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Winter or Summer Branson is “Hot” fun

Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction takes passengers on an exciting “voyage” no matter what the weather.

BRANSON, Mo., December 28, 2012 — “The ‘Hot’ fun Branson offers has nothing to do with temperature,” said Tiffany Isnard, the Director of Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “Whether the temperature is 100 degrees or 17 degrees, Summer or Winter, there is always a choice of entertainment, attractions, shopping and other activities in Branson providing visitors with the ‘hot’ fun that is an inherent part of the Branson experience.” Isnard points out that even though Silver Dollar City and many of Branson’s shows are closed for the season, that there are always shows open and the vast majority of Branson’s attractions and shopping are not weather dependent and remain open year round. Even in January and February the weather is comparatively mild permitting an exciting range of outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

In fact, as reported consistently over the years in the Weekly Branson.Com Fishing report, the trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo and bass fishing on Table Rock Lake is excellent during the Winter months. From the National Tiger Sanctuary and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not to the Titanic Museum Attraction, built to one half the size of the original ship and towering a hundred feet above the famed Branson Strip, Branson attractions provide “hot” fun, excitement and adventure year round.

The cruise boats of Main Street Lake Cruises, the river boat paddle wheel replica Lake Queen and the 100 foot luxury yacht, The Landing Princess, with their fully enclosed environmentally controlled decks, provide sightseeing and dinner cruises on Lake Taneycomo. Each cruise includes an unique view of Branson Landing and its dazzling $7.5 million light, fire and music attraction at the Branson Landing Fountains, with fire blasting from “cannons” in choreographed splendor with 120 foot geysers of water, and light, as well as an unparallelled view of the constantly changing Ozarks scenery, water fowl, animals and a chance to see the Bald Eagles that make Lake Taneycomo their home.

Although the Winter weather impacts on the ability to use Table Rock Lake for swimming, Branson’s selection of indoor water parks offers an opportunity to swim and enjoy water activities. Welk Resort’s “Splash-A-Torium, Grand Country’s “Splash Country” and Castle Rock Resort all provide the convenience and comfort of an indoor water attraction providing water slides and fun filled water excitement even on the coldest and snowiest of days. In addition many of Branson’s hotels and lodging facilities open during the Winter, such as the Grand Plaza Hotel, Hilton Promenade, Baymont Inn and Suites and others have indoor heated pools.

Regardless of the season of the year, it’s always a “hot” shopping experience in Branson. The spectacular Branson Landing, major discount malls and hundreds of specialty, art and craft shops are open year round providing a unique shopping opportunity.

“New South” performing “YMCA” during performance of Grand Jubilee.

Although many of Branson’s shows are closed in January and February the Branson show scene is still “hot” with some of its best shows performing during that period. This includes shows such as Absolutely Patsy, Amazing Pets, Branson Country USA, Comedy Jamboree, Dixie Stampede, Grand Jubilee, Hamner Barber Variety Show, Haygoods, “it” at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, Ozark Mountain Jubilee, Pierce Arrow, Tribute to Four Seasons and The Beach Boys and the Twelve Irish Tenors.

Branson Tourism Center’s Isnard points out that all shows will be operating on a Winter schedule with some of them opening up at various times during that period. She suggests because of that, and the reduced availability of shows and lodging, that advance reservations be made especially for the water park properties and over holiday weekends. For additional information or tickets to any of Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. BTC can be reached by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or on their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

 

There is nothing like New Years Eve in Branson

The Haygoods are just one of the shows having special New Year's Eve celebrations.

BRANSON, Mo., December 17, 2012 — “What a great place to celebrate New Years Eve and bring in the new year,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “There is always so much for families and individuals to see and experience in Branson. From Zip lines, butterflies, museums, shopping  and scenic cruises to an amazing choice of live shows and New Years Eve celebrations. There is a multitude of choice of exciting and entertaining ways to build memories and have fun as 2012 fades away and 2013 starts,” she added.

The vast majority of Branson’s attractions will be open New Years Eve day offering a full range of fun things to do. What better way to spend the last day of 2012 with your family than sharing an historic last chance to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum Attraction, seeing the unique and spectacular “White Flight” at the Butterfly Place & Rainforest Adventure, taking an exciting cruise on Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen with the chance of seeing Bald Eagles or some of the other exciting attractions and activities that Branson offers. The following list, sorted alphabetically, is a list of some of Branson’s most popular attractions and includes a link to more information on each, including pictures, videos, schedules and pricing:

ATTRACTIONS

Adventure Ziplines of Branson

Amazing Waltzing Waters

Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tour

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

Castle of Chaos

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Hollywood Wax Museum

IMAX Adventure Films

Inspiration Tower

Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Shoot for the Stars Mini Golf

The Track Family Fun Parks

Titanic Museum Attraction

Trail of Lights

Vigilante Ziprider

SHOWS

Branson will offer a variety of exciting quality live shows and entertainment with something for everyone. From the Amazing Pets show at 10 AM until the curtain falls on the last show as 2013 begins, Branson’s famed shows will provide a breadth and quality of live entertainment that is as spectacular as it is amazing. Many of Branson’s shows will also be offering special New Years Eve shows and “parties” to celebrate the New Year. The following is a list of the shows, sorted alphabetically by time, that will be open on December 31 with a link to more information on each, including pictures, videos, schedules and pricing. In addition, if a show has indicated they are doing something special to celebrate New Year’s Eve the words “New Year’s Eve Show” follows the shows name

10:00 am

Amazing Pets

2:00 pm

Doo Wop and Chico Vega Drifters

Todd Oliver & Friends

3:00 pm

Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus

Comedy Jamboree

4:00 pm

Showboat Branson Belle

5:15 pm

Christmas on the Trail

5:30 pm

Dixie Stampede

6:00 pm

Comedy Hypnosis Dinner Show

7:30 pm

Grand Jubilee

8:00 pm

Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus

Hank Williams Revisited

Paul Harris & The Cleverly’s

Showboat Branson Belle

8:30 pm

Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tour

9:00 pm

Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express New Year’s Eve Show

Doug Gabriel’s #1 Hits Tribute Show New Year’s Eve Show

Hamner Barber Variety Show  New Year’s Eve Show

Haygoods New Year’s Eve Show

Hughes Brothers Christmas Show

Jim Stafford New Year’s Eve Show

Kirby VanBurch New Year’s Eve Show

Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen New Year’s Eve party cruise

Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess New Years Eve party cruise

Pierce Arrow New Year’s Eve Show

9:30 pm

Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve Show

“From attractions’ and shows to great shopping, golf, fishing, cruises and so much more, its hard to imagine a better place than Branson for families to celebrate New Year’s together,” said Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson. She also points out that, particularly at this time of the year, schedules and activities could be impacted by weather. She offers the services of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, the Branson Tourism Center in answering any questions anyone might have or assisting with tickets or lodging arrangements. BTC can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

 

Branson a unique “gift” among travel destinations?

Unique view the beauty of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake from the top of one of Silver Dollar City's world class coasters,"Wildfire."

BRANSON, Mo., December 15, 2012 — With its spectacular location in the midst the natural wonders of Ozark Mountains, four distinct seasons, lakes and an assortment of live shows, attractions, shopping and other activities, Branson provides a unique experience for families, individuals and groups that has made it one of America’s primer travel destinations. In the normal context of thinking about Branson, even at this special time of the year when it is so often thought of, the word “gift” does not often come to mind in describing what Branson has to offer.

A definition of the term “gift” as it is generally used at Christmas is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation” and describes the ” presents” normally exchanged at this time of the year and that precious Gift that “Is the reason for the season.” However, another definition of the term “gift” is a “notable capacity, talent, or endowment” and it is that definition that truly makes Branson a unique “gift” among travel destinations not only during Christmas, but every day of the year.

Branson is “notably endowed” with more than 100 live entertainment shows filled with some of the most talented performers anywhere, three pristine lakes and the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Branson’s capacity to integrate and combine all of that with world class shopping and a variety of exciting fun filled attractions and activities would be notable anywhere, yet alone in a travel destination of its size, and speaks volumes about the “gift” that is Branson.

Is there another place in America where a person can be watching one of over 100 live shows less than 10 minutes away from a 45,000 plus surface acre aquatic play ground like Table Rock lake? Is it not notable that within five minutes of the heart of Historic Down Town Branson and all that it has to offer is Branson Landing with over 100 retail shops and restaurants, Lake Taneycomo with some of the finest trout fishing in the Midwest and sightseeing and dinner cruises with Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen or Landing Princess. And speaking of cruises, where else can one take a “voyage” aboard a half scale replica of the R.S.S. Titanic at an attraction like the Titanic Museum Attraction and less than 10  minutes later be enjoying a wonderful cruise on a lake like Table Rock Lake with dinner and great entertainment aboard the likes of the magnificent Branson Belle?

Is it not notable that Branson’s largest and most popular paid attraction, the award winning 1880’s styled theme park, Silver Dollar City is endowed with a “Natural National Landmark “Marvel Cave?” It’s also notable that its capacity to entertain thousands of guests each day has been integrated into the natural beauty from which it was hewn making the park a virtual part of the Ozark Mountains surrounding it and whose culture, history and crafts it preserves and shares with the world?

As notable as those tangible things are, it is an intangible element that makes Branson the special “gift” that it is. It is the notable capacity of those offering those things to do so while sharing the spirit of small town America, service, hospitality, patriotism, God and family that adds special meaning to the “gift” that Branson is blessed to share with the world.

Lennon Sisters and Osmonds continue Andy Williams Christmas show legacy

Mimi, Janet and Kathy Lennon on Skype with the Osmonds during the press conference.

BRANSON, Mo., December 13, 2012 — In what may have been one more unusual press conferences in Branson’s ” show history,” it was announced that the Lennon Sisters and Osmonds will star together in the “2013 Andy Williams’ Christmas Show…… The Legacy Continues” at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre from November 1 through December 7 of 2013. During the press conference, held at the theatre on December 12, the Lennon Sisters, Mimi, Janet, and Kathy, who were present at the conference, interacted with the Osmonds, Jimmy, Merrill and Jay via “Skype.”

In their exchange with the Osmonds the Lennons Sisters expressed their excitement and said, “It’s going to be so much fun.” Jimmy Osmond agreed saying that it was going to be a lot of fun and that working together is something they have wanted to do for years. Both the Lennons and Osmonds expressed what an honor it was to be “able to continue Andy’s legacy” by participating in the show.

Other information received indicates that the full production show will continue the traditional Andy Williams format. In addition to its stars, the Lennon Sisters and Osmonds, there will be “spectacular sets with dancers, a full orchestra, lots of variety acts and the lovely music and sounds of Christmas all presented in the beautifully decorated Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.”

Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center said, “It means so much to the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas, Branson and its visitors that the tradition and heritage of ‘Mr. Christmas’ is carried on and what better way to do it than with two of the family acts that Andy mentored, the Lennon Sisters and Osmonds.”

Fun and excitement brightens Branson throughout Christmas season

Pierce Arrow, Luke Menard, left, Gary Korebia, Scott Fraker and Tim Storms, one of Branson's hottest shows will be open during Christmas Season.

BRANSON, Mo., December 9, 2012 —  “From lions and tigers, shopping, fishing and golf to acrobats, comedians, music of every genre, dinner shows with horses or on a boat and so much more, in terms of adventure, excitement and fun, Branson is like a Christmas Tree decorated with lots of each,”  said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “Whether it’s seeing Christmas Lighting displays, having fun at one of Branson’s shows or attractions or simply relaxing with those you love, there is something special about Christmas in Branson,” she continued.

Even with a number of the Branson shows ending their 2012 schedules by the weekend of Dec. 15, some of Branson’s finest shows will remain open through Christmas until the end of the year,” These include:

Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus

Absolutely Patsy

Amazing Pets

Christmas on the Trail

Comedy Jamboree

Dixie Stampede

Grand Jubilee

Haygoods

Kirby VanBurch

Jim Stafford

Joseph

Legends in Concert

Ozark Murder Mysteries

Paul Harris & The Cleverly’s

Pierce Arrow

Showboat Branson Belle

The Price is Right, Live

The Titanic Museum Attraction is just one of the many Branson attractions that will be open.

Johnson points out that the majority of Branson’s most popular attractions are open all year round and will also be open throughout the Christmas Season. Some of the most popular include:

Adventure Ziplines of Branson

Amazing Waltzing Waters

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

Castle of Chaos

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Hollywood Wax Museum

IMAX Adventure Films

Inspiration Tower

Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen

Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess

National Tiger Sanctuary

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Shoot for the Stars Mini Golf

Silver Dollar City (Old Time Christmas – Closes for season Dec. 30)

The Track Family Fun Parks

Titanic Museum Attraction

Vigilante Ziprider

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson also points out that Branson’s nationally acclaimed Christmas Lighting displays will also be available during the Christmas season. These include Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas, The Branson Area Festival of Lights and the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

Whether its golf, shopping, fishing or any of a myriad of other activities, there is always something that is fun and exciting to do in Branson and the Christmas season is no exception. Johnson does advise however that a lot of the shows and attractions, especially on the 24th and 25th of December, will be operating on Christmas schedules through the end of the year. Additional information on each show and attraction is available through the link provided. Johnson also offered the assistance of the knowledgeable locally based Travel Planners of the Branson Tourism Center to assist in answering any questions about the excitement of the Christmas Season in Branson. That service is available by calling their toll free number, 1-800-785-1550.

Time running out to see 2012 performances of popular Branson shows

SIX performingwith their Dad accompanying them on the piano.

BRANSON, Mo., November 27, 2012 — “Although Ozark Mountain Christmas, with all its color, fun and Christmas Lighting displays, continues until December 31 and Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival runs through December 30, time is running out to see the 2012 performances of some of Branson’s most popular shows,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. Johnson points out that a number of Branson shows will conclude their 2012 season between now and December 22. This includes the following shows which are listed below by the last day of the week of their final 2012 performances:

DECEMBER 1

Dino Kartsonakis Sounds of the Season
George Dyer

DECEMBER 8

#1 Hits of the 60’s
24 Karat Country
A Christmas Snow
Alabama Revival
All American Gospel
Angels of Country Music
Brady Lunch with Barry Williams
Bretts
Buck Trent Country Music Show
Cassandre’ Haygood and Friends
Conway Remembered
Dalena Ditto Country Variety Show
Daniel O’Donnell
Duttons
Gatlin Brothers & Debby Boone Together!
Joey Riley Comedy & Music Review
Legend of Kung Fu
Mike Walker
Mel Tillis
Ralph Kuster’s Christmas in Branson
Rankin Brothers
Red Skelton – A Tribute by Tom Mullica
Red, Hot & Blue
Rock Roll and Reminisce
Roy Clark
Roy Rogers Jr Show
Shoji Tabuchi
The Texas Tenors
The Tweeds
The Statler Brothers Revisited
Tony Orlando Christmas
Tony Roi’s Elvis and More
Twice Adopted
Wade Landry’s Cajun & Country
Yakov Smirnoff
Yakov’s Dinner Adventure

DECEMBER 15

A Neil Diamond Tribute
A Tribute to Marty Robbins
A Tribute to John Denver
Andy Williams Christmas Show
Cat’s Pajamas – Vocal Band
Down Home Country
Fountains of Faith
Jim Owen Country
Johnny Cash Songbook
Joseph Hall Elvis Rock N Remember Tribute
Mickey Gilley
Motown Downtown
Presleys’ Country Jubilee
Rock Around the Clock with Bill Haley’s Original Comets
Sanders Family Christmas
SIX
Sunday Gospel Jubilee

DECEMBER 22

Branson Country USA
Christmas in Hollywood
New South Gospel
Tribute to Four Seasons and The Beach Boys
Twelve Irish Tenors

Johnson points that even though a number of Branson’s shows will be concluding their season by December 22 that dozens more will be performing, albeit on reduced schedule through the end of the year. For the latest information, schedules, and ticketing for the shows mentioned in this article, as well as those that will remain open through December 31, Johnson recommends calling the Branson Tourism Center, toll free at 1-800-785-1550.

Ozark Mountain Christmas spirit grows post Thanksgiving

Santa poised to surprise needy eating free Thanksgiving Breakfast in Clockers Cafe.

BRANSON, Mo., November 22, 2012 — The celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson runs from November 1 to December 31, but to many, the millions of sparkling Christmas lights just seem to glow a little brighter and the spirit of Christmas seems to grow almost exponentially each day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The result, although not definable in pure objective terms, is that America’s largest celebration of the traditional Christmas, Ozark Mountain Christmas, with its shows, drive through lighting displays, Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas and all the special activities associated with it becomes even more unique and special.

From a child’s perspective, it could be because the chances to see Santa Claus increase drastically. Why just this morning as this writer was walking through Historic Downtown Branson he talked with Santa in front of Clockers Café as he was poised to surprise some of the anticipated 600 people receiving a free Thanksgiving breakfast courtesy of Clockers owners Allen and Karen Theane and the many volunteers who served it. Santa pointed out that he is going to be pretty busy between now and Christmas and looks forward to greeting Branson’s boys and girls at area stores, Branson Landing by the big Christmas Tree, Bass Pro-Shops Winter Wonderland and other special events.

Starting this weekend, Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction will be sharing the magic and beauty of its “Fantasy Princess” as she brings “new Holiday Magic to Branson” every Wednesday through Sunday until December 30. Her appearance is part of the annual ‘Titanic Christmas Winter Wonderland” featuring Edwardian-style decorations, thousands of holiday lights, one of the most unique gift shops in Branson with many one-of-a-kind items and “costumed merry-makers” that passengers on the ship will meet and interact with while on their “voyage.”

Every year, one can feel the Christmas spirit fill the air as the first Sunday in December approaches, December 2 this year, and an event that has been part of Branson’s heritage for 64 years, The Adoration Parade and Nativity scene lighting takes place in Historic downtown Branson. The parade has dozens of bands, floats and walking units participating in the parade, which is one of the few nighttime Christmas parades in the country and is unique because its sole purpose is to celebrate the very reason there is a Christmas by “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” This year the Adoration Parade will be preceded by a “Centennial Adoration Service” at 10:00 AM in the Branson Convention Center as the last event in Branson’s celebration of its Centennial.

Whatever the reason, the spirit of the traditional American Christmas that is an inherent part of Ozark Mountain Christmas just seems to grow and become more prevalent with each passing day. Perhaps, in the final analysis that’s the answer, as each day brings us closer to the real reason for the season and the spirit involved with the wonderful gift celebrated on Christmas Day; it’s only normal that the true spirit of Christmas would fill our hearts.

“The Complete Beatles” with Liverpool Legends at Andy Williams Moon River Theatre 2013

Liverpool Legends

BRANSON, Mo., November 17, 2012 — At a recent news conference, Lynn Meredith, General Manager, of the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, announced that as part of carrying on the entertainment legacy of Andy Williams that the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre “will continue to be the home of great singers and exciting entertainers.” After pointing out that the 2013 schedule would be out soon he announced that Daniel O’Donnell will be moving to the Moon River Theatre starting in November of 2013.

This week, the theatre announced the second of the outstanding and exciting acts that will be appearing at the theatre, Louise Harrison’s “Liverpool Legends.” They will be appearing at the theatre during the summer of 2013 in “‘The Complete Beatles’,a full-scale Beatles extravaganza like you have never seen them before.” Meredith said, “It’s a total phenomenon that The Beatles are bigger and more popular today than ever before, and to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their arrival in America, we wanted to build the biggest and best production around Liverpool Legends and take their show to a new level.”

“’We are so excited to bring our show to The Andy Williams Moon River Theater,’  said Marty Scott, who portrays George Harrison in Liverpool Legends. ‘It’s going to be our biggest show ever! Andy was one of the first people to come to our show when we came to Branson in 2006 and he was always very supportive of us and told us how much he loved the Beatles and appreciated their music.'”

“Recently, Liverpool Legends were chosen over every other Beatles tribute show in the world by top television and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Pirates of The Caribbean, National Treasure) to portray the band that changed the course of music and the world forever.

“Members of Liverpool Legends have toured the world, playing in historic venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Cavern Club in Liverpool, recording at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London and performing with Denny Laine (co-founder of Wings with Paul McCartney), Pete Best (the original Beatles drummer) and the Boston Pops. They appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool where 100,000 Beatles fans jammed Victoria Street to hear them in concert.

“Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing!”

“This is yet another example of the quality and variety of the live entertainment that Branson offers on a daily basis,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “What a wonderful way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America,” she continued.

What is Branson’s most unique attraction?

Dick's 5 & 10 in historic downtown Branson provides one of the most unique shopping "adventures" available anywhere.

BRANSON, Mo., November 15, 2012 — A question commonly asked is along the lines of “What is Branson’s “most unique attraction? The one thing that I must see or do while in Branson?”

In a town like Branson, with so many exciting and fun things to do that is not an easy question to answer. First when one applies the common definition of Attraction, “something that attracts or is intended to attract people by appealing to their desires and tastes,” to the question, Branson itself is a unique attraction among family travel destinations. Where else can one go and enjoy all it has to offer from its live shows, “attractions,” lakes, natural beauty and shopping all located so closely together.

In terms of “attractions,” as most would use the word, the award winning 1880’s styled theme park Silver Dollar City, Branson’s oldest and most popular paid attraction certainly stands out. With its dozens of rides, shows, ongoing entertainment, world class festivals, virtually seamless integration into the surrounding Ozark Hills, demonstrating craftsmen and having a National Natural Landmark, Marvel Cave within the park it is not only one of Branson’s most unique attractions, but one of the most unique theme parks in the world.

Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction, with the great ship towering above the Branson strip, its remarkable displays, the ability of the crew to bring the events of that fateful voyage to life and, of course, its two loveable mascots Molly and Carter make it another of Branson’s unique attractions. A sightseeing cruise aboard Main Street Cruise Lines Lake Queen on beautiful Lake Taneycomo to the amazing bluffs evidencing how the Ozark Mountains were formed and are still a work in progress is another unique adventure.

To the list of Branson Attractions however must be added an attraction of another kind, Branson’s live shows. In fact, a recent Branson CVB study showed that the number one thing people see when they come to Branson is live shows. A cursory examination of a list of Branson Shows, performing during its season, indicates a variety and number of shows that is amazing. When coupled with the quality of the shows it is easy to understand why some call Branson the”Live music show capital of the world” and why its live shows are such a unique Branson  attraction.

Many are attracted to Branson by its shopping. Sure, just about every travel destination offers shopping, but how many have an authentic 50 year old 5 & 10, a vibrant historic downtown shopping district and modern shopping attraction such as Branson Landing, with its 100 retail shops, restaurants and seven million dollar fire, water and synchronized music fountain show, located within three blocks of each other. Each of those is a unique attraction by itself, but in combination with each other offer one of the most unique shopping experiences available anywhere. And that’s not counting the hundreds of other retail, craft, fashion and specialty stores located throughout Branson.

These are just highlights of what “attracts” millions of visitors to Branson each year. What is Branson’s most unique attraction and what one thing should people see when they are in Branson? Well, in this writers opinion Branson’s most unique attraction is all that it has to offer and the one thing people should see or do while in Branson is experience as much of that uniqueness and what it has to offer as possible.

Realized wish of Daniel O’Donnell becomes part of Andy Williams legacy

Lynn Meredith and Daniel O'Donnell at press conference.

BRANSON, Mo., October 30, 2012 —  At a press conference today, Lynn Meredith, General Manager, of the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, announced that the family of Andy Williams has committed to carrying on his legacy and that the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre “will continue to be the home of great singers and exciting entertainers “with a full 2013 schedule to be announced soon. He then introduced one of the exciting entertainers who would be performing at the theatre announcing, “We are very excited that Daniel O’Donnell will be moving to the Moon River Theatre starting in November of 2013.”

In his comments, O’Donnell said that he first performed in Branson in 1997 as a relatively unknown. Then in 2002, “thanks to our fortunate meeting with the people from Public Television it allowed our shows and …names to be known throughout the United States and Canada and there began the success that we have enjoyed here in Branson.”

Going back farther than that, O’Donnell related his first visit to Branson in the mid 90s, when he and his manager came to Branson to see if it would be possible for him to come to Branson and do shows. He said that they traveled around to many theaters and enjoyed many wonderful shows including seeing Andy Williams in concert at the Moon River Theatre. He said that although, since that first visit, they have performed in a number of Branson’s theatres, on that visit he said to his manager, “”Maybe one day I’ll get to do shows in that theatre.”

O’Donnell continued, “The only thing that saddens me is that that ‘one day’ will come after Andy’s life. As he nodded toward the theatre’s marquee he said, “And now my wish of the mid nineteen nineties comes true and next year my name will be somewhere out there, with all the other great entertainers, carrying on the legacy of one whose shoes we will never fill, but I hope we will do his memory proud, Andy Williams.

Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and largest seller of show and attraction tickets, said, “What great news it is that the legacy of Andy Williams and the Moon River Theatre will continue to be an important part of the Branson entertainment scene. How cool is it that Daniel O’Donnel gets to realize his wish of performing in the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre as part of continuing that legacy.”

Johnson also reminds potential Branson visitors that the Daniel O’Donnell show will not be performing at the Andy William Moon River Theatre until November of 2013 and that his 2012 performances will be in the Branson Events Center. For information or tickets for Daniel O’Donnell’s 2012 show please call the Branson Tourism through  their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.