What's New in 2013
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES COMING
Southwest starts flights in and out of Branson on March 9, with daily nonstop service to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby and Chicago Midway, and Saturday-only service to Orlando. Southwest will assume all flying from AirTran Airways, its wholly-owned subsidiary, with AirTran’s operations at Branson fully converting to Southwest Airlines.
OUTLAW RUN NEW AT SILVER DOLLAR CITY
Thrill ride enthusiasts around the world will mark a first-of-its-kind ride debut at Branson’s Silver Dollar City in Spring 2013 when the 1880s-style theme park makes history with the opening of Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster.
SEE THE WORLD IN BRANSON – NO PASSPORT NEEDED
See the World in Branson Music Fest is set for April 24 & 25 at the Welk Resort. Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through the Marketplace tent and visit booths representing countries from around the World. The highlight of this two-day festival is the music showcase at the Welk Resort Theatre.
OSMONDS, LENNONS, O’DONNELL AND MORE AT MOON RIVER THEATRE
In the tradition of “Mr. Christmas” himself, in November and December the Andy Williams Christmas Show stars entertainment legends The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters, joining a cast of dancers, singers and the Moon River Orchestra in a spectacular celebration of traditional family Christmas; Irish singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell headlines his own 2 pm matinee production during Ozark Mountain Christmas. Cat’s Pajamas and Oh, What a Night! open in the Spring, while Summer features Liverpool Legends celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on American television. September and October host Moon River Weekends with national guest stars (TBA).
THE CHILDREN OF TITANIC
The world’s largest museum attraction will bring Titanic’s littlest heroes out of the shadows and into the hearts of guests when they find new stories dedicated exclusively to the Children of Titanic. Each child who boarded Titanic had a dream and a story to tell.
JOEY I.L.O. TO HEADLINE "PURE COMEDY" AT JIM STAFFORD THEATRE
Minneapolis comedian Joey I.L.O. will appear at the Jim Stafford Theatre from March 19 through December 14 at the Jim Stafford Theatre. He was named the regional winner of the Sierra Mist Search for the Next Great Comic and appeared on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” Season 5. The new show, Pure Comedy, will be "Stand up that makes you fall down laughing." Joey I.L.O.’s clean comedy reflects faith and family and he’ll bring to the stage hysterical sets on marriage, life with a baby and being raised by clowns (both of Joey’s parents were clowns). Joey will also be bringing in other top comedians when they are in the area for special guest appearances.
The real Greg Brady is in a new show at RFD-TV Theatre. Totally 70’s Music Explosion stars Barry Williams (of TV’s Brady Bunch) as he takes audiences on a nostalgic trip back in time with talented singers and dancers, a live band and a state-of-the-art multimedia presentation.
PARAKEET PETE’S WATERFRONT ZIPLINE
Branson Zipline Canopy Tours presents Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline! Guests will launch from Branson Landing and zip across Lake Taneycomo up to an observation platform on Mount Branson. From there guests will be able to take time to look over Branson and then zip back across Lake Taneycomo to Branson Landing. This will be the most thrilling aerial view of Branson you’ll ever experience!
ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO
In 1271 A.D. the Italian explorer, Marco Polo, made his legendary trip to the ancient eastern mysterious nation of China. The Adventures of Marco Polo is an epic tale of exploration and wonder, love and loss with a cast of over 50 performers, magnificent sets and costuming. Beginning in July at the White House Theatre.
DANCING QUEEN: ABBA’S GREATEST HITS
Touring since 2009 in places such as Monaco, Las Vegas, Reno and Niagara, Dancing Queen is now proud to call Branson its home. ABBA fans won’t want to miss this new show at the King’s Castle Theatre. The show pays tribute to the group in a musical extravaganza featuring singers and dancers performing those groovy 70’s tunes!
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
The Oak Ridge Boys will perform in Branson in their theater on the following dates in 2013: April 23- 25, Sept 17-19, Oct 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, Nov 5-7, 12-14, 19-21. The theatre will host national touring acts: Charlie Daniels, Bill Cosby, George Jones, Three Dog Night and Johnny Mathis.
“Jerusalem” performed by Dudu Fisher returns to the Caravelle Theatre for his first full season in Branson. He is known throughout the world for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in the hit show “Les Miserables.” In addition to a long run in his home country of Israel, he starred in “Les Miz” on Broadway and in London’s West End.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE!
Are you ready to “Come On Down!”? Now it’s your chance to play “The Price Is Right, Live!,” the on-stage, audience-interactive version of the longest running game show in TV history, appearing at The Welk Resort Branson. If you have ever dreamed of spinning the Big Wheel, dropping a Plinko chip or bidding on The Showcase, now your dream can become reality.
THE TRACK FAMILY FUN PARKS
The Track Family Fun Parks replaced the Track 4 building which was destroyed by the Leap Year tornado. It will house a new ticketing area and all-new, state-ofthe- art arcade. The Track also built an addition onto Pizza World that will serve as both overflow seating and as meeting space for Track birthday parties and other group events. Gator Golf minigolf course is getting a facelift.
The Track 5 facility will house four stations of batting cages that are each equipped to throw four different speeds for both baseball and softball.
BRANSON AREA GOLF
National recognition: Branson Creek named top public course in Missouri and Payne Stewart is number three, according to Golf Digest. Also recognized were Murder Rock and LedgeStone.
The world’s first motorized zipline, Sky Surfer, takes you from tower to tower at speeds up to 30 mph. You ride virtually unencumbered at heights nearing 50’ in the air. Stand up and take the 4-minute ride like surfing; sit down and have the most relaxing “Magic Carpet” ride; or lie on your belly to fly like a Super Hero.
PROMISED LAND ZOO
New on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway is the Promised Land Zoo, a sister facility to the 120-acre Promised Land Zoo in Eagle Rock, which is about 30 minutes west of Branson. The new educational, interactive attraction will feature small and baby exotic animals.