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The Island in Pigeon Forge is getting a brand new flying attraction! The popular Pigeon Forge attraction announced plans to add a $20 million flying theater in the heart of The Island. This new addition will help secure its reputation as a top family destination in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve got all the details on the new flying attraction at The Island and more things to do when you visit!
Flying Attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge
The new $20 million attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge will allow guests to be taken to places they’ve never seen before in a one-of-a-kind experience that’s a combination of a ride and a film! The Island is teaming up with Dynamic Attractions to build the ride, a company who is responsible for the Soarin’ ride at Epcot in Disney World and other popular theme park rides. This ride’s multi-million-dollar film will be custom produced with footage shot by drones and helicopters throughout the country. Along the ride, you’ll be transported to some of America’s most beautiful natural wonders and well-known landmarks. The theater will include sights, sounds, and a wide range of motions, and riders will experience scents and mists during the ride.
The new attraction is set to be between 9,000-10,0000 square feet and located next to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and The Island’s show fountain. Bob McManus, president of The Island, said its construction will not affect any store or attraction that’s currently open. The Island hopes this unique ride and film experience will give guests something new to experience when they visit Pigeon Forge.
Other Popular Things to Do at The Island
While you wait for construction of the brand new flying attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge to be complete, there are still plenty of other fun things to do when you visit. The Island is your one stop for family fun, with more than 60 shops, a number of popular restaurants, rides and games, live music, and more. Here are some of the most popular things to do at The Island:
Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Your trip to The Island wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. This 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel is one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast and offers unbeatable views of Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. You can ride both in the day or at night for two different experiences! The all-glass gondolas can seat up to 8 guests, meaning the whole family can ride together.
The Island Show Fountain
You can’t miss The Island Show Fountain that puts on an incredible performance for visitors. You can watch a stunning performance of water dance and light, perfectly choreographed to 14 pieces of music. The fountain operates both during the day and at night, with performances every 30 minutes.
Grab a Bite to Eat
Don’t miss the opportunity to dine at one of the delicious restaurants in The Island. A favorite among guests is Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, where you can enjoy classic Deen family recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you just want a snack, stop by Poynor’s Pommes Frites and enjoy a taste of Europe in the Smoky Mountains! Other popular places to dine are Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill, and The Island Creamery.
The Island is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs! If you want to take home something special from your trip, browse all the unique shops at The Island. You can find T-shirts, home decor, candy, puzzles, and more. Some of the best shops for souvenirs are The Island Trading Post and Island Tiki General Store.
We’ll keep you updated on all the details of the new flying attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge! In the meantime, check out more things to do in the Smoky Mountains while you’re here.