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What’s New in Pigeon Forge for 2016

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2016) – Baseballs, a violin and a speeding roller coaster top the list of what’s new in Pigeon Forge for 2016. The little city with only 6,000 residents is ready to show some Great Smoky Mountain hospitality to millions of guests.

Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge – Listen for the crack of the bat and the snap of horsehide hitting leather when the $22.5 million Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge opens on March 9.

Clubhouse at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

Clubhouse at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

This six-stadium youth baseball complex will be a tournament destination for elite teams nine months of the year. Each field borrows its design from well-known professional ballparks, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Former Major League Baseball players Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken are behind the company that will draw thousands of young players to a site that offers spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Lightning Rod at Dollywood – The Dollywood theme park will add another superlative attraction this spring. It’s Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster and the world’s first launching wooden roller coaster. The thrilling $22 million ride is the largest attraction investment in the park’s history.

Lightning Rod, the world's fastest wooden roller coaster

Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster

Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph to a point 20 stories high. Lightning Rod races down a 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-foot-long track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wooden coaster in the world.

Lighting Rod joins other Dollywood thrill rides such as Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster; FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster; and Thunderhead, a wooden coaster consistently ranked one of the world’s top five wooden coasters. At the adjacent Dollywood’s Splash Country water park, RiverRush stands as Tennessee’s first and only water coaster.

Wallace Hartley Violin – When the RMS Titanic sank into the frigid North Atlantic, a legend was born about the ship’s bandleader, Wallace Hartley. His cherished violin was found strapped to his body after the sinking and was returned to his fiancée, only to be lost to the world for almost a century. It sold at auction in 2013 for $1.7 million.

Pigeon Forge visitors can see the Hartley violin in a special exhibition at the Titanic Museum Attraction from June 5-Aug. 14. Every day, there will be special early-morning admission for a limited number of Titanic enthusiasts to view the violin and shoot heirloom photos.

RetroRunning All Around Town – There’s a special running event April 29-31 exclusively for people age 40 and older. The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will host RetroRunning, a one-of-a-kind race because it’s the odd length of 5 miles, 916 yards. As race organizers note, everyone who runs will set a personal best for that distance.

The weekend will include programs from Jeff Galloway, the nation’s leading running coach and columnist for Runner’s World, and Rudy Maxa, travel journalist and the voice of National Geographic Traveler’s “Walks of a Lifetime” podcast.

New Hotels – Pigeon Forge’s amazing inventory of more than 14,000 lodging units will grow in 2016 with the opening of a 137-room Courtyard by Marriott property, a 112-room Hilton Garden Inn and the 178-room Black Fox Lodge.

Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

615-341-8796

Tadkinson@bohanideas.com

 

 

 

Titanic Museum Attractions Awarded World Rights to Exhibit Wallace Hartley Violin, Most Prized RMS Titanic Artifact Ever Recovered

July 2015 – The Wallace Hartley Titanic violin commanded the highest price ever paid for an RMS Titanic artifact when it was sold at auction in October 2013 by the world’s leading Titanic auctioneers, Henry Aldridge & Son Auction House of  Devizes, Wiltshire, England. Now, under exclusive arrangements with Aldridge & Sons and the secret owner they represent, this cherished violin is coming to the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in 2016, announces Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, co-owner of the Titanic Attractions.

“RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin has become the iconic symbol of the Titanic saga. Found strapped to his body after the sinking, it was returned to his wife-to-be, only to be lost to the world until it resurfaced almost a century later. Now, for the first time since an unnamed owner took possession of the violin, visitors to the Titanic Museum Attractions will be able to experience for themselves, the overwhelming sense of emotion it evokes,” says Kellogg.

“In my 20 years as an auctioneer, I can honestly say I don’t think any other article has made people show as much emotion as this one,” said auction house director Andrew Aldridge.

Exhibition dates:

* Branson, Missouri — March 7 -May 29, 2016

* Pigeon Forge, Tennessee — June 5 – August 14, 2016

On June 17, 2015, the Wallace Hartley gravesite in Colne, Lancashire, was catalogued by Historic England as a newly listed historic site. The original gravesite ceremony was held on May 17, 1912, at which time more than 30,000 mourners attended the procession for the town’s national hero. It was the largest number of people known to have attended services for an RMS Titanic victim.

Hartley’s impressive memorial is located on the main road into Colne. A small bronze plaque reads: “Wallace Hartley Bandmaster of the RMS Titanic who perished in the foundering of that vessel April 15, 1912 Erected by voluntary contributions to commemorate the heroism of a native of this town.”

In anticipation of record crowds, Titanic Museum Attractions management will feature a special, daily, Early Morning violin viewing for a limited number of Titanic enthusiasts. These VIP guests will have close, uncrowded access to the violin, where they can shoot heirloom photos of their encounter with the violin that played on and on, as Titanic slipped away.

“The Titanic violin may never be played again,” admits Kellogg. “But one of the final songs Wallace Hartley was said to have been playing during the ship’s final moments can still be heard in our imaginations:”

                                                     Nearer, my God to thee,

                                                     Nearer, my God to thee,

                                                     Nearer to thee…

Reservations are suggested by calling 800-381-7672 or going online at   www.titanicattraction.com.

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Titanic Museum Attraction:  Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, MO, the site of the first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 7 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 3.6 million visitors.

Henry Aldridge & Son: Henry Aldridge and Son are one of England’s premier auctioneers of antiques and collector’s items. It is a family-run business operated by father and son team Alan and Andrew Aldridge. They were described recently by the top collector of Ocean Liner Memorabilia worldwide as the “Leading source of high end ocean liner collectibles in the world” and are universally accepted as the premier auctioneers in the sale of Titanic and White Star Line material.

Contact:    Mary Kellogg

Phone:      800-381-7670

mail:        mkellogg10@aol.com

Website:  www.titanicattraction.com

Violin Auction House: www.henry-aldridge.com

(Devizes, Wiltshire, England)

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Deadline Approaches To Nominate ‘Super Student’ To Win $5,000 for School, Plus Family Vacation

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 29, 2015) – This Sunday (May 3) is the deadline to nominate students who set good examples so one can win $5,000 for his or her school and a family vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Pigeon Forge Super Students promotion encourages parents, teachers and friends to nominate students ages 8-14 who stand out by setting good examples and going the extra mile to benefit others.

“The winner could come from anywhere, and the good deeds could be almost anything. Perhaps it’s a child who mentors peers, perhaps it’s one who created a recycling program, perhaps it’s one who is the glue that holds a family together. We’re eager to put someone in the spotlight,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

All nominations are done online at PFSuperStudent.com. Nominators must be at least 18 years old. There will be a top winner and four secondary winners.

“We’re challenging nominators to explain a child’s special behavior carefully and briefly. There’s a 100-word cap on the supporting message,” Downey said.

The top winner gets a Pigeon Forge family vacation that includes lodging, meals and admission to attractions such as Dollywood, the Lumberjack Feud and the Titanic Museum Attraction.

That student’s school will receive an unrestricted gift of $5,000.

The other four winners will receive family passes to approximately 20 Pigeon Forge attractions, and their schools will receive $1,000.

“Every school could use extra cash for many, many purposes. We want the Super Students’ good works to have a direct impact on their schools,” Downey said.

Pigeon Forge has a long record of advocating for family vacations and organizing activities that have rewarded families.

It once gave away a tanker truckload of gasoline during a fuel shortage crisis, it saluted a military family prior to the dad’s deployment to Afghanistan with a vacation that included meeting Dolly Parton and it once organized a family’s first-ever vacation.

Pigeon Forge is a gateway city to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and home of approximately 80 visitor attractions, more than a dozen theaters and scores of restaurants and shops.

Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com and 800-251-9100.

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

 

 

 

 

Tour Companies Put Pigeon Forge Under Microscope

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Pigeon Forge is putting itself on display for 55 VIPs this week in hopes that they will bring thousands of tourists to this Great Smoky Mountains resort town.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism put the word out to the group sales industry about a three-day familiarization tour from Tuesday through Thursday.

“It filled up almost immediately with 55 tour operators from 33 companies in seven states,” said Joy McNealy, senior sales manager for the tourism department, noting that the city is entertaining companies from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

“Some who are coming needed to see all that’s new in town, and others never have been to Pigeon Forge. It’s a great opportunity to sell ourselves,” she said.

Most participating tour companies deal in retail group travel, but others specialize in student travel, family reunions and business meetings.

There is a fixed itinerary for all participants that includes Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction and performances at the Lumberjack Feud, the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, the Smoky Mountain Opry and the Grand Majestic Theater.

Then, there are options to see other shows such as Dixie Stampede, Country Tonite, Memories Theatre and the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery.

“You simply can’t show everything in town, so giving people options that suit their own needs is a necessity,” McNealy said.

A trade show on Thursday at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will provide opportunities for 35 Pigeon Forge businesses to make sales pitches. Businesses include attractions, theaters, lodging properties, cabin companies, restaurants and receptive tour companies.

“The group tour market is extremely important to Pigeon Forge,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the tourism department.

“The American Bus Association is fond of saying that just one overnight stay from a motorcoach can represent as much as $25,000 in revenue to a city. The spending per motorcoach isn’t quite that high for Pigeon Forge, of course, but every tour brings major dollars to town. We love to see tour companies’ motorcoaches roll down the Parkway,” Downey said.

Visitor information for individuals is at MyPigeonForge.com, and information for group tour leaders is at MyPigeonForge.com/group-tours.

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Contact:
Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

 

Special Escort Planned for Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Pigeon Forge Arrival

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – A caravan down the Parkway to mark the arrival of a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been added to a multi-day salute to America’s veterans in Pigeon Forge this month.

The major events are Aug. 21-24 and include the Celebrate Freedom Welcome Home Vietnam Parade on Aug. 23. The arrival of the memorial replica will get special attention on Aug. 20.

The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of several “Cost of Freedom” memorials and exhibits organized by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a self-funded and veteran-owned organization.

“We want to draw special attention to the memorial and invite interested citizens to provide an escort when it arrives in Pigeon Forge,” said Pete Smith, an organizer of the Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show, another event in the larger salute to veterans.

Veteran-led honor guards will participate, and anyone wanting to be part of the escort, which is sponsored by the Titanic Museum Attraction, Smoky Mountain Resorts and the Collier Restaurant Group, is invited to assemble at the Titanic starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 (Wednesday).

The caravan will travel from the Titanic to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will be free to the public Aug. 21-24.

Other special events for veterans include:

  • The Celebrate Freedom Welcome Home Vietnam Parade at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. While billed as “the parade they never got” for Vietnam veterans, it honors all veterans. Entertainer Louise Mandrell is the grand marshal. The special events office of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism is organizing the parade.
  • A “Salute to Patriots” at the Smoky Mountain Opry on Aug. 21.
  • “Radio Saigon,” a dinner and presentation of Vietnam-era music, on Aug. 22 at the Grand Majestic Theater.
  • A special show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede on Aug. 23.
  • A “Sunday Morning Remembrance” program with the Blackwoods on Aug. 24 at the Smoky Mountain Opry.
  • Free admission at the Titanic Museum Attraction for veterans with military identification or papers Aug. 21-24. Anyone accompanying a veteran receives a military discount.
  • Free admission to the Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show for veterans and active duty personnel Aug. 23-24.
  • Free breakfast for veterans at the Golden Corral on Aug. 23 from 7-10 a.m. before the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade.

US Tours has packaged the various elements of the event. Tour information is available at WelcomeHomeVietnam.com.

“An additional way for veterans’ families to honor their veterans is to nominate someone for recognition at the military and relic show. Nominating someone is as simple as going online to NominateYourVeteran.com,” Smith said.

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 Contact:

Pete Smith

865-908-3015

pete@smokymountainresorts.com

 

 

7 New Spring Break Diversions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2014) – Spring break can mean mountains as well as beaches, especially for families, which makes Pigeon Forge and Great Smoky Mountains National Park popular destinations for winter-weary people from many states.

Here’s a collection of new and almost-new activities for the spring break crowd.

 

  • The Titanic Museum Attraction makes history come alive with a new gallery devoted to the legacy of Margaret Brown – the woman you know as “the Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Students who were introduced to the flamboyant Ms. Brown in the movies may be surprised to learn the full story of a colorful woman who truly was a legend in her own lifetime.

 

  • The Dollywood theme park opens March 22, and its big new attraction is the FireChaser Express, a family-friendly rollercoaster that launches both forwards and backwards. FireChaser Express sends riders zooming on a 2,427-foot-long track through the park’s Wilderness Pass area. It is the first component of a $300 million investment commitment Dollywood has made for the next decade. Coming next is the 300-room DreamMore Resort, planned for a 2015 opening.

 

  • Also at Dollywood is the chance to experience the cultures of more than 20 countries during the annual Festival of Nations (March 22-April 21). One highlight is “Mother Africa,” which comes to Pigeon Forge after a recent run in New York. This 45-minute show combines African dancing, music and acrobatics in a world-class demonstration of rich rhythms and songs celebrating diverse traditions from across Africa. While the artists hail from various countries, they perform as one in this high-energy production. All Festival of Nations shows are included with park admission.

 

  • The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is a control-your-own-speed thrill ride that follows a looping one-mile route down a forested Great Smoky Mountain ridge. This attraction opened last year and was an instant hit. Patrons have enjoyed gliding down the track ever since – even during winter snowfalls.

 

  • The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 20-story-tall Ferris wheel visible from throughout Pigeon Forge, offers a panoramic view of the surrounding territory, especially towering Mt. LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The gondolas are enclosed, making the quiet rides comfortable regardless of the weather. The attraction is at the Island in Pigeon Forge, an 18-acre complex of retail, attraction, lodging and dining businesses that also recently debuted the Island Show Fountains, a $3 million attraction, whose 95 jets shoot water high into the air to musical accompaniment.

 

  • Go-cart excitement jumped to a new level with the opening of Xtreme Racing. Daring drivers can reach 40 miles per hour in the GT-5 and RT-8 model go-carts powered by 270-cc engines. There are single and dual-passenger carts.

 

  • Experiencing the weightlessness and the roll and tumble of being in space is the focus of a new four-person gyroscope attraction at WonderWorks. It is the Astronaut Training Challenge, which joins a collection of more than 100 hands-on exhibits and attractions that bring science alive at WonderWorks. Others include a hurricane room with wind that blows 65 miles an hour, an earthquake room, a space shuttle landing simulator, a ropes course and a 360-degree bicycle.

Information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com or with a toll-free call to 800-251-9100.

Island Show Fountains and Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Island Show Fountains and Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

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 Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

Titanic Pigeon Forge Lands Exhibition Rights to Privately Held ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Personal Artifact Collection

Important, New Gallery to Open Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 2013) – She inspired movies, books, an opera and a Broadway musical, and on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will add  a new dimension to the Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown legacy with the opening of an exclusive new gallery dedicated to this amazing woman, according to John Joslyn, Titanic explorer and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction.

Molly Brown

Molly Brown

“For all that has been said, shown and written about this bigger-than-life personality, nothing can compare to what our guests will experience when they see her real story come to life through personal belongings, private papers and cherished possessions. It’s the only place in the world where you can see them,” Joslyn said.

“Today, Margaret Tobin Brown is just as unforgettable as she was unsinkable, 102 years ago. I think she would be pleased to know that new generations of visitors to the museum will be inspired by the adventures of that little girl from Hannibal, Mo., who overcame poverty, struck it rich with her husband in Colorado and became a legend in her own lifetime,” Joslyn continued

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is the appointed guardian and caretaker of this valuable collection, under the auspices and direction of the legend’s great-granddaughter, Helen Benziger .

Mrs. Benziger is scheduled to make a rare, two-day appearance at the museum attraction on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-15 (Friday-Saturday). All museum attraction visitors will have a chance to meet her and hear her separate fact from fiction in the life of her famed ancestor.

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Titanic Museum Attraction:  Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, Missouri, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5.5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2.5 million visitors. Named Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, “The Titanic Museum is not to be missed” declares USA Today. For additional information about the museums visit www.titanicattraction.com  or call (800) 381-7670

Contact:  Mary Kellogg

Phone:     800-381-7670

Email:     mkellogg10@aol.com

Titanic Pigeon Forge website:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com

Media photos:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com/media

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic Jewelry Collection To Be Showcased in Jewelry Television’s First Remote Broadcast, Live from Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge

One-Day Jewelry Marathon Set for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 (12 to 2 a.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2013) – The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge and Jewelry Television (JTV), one of the largest broadcast shopping networks, are taking the Titanic Jewelry Collection on the road for the first time with a live television show Friday, Oct. 4, at the Titanic Museum Attraction, according to Museum Attraction co-owner Mary Kellogg Joslyn.

“This is the very first time JTV has ever taken a show outside of its Knoxville studios, and we’re thrilled and honored to break new ground with them. We look forward to working on site with their great staff in presenting the Titanic Jewelry Collection in an authentic Titanic setting,” Joslyn said. “This exclusive line of Titanic jewelry was inspired by the women passengers on Titanic’s maiden voyage.”

Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

“We’re excited to help share the stories of the iconic women of Titanic through jewelry,” said Kris Kulesza, vice president/general merchandising manager for JTV. “The timeless style of the jewelry worn 101 years ago continues to resonate with women today.”

From the initial launch of the Titanic Jewelry Collection in January 2012, JTV and Titanic Pigeon Forge have enjoyed one of the most successful partnerships in the broadcast shopping world. It began with when the entire collection sold out in less than a few hours during the first broadcast. Today, enthusiastic, loyal Titanic jewelry collectorsare keeping the momentum going, adding to their personal collection of high-quality pieces during each subsequent show.

“You can just imagine richly, bejeweled women making their evening appearances on Titanic’s Grand Staircase, fairly dripping in diamonds and pearls. Every woman watching on Friday, Oct. 4, will see Titanic jewels displayed against this backdrop of elegance and opulence and want to add to their collection. It’s a unique jewelry shopping spree with a mini-Titanic tour all in one,” Joslyn explained. “We value our relationship with JTV and can’t wait to give viewers the chance to experience the Titanic Museum Attraction while they shop.”

“Titanic Museum Attraction co-owner, John Joslyn’s, expedition to Titanic’s resting place at the bottom of the ocean afforded us the opportunity to collaborate on a historically accurate jewelry collection,” said Dan Chase, vice president of merchandising. “Women everywhere are now able to adorn themselves with a piece of history.”

Jamie Terrell, Titanic First Class Maid, will co-host each hour-long show and share fascinating true stories of the amazing women the Titanic Jewelry Collection honors.

Locate Jewelry Television in your area by visiting www.JTV.com/channelfinder.

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Jewelry Television (JTV) is the only broadcast shopping network that focuses exclusively on the sale of fine jewelry and gemstones. The privately held company was founded in 1993 and broadcasts high definition programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to over 80 million unique household in the U.S. Jewelry Television was recently ranked the 14th largest retailer of fine jewelry by National Jeweler. JTV.com is the fifth largest jewelry destination on the Internet, according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for 2012. For more information, visit JTV.com.

 

Titanic Museum Attraction:  Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2 million visitors. Recently named Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, “the Titanic Museum is not to be missed,” declares USA Today.  For additional information about the museums visit www.titanicattraction.com or call (800) 381-7670

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Media Contact:

Mary Kellogg
 Joslyn

417-334-9500

Mkellogg10@aol.com

Titanic Pigeon Forge website:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com

Media photos:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com/media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic Museum Attraction To Kick Off 2013 Holiday Season with Spectacular Fireworks Display Thanksgiving Evening

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 8, 2013) – The night sky will be ablaze in colorful bursts of light and fantasy on Thanksgiving evening (Nov. 28) during the Titanic Museum Attraction’s second annual fireworks extravaganza honoring the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers. The show is at 7:30 p.m.

“It will be the largest fireworks event of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway, and we look forward to celebrating a joyful evening with our community friends and neighbors,” announced John Joslyn, expedition leader of the first private exploration dive to Titanic and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction.

“Since the Titanic Museum Attraction’s grand opening in 2010, fireworks have been seen as glowing tributes to the 2,208 passengers and crew who sailed on Titanic,” said Joslyn, “Our Thanksgiving fireworks display also serves to usher in a new holiday Christmas season of  hope and promise for all of us.”

The annual tradition of a magical snowfall from the ship’s bow will be renewed on Thanksgiving weekend and will remain in the forecast for every Saturday in December.

To help make the season even brighter, Father Christmas, dressed in a style most familiar to the children aboard Titanic in 1912, will make special stops at Titanic on these magical snow days. Plus meet our Titanic ‘Fantasy’ Princess!

Visitors to the Titanic Museum Attraction will also be able to view thousands of holiday lights, Edwardian-period decorations, costumed merry-markers and a magical Gift Shoppe brimming with original, one-of-a-kind gifts.

“Every day, but especially during the holidays, we remember and honor the men, women and particularly the children who sailed on the Titanic. At this special time, our guests truly experience what it was like onboard the ship in 1912 and how it might have looked on a Christmas voyage 101 years ago,” says Joslyn.

Information about other winter events at Titanic Museum Attraction can be found online at www.titanicattraction.com. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested since many days sell out entirely. Passengers may purchase tickets online at www.titanicattraction.com or by phone at (800) 381-7670.

Titanic Museum Attraction: Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A privately owned and operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2 million visitors. For additional information about the museums, visit www.titanicattraction.com or call 800-381-7670.

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 Media Contact:
Mary Kellogg
417-334-9500
Mkellogg10@aol.com