Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede: Fun For All!
In our travels we have done quite a few dinner shows: Medieval Times twice, one in Schaumburg,, IL and the other in Orlando, Fla. We’ve also attended Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, CA. The boys have enjoyed everyone and admittedly they are quite entertaining. And, as of right now we’re 3-0, meaning our teams have never lost and we’re hoping to continue our streak. If you’ve been to a dinner show you know what I am talking about. Here we to. We arrive at Dixie Stampede and after getting our tickets we make our way to our seats. This his place is huge, like gargantuan, like humongous. But in short order we seated and the lights go dim and the show begins. At first it’s total darkness which only adds to the thrill and excitement factor.
An announcer with a golden voice, the plot thickens, plus rings of fire!
Right away I like the announcer, he has one of those smooth voices that would do great in radio. He’s cheerful, witty and amicable. You know, the kind of person that could probably sell you almost anything. Okay, here’s the setup. The show is loosely based upon a post Civil War theme and the stadium is divided into two parts. The North and The South. We’re on the North Side (good call).
So, this is for all intent and purposes a rivalry against the Yankees of the North and the prideful Confederates of the South. But the show is all about having fun though, so don’t get your knickers in a bunch. If you’re looking for historical facts and figures, it ain’t that kind of party. This is a lighthearted take on a familiar theme and it is thoroughly enjoyable to watch as each act unfolds and is performed with well-practiced perfection.
And if you have been to these type of dinner shows before you know the drill. But this show is beyond thrilling because of the horses. There’s a lot of horse-flesh and it’s kind of cool I must admit. I mean, who doesn’t like horses? So if you’re a horse lover this will definitely put a smile on your mug. Buffalo, long-horn steer, chickens, pigs and handful of white doves also make appearances throughout the show. There is also a ton of great riders and show performers decked out in their Southern gray and Northern blue colors. One of my favorite parts of the show was the rings of fire and the horses and riders who jump through the burning hoops. I will say this, they definitely use real 100% natural organic fire. We were seated in the top row and we could still feel the heat on our surprised faces all the way from the licking flames down below. Very intense.
But the unsung heroes have got to be the food servers
These efficient young men and women have it down to a science. Go servers!Our server was a young lady named Nicole and she was awesome. And remember to tip these folks well because they so deserve it. And the food? I got to say Dixie Stampede serves up some pretty good vittles. But you’ll have to eat it with your hands. I think it is a part of the Civil War experience. Not sure. But seriously, dinner shows generally are more about the show and less attention is given to the food. But here the show and the dinner are on equal footing, the shows a hoot and the food is delicious.
You’ll also laugh out loud
Not at the food, but at the comedic elements, bet you bottom dollar on that. You’ll meet the cowboy funny man known as Skeeter and he nearly steals the show with his affable charm, general goofiness and one upmanship of the show’s announcer. And you know what? Skeeter also does magic! This is an enjoyable show from the second it begins. There are animals, various contests and feats of daring, serenading Southern Belles of the Ball, a buffalo stampede and lots of crowd interaction. It is a great show and you really don’t want to miss it. I highly recommend families seating in on this one. Talk about making some good clean, fun and just plain old fashioned and wholesome memories. Yep, we’ll take seconds and thirds on this kind of family entertainment .
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