The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Best of Branson

February 24, 2012

Hollywood Branson: Amazing attraction

New interactive golf course brings a little Hollywood to Branson Strip

BRANSON Mo. — Chuck O’Day said there’s no question about it. Children of all ages enjoy Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors.

“They love it,” O’Day, general manager of Hollywood Entertainment Complex

in Branson, explained. “Trying to keep (the children) from running

through it is a hard thing to do. The adults and seniors like it, too.”

Open since July, 2009, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, a 288-turn fun-house

mirror maze with a fairy tail theme, continues to draw visitors off the

Branson Strip and into the Hollywood complex, 3030 West 76 Country

Boulevard.

The complex also includes the Hollywood Wax Museum, a wax cast tribute to

movies and entertainment, Castle of Chaos, a five dimensional (5-D)

zombie-killing video experience and a new interactive Left Coast themed

miniature golf attraction.

O’Day said Hannah’s maze isn’t scary, like Castle of Chaos, it’s haunted

sister attraction. “It can be disorienting,” he cautioned. “Some people

are afraid they might never find their way out of the maze. We give

everybody our phone number as they go in; just in case they get lost we

come and find them.”

He thinks Hollywood offers something for everybody.

“That’s the big thing,” he said. “We have the Castle of Chaos that

appeals to the older kids and the adults, but Hannah’s is something for

the younger kids.”

The fairy tale back-story, O’Day said, is a big attraction for mirror

maze visitors.

Hannah is a beautiful princess. She meets an evil witch, gets in trouble

and the witch imprisons her behind a mirror. She can’t get out from

behind the mirror without your help.

“We have a wizard that helps you,” O’Day said. “You are actually the one

searching for Hannah. The wizard helps you get Hannah out.”

Interactive golf

O’Day said reaction to the Hollywood’s new interactive mini-golf

attraction is encouraging.

“It’s a state of the art golf course you haven’t seen in Branson or a lot

places around the country,” he said. “We gave the course a theme. We gave

it a story line.”

Mini-duffers tee off at the first hole, get a Hollywood talent agent, get

discovered and embark on a Hollywood career. A special Walk of Fame

surprise awaits golfers on the course?s 19th Hole, where they shoot for

the stars on the Star-O-Meter.

“It’s similar to ski ball,” O’Day explained. “You hit a certain spot and

it tells you if you are an A-list star or a B-list star or a reality TV

star.”

It takes about 45 minutes to play through the course’s 19 holes, he said.

“Each hole tells you a story,” O’Day said of the attraction.  “We have

imitation iPhones at each hole and you press a button and get a story.

Marty McBooster, a Hollywood agent, tells you some fun facts.”

McBooster isn’t the only Hollywood type with whom golfers interact.

“We have a chauffeur, a paparazzi, a director and a photographer,” he

said. “When you putt through (the course) there are figures who will talk

to you and have some fun wisecracks. Flashes go off when you pass the

paparazzi and you will hear the cameras going off. It’s fun and cool to

be able to interact with the course.”

Want to go?

The Hollywood Entertainment Complex: Open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. through March

1, and 8 a.m. - midnight seven days a week through Dec. Individual and

combination attraction tickets available. Go to www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/branson or

call 1-417-337-8277 for ticket information.

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