Just Keep Spinning!

May 17th, 2016

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

To say the past few months have been exciting would be an understatement.

The Branson Ferris Wheel is here!

I have never experienced such enthusiasm, such anticipation, such JOY about something new coming to Branson . . . until the past few months. There has been social media buzz, national news stories, and lots of talk around town. Visitors and locals alike are so excited about the addition of the Branson Ferris Wheel to the Ozarks skyline.

I can’t blame them. The thing about this Ferris wheel is that it has a story. And we all love a good story, right?

The new Branson Ferris Wheel is the old Navy Pier Ferris Wheel from Chicago. This, in and of itself, is pretty awesome. First of all, who knew you could move a Ferris wheel?

Second of all, so many people across the nation have fond memories of this ride in Chicago – beautiful downtown views, marriage proposals, conquering fears of heights, laughing with family, and even freezing their tails off. How fun that these people will be able to come relive those memories in a new setting! The view won’t be Lake Michigan and the skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline, but it will be the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Check out these shots from both directions:

Photo courtesy of TGC Photography

Photo courtesy of TGC Photography

Now that’s a pretty view! So I know some of you are reading this thinking, “Yes, that is a pretty view, but there is no way I am getting on that thing. It is WAY too tall.” If this is you, I am with you. The thought of going up 150 feet into the air makes me feel a little queasy. But, by golly, I’m going to conquer that fear. This is too special of an experience to pass up! Stay tuned. Within the next month or two, I will have photo proof that I did it.

Ok, so a few more things for you to know about the Branson Ferris Wheel:

1) Each gondola seats up to 6 people. I call that family-friendly!

2) The above mentioned gondolas are not yet on the wheel. Some of you keenly observant ones have already noticed this from the pictures. So, the bad news is you can’t ride the Branson Ferris Wheel yet. The good news is that those gondolas are being installed this week, which makes it one step closer to opening!

3) The opening date is not set, but it will almost certainly be “mid to late June.” So, if you’re planning your Branson trip for before then, you’ll just have to plan to come back!

We can’t wait to see you!

Spring Break Time!

March 11th, 2016

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

The trees are starting to bloom . . . it’s Spring Break time!

If you haven’t made plans for a spring getaway, come on down to Branson!

Check out my top 5 stops for major FUN this Spring Break:

1. The Track – Your one-stop spot for fun for the entire family! And for a limited time you can purchase the Spring Break Go Card to get more fun for your money. The Go Card is the best deal for your family (click here for more inf0), and the Spring Break Go Card is an even better deal than usual – $50 in FREE credits! Don’t miss it!

2. Sight & Sound’s production of Moses – My husband and I got to attend their opening night last week. Wow! The entire production was amazing. You will leave both entertained and inspired – a great combination!

3. Silver Dollar City – The park opens for Spring Breaks starting this weekend (March 12-13, 16-20, 24-26 and April 1 & 3). If you didn’t get a chance to visit Fireman’s Landing last year, this is a must-stop for families with young kids.

4. Your choice of show at Starlight Theater – The 2016 lineup at the Starlight Theater includes something for every taste – The Texas Tenors, Billy Dean LIVE, Larry’s Country Diner, Paul Harris LIVE Comedy and The Cleverlys, The Blackwood Singers, and two especially kid-friendly shows . . . Buckets N Boards Comedy Percussion Show and Reza, Edge of Illusion – NEW in 2016!

5. The Escape Branson - I have to confess that I have not done this, but it is on my list! This live escape game designed for small groups of 2-6 people. You have 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries inside a room. The goal is simple yet challenging: get out in time! Or else … you could be trapped. Try this if you dare . . . I’ve heard it is tons of fun!

Hope to see you here!

New Year, New Go Card!

January 6th, 2016

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Happy New Year!

Branson is a lot quieter this week, which is a little strange for us locals. Though some businesses close their doors for a couple of months after the busy holiday season, did you know that if the weather is mild, The Track is open on weekends all year long?

A weekend trip to Branson during the “slow season” can actually be quite pleasant, especially in the traffic department. So, if you find yourself with cabin fever and want to get away this winter, check out The Track’s operating schedule. The great thing about this schedule is that it shows which locations are scheduled to be open (Track 4 is the one this winter) AND what attractions are open right that minute.

Another great piece of news . . . the 2016 Go Card is available for purchase either online or at The Track. If you don’t know about this deal, you are missing out! The Go Card is your best value at The Track. Why? Here are my top three reasons:

1)  When you buy the Go Card, you get bonus credits . . . more for your money (especially if you buy online – 10 extra bonus credits)!

2)  The credits on your Go Card never expire . . . no risk in case you don’t make your trip as planned!

3)  Once you use your Go Card credits, you can buy HALF-PRICE credits for the rest of 2016 . . . what a deal!

This is a no-brainer, right?

Right.

We’ll see you in Branson!

Christmas is Coming!

December 9th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Whether you are ready or not . . .  Christmas is coming!

If you’re like me, you are definitely NOT finished with your shopping.

How about instead of more stuff, give the gift of experience with Track Stocking Stuffers!

Order online for $12 per stuffer - that’s up to $7 off and you get FREE standard shipping. Each stuffer is good for TWO rides/activities at any Track location in Branson (excludes Skycoaster).  The rides never expire so you can use them sooner or later. Orders must be in by December 14 (that’s in 3 days!) to be received by mail, so head on over and order yours now!

If you’re considering a trip to Branson for the Christmas season, stop right now and plan to come!

Check out this article for some of the best things to do with kids in Branson for Christmas . . . you’ll be glad you did!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Here Comes Fall, Y’all!

October 5th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Yes, it’s that time of year that I love so much . . . FALL!!

Things are a little quieter around Branson during this time of year, which makes it one of the best times to visit.  Most of the family attractions are still open with full schedules on the weekends, so there is plenty for your family to do!

Here are some of my favorite “can’t miss” things to do in Branson this fall:

1)  GO-KARTING!  Yes, I know this is not a surprise.  But, it is still a great activity to enjoy with your family!  Be sure to check out the operating schedule to see which tracks are open on the days you plan to visit.  And, check out this great special . . . the Happy Fall Y’all Card, which gets you four rides or rounds on any attraction for $26 . . . that’s up to 30% off the retail price!  This card can be used for wooden high-rise and classic go-kart tracks, bumper boats / cars, laser tag, or mini golf.

2)  FALL FOOD!  Once you taste this fall treat, you’ll understand why this is on the must-do list:

Yes, that is the Pumpkin Pie Concrete from Andy’s Frozen Custard.  You are looking at pure goodness.  Right there blended up in that yummy custard is an ENTIRE piece of pumpkin pie.  I’m not joking.  It’s worth skipping dinner and heading straight for dessert!

3)  FALL COLORS! The Ozarks has some of the most beautiful fall color in the country. Check out one of these “Best Fall Scenic Overlooks in Branson” to see the beauty at its best!

4)  SILVER DOLLAR CITY!  Really, what’s not to love about Silver Dollar City in the fall?  The weather is gorgeous, the food is delicious, the rides are fun.  Until October 31st, you can experience the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival. Be sure to check out the Wild West Show, which is back by popular demand!

Over 125 Visiting Craftsmen during Silver Dollar City

5)  SHOWS! – There is a new show in town that is fantastic . . . Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical right here in Branson. I had the pleasure of seeing it this summer, and wow, the talent is amazing! The show is inspired by the true story of the night that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins were in the same recording studio. Don’t miss it!

I hope you and yours will find time to come on down, up, or over to Branson to take advantage of all that is fall in the Ozarks!  Enjoy!

Back-to-School Getaway

August 13th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

If your kids are not back in school yet . . . take advantage of your last days of summer and head to Branson this weekend for an almost-back-to-school getaway!

If your kids are already back in school . . . make their first in-school weekend special with a trip to Branson for an already-back-to-school getaway!

The Track has made it easy to to say “yes” to these getaways.

How?

With the Back-to-School Card.

You can only buy this card online until August 16 (that’s Sunday!), so don’t wait! Each card costs $26 and is good for 4 rides / attractions including high-rise & classic go-kart tracks, bumper boats/cars, laser tag, or mini golf. Big fun!

Here’s some other great news . . . even if you can’t make it to Branson this weekend, you can stock up on the Back-to-School Cards and use them at a later date. Now, that’s a deal!

It’s That Time!

July 31st, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

It’s that time of year.

These past couple of weeks I have been bombarded with the reality that school is just around the corner . . . registration days, practice calendars, school supply lists!

Every year about this time I wonder if we’ve taken advantage of summer break like we had planned to. And every year about this time, I decide we need one last hurrah!

What about you? How about making your one last hurrah a trip to Branson?!

A trip to Branson before school starts is both functional and fun.

First, the functional. Branson has great shopping for all your back-to-school-needs (I’ll meet you there; my kids have about outgrown all of their clothes over the summer . . . when does this stop?!). While you’re shopping for your family, consider buying an extra pair of shoes for a child in need. You can drop them off at the any of the following stores at The Branson Landing: Belk, Finish Line, Bass Pro Shops, Payless Shoes, Famous Footwear, or Tradehome.

Now, here is where the fun comes in. For each pair of shoes you donate, you will receive 2 Test Driver Cards for The Track and a coupon for 1 free sundae from Andy’s Frozen Custard. Each Test Driver Card is good for one free ride or attraction at The Track, which includes high-rise and classic go-karts, bumper boats/cars, mini golf, laser tag, kids rides, and the NEW Route 76 Glow Golf and Wild Woody Mining Company.

It’s a win-win!

Drop off those shoes, then head on over to Track 4 for some fun . . . and some Andy’s Frozen Custard. You won’t be disappointed!

Now, here’s an idea for a great way to end your summer with a bang . . . walk back over to Track 4 and take a ride on the Skycoaster!

Now, that’s a great way to have an unforgettable last hurrah!

Escape the Heat!

July 17th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

After several weeks of cooler temperatures and rainy days, summer weather has officially arrived!

Frankly, it is just HOT!

Here are a few tips to escape from the heat and make the most of your vacation:

1)  When you visit The Track during the heat of the day, start by riding the bumper boats. Why? Well, the bumper boats are descriptively named “SuperSoaker” boats for a reason.  Each is equipped with a water cannon that is guaranteed to soak your fellow boaters. You will get wet! After you finish, head on over to your go-kart track of choice. When you start whizzing around the track, you are sure to cool off . . . wet clothes + breeze = built-in air conditioning!

2) When you’re all dried out, head inside to experience The Track’s indoor attractions. All locations have great arcades, but Track 5 has a few special indoor attractions. This location is where you can play Laser Tag, which is especially fun if you can get your whole family to play! New this year is the Laser Maze Challenge. Also new this year is Route 76 Glow Golf. This is an indoor, 9-hole, black-light mini-golf course that is truly a work of art (and fun to play!).  One of The Track’s very talented employees designed and painted the murals that surround the course. You have to see it!  The pictures don’t do it justice!

3) When you’re done playing at The Track, you might want to stay cool by going to one of these high-energy, family-friendly shows.  Each of these shows is unique, and each has captivated people of all ages in my family:

Prince Ivan (check out their Facebook page here) is a new show this year playing at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. We attended their CD release concert a few weeks ago and were so impressed with their music and the show production. Check it out!

Bucket N Boards is crazy, but oh so much fun!  The guys are so creative, silly, and entertaining.  You will laugh!

The Haygoods are one talented family. You will enjoy their energy, talent, and great mix of music . . . everyone in your family will hear something they enjoy!

I hope these suggestions help you escape the heat and make the most of your time in Branson . . . enjoy!

Your Track Questions . . . Answered!

July 10th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

When planning a visit to The Track, it’s normal to have questions.

As it turns out, most people have the same questions! So, I thought I would take some time here to answer the most common questions our guests have.

Are you ready?

Here we go . . .

The questions most people want to know . . .

1.  How many credits does it take per ride? Well, different rides take different numbers of credits.  And, there is quite a range.  And while there is not a simple way to answer this question, there is a simple way for you to find the answer to this question.  If you click on the “Map & Info” tab on the Track homepage, you can find a per facility listing of how many credit each activity takes.  All you have to do is scroll your mouse over each of the Track locations on the map, and you will be able to view that location’s list.  Check it out!

2.  How long does each ride last? Well, it depends on which attraction you are talking about.  If you’re talking about go-karts, bumper boats, or bumper cars, then your answer is . . . about 5 minutes.  If you’re talking about mini golf . . . it depends on how slow the group in front of you is!  If you’re talking about the Skycoaster at Track 4 . . . it depends on how scared you are to pull that rip cord!

3.  Is there a weight limit on the rides? Yes and no.  There is no weight limit on go-karts; however, the seat belt does have to be able to be buckled safely.  The Track does not have seat belt extenders since they are not approved for use by the manufacturer.  The weight limit for bumper boats is 275 pounds.

4.  Explain the Go-Card. A Go-Card comes pre-loaded with 160 credits (170 if you buy it online!) for the price of 130 credits. You only need one card per group. Are you ready for the best part? When you use up all those credits, you can purchase additional credits for half-price! Your half-price buying power is good until December 31, 2015, so you can use it now and on another trip to Branson later in the year (if you haven’t visited in the fall or for Christmas, you are missing out!). Bottom line . . . it’s the best deal, and you should definitely consider getting it!

5.  How long will 170 credits last? 170 credits, of course, if the number you will have when you buy the Go-Card online.  This is a tough question to answer because it’s different for every family.  It depends on which rides you are interested in, how many times you want to rides those, etc.  My best advice is to take a look at how many credits each ride takes (remember, you can click on the link in question #1 to find this info), decide which ones you definitely want to do, add up the credits, and see how far those credits will go for your family.  If you come up short, don’t forget that you can reload your Go-Card with HALF-PRICE credits until December 31, 2015!

And there you have it. I hope that helps!

Happy Fourth!

June 26th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Besides celebrating the birth of our great nation, the Fourth of July is a great excuse for a great deal at The Track . . .

Presenting the Firecracker 4-Ride Card!

This is an ONLINE special that you can purchase until July 9. The cards can be used anytime – no expiration date! Each card has 4 rides / attractions for $26 – up to 30% off!

So, if you’re coming to Branson soon, or even if you’re thinking about coming to Branson soon, this is a great deal for you!

Now, I know a lot of you are planning to come this way for the Fourth of July. Want fireworks? You’re in luck! There are multiple fireworks shows in the area starting this Sunday, June 28 at College of the Ozarks’ Honor America celebration. Click here for more details on this and all of the spectacular celebrations taking place this week!

Enjoy!