The last couple days of our “Big Fun . . . Branson Style” were pretty packed.
The gang wanted to see another show, so after creating a chart (yes, we really did) of various possibilities and show times, we decided to see The New Shanghai Circus. We had not seen this show in a few years, but had really enjoyed it when we did, so we decided to give it another try.
Wow. I was completely worn out (in a good way!) after watching the show. I am what you might call a “high strung” spectator when it comes to watching people do potentially dangerous things. Yes, I am the one covering my eyes or loudly whispering (or shouting out), “Oh my gosh!” or gasping every time someone flies through the air or balances on something that is not sturdy or . . .
Yeah, it pretty much annoys my children. I think it’s empathetic . . . even endearing. I do realize that I might be alone in my perception of my behavior during these types of shows, but I’m stickin’ to it! But enough about me . . .
The acrobats in this show truly do some amazing things! It’s definitely worth seeing. Afterwards, you can even get your picture made with the performers:
After the show, we made our way over to Track 5. As soon as we got out of the car, the kids went immediately over to G-Force. This ride is right off the parking lot, but kind of by itself, so be sure you don’t miss it when visiting this location. If you purchase a Go-Card, you will receive a FREE ride on G-Force . . . you should definitely check it out! Basically, this is a 300 mph drag-race simulator. Up to nine people can ride at once and each person has a “gas pedal” that you step on at the start of the “race.” Your reaction times are recorded and put up on a screen at the end of the ride so you can see who in your family has the fastest lead foot!
After riding this a couple of times, the kids wanted to ride The LumberJack. This is the first summer that all three of the kids are tall enough to drive the wooden tracks, so this was a big moment. The parents went up to the observation deck, which give you a great view of the pit area as well as both spirals of the ride. Here they are all ready to go:
The next day, the guys took the kids to the Hollywood Entertainment Center. My sister-in-law and I expected them to be gone for an hour or two, but they were gone all afternoon! They did it all. They did the Hollywood Wax Museum:
All in all they had a great day! Before bed that night, we decided we really wanted to go out for a big breakfast in the morning. The top breakfast place on our list is Billy Gail’s. This is the kind of place that has great character, friendly employees, and pancakes so big they hang off of the plate! It is located on Highway 265 by the Wilderness Cabins. If you are staying on the strip, you can expect about a 10 minute drive over there. You can also expect big crowds, but the food is worth it. Know this though . . . they don’t take credit cards so remember your cash!
We were sufficiently stuffed after Billy Gail’s, and our time with our family from Texas was quickly coming to a close. Of course, we didn’t get to do and see everything on our list (I’m feeling your pain, right?), but we sure had some “Big Fun . . . Branson Style!” I can’t wait for their next visit!