Forge, TN – February 2018 / Newsmaker Alert / Vacationers looking
for new experiences will find them in 2018 in Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee, the popular family vacation destination located in
the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
“Pigeon Forge’s variety and
sheer number of experiences increases every year, and 2018 is no exception,”
said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey. “Our visitors
enjoy lots of options that allow them to spend time together, and Pigeon
Forge makes that easy, whether it’s a relaxing weekend getaway for two
or a week-long vacation for the entire family in the Great Smoky Mountains.”
Pigeon Forge offers a wide
variety of attractions, museums, entertainment, special events, lodging
and restaurant options.
New for 2018 visitors
Pigeon Forge is home to approximately
6,000 permanent residents but welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually.
The town offers more than 15,000 overnight accommodations ranging from
hotels and motels to cabins and condominiums. Pigeon Forge is home to entertainment
legend and hometown girl Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, the state’s
number one ticketed attraction. It also is a gateway city to Great
Smoky Mountains National Park, the country’s most-visited national
Pigeon Forge Snow, the
first indoor snow facility of its kind in the U.S., offers real snow and
indoor snow tubing year round. The attraction uses state-of-the-art snow-making
technology to transform the 35,000-sq.-ft. indoor facility into a winter
wonderland, complete with 15 lanes of snow tubing. Instead of using synthetic
material, the attraction’s slopes are covered in genuine fresh powder.
Play areas will allow guests to build a snowman and have snowball fights.
For guests’ comfort, the indoor climate will remain between 60 and 70 degrees
365 days a year. PigeonForgeSnow
Construction is under way for
the 200-foot-tall Mountain Monster three-in-one thrill ride which
anchors the new Tower Shops at Mountain Mile, a 180,000-sq.-ft. multi-purpose
retail and family entertainment development that spans 174 acres. Designed
by thrill ride inventor Stan Checketts, who also is responsible for attractions
atop the Stratosphere in Las Vegas and one of the world’s fastest roller
coasters (located in Japan), Mountain Monster will offer guests a drop
ride, a dive ride and a swing, all in one attraction. Lodging properties
include Home2 Suites by Hilton, which opened last year, and Tru by Hilton,
currently under construction. Follow this project at MountainMilePigeonForge.com.
Dollywood theme park
treats guests to an entertainment-infused season of showstoppers, including
the all-new three-week Spring Mix music series (April 11-29) featuring
concerts by Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant, Blind Boys
of Alabama, Chonda Pierce, Marshall Tucker Band, Debby Boone, Atlanta Rhythm
Band, Al Stewart and more. The park’s popular springtime Festival of Nations
(March 17-April 9) includes headliners National Dance Company of Siberia,
the Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
iLuminate, DRUMLine and speed painter Dan Dunn take the stage during Dollywood’s
Summer Celebration while TobyMac and Crowder entertain guests of the park’s
annual Rock the Smokies event on Aug. 25. Dollywood.com
Crave Golf Club is a
$7 million sweet-themed golf destination. Brightly colored and highly themed,
Crave is located on Pigeon Forge’s Parkway. The 36-hole multi-level facility
spans 18,500 square feet and multiple levels. Golfers play through 19 holes
in each round and choose from indoor, hillside and rooftop courses with
options to customize their play with challenge/reward spinners at each
hole. Crave also features a candy shop and gourmet milkshake bar. CraveGolf
The world’s largest replica
of the RMS Titanic is on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction.
Built entirely from 56,000 LEGO bricks, it was conceived and constructed
by Brynjar Karl Birgisson, a 10-year-old Icelandic boy. Measuring 25 feet
in length, it is the largest Titanic LEGO ship model in history and took
11 months to build. Titanic
Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is the first and only location to
feature the replica this year in the U.S. Birgisson, who is autistic, has
garnered international attention for his self-penned book My Autistic X
Factor. Known as the LEGO boy, he follows his ship wherever it travels.
The new Lumberjack Feud Show
features world-class athleticism and high-energy competition along with
audience participation. Performed in an outdoor venue, the show opens in
late spring. More information is available at www.SmokyMountainAdventures.com.
The 104-room Margaritaville
Island Inn, located at The Island, offers coastal-inspired rooms and
suites. All accommodations feature Margaritaville’s signature “no worries”
tropical vibe along with indoor and outdoor pools, private balconies, a
hot tub, fire pit and family gathering and lounge areas. MargaritavilleIslandInn
Tourism is the city’s top-ranking
industry and number one employer. For more information, please visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.
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