Sneak Peek: Anakeesta Surprises Guests with All-New Expansion

Anakeesta's Astra Lumina Expansion

Expansions at Anakeesta's Astra Lumina attraction are now open (photos by Melissa Herzog/ and media photo)

Anakeesta unveils an all-new Nebular Waves installation alongside a major Astra Genesis upgrade

Last week, Anakeesta quietly unveiled two new expansions to the ever-popular Astra Lumina night walk attraction: Nebular Waves and an Astral Genesis upgrade. Both of these are now open at the mountaintop theme park in Gatlinburg, TN.

Anakeesta’s Astra Lumina is an enchanted night walk through the mountains featuring special light projections and sounds. It originally opened in October 2022 with eight chapters. In 2024, there will be a total of 10. Astra Lumina is the 15th Lumina Enchanted Night Walk experience in the world and was the first in the United States. It is a separately ticketed add-on to general admission.

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Nebular Waves will turn the night sky into an ocean of lights (media photo courtesy of Anakeesta)

What’s new at Anakeesta’s Astra Lumina?

Work on the two new Astra Lumina chapters was completed on Feb. 29 and is now open to the public.

The first is Nebular Waves, an all-new installation, that invites visitors to observe what happens when stars dream as they discover ethereal and undulating waves of light that wash over them. This moment creates the enchanting sensation of floating in time and space.

The second is an enhancement to the current installation Astral Genesis. The new Astral feature features captivating light choreography, enhancing the overall immersive experience.

“We are so excited to improve the already amazing, Astra Lumina experience here at Anakeesta,” said Anakeesta President, Bryce Bentz, “the Anakeesta and Moment Factory teams have worked incredibly hard to really make this the most unique attraction in the Great Smoky Mountains.”

“The Anakeesta and Moment Factory teams have worked incredibly hard to really make this the most unique attraction in the Great Smoky Mountains.”

Bryce Bentz, Anakeesta President
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Astral Genesis has also received an upgrade with an all new luminary feature (media photo courtesy of Anakeesta)

Dates, pricing and location

These new installations are available now at Anakeesta’s Astra Lumina attraction.

General admission to Anakeesta, at the time of this writing, is $34.99 for adults, $22.99 for kids (4-11) and $27.99 for seniors (60+). Kids 3 and under are free. They also offer discounts with annual passes and for Tennessee residents. Pro-Tip: Check Tripster for coupons and discounts before you go. Astra Lumina is a separately ticketed add-on that runs at $15.99 per person.

Anakeesta is set to reopen full-time for the 2024 season in one week, on March 8. The mountaintop theme park is located at 576 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

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