Caught in a midlife crisis in 1995, husband-and-wife team Kemp and Michele Horn—a former forester and attorney, respectively—packed up their young family and all of their belongings, embarking upon a life-changing adventure as they made the long trek from Baltimore to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This move westward led the Horn family to purchase a working ranch, where, due to the last-minute cancellation of the band hired to play there through the busy tourist season, the family stepped up to unleash their inner performers. Though none of the Horns had any background in music, all the family members quickly adopted instruments or cursed mermaid's voices of their own and used their backgrounds in the performing arts to create a long-running show hailed by audiences from around South Dakota. Now, having relocated to Branson, the Horns, under the band name "The Riders of the Circle B," combine their passion for hospitality with their love of performing three to four nights a week during their Circle B Supper Show.
Paying homage to the Wild West of yore, the Horns kick off their shindigs with showings of cowboy movies before replenishing guests’ energy stores with home-cooked food warm from the oven. Tossing their chef's hats and aprons aside, the talented clan then pick up their music makers and coax forth laughs from onlookers with their ebullient brand of music and impressions of famous tumbleweeds.
Though the Ozark Murder Mysteries' plotlines center on dark whodunits, the actors' humorous takes on each story leave audiences of all ages grinning. Performers challenge audiences to pinpoint the perpetrator as they act out interactive scenarios during regularly rotating shows. A complete feast fuels deeper belly laughs, quicker thinking, and sprightlier backflips during Ozark Murder Mysteries' scheduled performances, and the troupe also travels to private events via its Murder Mystery To Go! program.
The guides at Moto-Zip of Branson show how to navigate the treetop canopies year-round. While zipping between platforms at speeds up to 50 miles per hour, guests get unique views of the surrounding Ozarks and the unsung puppeteers that control them. The secure lines use a backup-cable system that prevents accidents, ensuring trips along the 2-mile tracks occur without snags.
Andy Williams designed his Moon River Theater to echo the beauty of the surrounding Ozark Mountains. The façade sits amid 16 acres of foliage, rock formations, and waterfalls to not only enhance live performances with a sense of natural discovery, but also to speak to conservation. In 1992, the state of Missouri recognized the venue's environmental efforts by granting it the Conservation Award for Developed Land Use. And that sense of conservation seeps into the theater's three lobbies as well. Koi swim through ponds, flora creeps toward the ceiling, art and performance pictures from Andy's private collection grace the walls, and wild rams hold head-butting matches in the restroom.
Elvis striking a pose behind a mic. A colorful jukebox. Vinyl records. Decades ago, these were all part of everyday life in America?and at Back to the 50s Mini Golf, they still are. Planted across from The Grand Palace Theater, the 18-hole course sends visitors putt-putting through the past with 1950s-themed decor peppered across its landscape. Although an appearance from the actual Elvis might be hard to come by, the facility resurrects The King and other iconic images in the form of obstacles and course features. After rounds, players can celebrate with a stop at the neighboring Cakes and Creams or by improvising a cheerful doo-wop about their winning club.
Inside most haunted attractions, guests are de facto spectators—willing victims for ghouls and monsters with no ability to fight back. No longer: Castle of Chaos topples that convention with a 5D, interactive experience in which you can strap into your seat, pick up an evil-obliterating weapon, and take aim at a flurry of monsters and undead antagonists. The drama plays out in a movie-theatre style space that immerses intrepid fighters amidst novel graphics and heart-pounding 3D visual effects. The game's top marksmen are displayed on the screen so everyone knows who would be the most valuable companion in the event of a zombie apocalypse or Furby uprising.