blue lights inside Kaleidoscope Kavern

You Can Now Float Through a Kaleidoscope of Color in the Smoky Mountains

The sights and sounds of the mountains in Tennessee inspired this one-of-a-kind attraction Growing up just a few miles north of Pigeon Forge and all its area attractions, I am no stranger to adventure. I practically grew up in Dollywood. I’ve always had a sort of affinity for theme parks – waterparks included. And I’ve experienced just about every type

Disney is quietly making plans to build a new theme park in North Carolina

Disney Buys Ghost Town in the Sky, Unveils Plans for Massive New Theme Park

Disney set to expand their empire to the mountains of North Carolina at former Ghost Town location The theme park competition in the Smoky Mountains is about to get very real and quite magical. On the heels of Universal officially announcing its Epic Universe park in Orlando and a kids-themed park in Texas, Disney officials are moving to announce their bold

dollywood sign that says best day ever in pigeon forge tn

9 Tips and Tricks That Will Make Your Dollywood Trip Better, From a Local

The ultimate insider’s guide to doing Dollywood like a pro The first time I set foot in Pigeon Forge was 1987. Dollywood would have only been a year old having converted from Silver Dollar City in 1985. As a kid, the idea of Dollywood was still kind of strange. Dolly was a big star, but she wasn’t exactly Walt Disney.

a t rex and the outside of jurassic jungle boat ride

3 Tourist Traps in the Smoky Mountains You Should Probably Avoid

These are the biggest tourist traps in the Smoky Mountains, according to a local We certainly didn’t invent the tourist trap here in the Smoky Mountains. But we’ve dang sure come close to perfecting it. For 35-ish years, I’ve given more than my fair share of money to Sevier County tourist traps. I’ve paid money to low-rent museums celebrating the

wildslide basecamp and a man on a utv in the mountains

SNEAK PEEK: WildSide Set to Open in the Smoky Mountains in 2024

From the minds behind Anakeesta, WildSide is set to be the largest attraction in the Smoky Mountains when it opens this summer I’ve certainly seen a lot of planned attractions for someone who has covered the Smoky Mountains for nearly 25 years. Some of them live up to the hype, others falter and fail. But – if I’m being honest

the smoky mountain opry

A New Attraction Is Slated To Replace the Smoky Mountain Opry

Get ready to officially say goodbye to an area icon: The Smoky Mountain Opry As someone who has knocked around the Smoky Mountains for more than 30 years, I remember the heyday of Pigeon Forge music houses. Various country stars tried to use the mountain vacation venues as a place to set up residencies – something like Sinatra or Celine

ole smoky and the ferris wheel at the island in pigeon forge at dusk

10 Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge According to a Local

These are the best things to do in Pigeon Forge, according to a local As someone who has lived in and around the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge for the better part of 35 years, you can say I’ve “seen and done” it all. And that’s quite the feat because there are hundreds of restaurants and attractions packed into the

a biker rides through cades cove while others pet horses along the side of the road

10 Seriously Free Things To Do in the Smoky Mountains – Yes, Really!

A visit to the Smokies doesn’t have to be expensive – here’s a roundup of the best free things to do in the Smoky Mountains Vacationing on a budget can be tough. And even if you’re planning on hitting most of the major attractions, it’s nice to build in a day that is free from financial obligations and strict schedules.

girl looks at view from anavista tower in gatlinburg

5 Must-Do Experiences for First-Time Visitors to the Smoky Mountains

Local lists things first-time visitors should do in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg Tennessee Most people get a set number of vacations in their life – two a year, if they’re lucky. Allocation of that time is precious. If you are planning your one and only family vacation to the Smoky Mountains, the algebra changes. Of course, the highlights become essential. So,

an aerial view of a mountaintop in pigeon forge

A Massive New Attraction is Quietly Being Built on a Mountaintop in Pigeon Forge

While it’s fair to call it a “sister park” to Anakeesta, this unnamed attraction will be its own thing The Revel Group, LLC., the people behind Anakeesta, have been quietly working to bring a massive new project to Sevier County. The as-yet-unnamed park will be on 850 acres of mountain land designed as a paradise for mountain sports enthusiasts. As