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Beating traffic to SDC & Celebration City

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Beating traffic to SDC & Celebration City

Any suggestions for beating traffic to SDC & Celebration city is appreciated. Does anyone know if you go to SDC around noon if parking is still available. We are planning on going beginning of August. Don't want to sit in traffic for 2 hours!! Thanks for your help!!

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1. Re: Beating traffic to SDC & Celebration City

The only way to beat the taffic to SDC at the height of summer is to arrive early. It has been my experience that the busiest arrival time is from 9:00am to about 12:00pm. Since you plan on arriving around noon, you should be ok. Keep in mind that there is only one way in and one way out of SDC so backups could really happen at anytime. And lets face it, you WILL be in a traffic mess at least once and probly more than that if you stay in Branson for more than a couple days. There are maps you can get when you get to Branson that will help you avoid the busiest streets as you travel from place to place. They are very useful.

As far as SDC parking, the park has extensive parking lots and they will not run out of place to put your car. Some of their lots are quite a distance from the park entrance, but they have constant tram and bus service to the front gates. And by the way, parking at SDC is FREE. You certainly dont get that at any of the other major theme parks.

As they say. . . You have a great past ahead of you!

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As for getting to Celebration City and not getting into traffic, it is pretty simple. Off of Hwy 165 get on Green Mtn. Drive headed west and you will be driving behind the theaters that are on Hwy 76 (the strip) and it will take you to CC.

If you find the traffic is really bad (there is one week in August that is really slow, when schools are starting back-perfect time to go) take Hwy 165 towards the dam and connect to Hwy 265 and it will take you by SDC campground and you will come out on 76 Hwy. It may seem like a long way around, but if the traffic is heavy, it is definitely worth it.

All of the locals and motel workers will be glad to help you with the directions.

As for parking, you will get parking no matter when you get there. It just may not be close, but they do have shuttles. If close parking is important, then pay for preferred parking. Also, a tip is that they start parking in the lower parking lot first, so even thought they are waving you in to the left lower lot, just wave back and keep driving straight like you are going to Indian Pointe and take the next right top parking lot. You can ride the tram and not the bus if you park up here.

Hope this helps.

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3. Re: Beating traffic to SDC & Celebration City

Thanks for all your great tips. I made notes so I can remember.

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4. Re: Beating traffic to SDC & Celebration City

We avoid the SDC traffic by going out between 8 and 9 am and eating the breakfast buffet in "The Mine". The food is really good for a buffet, the price is very reasonable and you BEAT the traffic! I've had friends/family head out to SDC mid-morning and they have gotten stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, sometimes taking 2 hours to get to the park.By planning ahead, you can drive from Branson to SDC in about 15 minutes!

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5. Re: Beating traffic to SDC & Celebration City

another reason you might want to consider going early is that the heat and humidity in Missouri in August can be overwhelming during the peak hours of the day. Of course at SDC all you have to do is jump on a water ride or go to Marvel Cave to alleviate the problem, but some visitors to MO are often caught by surprise when they realize how hot it can get here!