As the development on the first phase of the Island in Pigeon Forge comes to a close, visitors may be wondering what all to expect at Pigeon Forge’s newest attraction. Aside from the many new shops and restaurants at the Island due to open later this month, the belle of the ball is definitely the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.
A towering 200 feet-tall, this modern day ferris wheel is one of the tallest attractions this side of the Mississippi River. Offering breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains, the wheel consists of 42 all glass, climate-controlled gondolas that seat up to eight guests each.
At night, visitors to the Wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge will enjoy a spectacular 24,000 LED light show. The multi-colored lights of this show will appear as if they are dancing in the night sky, and can be seen for miles around. This is truly a spectacle your whole family will enjoy.
Admission to the wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge is $13 for adults ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors ages 60 and up and $9 for children 3-11 years of age. All prices are before tax. Children 2-years-old or younger ride for free.
Group pricing is also available for groups of 15 people or more. Pre-paid only, tickets are $11 per person.
VIP rides will also be available. Available for up to four guests, the VIP Experience for the wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge includes gondola seating in plush red leather seats with a special glass floor. VIP rides are also twice as long as regular rides, and riders receive a complimentary souvenir when the ride is over. Tickets are $50 per person for the VIP Experience.
Developers for the Wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge expect this rotating ride to withstand all weather conditions. However, in the event of high volume winds or locally lightning the ride may temporarily close. In the event of this happening, no worries to guests who have pre-purchased their tickets because a full refund will be issued if the ride remains closed for the day.