PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2016) – After a 2015 season which saw Dixie Stampede’s show reimagined with a $2.5 million renovation, “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” returns Jan. 15 for its 29th season featuring a high-spirited adventure sure to bring a smile to every face.
Last season’s renovations saw a state-of-the-art, LED wall backdrop added to Dixie Stampede’s 35,000-square-foot arena. Renovations also included new audio and lighting technology and several other fascinating new show enhancements that left guests marveling at the end result. At the end of the season, one thing was certain—the changes received a resounding positive response from visitors.
“Our team worked hard to create an entirely new atmosphere for the show and they certainly succeeded,” said Dixie Stampede President Jim Rule. “Our guests were delighted to see their favorite Pigeon Forge show as never before. We are thankful for everyone who came to experience our new adventure in 2015.”
Shortly after entering the arena, guests understand Dixie Stampede’s high-spirited adventure is unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Accentuated by newly added video mapping, the floor of the arena is filled with images of stampeding horses so lifelike, the thundering hooves rattle the guests’ tables. From there, Dixie Stampede’s talented cast of performers lead the show’s impressive stable of 32 magnificent horses through a spirited display of equestrian skill.
Throughout the show, the striking LED wall, consisting of 12.5 million LED lights, creates an experience so immersive, guests feel as if they have been instantly transported deep in to the natural beauty of the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains. Clouds roll across the mountains, the sun sets over the horizon in the distance and the night sky fills with a brilliant patchwork of stunning stars. Dixie Stampede’s high-spirited adventure provides an experience unlike anything offered in the region.
The show’s equine stars challenge each other in barrel races and other thrilling competitions, all in the name of Dixie Stampede’s friendly rivalry between the North and South. Audience members even may find themselves called in to help their side to victory.
Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Dixie Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.
Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the Dixie Belle Saloon with the side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music of Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s house band. The band performs one hour prior to show time. Show times and reservations are available by calling 1-800-356-1676 or visiting www.dixiestampede.com.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction operates in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri. Pirates Voyage, another Dolly Parton Company, operates in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A new venue opens in Pigeon Forge this spring.
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