Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

All's Steady on Titanic in Branson

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

All's Steady on Titanic in Branson

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Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on.

Now that the obligatory Celine Dion song My Heart Will Go On is out of the way, think big boat, big iceberg, bad result.

Titanic has been immortalized through books, songs and of course movies, and now at the Titanic Branson in Branson, Mo., which is the world's largest museum attraction.

The meandering drive down Highway 76 changed aesthetically two years ago when a 100-foot-tall replica of the Titanic began to rise into the Ozark skies.

Since its opening in 2006, the attraction has welcomed more than 1 million guests.

There's plenty cornball about Branson, but the addition of the Titanic Branson and other attractions such as the Branson Landing area on the shore of Lake Taneycomo have given Branson a new feel, a new look.

Some of the usual shows and performances such as Dixie Stampede, the Baldknobbers, the Presleys, Andy Williams, Jim Stafford and Yakov Smirnov continue to occupy theaters, and Silver Dollar City is as popular as ever out west of town. But this is not your parents' Branson.

In past decades, generations of old-time visitors have died off. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are the visitors today, and Branson has attempted to update some of its attractions for all.

Titanic Branson has more than 400 artifacts about the Titanic, some are real and some are replicas.

The museum offers a 90-minute audio tour if you don't want to tour it yourself.

A family of four can tour the museum for about $50.

Branson's Titanic, sitting there with iceberg and all, is about half-scale in size. The Titanic was 883 feet long, and the museum is about 450 feet long.

The museum is owned by John Joslyn and Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, a pair of former television producers. Kellogg-Joslyn worked 20 years as executive vice president of Walt Disney Television during the time of top executive Michael Eisner.

Kellogg-Joslyn said the museum took about 14 months to build. …

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