Dollywood’s Splash Country New Ride For Summer 2013

Little girl coming down the water slideDollywood’s Splash Country is planning to unveil the park’s crown achievement in the summer of 2013. The wildly successful water park’s latest project is a cutting-edge electromagnetic waterslide. The new attraction is based on a design on a successful HydroMagnetic Rocket water coaster. The technology uses state-of-the art motors engineered to create an electromagnetic field strong enough to propel the rafts uphill. Riders will get the unique sensation of riding a roller coaster through churning rapids. Named RiverRush, the ride will be the first water coaster in Tennessee and be distinctive thrill for Dollywood’s guests. The opening of RiverRush in May 2013 is a great reason to visit Pigeon Forge. The innovative coaster is an experience that shouldn’t be missed as well as other classic rides in Splash Country. The park first opened in May 2001 offering exciting attractions such as Little Creek Falls, Mountain Scream, the Downbound Float Trip, Wild River Falls, Mountain Waves, and Raging River Rapids. Following the park’s successful opening, a two acre expansion including Soaker Springs and Mountain Twist debuted in 2003. The park continued to grow adding luxury cabanas called Riverside Retreats, the speed slides at Bear Mountain Fire Tower, the curling water slide SwiftWater Run, and the 300 foot mat slides of Slick Rock Racer.

There are host of activities to do in Pigeon Forge like the main Dollywood Theme Park, a massive park designed by famed entertainer Dolly Parton. The park is home to classic roller coasters and daily concerts. The park debuted in 1961 as Rebel Railroad and operated as Goldrush then Silver Dollar City Tennessee until 1986, when Dolly Parton became part owner. The park re-opened as Dollywood and has continued to grow. Another memorable experience is whitewater rafting near Pigeon Forge on either the Nantahala or Ocoee rivers. Whitewater rafting is an effective team building exercise that is a thrilling experience for rafters as they paddle through churning whitewater with a beautiful mountain backdrop. The town of Pigeon Forge has many unique attractions along the Parkway including Wonderworks, Zorb!, Fantasy Golf, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, Hollywood Wax Museum, Kid’s Country, Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride, MagiQuest, Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, Waldens Landing Firehouse Golf, Scenic Helicopter Tours, Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf, Rockin’ Raceway, Star Tracks, Titanic Museum, and The Tomb. A great way to enjoy all Pigeon Forge has to offer is by selecting from one of the many Gatlinburg cabin rentals.

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Dollywood New Additions Planned in 2013 and 2014

Little girl coming down the water slideDollywood, located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has some exciting changes and additions in store for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. These changes are sure to equal more fun for the entire family. Here is a highlight of some of these changes:

Dollywood recently added the Wild Eagle thrill ride in 2012 bringing the first winged coaster to America and in 2013 Dollywood Splash Country will be adding RiverRush the first water coaster in Tennessee. This is going to be a ride that gives you an experience of a combination of both a water slide and a roller coaster.

Festival of Nations (from March 23 to April 22) representing 20 different nations, will present Cirque Shanghai featuring amazing acrobats performing spectacular acrobatic feats such as hoop diving, juggling, and tumbling, to name a few. World travelers will also experience Mystic India with its beautiful dancers, colorful garb, ear grabbing music and eye catching visuals. For an additional charge, guests will be able to buy the new Passport to Food for an additional charge which will allow for eating specialties from many of the countries represented.

Dollywood introduces the Great American Country Show. This 40 minute show will showcase today’s hottest country music presented by six singers and a six-piece band. Each show also has a special performance by one of country music’s classic artists.

From June 22 through August 4, Dollywood will celebrate the Great American Summer. This will include the park being opened a bit longer from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The days will begin with the singing of the national anthem during the raising of the American flag. At night, the skies in Dollywood will be ablaze with music and fireworks in a spectacular titled “Dolly’s Night of Many Colors.” Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark will be gaining Rush River, Tennessee’s first ever water coaster. It is sure to make a splash!

The Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival will open with a new show, “Dollywood’s Christmas Carol,” a twist on the Dickens well-loved classic. The show will feature beautiful scenery, top notch music, and costuming true to the era. It is sure to be a heartwarming performance to be enjoyed by the whole family.

To Purchase Tickets to Dollywood, CLICK HERE. When you buy your tickets through Visit My Smokies, you’ll receive free cancellation on your tickets. Many websites do not offer free cancellation, so make sure you purchase them with us!

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Behind The Scenes Of Jim Cameron’s Titanic Pigeon Forge TN

Titanic on the oceanVisitors to the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN are thrilled by an exhibit on display from January 23 – December 31 which allows them to take a behind the scenes tour of the making of the world-famous Titanic movie. Artifacts from the making of the movie, such as scripts, costumes and props along with collectibles will be on display for visitors to learn from and to view.

The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN appears on many people’s lists of what to do in Pigeon Forge. Upon entering this famous museum, visitors are given a name of one of the passengers from the ill-fated Titanic voyage. At the end of the tour, they find out if the person whose name they were given was a survivor of the catastrophe, or whether that person perished along with hundreds of others.

The museum is filled with artifacts from the Titanic, personal belongings of its passengers and interactive activities that offer unique learning experiences for visitors. Visitors can find out how cold the water actually was, touch a man-made iceberg and make an interesting attempt at steering the ship away from the disastrous iceberg. Very few people are able to use the wheel provided to steer it away. Overwhelmingly, most people steer the ship into the iceberg just the way it happened over 100 years ago.

History buffs are fascinated by these artifacts and by learning the passenger stories. Hearing the stories puts a very personal spin on the depth and breadth of this catastrophic shipwreck. People who have visited this museum leave with brand new knowledge of one of the most famous events in history.

Seeing artifacts from the making of the movie is interesting to many due to the overwhelming success of James Cameron’s Titanic movie. Titanic Pigeon Forge TN provides a glimpse into this historic event unlike anything most people have ever seen before. On any trip to historic and beautiful Pigeon Forge, one of the best plans visitors can make is to see the Titanic Museum and spend an afternoon learning while browsing through these historic treasures.

Seeing the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge brings history that usually is printed on pages for reading into more realistic and easier to relate to experiences. Visitors leave with memories of an awe-inspiring display of courage and bravery. They also leave with stories of heroism that stay with them long afterwards.

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Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum Hosts 3rd Annual Ice Carving Contest

Titanic on the oceanThe Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum will be hosting its 3rd annual ice carving competition on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. World famous ice sculptors will be given 250-pound blocks of ice to turn into incredible creations and compete for prize money. The event will take place outside in the Titanic Museum’s outdoor entertainment center and is offering free admission to everyone.

After the competition, visitors can take a tour of the ship and get to see artifacts recovered from the Titanic wreckage site, hear stories from survivors, walk up the grand staircase, go on the deck at night, and feel a real iceberg along with water that is the same temperature as on the night of the Titanic’s fateful sinking. Cards are given at the beginning of the tour with a passenger’s name and life story up to the point of their trip on the Titanic. At the end of the tour, there is a list with names of who survived the sinking and who did not.

There are also plenty of other things to do while in Pigeon Forge. Visitors have a wide variety of food choices. There are standard fast food restaurants like Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s or visitors can opt to have breakfast at Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin in the morning and have filet mignon at Tony Roma’s for dinner. Or if preferred, visitors can go to one of the various dinner shows including the Hatfield and McCoy dinner show, Lumberjack Feud, and Dixie Stampede.

In between meals visitors can  go to Wonderworks where the building and everything inside has been built upside-down, take a helicopter ride through one of the scenic tour companies, or go flying at the indoor skydiving facility. Visitors can also get a photo shoot dressed in western attire or play a round of miniature golf at one of the various themed locations.

There are also many lodging choices if visitors plan to stay the night. There are several hotels in town and there are hundreds of cabins available for rental. Many cabins are close to town and easy to get to while others can take longer to get to. Some are even at the tops of surrounding mountains and offer spectacular views of the city at any time of day.

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Smoky Mountain Student Bible Conference 2013

Three crosses on a hillThe Smoky Mountain Student Bible Conference 2013 is the place to be! This year’s conference, themed “Nothing to Lose,” provides an excellent opportunity for Christian students to get inspired and to recharge their passion for serving Christ. In attendance will be excellent speakers and top notch entertainment. Speakers include Scott Dawson, David Nasser, Ergun Caner, Brent Crowe, and Tony Nolan. Entertainment and worship leaders include the award-winning David Crowder Band, KJ-52, Kari Jobe, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Papa, Rush of Fools, Bethany Barr Phillips, Brett Younker, and Trip Lee. It is sure to be an exciting event!

During students’ free time, they will be able to explore Pigeon Forge. The question of “What to do in Pigeon Forge?” can be easily answered. There is plenty to do in Pigeon Forge! If you are up for a little fun and competition, there are opportunities for go cart racing, arcades, laser tag and miniature golf. There are many museums including the Titanic Museum where you can go back in time and become a passenger on the ill-fated luxury liner. Pigeon Forge has a plethora of shopping opportunities including the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall and Pigeon River Crossing. Since you will definitely work up an appetite after all of this fun, dining options abound including the infamous dinner theater extravaganza The Dixie Stampede.

If asking the question “What to do in Sevierville?” the answer is the same. There is plenty to do in Sevierville! Floyd Garret’s Muscle Car Museum showcases more than 90 muscle cars. For thrill seekers, there are the Adventure Ziplines and Wahoo Ziplines. The renowned Rainforest Adventure Zoo houses over 600 exotic animals from rainforests all over the world. If you’re up for some putt-putt golf, there is Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf. As with Pigeon Forge, Sevierville also offers all kinds of shopping experiences. From outlet malls to antique stores and flea markets, it is all available. Dining options include everything from popular chains to locally owned eateries.

Both Cities offer plenty of lodging accommodations ranging from rustic cabins to chain motels. There is an option that will fit any budget. So come for the Smoky Mountain Student Bible Conference 2013. Have your spirit lifted and your soul engaged. During your free time, enjoy all the Pigeon and Sevierville have to offer. Go home refreshed and ready to start anew. After all, you have nothing to lose!

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2013 Knoxville RV Super Show

RV and chairs at secluded campsite at sunsetThe 2013 Knoxville RV Super Show will be held January 11th-13 at the Sevierville Events Center in Sevierville, Tennessee. Sponsored by Island View Casino Resort and Blue Sky RV Insurance, the show will feature the newest models in recreational vehicles as well as travel trailers, toy haulers, motor homes, and fifth wheels. Shoppers can view and purchase the new 2013 models as well as score excellent deals on new 2012 models. The RV Super Show will be open from 10am until 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s hours are 10am to 5pm. Admission is only $7.00 per person and children under 12 years old enter for free. Parking is also free of charge.

Hundreds of vendors will also be on hand with products to fully outfit any type of recreational vehicle. Special guests include television celebrities from popular reality shows, and this year’s hosts are Paul Bedard from Animal Planet’s “Gator Boys” and Greg Remsburg from Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush.” A new feature this year is a NASCAR interactive experience which includes a race simulator, a full size NASCAR racing car, and a full scale tire change setup.

Tickets can be purchased at the show or can be purchased in advance from the show website. Visitors can save $1.00 off the admission price by purchasing their tickets online in advance. The Sevierville Events Center is located at The Wilderness at The Smokies on Gist Creek Road. The Knoxville RV Super Show is located completely indoors, making it easy for those with disabilities or wheelchairs to enjoy the show comfortably.

If you’re looking for what to do in Sevierville after the show, there are many shows and theaters to entertain all ages. From family and comedy shows to productions that pay tribute to music and entertainment legends, there truly is something for everyone. There are also hundreds of dining options to choose from as well as multiple lodging choices.

The RV show is also conveniently located close to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Visitors can choose their entertainment from a wide variety of shows, museums, wineries, and specialty shops. All amenities are generally within walking distance, and Pigeon Forge offers a convenient trolley system for traveling the strip with ease. For those searching for what to do in Pigeon Forge, the options are endless!

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Parker’s Knife Collections

Red Army Knife multi-toolThe Parker’s Knife Collections convention is scheduled to be held on December 6th through the 8th of 2012 at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tennessee. Located just minutes away from the popular Smoky Mountain town of Pigeon Forge, there is plenty to see, do and enjoy in the area when visiting for the convention. This premiere antique knife show is one of the best in the country and can only be found in the Great Smoky Mountain area.

This year’s Parker’s Knife Collections show will be held at the brand new, state-of-the-art facility, the Sevierville Convention Center. Located directly off of Route 66, visitors will easily be able to find the convention for their convenience. Hundreds of vendors set up their tables inside of the convention center to bring visitors a wide range of the finest knives and hunting related items for sale. Purchase antique knives, make trades with other vendors and meet other individuals who have the same interests as you do. Many attend the convention simply to look around and browse the items for sale.

Vendors and collectors at the Parker’s Knife Collections show are highly knowledgeable hobbyists. Whether you’re searching for a pocket knife or a particular knife, you are sure to find it while browsing the convention vendor tables. Many of these vendors have been collecting since they were children and have lots of stories to share about their finds. This knife show has been around for the last 20 years and continues to expand today.

What to do in Sevierville
When attending the Parker’s Knife Collections show, visitors will find lots to see and explore in the area. From exciting day time attractions to nightly spectacular shows, everyone will find something to enjoy here. Fishing and hiking trails, 18-hole golf courses, shops and restaurants are just some things that you will find in Sevierville when attending the knife show.

What to do in Pigeon Forge
During your visit to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, you’ll find an abundance of activities to keep each traveler entertained. The Dollywood amusement park is one of the most popular attractions in the south, offering many different rides, shows and experiences for adults and children. Rock climbing, mountain biking and zip-lining are just a few fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in Pigeon Forge. Other popular things to do here include the Titanic Museum Attraction and WonderWorks.

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Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge TN

Cowboy hat, cowboy boots, lasso, and horse shoeThe Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN, which is run by Dolly Parton and her company The Dollywood Company, first opened its doors to visitors in 1988. Since that time it has been delighting audiences with its fun, family friendly show and wonderful food. Attending the Dixie Stampede is not simply a night out at the show, it is in fact a family fun extravaganza. The visitors night at the Dixie Stampede starts with a fabulous show by the world renowned band Mountain Rukus. Visitors then move on to the main event, a spectacular show filled with light and sounds sure to delight visitors from the very old to the very young. Also included in the price of admission is a wonderful 4 course meal that wins rave reviews from both locals and visitors who attend the Dixie Stampede. Visitors to Pigeon Forge will truly not want to miss this show as it offers something special for every visitor.

Ticket holders are encouraged to get to the Dixie Stampede early so as not to miss any of the fun. The evening starts 50 minutes before the main show time in The Dixie Belle Saloon with the Opening Act. The bluegrass and country band Mountain Rukus gets the crowd warmed up with their upbeat and lively music, sure to delight every music fan in the audience. After this performance the crowd is ready for the main event, the Dixie Stampede itself.  

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Get Your Tickets HereBe sure to get your Dixie Stampede tickets ahead of time since shows do sell out during peak times. When you buy Dixie Stampede tickets with Visit My Smokies, you’ll be offered free cancellation up to a certain date which isn’t available on most Dixie Stampede ticket purchases!

The Dixie Stampede is truly an over the top family fun extravaganza. The show consists of over 30 horses and a huge cast, all looking to provide the audience with a memorable experience. The main part of the show is a North and South Competition that encourages friendly competition and audience participation. There are also horse riding stunts, guaranteed to excite the animal lovers in the audience, as well as mind blowing special effects and as one would expect from a show associated with county legend Dolly Parton tons of music.

While enjoying the show visitors will also be treated to a 4 course meal that is truly second to none in Pigeon Forge, TN. Some menu items include rotisserie chicken, pork loin, biscuits, potatoes, corn on the cob and other familiar down home country fare. There is even a delicious dessert at the end of the meal. No one leaves the Dixie Stampeded hungry. After the show is over and the meal is complete audience members have the option on leaving to meet their favorite animal stars of the show.

Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN is truly a great show for everyone. The location is handicap accessible, vegetarian meals are offered and the attendance of children is encouraged. Dixie Stampede is also conveniently located near the areas other main attractions, the Dollywood theme park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. People wondering what to do in Pigeon Forge, TN truly need to look no farther than the Dixie Stampede and its well loved dinner and a show.

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7 Dollywood Coupons & Discounts Guaranteed to Save You Money

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Each year, millions of people visit Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, making it one of the most popular Pigeon Forge attractions. When you’re planning your family vacation, we want you to be able to save as much money as possible for your trip, so make sure you keep each of these Dollywood coupons handy for when you start planning.

To experience all that Dollywood has to offer at a cheaper price, take a look at these ways to save money:Jar filled with coins labeled "Vacation"

1. Arrive after 3 p.m. to purchase your ticket and you will get in the next day free by using the same ticket.

2. If you plan to spend more than 2 days at the park, you’ll actually save money by purchasing a season pass. You can purchase a single-day ticket, and if you decide you want to upgrade that ticket to a season pass, you can do so before you leave the park that day.

3. Purchasing a season pass at the end of the season, in December near the holiday time, the season pass will also be valid for the entire following season. (So, actually, you’re receiving a little extra time on your pass for the price!)

4. Just about everything that you do at Dollywood is included with an admission ticket or season pass. The only things you will have to purchase are food, refreshments, souvenirs and parking. We also recommend saving money by riding the Pigeon Forge trolley instead of parking at Dollywood. The cost of parking at Dollywood rises each year, and the cost to ride the trolley is only .50 per person. You can park your vehicle at Patriot Park for free, then catch the trolley right there. Be sure to have exact change. 

Mother and daughter riding on a carousel at Dollywood5. If you do choose to purchase a season pass for Dollywood, consider getting one member of your party a Gold Pass. It’s a small upgrade to the regular season pass, but it will save you a lot of money if you plan to purchase anything within the park because the Gold Pass will get you a percentage off of merchandise, food, refreshments and souvenirs. With a Gold Pass, you will also receive free parking each time you visit the park that season.

6. Planning to purchase many drinks? When you first arrive to the park, you can get a refillable drink mug. The mug is yours to keep for the entire season and refills of drinks throughout the park are relatively cheap. 

7. We also found, according to Pigeon Forge TN Guide’s Dollywood coupons guide, McDonald’s and Wendy’s offer $5 Dollywood coupons, and they only cost you $1 to get, so you’ll actually be saving $4 on your tickets.

It’s really easy to save money at Dollywood, and we want to help you with other Dollywood tips and Dollywood coupons, too! For more details about Dollywood and ways to save money, take a look at 15 Dollywood Tips for Saving Money at the Park.

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Country Tonite Pigeon Forge TN

Country Tonite Pigeon Forge TN is a high energy show with live country music performances with some of the most popular current songs and a look back on the most popular songs remembered throughout the past several decades.  The talented vocalist are coupled with energetic dancers each with dazzling costumes for your entertainment.  This is a great family attraction entertaining the old and the young alike with enough variety and comedy added in that even those guest that are not typically country music fans enjoy themselves as well.  For a show that has been preforming over 16 years and has many long time performers they still manage to keep fresh entertainment every year by changing parts of the show while staying consistent with their theme.  Along with many long time performers the show incorporates younger entertainers as well bringing in talented youth performers for limited seasons to allow them to showcase and help develop their talent.  If you come between November and January you will get to enjoy a condensed version of the normal show in the first hour and a special Christmas performance in the second hour.  When planning what to do in Pigeon Forge you will want to check on show times and get your tickets to Country Tonite early because the shows often sale out.

Join Visit My Smokies for an Insider’s View into the show as we let you meet the MC and current producer Kevin Wilson.

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