The Wild West meets Orlando at Stampede

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ORLANDO -- Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is something you have to see. I caught the act in Branson, Mo., earlier this year.

Here's the premise: Cowboys and cowgirls perform stunts and act out dramas on horseback, while audience members eat a four-course meal, seated in chairs facing the dirt-floored arena.

Dixie Stampede is good entertainment. In fact, it has been so successful that the country singer has expanded it to four locations, the newest of which opened last June in a 35,000-square-foot arena here between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

The $28 million attraction is the largest Dixie Stampede to date. The first opened in 1988 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The fourth is located in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Admission is $43.99 for adults and $28.99 for children ages 3 to 11. Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more. For reservations, call (866) 443-4943 or visit www.dixiestampede.com.

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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