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Boarding the Titanic


Monkey and I took a trip to Branson, Missouri and checked out the Titanic Museum recently.  We really enjoyed visiting and learning so much about the ship and those aboard the Titanic!  Hey have a ‘phone’ system so that you can hear messages about various displays throughout the museum.  A really neat thing is that they have one for kids and one for adults.  I wasn’t able to hear the kids one, but the adult one was chalked full of information.

Upon entering the line to enter the ship, each guest is given a boarding pass.  Adults get other adults and children get children.  The boarding pass tells you about the passenger featured on the card, age, where they were rooming on the ship, and where they were from as well as a little note from the passenger’s  perspective telling about themselves.  On the other side, they look like actual boarding passes.  Super cute.  😀  The children’s pass, however, has a question scratch off that children can learn the answers to throughout the museum.  Towards the end of the museum, there is a Memorial Gallery where you can find out if your passenger survived or not.  I have to say, Monkey was going nuts throughout the whole thing looking for her passengers name as she was quite anxious over whether or not she survived!

One thing I have to point out are the employees.  They all treated us so well and were so very knowledgeable.  One gentleman, who looked very much like he could have been a captain on a ship, was especially helpful.  He met us at the Memorial Gallery and he was extremely knowledgeable!  There were names on the wall of all of the passengers and without being told anything but the name of the passenger, he was able to point you directly to the name as well as tell you a little about the character!  I asked him how he remembered them all and he informed me that all employees knew basic information about all the people on the boarding passes.  He then told me about how each employee took that information, found a topic they loved, and learned deeper knowledge of that subject.  His favorite was of the ship herself, and he shared with me many facts about the ship, explaining how the boiler room worked and other technical things that I hadn’t quite taken the time to understand.  I was very grateful to him for being so kind and imparting some of his wisdom to us!

There was a quote on the wall, which evades me at the moment, about how to honor those who perished on the Titanic through telling their stories.  It really stuck with me.  I hope you’ll take the time to visit one day and honor them as well.  If you can’t visit, they have an amazing page on their site where you can ‘get to know’ a new passenger every day!  For me, learning about each of them is fascinating!  If this isn’t your particular interest, stick around, I’ll be posting about other aspects of the Titanic Museum Attraction in the near future.

Originally posted 2013-06-13 00:01:39.

Silver Dollar City: Hacks, Tips, Fun!

Silver Dollar City Hacks Tips & TricksThinking of going to Silver Dollar City? It’s definitely time to go! Such a beautiful time of year in the mountains and there is something for everyone to love at their awesome park!  We’ve got some hacks, tips & trips to make your Silver Dollar City experience amazing!

We recently had the privilege of going to the annual National Crafts and Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City. I cannot possibly tell you how much I enjoyed it, but I’m going to do my best! We had the most amazing time! I’m fairly certain they quite literally have something that would interest anyone. The staff at the park are incredibly good at their jobs and super fun to talk to.
Upon entering the park, the first thing I noticed was the architecture of the buildings which are, of course, made to look like the old west. They have adorable fall displays everywhere and I was over the moon checking them all out and wishing I could re-create them at home for my décor! Absolutely gorgeous!
We spent pretty much the entire day watching the demonstrations and talking to the incredibly talented craftsmen, most of which were ‘regulars’. They were so knowledgeable and could answer every question we had about their crafts. I was in awe of the various talents. I spoke to a white smith (no, not a black smith I stated that correctly), glass blowers, a potter, sculptor, painter, sewers, basket weavers, authors, cooks, and so many other types of artisans! It was amazing!
If you aren’t into demonstrations, there is a ton of fabulous places to eat, shopping and plenty of awesome rides! There is even a train you can ride around the park! We were going to brave an 8 pound wrap but decided it was too much and got half, which I still couldn’t eat all of my half of the half! They had cast iron skillets that were huge and super impressive! They told us how they season them and take care of them every day. We loved learning tricks of their trades!

Also, I have to mention the costumes!  While I’m sure they drive some of the employees crazy (especially women), the costumes are adorable!  And I totally love that the women can wear boots with their dresses!  If only that could be a modern world style!

If you aren’t able to make it this year, definitely plan to go next year!  You won’t regret it!  Soon I’ll be going to check out the Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.  That one is a trip with my girlfriend and I seriously cannot wait!  Be sure and check back as I’ll post about it as well!

Insider Tips I Learned From Experience & Other Park Regulars

1. Purchase and print your tickets before you go, skipping the line is an awesome perk!
2. For the most minimal crowd, plan your trip in the middle of the week.
3. Ditch the purse, trust me! Get a fanny pack (I have it on good authority they are back in! Shout out to my Happy Soul for letting me in on that one!)

4. Take a refillable water bottle. You’ll want to stay hydrated, plus they have the cutest water filling stations ever!
5. Stay in Branson West, you’ll skip the traffic line entering the park and that is a huge plus!
6. Almost anything you purchase can be shipped home for you. We purchased some amazing blown glass and it arrived in perfect condition a week later at our door.
7. Fascinated with glass blowing? Springtime is the best time to go to get to see the glass blowers at their best as they can be more creative with what they design. In October, they were working on a ton of hand blown Snowmen. 8. They also did some turkeys that I went nuts over!  Remember to budget extra, once you see them make them it’s almost impossible not to get one for your home!
9. Go early, you’ll want the extra time in the park!

10. Research what shows and attractions you can’t miss on their website then plan accordingly, otherwise you will get fascinated by something and miss some of the things that were important to you.  Grab one of their papers on the way in, the app is not the best map.  Hopefully they will improve it soon, but until then, it is good for knowing what is close by.

Know any pointers I missed? Let us know in the Comments section!