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Did you know there used to be a theme park right on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge? Magic World was a children’s amusement park that was open from 1971 to 1996! Once you stepped though the 100-foot volcano, it was like taking a step into a whole new world. For those who’ve been to Magic World in Pigeon Forge, we’re taking you back down memory lane! If you never had the chance to visit this theme park, we’re sharing everything we know about it:
What was Magic World in Pigeon Forge?
Magic World was an exciting theme park for kids, located right on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. The entrance was a volcano that held a freshwater aquarium. Of course, it couldn’t be called Magic World without a little magic! Merlin the Magician put on a magic show for visitors with a variety of assistants. This was one of the most popular aspects of Magic World! Another show at the theme park was The Confederate Critter Show, which included characters dressed up as Confederate soldiers singing mountain songs. In addition to shows, Magic World also had spaceship called The Flying Saucer, where visitors could see a film tour of the Smoky Mountains played inside. The film took viewers on a ride from Magic World over the Smoky Mountains. Here are some more things visitors could enjoy at Magic World in Pigeon Forge:
- A magic carpet ride
- The Haunted Castle
- A dragon train
- A wooly mammoth
- Dinosaur statues
- Spinning Spider ride
- A rope net climbing course
- Bumper boats
- Red Baron ride
- Ferris wheel
- Ice cream shop
- ….and more!
When Did Magic World Close?
Magic World in Pigeon Forge evolved over the years to include more fun for the whole family! Magic World continued to be a popular attraction until 1996, when it officially closed.
What’s Magic World in Pigeon Forge Today?
Although Magic World is long gone, parts of it can still be seen in Pigeon Forge today. Some parts of the attraction, like the volcano mountain and its waterfall and a schooner ship, can be seen when you visit Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf.
Other Old Pigeon Forge Attractions You’ll Never See Again
Magic World is just one of the old attractions in Pigeon Forge that you’ll never see again. Magic World sat between a car museum and a Ski Doo Twin Waterslide, and across from a police museum. Just down the street, visitors would find Porpoise Island, another popular Pigeon Forge attraction. Porpoise Island gave Smoky Mountain locals and visitors a little taste of Hawaii!
If you’re interested in learning more about other old attractions in Pigeon Forge, check out our blog, “5 Pigeon Forge Attractions You’ll Never See Again.”