If you are planning a trip to Branson and wondering where the most fun place to eat is, the answer is Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner attraction! After experiencing it recently during the sponsored #BloggingBranson trip I can tell you that is true. I can also tell you my best tips for Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson to make it extra memorable!
Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson
Before I share my tips for Dolly Parton’s Stampede, let me tell you a little bit about the show. This was my first time visiting a dinner attraction like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I was blown away by so many things! First, the dazzling dimensional LED wall backdrop comprised of 12.5 million lights that really brought things to life. As the story went on the scenes changed to fully immerse you in the experience.
Next, the crazy talented cast of riders that jumped through flaming hoops, balanced on horses while standing, and even danced while hanging on a cord from the ceiling. I was seriously wowed every time I turned around and then got smacked in the face with the adorableness piglets and puppies.
Canine Capers and Piglet Races are favorites in Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Not only is it beyond cute to see little piglets racing each other, but it is heart swelling to know that all of the canines are rescue dogs. They are specially trained to put on a show with a stunt dog relay including Fly-Ball racing, agility course, and high jump.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede is an entertaining show that multi-generational families will love. A unique way to create memories together while enjoying a world-class experience. An experience you can make even better with these tips!
Best Tips for Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson
#1 Arrive Early for the Horse Walk
Arriving 90 minutes early means you’ll have to time to stroll down the Horse Walk before the show. Meet the horses of Dolly Parton’s Stampede, all 32 of them, and learn their names and breeds. I’m glad we had time to do this before going inside because the horses are absolutely beautiful. My husband really found it interesting to read about each horse and what their roles are in the show.
In case you are wondering, here are some of Dolly Parton’s Stampede horses names:
Abel: An appaloosa, he was destined to be a part of the show. He stands out in a crowd, is athletic and fearless as he and his partner charge the Roman Rider through a ring of fire!
Smoke: A quarter horse at over 16 hands, he is known by the cast for his gentle and trustworthy nature.
Jesse: Another quarter horse, he never disappoints his rider and he and Billy make up the Roman team who jumps and weaves through fire.
Billy: A quarter horse and member of the Roman Team, he always finds ways to entertain himself in the barn.
Jack: This quarter horse follows the lead of a patient rider and when the lights come on his confidence shines through.
Jonah: A paint horse, he joined the show a few years ago and is the sweetest horse in the barn.
Gunner: Weighing in at over 2000lbs, this Belgian horse is a gentle giant. Gunner and his partner pull large wagons with ease.
Quill: An American Saddlebred, you will find him dancing in the spotlight during a romantic scene. Stepping high, bowing low, and stealing the hearts of the audience with tricks no other horse in the barn may ever do.
Janie: This quarter horse is the full sister of Annie and they perform as together and individually.
#2 Enjoy the Pre-Show
The family-friendly fun of Dolly Parton’s Stampede begins before the horses with a pre-show that offers everything from comedy to music. Grab your souvenir boot cup or Hurrican glass and non-alcoholic drink so you have a memento to take home and find yourself a seat in the two-level Carriage Room!
#3 Come Hungry
It might not be a bad idea to wear your nice stretchy pants to give you room for the Four Course Feast at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! You start off with an Original Creamy Vegetable Soup that you drink straight from the bowl or sop up with your hot homemade drop biscuit. Then comes the deliciously tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken, followed by buttery corn on the cob and an herb-roasted potato. We’re not done yet because out comes a slice of Hickory Smoked Barbeque Pork Loin followed by Stampede’s very own Flakey Apple Pastry Dessert. The whole time you are washing it down with unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee for a meal that will satisfy your hunger while you’re having a good time. (PS: They also have vegetarian and gluten-free options available.)
#4 Get Involved
Audience participation is contagious at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson. From pounding on the table, to stomping feet, to being part of the show itself. One side of the 35,000 sq ft arena is the North and the other side the South. Challenges are played throughout the show winning each side flags to determine which side wins. It’s all in fun with everyone coming together in the end as “Color Me America”, a Dolly Parton original that was recorded exclusively for her Stampede, plays throughout the arena.
#5 Christmas Special
Every Christmas the elves come out to play when North Pole vs South Pole have a showdown while you dine on a Yuletide feast for Dolly Parton’s Stampede Holiday Show. Santa arrives by sleigh, toys come to life, a live Nativity scene and even wise men on camels saying merry Christmas Stampede style to bring you the true meaning and spirit of Christmas like you’ve never seen before! Branson is quite the magical place during the holidays and this adds to the list of festive fun to experience.
#6 Bring Your Camera
Obviously you can see there are tons of horse photos to snap but there’s more. You’ll find photo opps throughout Dolly Stampede as well as lots of other things to snap photos of. A flower garden shaped like a butterfly, a cool collection of riding horses, and more.
Now in its 24th season. Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson isn’t just a dinner and a show, it’s a tradition you’ll look forward to each time you visit Branson. Just the other day a friend mentioned that her daughter asks to go every time they visit and that makes me even more eager to go back and take my kids along!