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Branson Talk / Re: Plans for Ride the Ducks Location
« on: March 21, 2019, 06:59:46 AM »
Yep!  thats just what Branson needs... 

More games. :-\

And butt ugly too. Another Albatross on the landscape.

Reviews?:  OK..

Get'n Bast'd- BBQ/smoke food, Best in town, Hands down, None better !!

Little Hacienda om SOTH-  Dont bother, weak service, food is average at best, too $$$  !!

Casa Fuentas on STH-  DONT EVEN THINK about it!!!   LOL

Grand Country- good buffet all day long, good price.

Cheeky Monkey- on south 165- Bar and Grill, cold beer, friendly bunch of people- Excelllent puller pork sanwhich, Quesadilla is good also,  dont get the nachos..  This is a local BAR!!!  not really family friendly after 7 or 8 pm..  But daytime..!!  not problem..

Rocco's Pizza- north edge of town on 248.   Good stuff!!

Bucket List- little Bar in Branson Meadows, daily special, GOOD chicago style pizza, other bar foods..

Scooter's Bar and grill on Gretna- Dont bother, slow service, Beer too high..

Billy Gails on 265-  Breakfast is great- usually a waiting line..

Mr B's Ice Cream- old branson, just up the road from Dicks 5 & 10. Fresh ice Cream,  frito chile pie, sandwhiches, priced very fairly, nice place to stop in if your downtown shopping, or worth the specail drive..

Vaskens deli... Its ok, try it and see what you think.

McFarlans- good food, fair price, big portion, good service- just good "home cooked" food..

Been to lots of places in town... these just come to mind.,  I tried to NOT include franchise stores..

I also dont spend any time at The Landing, so anyplace down there in unknown to me.  Although I wont step in the door at Waxy-O-Sheas..  Tried it, wont go back.   LOL

Been to most of these places and I agree on most of them. Have not been to The Cheeky Monkey yet but  now I want to try it. My only disagreement is Grand Country. But I just do not do buffets. Also, Billy Gails. Tried it a couple times and both times I felt like I left a high school cafeteria. The Gravy was from a package and the Pancakes were to tough to cut with a fork. To me it is one of those places that get confused with quantity of food versus quality of food. I will give them this, they do give huge portions but it is not good.  To each his own.

Defiantly gettin Basted. I can taste that right now.

For Great Fine Dining we also like The Keeter Center at School Of The Ozarks. Only one problem is no alcohol or Wine available. Food is 5/5. Total is 3.75/5 because of no wine available with your dinner.

Reeds spring Pizza is my go to spot in the Branson Area. A little out of the way but the Pizza is incredible and they have a great rotating craft beer selection. 

Branson Talk / Re: 2018 Branson Attendance.
« on: March 18, 2019, 03:37:36 PM »
I question these numbers but maybe I am in the minority. Have not been to a Branson show in over 5 years except SOTH. Just not my cup of tea or my families either. That is why I am glad to see new attractions on the strip and in adjacent towns. ZipLines, Mountain Coasters , At 59 years old I still like go carts. Could care less about giant ferris wheels. Looking forward to trying the escape room. We also prefer a nice dinner at a local dining establishment over one that packages a pre prepared meal with a show. Branson has some hidden gems for dining.

I looked at them after this thread and everything looked correct. I was using google Chrome.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 05, 2019, 02:47:35 PM »
I know that the Lost River Rebuild  is the big news for 2020.  But there is something even bigger going on in 2020. 2020 will be the parks 60th anniversary. I am wondering if they will celebrate like the 50th or let the new ride be the star of the year ?
Maybe since it is not a milestone anniversary it may pass without much fanfare but I will bet that some serious marketing will happen to celebrate.

Branson Talk / Re: New Video: The Aquarium is Coming in 2020!
« on: February 28, 2019, 02:15:31 PM »
Nice of the city to kick in 13%  (7 million dollars) of the taxpayers monies for this project...

Never know what the city may decide to back next.... ::)

I totally agree. TIFs and tax breaks = Corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers. Branson taxes the hell out of tourists and then gives it away. But, not any different than any other tourist destination. When your hotel tax is almost 12% maybe you do not need my business anymore.

OK, Rant over.

Random Talk / Re: Winter 2018-2019, what to do?
« on: February 18, 2019, 03:38:36 PM »
Guess I am a little different than the rest. Hiking in the winter is a lot of fun. Been exploring some new trails here in Southeast Mo and Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  Doing a lot of winter running getting ready for a marathon in the spring. I can usually stand it down to about 0 degrees if i do 3 layers of clothing.
Playing in the snow on my Polaris. But, The snow just is not hanging around long enough where I live. Hoping to make a late season ski trip to Aspen in April.

I prefer Disney or Universal. They just know how to do everything almost to perfection. Totally immersive. My problem with Branson is that it is Branson :)

But, I will take a week in the mountains over all the glitter and lights any day.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:29:15 PM »
Just keep it mainly a dark ride with some coaster sections, not just another indoor roller coaster in the dark.

I agree Cowboy.
FITH is NOT an indoor roller is a DARK RIDE with coaster elements. I truly hope that when it gets rebuilt it will not be an indoor roller coaster.


I totally agree. Just to drop in another outdoor coaster and give it the  FITH name would be a injustice. Keep it a dark ride totally using modern technology.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:23:15 PM »
I am for a total tear out and rebuild. If proper preventive maintenance had been practiced it would have been possible to salvage the building but the PTB started the process when they shortened the ride years ago. My hope is that they create a awesome dark ride experience in line with Seven Dwarfs at MK. With the new technology a amazing ride experience could be created. I could care less if it has any drops. Just tell a good story. Hopefully the local history and Baldknobber theme is kept.

Branson Talk / Re: Branson in January and February
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:02:08 PM »
We'll give anybody on here our local discount at Escape Code or The Axe Game. Just visit or Have fun!

I have always wanted to do a escape room and now Axe throwing is getting big. Hopefully I can get my entire crew to Branson in the early spring to try your business out.

Random Talk / Re: Snowpocalypse 2019
« on: January 12, 2019, 12:22:48 PM »
3 to 4 inches in SEMO near Cape Girardeau. I am disappointed. Had the Polaris all gassed up and ready for some fun. Its raining it off right now.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:38:24 PM »
A quiet year for me this year. Maybe a trip to Yellowstone again in the summer. I will decide last minute depending on the thermal activity.  Then a Mule deer and antelope hunting trip to Wyoming in October.

2020 will be back to Russia.
St. Petersburg instead of Moscow this time, Czech Republic.  then Bavarian Germany again. Then it will be on to the scandinavian countries.

Norway,Finland and Sweden. Probably will hike in Switzerland again for a few days.
 I will not plan ahead but just play it by ear. Buy a Eurorail pass and play it a day at a time. When I go to Europe I have found it is better to just stay away from the tourists traps and find the hidden things that are gems.

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