Why wait until New Years to see fireworks? The Titanic attraction in Pigeon Forge is planning on sending the year out with a bang, just a month or so early. So, on November 22, they are going to pay tribute to the 2,208 people who lost their life aboard the Titanic with a spectacular fireworks display.
The night sky will be filled with fireworks that night as we all celebrate the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers. Officials with the Titanic attraction say it will be the largest fireworks event on the Smoky Mountain Parkway since the museum’s grand opening in 2010.
And that’s not all…. Guests will be able to take in the Titanic’s holiday lighting display, Edwardian-period decorations, the liner’s costumed staff, and a gift shoppe overflowing with original, one-of-a-kind gifts.
At Titanic Pigeon Forge, visitors get a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the luxury liner’s past. Guests can walk what the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic would have been like before that fateful day. You’ll also get to view some 400 artifacts pulled directly from the ship’s remains on the ocean floor. Touch a real iceberg while you’re there, put your hands in actual 28-degree water, and try to balance yourself on a sloping deck.
Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum Attraction is a gateway to 1912. Between the educated crew and the 400-plus priceless artifacts on display throughout the museum, it’s really a homage to the lives of those passengers and crew members on board the Titanic’s maiden voyage. It’s also a collection valued at over $4.5 million.
The Titanic Memorial Room lists the 2,208 people who died in that voyage. Each name is inscribed on the wall. Guests can match their boarding pass, which lists a passenger’s name, with the pass-holder’s fate there.
You definitely do not want to miss the Grand Staircase. Constructed from the original Harland & Wolff plans with its oak carvings and cherub statue, the Grand Staircase is a work of art in its own right. Its oak wall paneling and elaborate railings and iron scroll work come alive in the light. Listen carefully to hear what the floor was made of – something considered most expensive for 1912.
A few of the activities guests can enjoy while touring the museum include:
– Simulating loading coal into a burning furnace.
– Getting into an actual size lifeboat. Sending an SOS signal, and tying rope knots.
– Steering a ship.
– Standing on the Titanic’s bridge and hearing the Captain’s commands.
– Standing on the deck of the ship’s stern and experiencing the different precise angles of the ship as it gradually descended into the water over a span of 2 hours and 40 minutes.
– For young guests eight and under, there is a special section (Tot-Titanic) devoted to them with various interactive games and stations.