Dollywood’s Adventure Mountain

America’s Largest Challenge Course

In 2010, Dollywood took adventure and their attractions in an entirely different direction when it opened Adventure Mountain.  Adventure Mountain is part ropes course, part obstacle course with three different course and varying degrees of difficulty.  It is one of the few attractions in Dollywood that is different each and every time you go through the course, choosing your path depending on if you think you are up to the challenge.

Here is the basic idea behind Adventure Mountain.  You step into line, you get fitted for a harness, this harness has a lead rope that will be hooked into the rail system that runs over all of the course, you then get to pick your course and you slide the rope along with you.  The rope and harness keep you safe and makes choosing the harder challenges much easier – because you know that you are safe and secure.  As you walk through each course, you will find that there is always a sturdy, though narrow walkway that is fixed and un-moving – this is for the less-adventurous out there.  But you can also choose the more difficult way to cross that section of the course.  This might be on lilypad like steps that are suspended in the air with no handrail, tires that you have to step across or a tightrope like walk from one side of a ledge to another.  But remember that you are always securely tethered to the course itself.

Adventure Mountain is divided into three distinct courses.  From easy to expert, the challenges that you face not only get more difficult, but they also go higher up the side of the valley in which Dollywood resides.


  • Geyser Gorge – This is the lowest portion of Adventure Mountain.  This is a great place to start, and it is also a good place to get your feet wet… literally.  One of the main features of this particular course is a geyser that goes off periodically as you try to traverse the gorge.  Imagine, you are walking along a narrow pathway, and all of sudden you get drenched with gallons of water.  This is the easiest course of the three and has the least climb in elevation.
  • Black Bear Cliff – This is the mid range course.  Set between Geyser Gorge and Rocky Top Trail, this course has, as its main feature, a vertigo inducing cliff that you can choose to surmount to get to the next portion of the course.  Remember that you are always in complete safety but, you can choose the easier route as well if the idea of the ledge is a little too much for you.
  • Rocky Top Trail – This is the expert trail.  You are are literally 90 feet above the ground, walking along shaky rope bridges, attached to the steel structure of Adventure Mountain.  Not for the faint of heart but the view from the top is out of this world so it is recommended to give it a try.

Adventure Mountain is a great stop during your day at Dollywood.  Turn the kids loose, knowing that they are in one area and that they are completely secured the entire time.  Or maybe you attempt to take on the tallest trail as a family, cheering each other on as you climb higher and higher.  Spend 15 minutes or spend hours as you explore all three of the courses and get your heart rate up as you take on Adventure Mountain.

The Smoky Mountain Opry

Ever wish you could find a bit of Nashville in the Smoky Mountains? Maybe? Well, while you can’t supplant the Music City in the Smokies you can definitely see a few of the great shows that Nashville is known for. One place to see those shows is the new Smoky Mountain Opry, located on the parkway in the former Miracle Theater location.

The Smoky Mountain Opry boasts a completely renovated stage area that really sets off the atmosphere of the theater. Compared to most, it’s an eye-popping . The new band cart alone has over 10,000 LED lights on it that move and change color! There are also two new “step-out” sections on each side of the stage where the performers will actually be above the audience. Add the new laser light systems to the flying rigs, surround sound and digital projection system and this show is amazing!

The Smoky Mountain Opry is the biggest production show in the area and features music from the 1940’s through today. And it is not just country! We will feature all different styles of music with tributes to the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Elvis and Michael Jackson (we saw some “Thriller” costumes!), and music from such greats as Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and Janis Joplin. Classic rock and roll, oldies, disco, gospel, as well as old country, new country and a foot-stomping patriotic segment round out the show. There really is something here for everybody!

Smoky Mountain Opry
2046 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(800) 768-1170

Biblical Times Christmas Feast

If you are looking to find the true meaning of Christmas in the SMokies then it might be worth your time to pay a visit to the Biblical Times Christmas Feast.  This brand new show in Pigeon Forge strives to give each and every visitor a taste of the true Christmas spirit and a taste of a 7 course Christmas feast at the same time.

The Show

Few shows in the Smoky Mountains are dedicated to telling the true story of Christmas.  The cast wants to be part of your families Christmas memories.  Here are the guiding purposes highlights of the show:

  • An original inspiring Christmas production for the entire family
  • Performed by world class peformers dedicated to the true Christmas story
  • Original inspirational music as well as traditional Christmas music
  • State of the art special effects never before seen in the Smoky 

What this means is that you are in for something entirely new and entirely different at the Biblical Times Theater.  Original Christmas music and traditional music mix together to highlight the voices of the cast and warm your soul as you watch the tale unfold.

The Food

The menu at Biblical Times Christmas Feast is as big as the show and the spirit of Christmas itself.  A full 7 item smorgasbord laid out before each and every person.  Each ticket adult gets:

  • Smoked Turkey
  • Grilled Pork Fillet
  • Grilled Chicken Fillet
  • Herb Garnished Red potatoes
  • Baked Beans
  • Tossed Salad
  • Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
  • and for dessert – Christmas Caramel Cream Cake
And of course, along with all this food you get a great show.  Talk about getting lots of bang for your buck!

The Biblical Times Christmas Feast is brand new and they are starting of the Christmas cheer with a great show.  They are located right on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge so they are easy to find.  If you are driving through Pigeon Forge, headed to Gatlinburg, look for traffic light #2 and take a left.  You will find yourself on Teaster Lane.  The theater is right there on the corner so it is impossible to miss.  Step inside and get your family in the Christmas mood.  Experience the joy and the feeling of the holiday season.  Let the cast pass their love for Christmas on to you and your family.

Biblical Times Christmas Feast
2391 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN

The Tomb

The Egyptian Adventure

If you are looking for something completely different for your family to do while you are in Pigeon Forge, you might want to venture into The Tomb.  The Tomb is a hands-on, indoor adventure attraction in the heart of Pigeon Forge.  You and your family take on the role of archaeologists as you head into the Tomb to discover the secrets and of course, escape with everyone in your party intact.  You get to solve puzzles and work together as a team to escape the mysteries and challenges of the Tomb.

If you are a fan of the old mummy movies, then you are going to love The Tomb.  You remember the mummy movies from back in the day, black and white movies about adventures going into the tombs of the pharaohs.  While they were in the tombs that had to solve puzzles and find a way to escape the tomb while they were escaping the mummy.  These serial adventures that played on Saturdays in the middle of the 20th century were fun for the whole family because they had just enough suspense to keep your heart pounding as you sat on the edge of your seat hoping that the heroes got out alive.  That is the feel you get while you are in The Tomb.

Of course, the big difference is that you are in The Tomb instead of watching people that are in a tomb.  You get to solve the puzzles.  You are your group will have to work together to solve countless puzzles and progress through the mzes and rooms as you work your way out of the darkness and back to the light of day.  From mazes involving mirrors to puzzles where getting a beam of light to hit a specific area is what stands between you and freedom, The Tomb might end up being one of the highlights of your trip to the Smoky Mountains.  And of course, if it is raining outside this is one of the best indoor attractions in the area.

The Tomb is located in Walden’s Landing in beautiful Pigeon Forge, TN.  If you have ever been to Pigeon Forge, you know that all the traffic lights along the Parkway are numbered.  So when you driving through Pigeon Forge, start looking for a traffic light and aim your vehicle for traffic light three.  If you look across the street from The Track you will see Walden’s Landing and you will probably see The Tomb from your car as well.  Park your car, maybe grab something to eat at one of the restaurants in and around Walden’s Landing and then take a trip into mystery, into The Tomb.

The Tomb
Walden’s Landing
Pigeon Forge, TN

Smith Family Dinner Theater

The Smith Family Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge is fun for the whole family – music, comedy, impersonations, and all to some good southern cooking.

Over the years The Smith Family Dinner Show has received numerous accolades and been hailed countless times as one of the best shows in the Smokies…. And it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Anyone who enjoys classic country music, and inspirational gospel quartet style music will love the Smith Family Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. But it’s not just their musical numbers they’re known for, the theater has expanded its offerings over the years to include a clean family comedy portion of the show, Hollywood impersonations, a tribute to the “Andy Griffith Show”, and currently they’re featuring the new Hazzard County Hoedown Dinner Show. Come eat an hour before the show starts and have a great night in Pigeon Forge!

Now you wondering if you just heard the words “dinner show.” You did. The Smith Family Dinner Theater is well known for their all-you-can-eat southern dinner buffet. Sit back, relax, eat, and be entertained. What more can you ask for?

So who’s the inspiration for this simple premise and that turned into a rousing success? None other than Charlie, Jim, and Charlie Bob Smith, who also double as part of the show.

A few of the more popular shows at the Smith Family Theater include the Back to the 50’s and Beyond Show featuring 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s hits from such movies as Grease and Footloose, a patriotic performance and an Elvis tribute. Enjoy classic hits from the King of rock and roll such as Blue Suede Shoes, Peggy Sue, Jailhouse Rock and many more. Evening shows feature an all-you-can-eat Smoky Mountain BBQ buffet.

You’ll also find the only “Character Breakfast” in the Smoky Mountains at the Smith Family Dinner Theater. Dig in to a tasty breakfast for only $4.99 featuring such morning favorites as eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown rounds, grits, biscuits & gravy, and all served buffet style. That’s in addition to our new “Made to Order” omelets and pancakes. All the while you will be greeted by your favorite characters like Davy Crockett and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. It’s fun for the whole family, and grandparents love it too! You’ll new characters no matter how many times you visit.

Located at 2330 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, the Character Breakfast is open from 7:30 to 11:30 am, 7 days a week. Children 3 years of age and under eat FREE. For additional information on the breakfast or dinner shows, call toll free at 866-399-8100 or local at 865-429-8100. You may also visit

Memories Theater Re-Opens at Original Site

Memories Theater Re-Opens at Original Site on the Parkway next to Country Tonite Theatre.

The Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge is starting over right where it began. In fact, it’s the place where most remember the Memories Theatre for over two decades.

After closing the original venue when The Titanic Attraction was looking to expand, Memories Theatre owners announced recently that they were moving back to their original location (140 Showplace Blvd) when those plans were scraped.

According to Memories Theatre owner Dee Gallon, the theatre is building itself back up again.

“It was totally gutted,” Gallon said. “We had nothing, and even more to our surprise when we came in nothing that was left could be used. It all had to be discarded and start over again.”

Everything from the stage to the seats were replaced before re-opening Thursday for their first performance in their sort-of-new place. Although, just because they’re in new digs, doesn’t mean everything is new. Many of the same performers people have come to know and love are back, including Elvis. I mean, what would a show at the Memories Theatre be without Elvis?

The second half of Memories’ show Elvis and Friends features one of the biggest stars in the Smokies: Lou Vuto as Elvis. Lou has been performing in Pigeon Forge for more then 15 years, and most of that time has been spent at the Memories Theater. Lou brings the King back to life atwith each and every performance. From the first note, Lou captures the warmth, power and charisma that was the King of Rock and Roll all the way down to the soles of his platform boots. The audience gets to take in the hours of research that Lou has put in learning about Elvis’ habits on stage. He has studied the movements and vocalizations of Elvis Presley to the point that he can reproduce them to the delight of Elvis fans from all over the world.

Meanwhile, the Friends section of the show first also remains the same. During the first half of the show, celebrity tribute artists from all over the country take the stage to entertain visitors. From Conway Twitty and the other Outlaws of Country Music to the Blues Brothers, the celebrity tribute artists that take the stage throughout the season are remarkable and give you the ability to see some artists that have passed on and some that you wouldn’t get to see in this more intimate setting. Can you imagine seeing Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on the same stage… you still can at Memories!

Additionally, owners with the Memories Theatre signed a lease that should keep them in their new location, which seats 500 guests, just off the Parkway for the next 16 years. If you look at things in a landmark sort of way, that means they should be right beside Country Tonight Theatre for these next 16 years.

Call toll free for reservations:
1-800-325-3078 or (865) 428-7852

Country Tonite Theatre

The Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge features performances by some of the areas most talented artists as well as country music stars.

If you love concerts, especially those featuring country music artists, you might want to take in a show at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge sometime soon. The venue and its performers have taken home numerous awards over the years including a recent Reader’s Choice award for best show in the Smokies.

Country Tonite is a show for all ages in Pigeon Forge featuring production numbers you would regularly see at a major concert series or awards show. Country Tonite employs some of the best singers, dancers and musicians in the business. And it’s not just country artists either. Country Tonite now features hilarious comedy acts, is one of the only venues in the Smokies to feature youth performers, as well as gospel singers. Guests at a Country Tonite performance also get to witness a special patriotic salute to U.S. veterans  during the show.

Along with their “Best Show in the Smokies” notoriety, Country Tonite has also garnered recognition for “Best Live Country Show in America”, and “Country Music Show of the Year” from various outlets. Once you see a show, it’s pretty easy to see how they win all these awards.

The Country Tonite Theatre is located along the parkway in Pigeon Forge. In all, it’s a 1,500-seat multi-million dollar facility equipped with state-of the art sound and lighting, as well as two giant video screens.

The 2012 celebrity concert series features performances by such renowned artists as Merle Haggard, Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, Ronnie McDowell, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Mel Tillis, George Jones, Mickey Gilley, Don Williams and Ray Stevens.

The holiday season features an all new set of shows beginning November 1. Come see renditions of Christmas favorites combined with beautiful choreography, brightly decorated holiday sets and colorful costumes. Enjoy and sing along to a number of holiday classics that bring back memories of Christmases past. You’ll also be privy to some special guest performers during the Christmas season that don’t come around except for this time of year in Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, and everyone’s favorite ballerina in the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Concert-goers will notice as their favorite toys come alive to such holiday classics as “Where are you Christmas”. Bring the whole family to this magical Christmas presentation and set the mood for a wonderful holiday season at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.

For a schedule of show times, visit the Country Tonite Theatre’s show page here.

Show times are subject to change and children 12 years of age and under are FREE with a paying adult.

Country Tonite Theatre
129 Showplace Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Toll Free: 1-800-792-4308
Local: 865-453-2003

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

Looking to skydive without having to do it from a plane? Try Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge and experience the thrill indoors.

So you’ve always wanted to go skydiving, but you’re not too keen about jumping out of a plane at an altitude that takes way too long to count up to? Well, you’re in luck if you’ve decided to come down to Pigeon Forge for the day. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving takes the enormous heights out of the equation and lets you experience the thrill of the dive indoors.

Here, you’ll experience the feel of skydiving in a 21 foot tall vertical wind tunnel with 120 mph winds. Each participant receives approximately 3 minutes of free-fall time.

There are a few things you must do in order to take advantage of the skydive simulator at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge, TN. Come by in whatever you’re comfortable in, you’ll be given a flight suit, goggles, earplugs, gloves and helmet. If you need close-toed shoes, Flyaway has some you can borrow. You’ll start out with a 20-minute training session to get you fully educated on the experience and so you’ll know what to expect. That session is followed by a 15 minute term of equipment prep and dress.

Persons eligible to participate include just about anyone. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied in class by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age. Children must weigh over 40 pounds. You should be in good physical condition and meet height and weight guidelines. To participate, as a rule of thumb for men, maximum weight for 6 foot and taller is 230 pounds, for men. For women, maximum weight for 6 foot and taller is 200 pounds.

If you’re a skydiver looking to make your first solo jump, Flyaway Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge is an excellent way to practice free-falling.

First Flight – $34.00
3 min per person

Repeat Flight – $22.00
3 min per person

Family Block – $155.00
15 minute session
Up to 5 flyers
Free DVD service

Book of Five – $110.00
Five 3 min flights for 1 person

DVD Service – $16.00

Prices DO NOT include tax

Check out the latest coupons and discounts at Flyaway’s special page – coupons.

Call 1.877.293.0639 for information on group reservations or facility rental.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
3106 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN

Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride

A Boat Trip into the Pre-Historic Past

The Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride is a multi-million dollar attraction in the heart of Pigeon Forge.  Looking for something different and exciting to fill part of your afternoon?  The Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride is going to be right up your alley.  The boat ride takes you back in time to the land of the dinosaurs, featuring dozens of animatronic dinosaurs on every side as you take your boat ride through the past.

Located right on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, you are going to see the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride from your car as you head to or from Gatlinburg.  If you are headed from traffic light ‘0’ (the beginning of Pigeon Forge) toward Gatlinburg, start counting.  When you get to traffic light ‘3,’ start watching on your right for the huge building that houses the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride.  It is going to be on your right and it is very hard to miss.  Trust me, your kids will see it and let you know that you have arrived.

Imagine a ride through Jurassic Park, but on a boat instead of in a jeep.  After you have purchase your ticket to adventure for your whole family, the attendant will help you climb into the boat.  Even from the outside of the attraction you will realize what is going on.  The t-rex and the velociraptor fighting above the pathway of the boat are a dead giveaway.  Once you are in the boat your adventure begins and you journey into the cave and back in time.

Inside the attraction you are surrounded by animatronic dinosaurs.  You start in a very peaceful side of the Jurassic period.  Herbivores tower over the boat you are in.  As you progress the ride takes on a darker side as the carnivores come out to play.  Along with world-class animatronices, the sound design in the ride is perfect.  From the sound of insects buzzing around to the actual vocalizations of the dinosaurs, the ride becomes immersive and a little bit intense.  By the end you will be trying to climb out of the boat to get away from the monsters.  This ride will get your heart pounding and bring your family closer together as you huddle for ‘protection.’

Take the family on the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride.  Remind the kids that it is just a ride and that they are perfectly safe.  Then have your spouse remind you that you are safe and that it is just a ride.

Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride
2806 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN

Memories Theater

Elvis & Friends!

What do you say to seeing Elvis, Conway Twitty, The Judds, Willie Nelson and the Blues Brothers all on stage together?  There is a show in Pigeon Forge that allows you to have this kind of experience all under one roof:  Memories Theater in Pigeon Forge!

The show at Memories is called Elvis and Friends.  Let’s take a look at the Friends section of the show first.  During the first half of the show, celebrity tribute artists from all over the country take the stage to entertain visitors to the Smoky Mountains.  From Conway Twitty and the other Outlaws of Country Music to the Blues Brothers, the celebrity tribute artists that take the stage throughout the season are remarkable and give you the ability to see some artists that have passed on and some that you wouldn’t get to see in this more intimate setting.  Can you imagine seeing Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on the same stage… you can at Memories!

Then in the second half you see one of the biggest stars in the Smokies:  Lou Vuto as Elvis. Lou has been performing in Pigeon Forge for more then 15 years, most of that time has been spent at Memories Theater.  Lou brings the King back to life at each and every performance.  From the first note to the patriotic climax, Lou captures the warmth, power and charisma that was the King of Rock and Roll.  The audience gets to take in the hours of research that Lou has put in learning about Elvis’ habits on stage.  He has studied the movements and vocalizations of Elvis Presley to the point that he can reproduce them to the delight of Elvis fans from all over the world.

If you are looking for the home to the tribute artist in Pigeon Forge, look no further then Memories Theater.  This theater is located on Showplace Blvd.  If you are headed down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, driving toward Gatlinburg, Showplace Blvd is on the left hand side of the road.  When you see Country Tonite, move into the turn lane and head up the road beside Country Tonite.  Memories will be on the right hand side of the road at the top of the hill (if you continued up this road you would come to Zorb Smoky Mountains).

Next time you are going to be in Pigeon Forge, take in a show.  Call ahead or go online and find out which tribute artists will be performing at Memories Theater.  Get your ticket early, sit up front, get ready to be entertained.  Get ready to see celebrities from yesterday and today. Get ready to see the King of Rock and Roll:  Elvis Presley!

Memories Theater
140 Showplace Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN