoors. Start a new outdoor adventure with your loved ones to make this season a memorable one. And while you are planning on where to have that outdoor adventure, one place to consider is Branson Missouri. Branson Missouri may be more popularly known for its live music shows, but it is not the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest for nothing. The Branson outdoors are a big factor in making a prime destination for the spring.

Spring in Branson gives you a very calm weather. The daytime temperatures range from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, less warm than the summer days. Nighttime during spring in Branson can be a little chilly at 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Branson adventures in spring requires being updated with the weather forecasts because the spring season brings you occasional rain showers. These rain showers are also responsible for the wonderful foliage and blooms in Branson.

One of the activities that you can enjoy in your spring break in Branson is golfing. Branson is home to a lot of golf courses, and these golf courses are also known to be among the best in the Midwest. One such golf course is Thousand Hills Golf Course and Resort. This golf course caters to different skill levels, while giving a tough challenge still to the golfers.

If you are looking for world-class entertainment in Branson, you can head out to the theaters, museums, and theme parks in Branson. Visit the Titanic museum in Branson, which is also the largest Titanic museum in the world. See exclusive exhibits and artifacts in this museum, plus you can also feel like you are in the Titanic itself with the museum’s interior. Make the most out of your spring break, too, by visiting the Country Inspirational Gardens and the Shepherd of the Hills’ Hatchery for the marine life enthusiasts. Another attraction to visit is the Stone Hill Winery where you can taste and learn about different kinds of wines. And of course, your visit to Branson this spring would not be complete at all if you would not catch the live music shows in the area. Some of the shows that will surely give you a great time are the Baldknobbers Jamboree, Kirby van Burch Magic Show, the Presleys, and a lot more. If you can visit Silver Dollar City this spring, you can also participate in the fun and excitement by this world-famous theme park.

After you spend a long day, it would be the best feeling to be able to relax in a quiet place. Look no more because Thousand Hills Golf Resort is here to provide you with the best lodging options, ranging from log cabins, golf condos, and lakefront condos. Have the best time in Branson by staying in a place that is near all the entertainment you can have. For more inquiries and for reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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The Wonders of Branson in March

 

The month of March may just be one of the best months to visit the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, Branson Missouri. The weather in Branson this March breathes of summer but without the intense heat. Witness the beginning of the spring season this March as you take your time exploring the natural wonders of Branson and also basking in the glamor of the Branson entertainment district.

What is up in Branson this March? Well, for one, you can visit the Silver Dollar City theme park. Silver Dollar is one of Branson’s best theme parks and it is even famous worldwide for its thrilling rides and attractions. After going to a post-holidays hiatus, the month of March marks the comeback of Silver Dollar City with new shows, attractions, and perks. Silver Dollar City is set to open in the weekend of mid-March. This theme park for all ages mimics the way of life back in the 1800s. You can also see blacksmiths, glassblowers, and other craftsmakers in the park to demonstrate to you how the essential crafts back in the 1800s were made. The park also has winding paths so you can feel like you are going through old country rails and roads. To provide its guests with a little relaxation from all the excitement in the park, Silver Dollar City has 40 shows per day which visitors can enjoy. Some of the shows that you can catch while in the park are bluegrass, country, comedy, and a lot more. Silver Dollar City also has a Culinary and Crafts School so the guests can experience the 1800s history first-hand.

The early spring season in Branson is also a great time for your outdoor adventures. Though outdoor adventures should be planned with the weather forecast taken into consideration, you can still enjoy the fun and excitement brought about by the Branson outdoors. During the day, the temperature ranges from 50 to 70oF, and at nighttime it gets cooler at 30oF. Taking a tour of Branson is a relaxing activity since it can give you fresh air and you can also see the mountains with vibrant colors. A horseback tour, a bike tour, or even a zip line tour of Branson – all these can give you a sensational spring experience.

March also marks the new season of the Branson shows. A visit to Branson gives you the opportunity to be the one of the first to witness the new versions of the local standard shows. Catch shows such as the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Hamner Barber Variety Show, and the Baldknobbers Jamboree.

Make your Branson experience more memorable by staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills gives you convenience by being minutes away from Silver Dollar City, and the Branson Strip. It is also located close to the Ozark Mountains so you are far away from the city noise, and you are guaranteed of a breathtaking view of nature. For inquiries about the lodging options in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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A Great Vacation Experience With Branson Log Cabin Rentals

 

Everyone’s dream vacation definitely involves a relaxing time to commune with nature and to have a fun and memorable time. Branson Missouri, the prime vacation destination in the Midwest, is one place where you can have the right mix of live entertainment and the calmness of nature. It is also known as the live music capital of the world for its magnificent music shows. Branson is nature’s gold mine waiting to be explored by you.

Branson is full of nature parks and theme parks that will make a fun experience for people of all ages. There is Silver Dollar City, which houses the Outlaw Run – the world’s most daring wood coaster. It also has a lot of family friendly rides, along with 40 daily shows to give more excitement to anyone in the park. Another attraction that you can visit is the Branson TriLakes Area. The TriLakes Area has three pristine lakes – Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Table Rock Lake. All of these lakes are a perfect site for water activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, diving, and a lot more. For thrill seekers, you can also do cave hopping in Branson caves. Explore caves such as the Mystic Caverns and see more wonders of nature.

The recipe for a great vacation also involves a secret ingredient. Choosing your lodging place can make or break your vacation. For the best Branson experience, always choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to be close to all the Branson attractions. Staying in Thousand Hills is a perk in itself already since it brings you closer to Highway 76, also known as the entertainment district of Branson. Thousand Hills also offers you several lodging options. One of which is a Branson log cabin rental. The cabins at Thousand Hills are called Cabins at Grand Mountain, and are made of Colorado cut spruce logs to exude a rustic vibe in its exterior. The cabins are also located in a rustic and romantic wooded setting to provide you with maximum rest and relaxation from the city vibes. Whether you are coming as a family, as a couple, or even alone, you can always find a log cabin in Thousand Hills to suit your needs. These cabins can sleep 2 up to 16 people.

Your rental of a log cabin in Thousand Hills comes with the best amenities. You have fully furnished rooms and bathrooms, and also a fully equipped kitchen. There is also cable TVs, fireplaces, free wireless internet, and porches.

You are in for a great vacation in Branson with your log cabin rental I Thousand Hills. To make your reservations, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Star-Studded Adventure at Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum

 

The museums in Branson are just one of the many attractions that abound in the area. These museums can give you a new kind of excitement, and a fresh take of entertainment from the live music shows and thrilling theme parks. Museums are also a great venue for you to learn about new things while having fun as well.

One of the most visited museums is the Branson Hollywood Wax Museum. It features wax statues of your favorite Hollywood stars from yesteryears up to the present time. The Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson has been giving joy to its guests since the 1990s. Located on Highway 76, this museum is hard not to notice since it has Mount Hollywood. Mount Hollywood is a replica of Hollywood’s Mount Rushmore, and is also one of the most photographed landmarks in Branson. The museum is also marked by the Great Ape of Branson atop a skyscraper above the museum.

The Hollywood Wax Museums is just one of the few museums in Branson that is entirely devoted to celebrity figures. It all started out as a family business and has grown as an internationally known entertainment company. Some fifty years ago, the original Hollywood Wax Museum was built in Hollywood, CA with a goal of bringing the people closer to their favorite entertainment legends and celebrities. Three branches of the Hollywood Wax Museum exists as of now – Pigeon Forge, Branson, and Hollywood.

The unique selling point of the museum is the wax models of the celebrities that almost feel lifelike. These wax models were made by Hollywood wax artists from plain globs of wax and clay. Surprise your friends by posting a picture with legendary Hollywood icons, as well as the present stars who are making waves in the movie and music scenes. Some of the celebrities’ wax replicas that you can find in this museum are Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and many more. Aside from the photo ops with the stars, you can also learn something about the lives, accomplishments, and trivia about the stars.

The wax models of the celebrities are not the only attractions that you can find in the Branson Hollywood Wax Museum. You can also find the Castle of Chaos, which is a haunted adventure video game ride with spectacular special effects. Engage the evil ghouls in a heated firefight and make your way out of the castle. Another attraction is Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors where you get to find your way out of the intricate maze to save Princess Hannah.

This is going to be a fun Branson adventure for you. For your Branson vacation, stay in a place that is close to all the attractions. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you are close to Branson’s entertainment district, museums, theme parks, outlet malls, and restaurants, and at the same time, being close to the gifts of nature in the TriLakes Area of Branson and the woods of the Ozarks, too. For reservations and inquiries about the lodging places in Branson, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Experience Table Rock Lake in Branson

 

Branson’s TriLakes Area is definitely one of the places that you must visit! The TriLakes Area is blessed with three pristine lakes that makes you realize the wondrous gifts of nature. Also, several bonding activities can be done in this area with the entire family or with your youth group.

One of the lakes in the TriLakes Area is Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is a warm water lake which has various species of marine life including White Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Channel Cat, Crappie, Blue Gill, and many others. This lake has also served as host many times for the Bass master Tournaments, and is also known to be one of the best lakes in America. This is also the reason why the Bass Pro Shop is located minutes away from Table Rock Lake. You are guaranteed to have the best bass fishing experience in Table Rock Lake as the waters of the lake is said to be the best rout fishing area in the whole of Missouri.

Whether you are a pro on bass and trout fishing, or just a beginner, you can still have fun in your visit to Table Rock Lake. For the professionals, you can try many fishing techniques in Table Rock Lake. During the fall season, it is best to use dark color jigs with pork trailers. During night fishing, you can use black spinner baits to capture some monster bass. For the beginners, there is nothing to worry about because you can go fishing without keeping in mind any technique to use – just have fun! But if you want to learn more about the craft of fishing, you can also available of fishing lessons offered by areas surrounding the lake. Other water activities that you can do in Table Rock Lake are water skiing, swimming, cruising, and many more! The area around Table Rock Lake is also very suitable for activities like biking and hiking.

Table Rock Lake is the perfect scenic background to your Branson vacation. You are sure to spend some quality time with the whole family or with your friends when you spend it in Table Rock Lake. So many activities to enjoy, new experiences to try, and lots of things to learn! For your lodging needs for your Branson vacation, always choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort so you are guaranteed to be very near Table Rock Lake. Thousand Hills gives you the perfect location in the city as you get to stay near Branson’s entertainment district. However, Thousand Hills is also located in the depths of nature so you can get your peace and quiet after a tiring day of Branson adventure. Several lodging options are available for you, too! For more inquiries on Thousand Hills, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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