Dollywood Shows and Rides Win Golden Ticket Awards

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Our favorite theme park recently earned some major recognition! Dollywood cleaned up at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, taking home four of the coveted “best of” prizes. The Golden Ticket Awards are a huge honor – essentially the Academy Awards for theme parks. The Golden Tickets are awarded based on surveys given to well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts from all over the world. Read on to learn which Dollywood shows and rides were singled out for the awards. Continue reading

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Viral Story from Pigeon Forge: Old Mill Restaurant Manager Helps Hurricane Evacuees

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A heartwarming story from Pigeon Forge, TN is going viral on social media! On Monday, Deanna Feist wrote a post on Facebook about the unexpected kindness the general manager at The Old Mill Restaurant showed her and her husband when their car broke down at the popular eatery. Deanna’s post has since been liked and shared over 33,000 times, attracting the attention of newspapers and TV stations. Read on to hear about the act of generosity that meant so much to these two Hurricane Irma evacuees. Continue reading

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Local Newspaper Reveals Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Traffic in Pigeon Forge

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With over 10 million annual visitors, it’s no surprise that Pigeon Forge, TN sees its fair share of traffic. Fortunately, the Knoxville News Sentinel is here to help! The newspaper recently released a handy guide to avoiding traffic in Pigeon Forge that caught our eye. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have shared the News Sentinel’s insider knowledge and thrown in some of our own advice for bypassing traffic in the Smokies. Continue reading

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dollywood Harvest Festival 2017

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The fall season is right around the corner. Cooler temperatures are making their way into the Smoky Mountains, and before you know it, the leaves will be turning to bright reds, yellows, and oranges. Continue reading

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Dollywood’s Splash Country Adds New Resources for Guests with Disabilities

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Consistently ranked among the best water parks in the United States, Dollywood’s Splash Country is a can’t-miss part of any warm weather vacation in the Smoky Mountains! This summer, Splash Country made some new additions that will allow guests with disabilities to enjoy the park’s wet and wild fun. Read on to find out about all of the water park’s new accessibility resources. Continue reading

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Pigeon Forge Magician Appears on Penn & Teller TV Show [Video Included!]

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One of the most talented entertainers in the Smoky Mountains was recently featured on TV! Pigeon Forge magician Jessica Jane Peterson appeared on the August 3, 2017 episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us on The CW. In this popular show, magicians from all around the world come to Las Vegas to try and stump legendary illusionists Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller with a trick that they can’t figure out. Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About the National Quartet Convention 2017

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Great news! The National Quartet Convention is returning to Pigeon Forge for another exciting year of fun and adventure. Promising to be better and bigger than ever before, this year’s event is sure to be one that you and your family or group will remember for years to come. Continue reading

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Country Star Kacey Musgraves Throws Bachelorette Party at Dollywood

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While many celebrities jet off to Las Vegas, New York City, or Nashville for their bachelorette parties, Kacey Musgraves made a much better decision. Rather than heading to the big city, the popular country star brought her best friends to Pigeon Forge for a weekend of fun in the Smokies! Kacey and company rented a cabin in the foothills of the mountains and made a pilgrimage to the Dollywood theme park. Read on to learn all about Musgraves’ awesome vacation in Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Pigeon Forge Veterans Parade to Honor America’s Heroes

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One of Pigeon Forge’s most popular and meaningful events will return this summer. On August 19, our Smoky Mountain city will host the Veterans Homecoming Parade on the Parkway. This annual tradition honors the brave heroes who have risked their lives defending the United States and her allies. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Pigeon Forge Veterans Parade. Continue reading

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5 of the Best Things to Do in Pigeon Forge in August

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August is your last chance to enjoy some summer fun in Pigeon Forge! With average highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s, the weather is perfect for relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun. In addition to the wonderful climate, August also brings a variety of fun events to the Smoky Mountains. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge in August: Continue reading

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