The Smoky Mountain Opry debuted their ninth season on Feb. 28, 2020 with all new musical numbers, only to close their doors less than three weeks later.
After the closing, which was originally meant to be temporary, representatives with the Smoky Mountain Opry announced that they were not be planning to reopen for the remainder of the 2020 season – if at all.
Clues that the Smoky Mountain Opry may permanently close
In recent months, additional clues about the Opry’s fate indicate that the attraction may be permanently closed, or at the very least have no plans to reopen in the foreseeable future.
While the building and signage remains standing in Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountain Opry business pages on Facebook and Instagram have been deactivated since April.
Also, the Google listing for the Smoky Mountain Opry marks the attraction as “permanently closed.”
The Opry’s former website has also been taken down and now redirects users to a website called DinnerShowTickets.com, which lists the other World Choice Investment dinner shows — Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Pirates Voyage, Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and The Comedy Barn Theater.
Alternative Shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
If you’re looking for a few great alternatives to the Smoky Mountain Opry, we have a few suggestions.
1. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show
Dolly Parton’s Stampede, located in Pigeon Forge, features a friendly North vs. South competition and a four-course feast of Southern comfort food. Guests can enjoy a live show featuring music, comedy, live animals, horse stunts and pyrotechnics during their meal. Ticket prices are usually around $59.99/adult (prices may vary by season).
2. Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show
Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show is a dinner theater experience in Pigeon Forge. Guests join the adventures of the infamous pirate Blackbeard and his quartermaster Calico Jack. Guests receive a four-course feast in stadium seating during the show. Ticket prices are around $56.99/adult (prices may vary by season).
3. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud
The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show is a dinner theater experience in Pigeon Forge, featuring a homestyle all-you-can-eat feast. Hatfield & McCoy claims to put the “fun” in dysfunctional. Guests enjoy a comical, mountain-style feud during their meal. Ticket prices are around $56.99/adult (prices may vary by season).
4. The Comedy Barn
The Comedy Barn Theater is a live music venue in Pigeon Forge. The Comedy Barn has clean comedy routine for the family and is an award-winning family comedy variety show. The shows feature magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians and live music. The Comedy Barn is also a bit more economical than some of the other local shows at just $34.99/ticket (prices may vary by season).
5. Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is a tourist attraction in Pigeon Forge located in the Shops at Lumberjack Square. The show features two feuding families as they compete through 13 competitive lumberjack events in an outdoor amphitheater. The Adventure Park features a zipline roller coaster, the High Woodsman Challenge, competitive lumberjack events and more. Tickets start at about $34.95 (prices may vary by season).
5. Impossibilities Magic Show
Erik Dobell is a master mentalist and magician. Dobell has traveled from Las Vegas to South Korea performing for audiences and companies such as the NFL, Macy’s and Goodyear, and now he performs at the historic Gatlinburg Space Needle. Ticket prices usually start at around $27.95 (prices may vary by season).
6. Theatre of the Stars
Theatre of the Stars is presented by producer John Stuart, creator of the longest running show in Vegas, Legends in Concert. The theatre offers a showcase of classic tribute shows and other performers. Prices range from $22.39 to $44.84 (prices may vary by season and performer).