Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge Celebrates 10 Years
If you’ve visited The Island in Pigeon Forge in the last 10 years, you’ve certainly noticed the iconic Great Smoky Mountain Wheel looming large over the park! This unforgettable attraction is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month, so we’re taking a closer look at why it continues to captivate travelers and families seeking a memorable adventure in the mountains and some of the changes that have happened around it since its debut in 2013!
Soar to New Heights with the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Standing tall at 200 feet, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is an awe-inspiring sight that beckons visitors from far and wide! This stunning attraction is the 6th largest Ferris wheel in the entire United States. Its 42 all-glass, air-conditioned gondolas can hold up to 8 guests each and provide a comfortable setting for your ride into the sky. As the wheel turns, you’ll be lifted high above the ground where you can take in the stunning views of the majestic Smoky Mountains! Over the course of 8-10 minutes, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel treats you to 4 turns, allowing you to fully appreciate the magnificent surrounding landscape. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel offers more than just a bird’s-eye view, it also offers a unique experience that you can share with up to seven friends or family members and create memories that will last a lifetime!
An Ever-Evolving Experience at The Island in Pigeon Forge
Since the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel’s debut in 2013, The Island in Pigeon Forge has continued to evolve, offering new and exciting attractions for visitors of all ages. Let’s recap some of the new additions that have thrilled guests over the past decade:
1. SkyFly: One of the newest and most innovative rides at The Island in Pigeon Forge, SkyFly takes you on a virtual journey across the United States. Suspended with your feet dangling, you’ll be captivated by a 50-foot spherical screen that immerses you in a thrilling 6-minute flight. With special effects like wind, mist, and scents enhancing the experience, SkyFly combines motion and visuals to transport you to incredible destinations!
2. Clockwork: Prepare for a spinning adventure aboard Clockwork, where rotating arms fling riders in spinning gondolas over 60 feet in the air! The thrill of the twists and turns will keep your heart racing.
3. Tree Fall Drop Tower: Standing at an impressive 65 feet, the Tree Fall Drop Tower takes you on a heart-stopping free fall with twists along the way. Brace yourself for a rush as you plummet towards the ground on this exciting ride!
Come Celebrate With Us
As the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel marks a decade of unforgettable experiences, The Island in Pigeon Forge continues to be a go-to destination for adventure lovers. Whether you’re admiring the gorgeous views from the heights of the Wheel or experiencing the thrill of new rides surrounding it, The Island in Pigeon Forge has no shortage of options for a great time! So, when planning your next Smoky Mountain getaway, don’t miss the chance to embark on a sky-high adventure at the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. And while you’re there, be sure to explore the ever-evolving attractions at The Island in Pigeon Forge, where excitement awaits! Make sure to check out our ultimate guide to The Island in Pigeon Forge, so you can make the most of your visit.