Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Branson, MO

 

Hue and Cry

Traveling is about enjoying new experiences; trying new food, seeing different sights, and immersing our family in local cultures and adventures. Choosing a hotel, however, can cause indecisiveness between the regular franchises or being brave and picking privately owned hotels.

 

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center in Branson, MO is a privately owned hotel option that will transport you back in time to the ‘castle era’ of the 9th and 10th centuries along with all the comfort and convenience of 2016.

Medieval elegance with luxurious modern amenities

Throw Down the Gauntlet

Stroll down the indoor corridors within the castle walls where you will be safely tucked into your medieval suite. Relax in the jacuzzi with soothing water pouring from a rock or nestle into the beautiful Ozark scenery with a waterfall, gazebo, and indoor and outdoor sitting areas while savoring the free hot breakfast buffet.

 

Outside, the castle moat is full of bass fish caught in Table Rock Lake and relocated to the premises. Walk on the beautiful path of Ozarks rock and landscaping features for amazing photo opportunities.

Savor breathtaking views of the majestic Ozarks

You are sure to find a captivating room to fit your style in one of the 36 themed suites.  There are Branson scape themes such as ‘Titanic’, ‘Dixie Stampede’, or a more classical experience in the ‘Presidential’ suite. None of the suites have the same theme so book early to secure your favorite!

 

By Hook or by Crook

Several areas located around the castle make you feel at home with a comfortable atmosphere such as the large living area with a fireplace and the library which are available 24 hours a day.

 

Seven rooms with over 10k square feet of conference space are available to rent for weddings, crafting, family/military reunions, etc. The conference center can accommodate all your knights in shining armor!

Expert staff will exceed your every expectation when you plan your event at Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Stone Castle houses all of your modern travel desires; free hot breakfast buffet, two heated pools and hot tubs, indoor corridors, elevators, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators in every room, pillow top mattresses, and even a vintage arcade game room. Various room rates welcome every budget, whether you are seeking a royal experience or an inexpensive place to lay your head.

 

A Nest Egg

There are over 40k hotel rooms in the Branson area and Stone Castle is a true Branson gem. It is conveniently located on Green Mountain Drive where you will have the best access to any interests on the Hwy 76 Strip.

Conveniently located on Green Mountain Drive, Stone Castle puts you right in the middle of Branson’s best attractions!

‘Your home is your castle’ and when visiting Branson, you will want to make Stone Castle Resort and Conference Center your home and favorite Branson family tradition. Their utmost personal attention and Ozark Mountain hospitality will bring you back with and for generations!

Branson, MO is a first-rate student performing group destination and The Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center is perfect for student groups! Team Kaleidoscope Adventures has a fabulous working relationship with the entire Branson community and understand the best venues and accommodations to fit the needs of your students.  Let us plan a remarkable trip to Ozark Mountain Country for your group! Call 1-800-774-7337.

 

“If you can think of it, Stone Castle can do it!” Jay Wilson, General Manager, Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

 

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest in the country and held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This remarkable parade began in 1920 and was produced by Gimbel Brothers’ Department Store to signify the arrival of Santa Clause. The parade is currently produced by 6abc and sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts.

Shake off the turkey and jump into the holiday spirit with the legendary and always exhilarating Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Can Your Students Perform?

Absolutely!! Three performance categories are offered: choir students, tap dance students, and marching bands.

 

Mass Youth Choir

Elementary, middle school, and high school choirs may apply for the incredible opportunity to participate in the mass youth choir that performs for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade musical production. Approximately 1k singers stand in special formation and perform on the steps of the Museum of Art. The entire cast of about 2k performers also sing in the grand finale telecast.

Join your voices with more than a thousand others on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

All Star Tap Team

Tappers of all ages can apply to be part of the All Star Tap Team with more than 600 tap dancers from across the nation! The team performs a fantastic parade telecast presentation and also participates in the parade opening and grand finale.

Keep the beat with a spirited performance by the All Star Tap Team

 

Marching Bands

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is considered to be one of the most band-friendly parades in the country! The parade has 19 spots each year for high school, university, and specialty marching bands. Each band must have 90 or more members and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Bands march down Benjamin Franklin Parkway along with spectacular floats and gigantic balloons to delight families and the viewing audience. Many local performers and recording artists ride on the floats.

The perfect venue to showcase your band’s extraordinary skills

Televised

The televised section of the parade occurs near the end of the 1.4 mile route, directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The parade is free except for the grandstand seats which are reserved for sponsors and VIP’s. It is syndicated to stations in markets east of the Mississippi and can also be viewed on a live webcast on 6abc out of Philadelphia.

Grab your 15 minutes of fame during this nationally televised tradition of excellence

Future Parade Dates

Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Thursday, 24 November, 2018

 

 

Educational Sites

Student travel groups love the ‘City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection’. Experience sites of great historical significance in the city where our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia is the home of Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rittenhouse Square, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Step off the parade route and into our nation’s history when you visit Philadelphia’s treasured landmarks

 

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season celebrations! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity that you and your students will never forget.

 

Kaleidoscope Adventures has been traveling across the country every year since 1993 with thousands of students. They can create customized itineraries that include transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and amazing educational and performance opportunities.

 

Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure!  1-800-774-7337.

 

Disney Grad Nite H2O

Disney Grad Nite H2O

by Angie Harris

 

 

One of the hardest things about high school graduation is leaving the security of home and school and going in a different direction than your friends. Disney World has created a spectacular island party, Disney Grad Nite H2O, which will send you and your classmates off with a splash!

Text your besties for an epic night at Disney's Grad Nite H2O!

Text your besties for an epic night at Disney’s Grad Nite H2O!

Paradise

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will host the first ever Disney Grad Nite H20 2017. The attraction is the second most visited water park in the world and Disney turns on the magic to create the beach party of a lifetime! Pass through thundering waterfalls, tube down Mayday Falls, slide under bridges and through caves, or experience a Hawaiian roller coaster ride in North America’s largest wave pool, Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool.

Surf's up! Grab your BFF and ride the impressive waves at the massive Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

Surf’s up! Grab your BFF and ride the impressive waves at the massive Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

Exclusive

The Typhoon Lagoon experience is exclusive to groups of ten or more high school graduating seniors and their chaperones. This party is sure to go down in “history, history, history… of course.”

Typhoon Lagoon hosts the ultimate party for graduating seniors and their chaperones

Typhoon Lagoon hosts the ultimate party for graduating seniors and their chaperones

When does the party start?
This once-in-a-lifetime incredible party will be held on April 7, 21 and 28, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The celebration begins after normal park hours as high school seniors converge on the incredible island of paradise! A special ticket is required for this event.

Hang with old friends or make some new ones- just don't forget your ticket!

Hang with old friends or make some new ones- just don’t forget your ticket!

Event Includes:

ï    DJ dance parties

ï    Disney character meet-and-greets

ï    Food and a commemorative souvenir  mug with unlimited drinks

ï    Option to purchase a specially priced Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket

ï    Splash Back bonus visit—a complimentary return to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park one day over the next year!

Unlimited drinks, dancing, Disney character meet and greets- Awesome!

Unlimited drinks, dancing, Disney character meet and greets- Awesome!

Bonus

Complete the Disney celebration and add a special Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket.

Keep the fun going all summer long!

Keep the fun going all summer long!

Kaleidoscope Adventures

 

Kaleidoscope Adventures has been traveling across the country every year since 1993 with thousands of students. They can create customized itineraries that include transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and amazing educational and performance opportunities.

 

Kaleidoscope is located in the heart of Orlando and they have worked with Disney Team for decades. An experienced tour director will know every detail of your itinerary, stay with your group throughout the entire trip! Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure!  1-800-774-7337.

 

 

“We’re always looking for ways to help guests celebrate their special milestones, and we know our guests like to celebrate their high-school graduation at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Andrea Finger, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman. “With this in mind, we are reimagining this special event and introducing a new way for high school seniors to celebrate their achievements with friends and classmates.”

For more on this story, link to the Orlando Sentinel

 

The early bird and the worm: Why you should book early.

“Why should I book early?” – Teachers and parents often ask us about the importance of booking transportation – and quite honestly, the whole trip – early.  The most important reason why is to keep your group together. Here is a short list of the rest of the ‘why’s:

  • Same bus.

    Keep your group together on the same bus. Our first goal in confirming group trips is to keep friends and schools together. If you book together by the deadline date, we will keep you on the same bus.

  • Same hotel.

    Keep your group in the same hotel. If your group books together, we book all the rooms you need at the same hotel.

  • Save money.

    We have early booking incentives that save you money on many of our packages. Hotels and bus companies also start charging more for services closer to time of departure and this can increase prices and decrease availability.

  • Sell out.

    The earlier you book the trip, the better your options will be. There are only so many suppliers that welcome student groups and this makes availability very limited at most destinations.

 

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