Silver Dollar City’s annual Star-Spangled Summer festival may be entering its final week, but that doesn’t mean there still won’t be plenty to see and do at the 1880s theme park during the “Year of Shows and Festivals,” especially since Moonlight Madness is kicking off Saturday night, and Night Water rolling at White Water.

STAR-SPANGLED SUMMER

With Star-Spangled Banner wrapping Sunday, this will be the last chance to catch the world’s youngest magician and illusionist in “Kid Magic,” starring Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn, direct from a run on “America’s Got Talent.” The new “Dance Explosion” show, where clogging joins the likes of stomp, tap and other dance disciplines, runs through Aug. 3.

One of the park’s largest new additions, the $1 million “Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure,” a Broadway-style musical created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, will run through Aug. 4.

“Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure” following a young Ozarkian boy in the 1880s who is transported into a fanciful dreamscape spanning a giant pirate ship, a lush, sprawling and “expensive” forest, a wayfarer camp and more, all while he is searching for his destiny. 

This family-focused musical inhabits the park’s 1,000-seat Opera House, which allowed the producers to pair classic theatrical tricks with modern, advanced technologies, including a massive LED screen, nearly one-thousand square feet in area. 

“Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure” takes the stage three times a day, except Mondays, through Aug. 4.

 

MOONLIGHT MADNESS

 

Even though Star-Spangled Summer wraps Sunday, Silver Dollar City is again hosting Moonlight Madness, which begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 4. During those dates, the park will be open until 10 p.m. nightly except for July 27 and Aug. 3, when closing time is midnight. 

Moonlight Madness is an annual end-of-summer celebration where guests can tackle their favorite of the more than 40 rides and attractions, such as the new $26 million Time Traveler, as well as Outlaw Run, PowderKeg and more, in the darkness of night. The park will also host nightly Street Dances on the Square featuring new emcees and performers Prince Ivan, who will lead the biggest dance favorites of all time.

In addition to all that after dark fun, each of the 16 consecutive nights of Moonlight Madness will see a Fireworks Finale following the new variety show at the Echo Hollow Amphitheater.

There will still be plenty of live entertainment throughout the park as Taylor Hughes joins the show lineup. Billed as a “clean Comedian and magician,” Hughes is a former winner of the Society of American Magicians awards for Best Illusion, Best Comedy Magic and Best Showmanship, and has been a featured performer on the CW show “Masters of Illusion.”

Hughes will perform at the Riverfront Playhouse through August 4, then join the all-new evening variety show at Echo Hollow Amphitheatre through Aug. 18.

During the last two Saturdays of Moonlight Madness finds the nighttime fun going all the way to midnight with special one-time evening performances from local favorites the Rosy Hips July 27, and ‘80s tribute band Members Only Aug. 3. Exclusive deals on admission are offered after 5 p.m.

 

NIGHT WATER AT WHITE WATER

 

Earlier this month, Branson’s largest water park, White Water, began its yearly tradition of hosting Night Water, which sees the park remain open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays now through Aug. 10.

Saturday nights during Night Water will see guests turn their attention to the skies as the park will again host a fireworks display, featuring a new choreographed finale, at 9:45 p.m.

White Water features more than “2 million gallons of fun” spread across 13 acres of water rides and slides, White Water features attractions both riveting and relaxing. Among the riveting is White Water’s most recent slide, the $1.7 million KaPau Plummet. 

This slide features a near-vertical 70-degree plunge and two-story free fall through two 240-foot dueling slides, followed by a spiraling loop. Also popular is the seven-story, six-slide Kalani Towers, with two 300-foot drop slides and four additional 312-foot slides for lane racing.

Another guest favorite is the “lazy river,” or Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay. This family attraction transports guests to the Polynesian jungles of the South Pacific, where calm waters carry them through the wild island landscape. The river also sees its share of unexpected twists and turns, fountains, misters, bubblers, geysers, a 30-foot-tall tiki water tower and more.

Other slides and rides include the Pipeline Plunge and the 500,000-gallon Surf’s Up Wave Pool, Ohana Falls and Waikiki Wave. 

White Water also has several places for children, including the immersive play area called Coconut Cove and Splashaway Cay, interactive family attractions with slides, geysers and more.

Exclusive deals on admission are offered after 5 p.m.

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