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Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« Last post by Okiebenz on Today at 09:52:05 AM »
We went to Center Stage last year and the service was pretty slow even though the place was empty. Steak was not cooked correctly and the singer up there sounded like a cow dying in a pasture.  I hate to be mean but that is the facts.  That said we would probably try them again, maybe. 
Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« Last post by Pudgy Jones on Today at 09:06:04 AM »
I absolutely cannot believe someone put branson center stage as their favorite. Ugh. Horrible service and rank establishment.

Ha ha! Agreed. I went to Center Stage this week because I read on here that it was good. The food was average, but the entertainment and sound system was awful. We won't be going back there. Terrible atmosphere.

We also went to the new restaurant at the Shepherd of the Hills and enjoyed it. The food was good, and it is a nice atmosphere. We will go back.

We went to Wonder Works, and I felt like I was in a Covid factory. No face masks on anyone, and every exhibit was hands-on.

We enjoyed the new BBQ joint at SDC. I didn't find the prices unreasonable, and the food was good. The cinnamon bread is good as usual, but the new shop feels like it was decorated by HGTV. I would describe the interior as "Ozark Chic". It just feels sterile. In the future, we will enjoy our cinnamon bread in the dining area next to MRF.
Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« Last post by KBCraig on Today at 12:32:59 AM »
When it comes to on-park prices, you're not just paying for the food. You're paying for not having to leave the park and have a two hour round trip to eat somewhere else.

I get that.

Meat prices have soared this year. Import restrictions, the 'Rona, panic buying... it's all part of it. Regardless, meat prices for restaurants are higher. Customers will pay that price.
Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« Last post by mg on July 12, 2020, 11:10:57 PM »
We rode MRF again today and it really is a fun ride. As other reports have said, it is much rougher than Lost River, but my family all agreed that we like it. The first time I rode it with my son I got a little wet and he hardly got a drop. Today, he got under the trough and I got drenched from water coming in the entrance/exit opening in the raft on a few rapids. We also wen't down the drop sideways and got wet with it coming in the opening there too. When my wife and son rode it again they got a little wet, but not soaked. All around a fun ride, but I look forward to riding it with a full raft.

If you have little ones, they do offer parent/child swap. The way it worked today;
All 4 of us waited in line together and then when it was our turn we let the ride attendant know that we wanted to swap.
They had my wife and little one cross through the raft to the exit and my son and I rode the ride.
Then, when we returned back to the station, my son and I exited the raft and a different family got in and rode the ride.
When that same raft got back to the station again, my wife and son got in from the exit side and rode the ride.
Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« Last post by woodgrain on July 12, 2020, 08:49:04 PM »
Rode MRF today. Line wasnít very long but it took a while due to them not mixing parties in boats. They basically sat one family/party to a boat, even if you were by yourself. I really liked the theming and didnít think the colors looked too harsh at all. The track system for moving the boats is pretty cool. Thereís an area toward the end of the station that appears to be a track on a sliding rail (think Powderkeg, in a way) to allow for loading a boat for trailblazer pass holders and then putting the boat back on the course without interrupting the flow of boats coming from the normal line. Iím totally guessing at that but thatís where it appears the trailblazer line led to. The water is super clean and was bordering on lukewarm, today. As others have said, the boat moves at a faster pace than LR. The hairpin turn is fast and the boat spun for a while around the turn. When you hit the sidewall, you definitely notice it. Itís quite a jolt and it really throws you around. I made the mistake of trying to look around at everything instead of keeping my head firmly against the seat back. Turns out thatís pretty important. Talked to the family in front of me after the ride and they thought the same but they still enjoyed it. The lift was great. Brings you up above the firemanís landing tower and about level with the top of the Swing. Nice view. I enjoyed the water slide around to the drop and the drop itself. Fun but not enough of a drop to make your stomach flutter or anything. Kid/family friendly for sure. Didnít get super wet but I was by myself so not a lot of weight in the boat. Overall I had a good time. Itís a great looking ride with some nice innovation and new technology. Love how it is integrated with the smokehouse.
Branson Talk / Re: Ozark Valley Inn - 2020 - 417-336-4666 !!!!!
« Last post by sanddunerider on July 12, 2020, 01:03:01 PM »
Total paid at OVI was 52.69. We paid more at HOF even though DH called directly and asked for the discount when he made the reservation.

Thats a good rate, glad you were able to get it...

If there is ever a question about HOF, talk to Michele at All Access..   It is way easier to have her make the reservations and put in proper rate..

AS always, IF there is ever a question, i can be contacted through PM here, and I will call or contact Michele and find out where the "miscommunication" is..
Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« Last post by Swoosh on July 12, 2020, 12:20:20 PM »
I just checked my receipts.  It was $19.25 for 2 meats 2 sides AND a refill.

I sure did remember 19.99 or 20.00 but maybe I am mistaken  Did you get a discount?  You prepaid for a refill?
Maybe it is 20.00 for lunch or dinner with a drink.  For my pocketbook  thats a steep price for what you are getting.  Value is a personal perception.  What may seem steep to me may be just right to you.  It will all flush itself out in the end.  I still think eating a late breakfast is the best value in the park.

Other than the normal season pass discount on food, no.  The 2 meat + 2 sides + 1 regular mug refill (at current price) is $19.25 for a season passholder.  This is right on par with almost every park Iíve been to this year and still bellow Universal and Disney for similar items. 
Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« Last post by Preachin_Bill on July 12, 2020, 12:05:33 PM »
Iíd also agree some places in Branson strip have seen better days.
Branson just has a surplus of hotels, they have for years. Now you add all the new condos and homeaway, airbnb, etc. and the market for places to stay is oversaturated. I never understood staying on the strip myself with a lake so close by and I think more people are doing that now along with less visitors, but I usually stay in a hotel one night over christmas before moving out to a condo for a few more nights.

Quality went way downhill on a few hotels, too. Theres a few hotels I miss that deserved to stay and more than a few that should have gone bye bye.

Some of the eyesores in branson are so easy to fix. Parking lots full of cracks and weeds at active theaters. Heck give me five bucks and Iíll go spray those weeds for ya and pull stuff and be done quick. Take some pride in where you perform!
 Also it doesnt take much to pour asphalt over the lot.

Theres good too so it isnt like its all bad.
Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« Last post by Preachin_Bill on July 12, 2020, 11:58:39 AM »
Dannas is good. Really good. I do wish they had some wait staff walking around asking if youíd like another beer though. Their process is fast and efficient but not conductive for 2-3 beers. Only go to branson west location.

Gettin basted was good when I tried it but itís not like it took my breath away. Iíd go back.

Havent tried Big Ds.

Pickin porch grill is somewhere Iíd like to get back to soon.

I absolutely cannot believe someone put branson center stage as their favorite. Ugh. Horrible service and rank establishment.

As far as SDC, their prices on actual meals are really reasonable, especially considering you can get icewater free. In a theme park their prices are pretty good. I too believe quality at times lacks, it seems itís hit or miss. One sad thing is the wagon works grill. Maybe its just bad luck, but the last three times Iíve been there the burgers and fries have been blah. They used to have delicious burgers hot off the grill. Didnít have a bad meal there for 20 years and then BAM the last three times have been burnt and blah.

I wonít do cinnamon bread again because of the new place and price. Treats will be at eva and delilahs or hannahs ice cream.
Branson Talk / Re: Ozark Valley Inn - 2020 - 417-336-4666 !!!!!
« Last post by biscuitcreek on July 12, 2020, 10:40:07 AM »
Total paid at OVI was 52.69. We paid more at HOF even though DH called directly and asked for the discount when he made the reservation.
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