BREAKING NEWS! (January 7, 2008)
As of today Dixie Stampede has ceased its operations in Orlando. Sources say that employees were informed of the closing as they showed up for work. The property has been sold to a as yet unnamed developer. Employees will recieve two months of severance pay and and some will be allowed to transfer to other Dixie Stampede locations. Customers who have tickets to upcoming performances will be notified as how to recieve their refunds. Keep checking back for further information on this terrible loss as it becomes available.
UPDATE! (January 8, 2008)
Well, what we had expected is true. The name of the new owners of the Dixie Stampede property has been released and it's Chelsea Property Group, a division of Simon Property Group and owners of the Orlando Premium Outlets complex. As of now, all the plans for the 13-acre property, that is located across the street from shopping outlets, but it will no doubt include a new expansion for the outlet.
Some good news has been released though. Dixie Stampede owners have announced that they are hoping to open elsewhere in the Orlando area although a new location has not been found yet.
The Dixie Stampede is a fast action dinner and show that has gotten more and more popular at all of their four locations. Dolly Parton, founder of Dixie Stampede, has brought this great attraction to Central Florida. This $28 million facility built on 13 acres just off of International Drive was in the works for over two years and employs approximately 250 people.
Not only is the human cast exceptional but who can resist the pounding hooves of the 32 horses, live buffalo and ostrich races. Make sure to arrive early to get to see the horses in their outdoor stable area then enjoy the Opening Act in the Carriage Room, which begins an hour before the main show. Don't fill up on the popcorn and peanuts though. Once inside the Main Room guests are served up a tasty four-course meal.
Dixie Stampede is celebrating it's first anniversary in Orlando in a big way. It's making some wonderful changes to an already spectacular show that we believe will make it even more exciting than before. They've made changes to the show that will add more action to an already fast paced show. They've also changed the menu to include Beer and Wine as part of their main show menu and are now also offering bottled beer and a selection of wine for purchase during the pre-show in the Carriage Room. Along with these changes comes a rate change. The cost is now $46.99 (per adult plus tax) and $19.99 (per child 3-11 plus tax). Even with the rate change Dixie Stampede continues to be one of the best entertainment values in Central Florida. We have always recommend this spectacular show and will continue to do so.
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Dixie Stampede has held over the Christmas Show through January 24th. It's nice to know that this fantastic show was so well received by Central Floridians and visitors. Hopefully this will give more of you an opportunity to see one of the best Christmas shows in Orlando.
The Dixie Stampede is a fast action dinner and show that has gotten more and more popular in Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge, TN; and Myrtle Beach, SC. Now Dolly Parton, founder of Dixie Stampede, has brought this great attraction to Central Florida. This $28 million facility built on 13 acres just off of International Drive was in the works for over two years and employs approximately 250 people. It was great seeing Dolly Parton herself at the Press preview on June 18th.
REVIEW (November 22, 2003)
This evening we got the opportunity to see the Dixie Stampede Christmas Show and if you want to get into the Christmas spirit this is the place to go. We had seen the regular show a couple of times already but the Christmas show even tops it. Before the show Greg Anderson "The Electric Cowboy" and his trusty horse Starstruck came out and sang Christmas songs (NOTE: Only the cowboy sang. The horse is talented but that would be a bit too much.) as they wandered through the crowd. There is more to the pre-show than just the singing but I don't want to give away all the fun. After the pre-show you enter the main dining hall and as they open the door you can feel the chilly air of winter hit you. The commercials for this show DO NOT do it justice. The whole show is just spectacular and sooooo much fun. The food was excellent as usual and the service is some of the best I've had in town. Everybody is so courteous, polite, and really seem to be enjoying what they do. Dixie Stampede definitely has that down-home feeling and when they say it is "The Most Fun Place To Eat in Orlando" they aren't kidding.
Just a little note here. We had with us a 15 year old boy and if you have ever tried to drag a teenager to a show like this you know what a task this is but after a lot of arguing and bribing he agreed to go. Although he wasn't too thrilled to be there he actually had a good time and was very impressed with the place. His exact comments were "It wasn't as bad as I expected" (which for a teenager means he liked it), "The food was pretty good" (he ate his meal, part of mine, and part of my girlfriends), and "The comedy guy was kind of funny" (he laughed at everything the guy did). He did say, in the privacy of his home away from others who may not think it too cool, that he had a really good time.
Once again Dixie Stampede has raised the bar for Dinner Shows and Christmas festivities in Orlando. I just hope that everyone that works for Dixie Stampede understands what a spectacular company they work for. Apart from show and dinner I have found that the organization is well ran. They always seem to go out of their way to please the guests and make sure that their experience is a pleasant one. Whether it be on the phone with reservations, picking up your tickets, or speaking with one of the servers it's nice to be assisted by someone with a smile on their face and a laugh in their voice.
We got the opportunity to go to a special Press Preview of the new Dixie Stampede and were totally amazed. The day started with a Press Conference with Dolly Parton. She was very down-to-Earth, sweet, and extremely witty. She also looked spectacular as usual! Afterwards Greg Anderson, Australias Electric Cowboy, and his Quarter Horse Stallion Starbuck entertained with songs, stories, and a whip exhibition for the pre-show. We were then led into the arena for the main show and let me tell you this show was phenomenal. From the beginning, with a stampede of 8 American buffalo, to the finale, which included Dolly Parton singing Color Me America, this show was great. The show includes stunt riders, singing, dancing, ostrich and pig racing, lots of comedy, and more. They even got some audience members into the show for some very entertaining competitions. During the show guests were given a fabulous four course meal, which you eat with your fingers (NO silverware here!), including a creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork, herb-basted potato wedges, hot buttered corn on the cob, Dixies very own specialty dessert (which was a very tasty apple turnover), and all the coffee, tea, and Pepsi that you could drink. The food was surprisingly good and there was so much of it that there were a lot of people leaving with doggie bags. I would definitely suggest paying the $43.99 to see this show. This is a great addition to Central Florida.