Vacationing in Branson, Missouri soon? If so, you probably have plans to see Dolly Parton’s Stampede. The interactive dinner attraction is a mainstay of the Branson show scene. It features a full-scale arena spectacular with a talented cast of performers, costumed servers, singing and dancing, trick riding with an impressive stable of 32 horses. To make your Stampede Branson experience the best, here are few things you should know before you go to the show.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Branson Tips
Tip #1 Arrive early for the pre-show. It starts 50 minutes before showtime.
Tip #2 The best seats for the pre-show are found upstairs. Seating is limited, but the best vantage point for viewing the performers is located here. Plus, you have easy access to the main arena upstairs. (Please note – seating is not reserved for the pre-show but is for the main show.)
Tip #3 Snacks and drinks can be bought during the pre-show but be sure to save room for the main meal served during the show. It is plenty – believe me!
Tip #4 You can use your camera before the show for pictures with Dolly’s southern belles or on the horsewalk. However, taking photos during the show is strictly forbidden. As a result, be sure to put your cameras and phones away at showtime.
Tip #5 Purchase Stampede tickets in advance to get the best possible seats. Many times, you can also get a better deal by booking online.
Tip #6 Bring cash. Gratuity isn’t included in the ticket price, and Dolly Parton’s Stampede servers work hard to take care of you. Plus, you may want to buy the souvenir photo which is typically cash only.
Tip #7: Be prepared to eat with your hands as Stampede does not provide utensils. However, don’t fret – wet wipes are provided!
Tip #8 Don’t plan on having an alcoholic drink. The Stampede Branson location does not serve alcohol of any kind, so plan on having a strictly Pepsi night.
Tip #9 The best souvenir to buy in the gift shop is the creamy vegetable soup mix. For $7.99, you can make this delicious soup in your very own home. And trust me, it’s worth every penny. Want to make the Dolly Parton’s Stampede soup from scratch. Find the delicious recipe here.
Tip #10 Leave the fancy duds at home. The Stampede is an interactive show. You’ll be cheering and stomping on your side, and may even participate is an arena competition. Wear something casual so you’re comfortable for the festivities.
Tip #11 Buy a Stampede flag if you brought kids. It’s only $2 and kids get a kick out of waving them in the air as they cheer on their side.
Tip #12 If you’re not in a rush to leave, stay after the show to meet the riders and horse and get your Stampede flag autographed. You’ll also avoid the parking lot chaos.
Tip #13 Strollers are not allowed in the Main Arena, so plan accordingly.
Tip #14 Tickets aren’t required for children 3 and under, but they will have to sit on your lap. I highly recommend purchasing a ticket for them to make your experience more enjoyable.
Tip #15 Can’t finish the entire meal? The servers provide doggie bags at the end of the show so you can take your leftovers with you. This is especially helpful when dining with kids, as the portions are entirely too large for them to finish.
Ready, Set, Stampede!
Put these Dolly Parton’s Stampede Branson tips to the test on your next Branson vacation. Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments!
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.