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New Zombie Attraction Opens at Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 12, 2015) – The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Pigeon Forge has opened its newest thrill attraction Outbreak – Dread the Undead, according to Tej Sundher of Kuvera Partners.

The year-round haunted attraction joins the Hollywood Wax Museum, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, and Castle of Chaos at the hilltop site on Showplace at Parkway.

gI_134418_PHOTO_OBMB_Girls-With-View-Through-Window-3-Low-Res_2014-10-17Outbreak offers a high energy, thrill-a-minute haunted walk-through experience filled with hordes of the undead. The adventure takes place in the laboratory of ChemaCorp, a global leader in biotechnology, medical research, and defense contracting, where guests will come face to face with a military experiment gone terribly wrong. Alpha Strain, a viral compound designed to enhance soldier DNA, has turned test subjects and the entire research staff into aggressive zombies that must be stopped.

“Outbreak sets a new milestone in haunted attractions,” says Sundher. “The sets and scenes were created to be as authentic as possible. In addition to phenomenal live scares, we used next-generation animatronic characters, which are the first of their kind in this industry.”

All of the hyper-realistic looking zombie characters have their movements randomized with unique body motions, allowing them to choose how they move each time they are triggered. This gives a more lifelike performance and ensures that the characters never quite move the same way twice.

Guests are bombarded with sights, sounds, fog, aerosol attacks and even smells that blur the lines between fiction and reality. The audio in Outbreak was composed by two Emmy-award-winning sound designers who have worked for more than 30 years in film and television. Five unique scents (hospital, haunted house, boiler room, rotting decay and campfire) are pumped into the attraction at key locations to make it all the more fun and creepy.

“We are extremely proud of the growth Pigeon Forge has experienced in the last few years, including the development of the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center,” says Mayor David Wear. “To see a great company like Kuvera Partners continue to invest in local tourism and provide popular, high quality attractions is wonderful and definitely contributes to our success as a destination. We are excited to welcome Outbreak and can’t wait to see how we fare against those zombies!”

The new attraction in Pigeon Forge builds upon Kuvera’s success with its original Outbreak in Myrtle Beach, S.C., opened last June.

According to Sundher, “We’ve about doubled the square footage and added ten more scenes to the experience in Pigeon Forge. Its size and scope make it one of the largest and most technically-advanced, year-round haunted attractions in the country.”

Outbreak will be included in the new All Access Pass, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy all four attractions for a discounted price. The facility is open 365 days a year from 9 am until late. For hours and additional information, visit Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center.

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-PIGEON FORGE 
The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is a multi-attraction landmark located in Pigeon Forge on Showplace Blvd. Four attractions make up the complex: Hollywood Wax Museum, 5D Castle of Chaos, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors and the new Outbreak. The two-story Hollywood Wax Museum is the largest in the country and includes a VIP Observation Deck offering extensive views of the Smoky Mountains. From playing with the stars at the interactive wax museum to scoring points for shooting rats and bats in a 5D theater, the Hollywood Entertainment Center draws guests of all ages into the worlds of movies, magic, fantasy and adventure.

ABOUT KUVERA PARTNERS 
Based in Los Angeles, Kuvera Partners is a privately-held corporation with interests in the attractions, self-storage and real estate industries. Founded in 1965, the company’s history of success is the result of its ongoing research and continual development of resources and relationships.

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Contact:

Aileen Stein
aileen@kuverapartners.com
(805) 732-6372

Five Fall Foliage Vantage Points in Pigeon Forge

Drive-it-yourself alpine slide, 200-foot-tall observation wheel new to list

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2013) – Autumn in East Tennessee gets people thinking about two things, football and fall foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The tourist destination of Pigeon Forge offers five very elevated ways to view what Mother Nature paints in the mountains this season.

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

This drive-it-yourself thrill ride opened this summer in a wooded cove along Wears Valley Road just off Pigeon Forge’s bustling Parkway.

 

Smoky Mountains Alpine Coaster

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

One or two passengers buckle on to open-air sleds that are pulled 1,385 feet up a hillside and into the trees and then turned loose for a 3,940-foot-long zip back to the starting point. You control the brakes and set your own speed along the sweeps, turns and spirals of the elevated track.

It’s eerily quiet since you’re not near other sleds – unless you whoop with delight as you enjoy the mountain scenery on an experience more than a mile long.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

The Island in Pigeon Forge is an emerging attraction/retail/dining/lodging complex in the heart of town, and it’s impossible to miss because of its first attraction – the Great Smoky

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Mountain Wheel.

It’s an observation wheel that reaches 200 feet above the Little Pigeon River and carries 42 glass gondolas on gentle, circular rides. Each climate-controlled gondola can carry eight passengers.

After viewing the mountains from this unusual perch, a variety of restaurants await you on the ground. A Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant is to open this winter.

Wonders of Flight

Wonders of Flight is a French-made helium balloon of gigantic proportions. How big, you ask? The balloon is 72 feet in diameter, and the gondola underneath it carries 30 passengers.

Wonders of Flight

Wonders of Flight

 

The balloon rises 500 feet into the air on a steel cable. There are amazing views of Pigeon Forge, Mt. LeConte, other peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on a really clear day all the way to Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky meet – at least according to the balloon captain.

Wonders of Flight is part of WonderWorks, the wacky, upside-down science attraction at the north end of Pigeon Forge. Its operators call the balloon ideal for weddings, birthdays and general autumn sightseeing.

Wild Eagle at Dollywood

One of the quickest glimpses of Great Smoky Mountain fall color comes with a big dose of excitement – it’s the view you get at the peak of Dollywood’s Wild Eagle rollercoaster.

Wild Eagle at Dollywood

Wild Eagle at Dollywood

Wild Eagle, America’s first wing-design coaster, sits atop the highest ridge in Dollywood, so your elevation is substantial. After you crest the peak, however, fall color becomes an exciting blur.

Wild Eagle earned two major awards when it opened in 2012 – Best New Attraction, according to the National Amusement Park Historical Association, and Best New Theme Park Ride from Amusement Today magazine.

Great Ape Observation Deck

The Great Ape of Pigeon Forge clings to the side of the Hollywood Wax Museum and towers 102 feet above the Parkway.

Great Ape of Pigeon Forge

Great Ape of Pigeon Forge

The ape is at a rather high point in Pigeon Forge, and there’s an observation platform right beside his toothy maw. Access to the platform – and the opportunity for some very unusual photos – is provided with select attraction tickets.

Complete information about visiting Pigeon Forge is at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

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 Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796