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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

Outdoor Gravity Park on a Roll in Pigeon Forge

 PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 9, 2015) – Pigeon Forge’s newest attraction offers two wet and slippery attractions and one dry activity, and it plans to add two more adventures this summer.

It is Outdoor Gravity Park, a new business on the former Zorb site that features the New Zealand iconic OGO adventure and the spinning-in-place Fishpipe.

Fishpipe at Outdoor Gravity Park

Fishpipe at Outdoor Gravity Park

The OGO is a plastic sphere 11 feet in diameter, with a smaller sphere inside. One, two or three passengers make a Superman-like dive into the inner sphere, get doused with water (that’s the slippery part) and then roll down a steep 1,000-foot-long hill. Slip! Slide! Get Wet! No tumbling!

Outdoor Gravity Park has carved five OGO routes down the hill. Two of the routes are straightaways, and three are zigzag routes.

Riders wanting a completely different experience enter a special OGO with harness seating and take a revolving roll down the hill.

The Fishpipe is a totally new attraction – a rotating barrel water slide. The barrel is made of plastic and is suspended in a steel frame.

Passengers can go solo, duo or trio and Slip! Slide! Get Wet! You will cover more distance than any lateral water slide.

An electric motor spins the barrel at up to 45 revolutions per minute. At a moderate speed, riders slide for three-fourths of a mile. At full speed, the ride is equivalent to a mile-long water slide. Slip! Slide! Get Wet! No tumbling!

“Our site is 17 acres, and we have plenty of room to grow. We plan to add two more attractions this summer. Rest assured that both will feature gravity and fun,” says Chris Roberts, an owner and mechanical engineer.

Outdoor Gravity Park is just off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge at Traffic Light #1. For more information, go online at www.OutdoorGravityPark.com and visit us on Facebook.

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Contact:

Sarah Beth Nelius: SarahBeth@outdoorgravitypark.com

Courtney Allred: Courtney@outdoorgravitypark.com

865-366-2687

OGO on a roll

OGO on a roll

Gerald Dickens To Perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Inn at Christmas Place

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 30, 2014) – The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge will host three performances of “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 5 and 6. This heartwarming show-of-the-season is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens. 

Gerald, an actor and producer hailing from Oxford, England, will enact his captivating, one-man rendition of the timeless holiday classic.

Gerald bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867 reading his literary works before spellbound audiences. Historians report that “A Christmas Carol” was his favorite piece to perform. 

Gerald Dickens

Gerald Dickens

According to Gerald, his great-great-grandfather adored theater and initially wanted to be an actor but pursued writing as a career for practical purposes. For many years Gerald says that he himself “avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague.” But in 1993, when a friend asked him to do a reading of “A Christmas Carol” on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for an historical restoration project, he couldn’t turn him down. To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it, and has been delighting audiences around the world with his performance ever since.

During his energetic one-man show, Dickens brings “A Christmas Carol” to life.  He leaps, he sobs, he laughs . . . as he entertains . . . depicting 26 characters of the classic tale, with just a table, wing chair, and hat rack accompanying him on stage. 

He has created different postures and voices for each character, achieving this so adeptly that the audience has no doubt about “who is who,” so to speak. Says Bob Byers, President of Byers’ Choice Ltd., “It’s a wonderful show – a great family tradition – the best way I know of to kick off the holiday season.”

Dickens will perform three shows at The Inn at Christmas Place, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.  To purchase show tickets, call the hotel at 865-868-0525.  A limited number of hotel packages including show tickets and souvenirs are also available.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for students. Public high schools in Sevier County are receiving five tickets each, in hopes that the play might be an inspiration to the next generation of actors and actresses!

Everyone is invited to meet Dickens at Christmas Place on Thursday, Nov. 6, from noon until 3 p.m., where he will sign a special selection of books and gifts. He will be happy to pose for photos during the signing as well.

This year marks his fifth appearance at The Inn at Christmas Place and Christmas Place.

“Many of our guests have returned year after year to see Gerald’s performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ because he relates in a personal way to every member of the audience,” says company president Carolyn Fairbank-Biggs. “It’s one of the most entertaining shows I have seen – and I didn’t expect his performance to have me laughing so much!”

All photographs, audio, and video recordings are prohibited during the performances.

Dickens returns to the U.S. for his 2014 tour that will take him to more than a dozen states across the country. He will transform manufacturing facilities, churches, hotel ballrooms and lobbies into scenes straight out of the classic holiday tale, much as Scrooge was transformed from a dispirited miser into a joyous soul after his Christmas Eve encounter with ghosts from the past, present and future.

His performance is produced by Byers’ Choice Ltd., makers of the nationally known Carolers® and Kindles® figurines, located in Chalfont, Pa. For more information on Dickens’ 2014 tour calendar, visit www.byerschoice.com or phone 215-822-6700.

Find more information about his appearances at The Inn at Christmas Place, his biography, and links to video information, go to  www.innatchristmasplace.com/geralddickens.cfm or by call 1-888-465-9644.

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Contact:

Janet Donaldson

865-868-0571

janet@christmasplace.com

 

Pigeon Forge’s Wilderness Wildlife Week Eyes 25th Celebration of the Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2014) – Preparations are underway for the 25th presentation of Wilderness Wildlife Week, Pigeon Forge’s annual salute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and numerous outdoor recreation topics. Dates are Jan. 24-31, 2015.

East Tennessee wildlife photographer Ken Jenkins had no idea his suggestion for a winter program about the Great Smoky Mountains would become a much-loved winter event that draws visitors from across the U.S.

The first year of what became Wilderness Wildlife Week was a half-day of programs on a Saturday. It was so successful that it blossomed into a weeklong event in its second year.

It now features 400 programs spread over eight days, including a series of hikes and excursions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Wilderness Wildlife Week hikes range from easy to strenuous.

Wilderness Wildlife Week hikes range from easy to strenuous.

Wilderness Wildlife Week 2014 had attendees from 41 states. Hawaii wasn’t represented, but Alaska was, event organizers noted.

Total program attendance was 27,800, and almost 550 hikers logged 2,588 miles. New for 2014 was the Southern Trout Fly Fishing Fair, a day of programs about mountain trout, fly-fishing and fly-tying put on by the online magazine Southern Trout, an online magazine. The second Southern Trout Fly Fishing Fair is set for Jan. 31.

Each year offers photography workshops, wildlife lectures, mountain music mini-concerts, crafts classes and special sessions for children.

More than 200 experts – nature photographers, biologists, raptor rehabilitators, social historians, musicians and just plain folks who grew up in the Smokies – donate their time to lead the programs.

Raptors always are a big hit at Wilderness Wildlife Week.

Raptors always are a big hit at Wilderness Wildlife Week.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism organizes the week, and admission is free. Most of the events are indoors at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, a city-owned special events facility.

Wilderness Wildlife Week, named 10 times as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, is a part of Pigeon Forge Winterfest, which starts in November and goes through February.

Pigeon Forge completes Winterfest with Saddle Up, a celebration of cowboy poetry, western music and chuck wagon cooking, Feb. 18-22.

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

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

615-341-8796

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

 

 

108 Girls’ Softball Teams Fill Pigeon Forge for SEAA World Series Action

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 18, 2014) – Expect to see hundreds of hyper-competitive, fun-loving girls in Pigeon Forge for the next week.

 The reason is the 2014 World Series of the Sporting Events Association of America (SEAA) that has attracted 108 teams from 16 states. Teams are from the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest, including some from as far away at Texas and Wisconsin.

All games are at Pigeon Forge’s Wear Farm City Park. The opening ceremony is Sunday (July 20) at Smokies Park in Kodak and will include a parade of teams.  Tournament play concludes July 27.

Tennessee Thunder from Marion County, Tenn.

Tennessee Thunder from Marion County, Tenn.

Mullins said that while competition is the first reason that teams participate, the area’s vacation appeal is a major contributor to the tournament’s success.“We have grown steadily from our first year, when we had 20 teams, to having 108 teams this year. It’s a major undertaking,” said Freddie Mullins, co-owner of SEAA with her husband, Jim.

“Most people make this a family vacation. The tournament has an organized event at Dixie Stampede, teams go to Dollywood on their own schedules and people scatter to enjoy all of the things do see and do here,” Mullins said.

Wear Farm City Park opened in March 2013, utilizing 40 acres for five lighted softball/baseball fields, a lighted football field, a playground, two shelters, a basketball court, two concession stand/restroom buildings and walking trails.

Teams in the SEAA tournaments are guaranteed four games.

“We set schedules so teams can enjoy the games and have time to enjoy Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains, too,” Mullins said.

Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey noted that sports tourism is a growing segment of the travel industry.

“Youth sports are big, and tournaments such as the SEAA World Series have a huge impact. Pigeon Forge’s family appeal and youth sports really go together well,” Downey said.

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Contacts:

For SEAA

Freddie Mullins

seaayouth@aol.com

865-603-3405

 

For Pigeon Forge

Tom Adkinson

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

 

 

 

Smoky Mountain Opry Kicks Off Spectacular New Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 2014) – The Smoky Mountain Opry, the largest stage production in the Smokies, has a brand new production show with new acts and new songs for this season.

The show begins with an electrifying opening with a laser light show and then the entrance of several featured singer/dancers descending on the stage in illuminated boxes.

The show blends new performances from the theater’s entertainment team with lots of new special effects. Highlights include a new country section with hot country chart toppers, an entire Broadway segment with lots of new songs, a circus and magic section and brand new instrumental, patriotic and inspiration/gospel music.

Silk aerialists Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev

Silk aerialists Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev

There is also a live band, led by new bandleader, Johnny Hodges, a trumpet player and former musician on Carnival Cruise Lines. The newest addition to the Smoky Mountain Opry Show is soulful singer Curtis “CJ” Jefferson, former musical director, vocal couch and lead vocalist for the “Soul of Motown” at the Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge.

A recent addition to the show is Greg Stout, who has performed at several local venues including the Smith Family Dinner Theater and the Hazzard County Hoedown. Stout has gained a big local following with hundreds of members from his fan club returning to the show week after week to see him perform.

Returning to the show is a former member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group, a former Rockette, a Las Vegas silk aerialist, a famous juggler, a well-known magician and live exotic animals.

On the vocal side, returning for the show this season are powerhouses Lakieta Bagwell (who has sung with Dolly Parton and her brother Randy and sister Rachel, with Lee Greenwood, and at many venues including Dollywood, Southern Nights, the American Music theater and the Grand Ole Opry), and Kendal Manning from the Smith Theater and American Jukebox Show.

Also returning are master of ceremonies and powerful country crooner T.C. Barnette (formerly of Dollywood) and his country/gospel vocalist wife, Jessie (formerly of Dollywood and Smith Family Dinner Theater).

“This fabulous, high-energy show tugs on people’s heart strings,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

“We have the most elaborate and largest cast of dancers and musicians in the Smokies,” Fee said. “It is two hours of non-stop wow, with lasers and many special effects.”

Manning performs a heartwarming rendition of ‘Memory’ from the Broadway production of “Cats.”  Bagwell performs an unforgettable, dynamic rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” and a vibrant performance of “I Will Always Love You.”

Featured in the show is the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known by his stage name of “Slim Chance.”

Slim is a sophisticated, juggling hillbilly with an off-beat sense of humor.  He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a Ping Pong ball, saw blades and many other items in his act, with lots of audience interaction. He previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.

There is also magic by famed magician Michael Keating, who worked with David Copperfield for six years. The magic section features Keating and Manning and a series of fast-paced illusions that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The magic segment finishes with a woman who is transformed into a Bengal tiger.

In addition, the show features the high-flying silk aerialists Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev. Farley has been performing since the age of 15 in Las Vegas, as well as all over the globe. Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group.

“Audiences have grown accustomed to seeing Leann and Simmone fly through the air, but now in addition to their aerial act, they have a new act in the show where their feet never leave the ground,” Fee said.  “After months of training, they have a new quick change act where you barely blink and Leeann has changed costumes!”

Multi-talented husband and wife Lucinda and Mario Morin are featured adage dancers in the show, and Mario does some comedy as “Maynard, the maintenance man” as well.

Lucinda previously worked in shows in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lancaster, Pa., Savannah, Ga., Los Angeles, and San Antonio, Texas, in addition to working on many cruise ships. She is also a former member of the Rockettes precision dance company.

There are many live animals in the new Smoky Mountain Opry show, including a horse, a dog and two serval cats. A special guest performer is Tsimba-Vaati, a 500-pound, 8-year-old rare male white lion, one of only 300 in existence in the world today.

The show also features Hollywood, a 600-pound, 8-year-old white tiger, and Rajah, a 350-pound, 14-year-old gold Bengal tiger, whose name means “great king.”  They can be seen on stage during the show’s dazzling Tribute to Broadway “Circle of Life” scene and in the magic section of the show.

Featured songs in the show include “I Got a Feeling,” “Mountain Music,” “She’s Country,” “My Kind of Night,” “Shake It For Me,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Ring of Fire,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “My Way” and many others.

“We are confident that this is going to be our best year yet, and we hope you will bring the whole family and join us for our outstanding new show with a whole range of different performers and incredible talent,” Fee said. “This show is a special show-of-a-lifetime. It has it all — from comedy to heart stopping aerialists, to graceful and skillful dancers and fabulous singers.

“Calling this show amazing is quite the understatement,” said Fee. “Your whole family will be spellbound with the incredible and prestigious artists who perform in our show. We have fantastic juggling, circus animals and magic, as well as great music. There is nowhere in Pigeon Forge that can you find a better entertainment value.”

The Smoky Mountain Opry opened in November 2011 and is a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment production. It is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Ticket are $39.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/ or call 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-SHOW (7469).

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area, including  “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Comedy Critters Pet Show,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” and the “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers a chance to buy a ticket to the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show for $49.95 plus tax, and then, for just $15 plus tax, they can purchase a ticket to the “Smoky Mountain Opry,” “The Comedy Barn®,” “The Comedy Critters Pet Show” or “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show.” The company also owns Happy Days Diner and a website, http://www.seepigeonforge.com/,that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

(Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more, and with the purchase of a combination show ticket, children 11 and under are free for the second show.)

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 Media contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

119 Music Road,

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Lonestar, Fireworks, Games Set for July 4 Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 2014) – Tens of thousands of July 4 celebrants are expected to fill Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge for the daylong Patriot Festival. It’s the 24th edition of the free extravaganza.

Country music band Lonestar tops the entertainment lineup, and activity culminates with a gigantic fireworks display that will light up the sky above this Great Smoky Mountains resort town.

Patriot Festival fireworks fill the night sky above the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

Patriot Festival fireworks fill the night sky above the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

Activity begins at noon with children’s games, and live stage entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m.

The lineup offers the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, performers from the Biblical Times Theater, the Shelby Huskey Band, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass band Adkins & Loudermilk and Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band.

Lonestar’s performance will precede the fireworks show, which will begin about 9:45 p.m. The fireworks will be synchronized to music from WIVK-FM in Knoxville.

Lonestar has had nine No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Among them are “Amazed,” “No News,” “I’m Already There” and “My Front Porch Looking In.”

Admission to Patriot Festival is free, and free parking and shuttle service are available starting at noon at the city’s parking facility on Teaster Lane. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and a variety of food and beverage vendors will be present. Their proceeds will benefit local charities.

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

tadkinson@bohanideas.com

615-341-8796

 

 

 

Cyrus Family Theater Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

A must-see, family-friendly entertainment experience when visiting the Smoky Mountains

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 4, 2014) — We are proud to announce the opening of the Cyrus Family Theater, located at 140 Showplace Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We extend a warm welcome to everyone at “the home place.”

Starting this weekend, visitors can enjoy an intimate family-friendly 90-minute show of class country songs, original material and comedy at the Cyrus Family Theater hosted by Bobby Cyrus (first cousin of Billy Ray). Tickets are $30. Children under 12 are half price.

All guests are invited to a post-show impromptu guitar pull and complimentary grill out around the fire pit on the patio to enjoy swapping songs and stories. Admission also includes a digital download of Bobby’s entire “Homeplace” album.

The Cyrus name crosses genres spreading internationally. At the Cyrus Family Theater, guests will be treated to learn the Cyrus family heritage, which includes a museum-style display of historic Cyrus memories, going back as far as the early 1900s and possibly before.

“Bring you friends and family to spend time with our,” says Bobby Cyrus. “Granny Cyrus still saws a mean fiddle . . . you can even sit on her front porch, and she’ll play you a tune.!”

The event will continue each weekend year-round and include various special guests. For more information, visit www.CyrusFamilyTheater.com.

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Contact:

Bobby Cyrus

contact@cyrusfamilytheater.com

 

Dollywood’s FireChaser Express Blasts Off; Nation’s First Dual-Launch Family Coaster

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 2014)—Already home to a number of innovative family attractions, Dollywood theme park has added to its stellar roster with the debut of FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster that travels both forward and backward.

Boasting a 39-inch minimum height requirement, FireChaser Express invites families to enjoy the exciting journey as a group. Perched 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area, FireChaser Express launches twice, blasting riders forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track. The coaster is projected from the loading station traveling from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 second. Near the end of the ride, a backward launch from zero to 20 mph in two seconds sends FireChaser Express hurtling back to the station in the opposite direction.

“I’m truly excited about FireChaser Express because families are going to be able to ride together as a group, many of them for the first time,” Dolly Parton said. “Children around the age of four are tall enough to ride, so a lot of kids are going to get on their first coaster right here at Dollywood. I’m thrilled we can give families a special memory to hold on to forever!”

After the initial launch, a 79-foot lift propels FireChaser Express through a “trick track” section where the passenger trains twist from side to side. Riders also encounter two helices and six zero-gravity moments on a journey that lasts two minutes and 19 seconds. FireChaser Express features three 14-passenger trains with an hourly capacity of 750 riders.

Volunteer recruits are invited to climb aboard FireChaser Express as it launches from Station 7 in Dollywood’s Wilderness Pass on a thrilling adventure to save the Smokies from potential fire hazards.

Along the way, guests flash across mountainous terrain, through giant fire towers, and dodge fallen telephone poles and crashed rockets. During the excursion, guests discover Crazy Charlie Cherriebaum’s Gas & Fireworks Emporium, a haphazard roadside stand that proves fireworks, gasoline and lightning do not mix. After a surprise explosion, FireChaser Express is launched backward, through another section of track, ultimately delivering recruits to Station 7 in reverse!

FireChaser Express celebrates the volunteer-based fire departments of the 1940s which protected the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During this time, firefighting trains were a common sight throughout the park. FireChaser Express’ passenger trains are themed to celebrate all firefighters who bravely battle perilous blazes to ensure the safety of others.

Dollywood is in its 29th season and features the spectacular entertainment of Festival of Nations through April 21. Mother Africa and La Danza de Colombia highlight the festival, which includes impressive displays of cultural activities and authentic cuisine from around the globe.

FireChaser Express is the latest addition to The Dollywood Company’s list of unique new rides. In March 2012, Dollywood opened the $20 million Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. In 2013, Dollywood’s Splash Country followed with the addition of RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster.

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Media Contacts:                

Pete Owens, Public Relations Director, (865) 428-9486 (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Trish McGee, Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9601; (865) 654-6242 or tmcgee@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey, Publicist, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Dawn Copley: Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 654-7385 or dcopley@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information. Check the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room.aspx.

Lighthearted Pigeon Forge Tourism Commercial Wins Emmy Award

Great Smoky Mountains destination scores fourth television award

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 11, 2014) – A bespectacled, redheaded boy who constantly reminds his parents of the joys of a Pigeon Forge vacation helped the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism add an Emmy Award to its collection of industry recognitions.

The award was in an Emmy category for commercials and was for the “Remember When” spot that supported the city’s 2013 marketing campaign.

This is the fourth time Pigeon Forge has won what is known as television’s highest honor.

“I don’t know any other tourism destination that has won an Emmy Award, much less four of them,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

BOHAN Advertising in Nashville produced “Remember When” and the three previous Emmy Award winners. BOHAN has been Pigeon Forge’s marketing agency since 1990.

BOHAN has produced at least one Emmy Award-winning spot for multiple clients in nine of the last 10 years. This was the 10th year in a row the agency’s work earned nominations.

“The Pigeon Forge Tourism Department, the Tourism Advisory Board and BOHAN are a great team. Together, we really understand Pigeon Forge’s consumers, and we communicate with them extremely well. This Emmy Award proves it,” Downey said.

Downey noted that the agency has helped Pigeon Forge grow into a 12-month destination that sees more than 10 million visitors a year and hosts almost 3 million people for overnight stays.

The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gives the awards, which are deemed television’s highest honor. Based on membership, the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter is the fifth largest of the 19 chapters in the nation behind New York, San Francisco/Northern California, Chicago/Midwest and Lone Star (Texas).

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Contact:

Tom Adkinson, APR

615-341-8796

tadkinson@bohanideas.com