New Things coming to Branson in 2018
So much to talk about and so little time. From roller coasters, to Restaurants, Branson will be your place for 2018.
1)Billy Bob’s Dairlyand is headed over to the old Great Southern Bank building on highway 76. All the great food from a fantastic location, right across from Apple tree mall.
2)The Grand Palace is set for a partial demo. So it will be exciting to see what will go in there. But plans are in the works.
3)Roller coasters, Roller coaster-the one on Highway 76 is now open. And ready to go. They’ve even stayed open in the winter. Right across the street from Price chopper, and Walmart. Worth a check.
4)Zipline on 65 North-has added a winter slide. We drove by the other day, and people were line up to tube down this thing. It looked grand. And it’s right in front of the Mark Twain National Forrest.
5)Longhorn’s steakhouse-there is a new Sheriff in town, in the steakhouse department. Located right in the old Melody Lane Inn slot, next to Baldknobbers. A must check out when you have time.
Goldwing Express signs for another year at Dixie Stampede
That’s right folks, it’s official. Goldwing Express has renewed it’s agreement with Dixie Stamped for another successful season for 2018. As 2017 was mighty, I’m sure they will have plenty surprises in store for 2018 as well. So get your tickets now, to go see them open for Dixie stampede, and you won’t be disappointed.
They do their usual stick, and have added some new layers, to the upcoming show. And don’t forget about their Texas winter tour, which I will update you on. And their cruise in February for the second time.
Great video of the Branson Landing at night
So my wife and I got a great night in at the Branson Landing last night. We got to stay on the 9th floor overlooking the landing. It was amazing, two room suite. So I took some great video of the Branson landing as the sun set and rose. Amazing stuff.
Video#2 features the sun coming up.
What the Demo at the Grand Palace could mean to Branson
I’m a big fan of Branson Grand Palace as everyone knows, and I just love the Grand Palace. That’s why I was surprised to see such a large demo permit issued for the Grand Palace. Yes she is an old building, and has had some damage. But what does a $400,000 dollar demo mean for the Grand Lady. Let’s list some of her benefits.
*She is the center of 76
*Huge history for the City
*Magnificent to look at
*Is still sustainable to host big venues
These are some of the benefits of Keeping the Grand Palace in tact. There are over 4000 seats currently in the palace, but I fear they will be removed in this demo. Please post your comments below of what you think will happen to the Grand Lady. And sign up for my email list for more Branson and Grand Palace news.
Restaurants near Silver Dollar City
There are a ton of great eats near Silver Dollar City, whether you are coming in from the High road or 76 Central. Branson West also has a host of great new Restuarants as well, that you can enjoy.
1)Best Western West Hotel-has a new spot inside the hotel right next to SDC. And is worth a try if you need something quick.
2)Shepherd of the Hills expressway has several restaurants, and is the last big turn before SDC
Taco Bell,Red Lobster,Imax Entertainment all great locations to grab a quick bite.
3)Taco Bell Branson West-a quick grab and go, a little farther down from Best Western West, and SDC but worth a look.
4)Branson West-El Lago,Taco Bell, Tequillas, and Pizza by the chef. All are quick and will help out in a pinch.
Changes at the Grand Palace, what this means.
Last week a building permit or demo permit rather, was issued for our Grand Lady. One can only speculate that the front of the Grand Palace will stay. The 4,000 seat venue, is a Branson staple, whether it is open or closed. The permit was for 400,000 dollars, and would makes sense to me, that it would be for the back of the building. I’m hoping for the best, as a lot of people are. That they keep the front of the Palace in tact. It’s good that the owners, are moving forward with some new, permanent ideas. We shall keep you posted.
Thanksgiving week Newsletter-Grand Palace,Black Friday
We love talking about the palace. A business permit came out today, to demo a portion of the palace, for 400,000. My guess is that would be for the sitting area which holds you guessed it, 4000 seats. It was the first of it’s kind Branson had ever seen when the palace was built. I’m sure they will keep the front of the palace, as it’s very dramatic, but the back will probably be expanded, and improved. I’ll update you as it comes out.
Black Friday-Target and the whole gang have a lot of specials tonight, so get out there and find those deals. Target opens at 6:00 PM I believe,leave a note down below if this isn’t correct, and all the fun begins. Starbucks will be open as well.
Which American Idol winners live in Branson, Mo
American idol has been all the rage for many years. And with the faithful words of Ryan Seacrest at the end of the final season, they will be back in a revamped version hopefully.
That being said, over the years we’ve had some contestants from our locally grown area compete as well. From Springfield, Hollister, and Branson. Here’s a list of the people I know who have lived, worked, and made it to American idol.
1)Jason Yeager-Great Contestant from Season 7 and has worked and lived in the Branson area. Several Idols have worked at the Hard Luck diner at the Grand village and have been very succesful.
2)Luke Menard-Great Acoustic guitar player as well, and has performed at Several theaters around the area. And can be seen weekly at the Woodland Hills Family Church. And has been playing at Grand Country since 2008.
3)Ellen Peterson-is another Local favorite that made it to American Idol opportunity as well. But I’m not sure what she continues to do in the area. But the picture down below does look like it was taken at the Little Opry theater at the Imax.
4)Zack Ketterback-was born in Kansas City and went to Missouri state so was basically discovered in Springfield mo
5)Matt Kester-a great Branson local from Hollister mo from the Carrie Underwood season. I remember seeing him at Pasta House before her performance at the Grand Palace. A super nice guy and also performer at Mel’s hard luck diner as well. And a great contributor to Branson, mo.
The Night Neil Mccoy stopped the show at the Grand Palace
I know what your thinking. This is another one of those when the lights went out in Georgia articles. Oh no. This is about something entirely different. In the 90’s I attended a Neil Mccoy concert at the Grand Palace. And what a show that was. Neil had a hit song at the time, and put on one heck of a show. But he had a gimmick he would use for people who didn’t show up on time and had front row seats. Well that night, two people in the front row were late. When they finally showed, the house lights popped on, and Neil had signaled the crowd to go nuts. In the middle of 4,000 people, these guests had no idea what was going on. Thank you Neil for a great night!
Why you need to eat at BillyBob Dairlyand Before…….They move to their new location. BillyBob’s have made a deal to move into the old Great Southern Bank building next to Music City Center(Which isn’t open right now 10/26/2017) so I’m hoping it gets open soon. So if you haven’t had a chance to eat at the current location, next to Grand Country, find a way to get over there. thanks