Theaters and dinner shows in The Smokies close thru May 9 due to coronavirus concerns

Due to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, World Choice Investments will be closing its facilities Pigeon Forge until May 9. Those closures affect: The Comedy Barn Theater Dolly Parton’s Stampede Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Pirates Voyage Smoky Mountain Opry “We have been following the coronavirus crisis very closely and based on the new […]

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Dollywood theme park commits to paying employees during coronavirus closure

With the coronavirus being declared as a national emergency on Friday, many local businesses and restaurants in the Smokies have been addressing concerns about the virus, and some have decided to close their doors.  Most notably, Dollywood announced on Friday that the 35th season opening for general guests would be postponed until March 28.  Dolly […]

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Old Dad’s, Best Italian, Don Marco’s, Buddy’s BBQ and The Red Tomato provide free meals to kids during coronavirus crisis

With the coronavirus being declared a national emergency on Friday, Sevier County Schools decided to close their doors until March 30. While this move potentially protects thousands of children from spreading the deadly virus, it may also cause  problems for the hundreds of kids across the county who rely on free or reduced-cost school lunches. […]

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Business closures in the Smokies: How attractions are responding to the coronavirus pandemic

With the coronavirus being declared as a national emergency on March 13, many local businesses and restaurants in the Smokies have been addressing concerns about the virus, and several have decided to close their doors.  One of the first businesses to close was Dollywood, who originally announced that the 35th season opening for general guests […]

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Review of Tennessee’s Wilderness at the Smokies: 3 Pros and Cons, What to Know Before You Go

Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort includes an impressive list of amenities, including Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark, two outdoor waterparks, an adventure ropes course, laser tag, mini golf, an arcade, on-site restaurants and much more.  The resort opened in the late 2000s, so unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of experiencing it as a kid. […]

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