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WonderWorks Opens a New Interactive Forensic Exhibit

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 2015) WonderWorks has opened its newest forensic science exhibit. This interactive exhibit will allow guests to experience the real work of a forensic scientist in the following three areas: fingerprint identification, 3D facial reconstruction and facial recognition. WonderWorks prides itself on providing interactive fun, with a large focus on science education.  

“We have never been more excited about an exhibit,” said WonderWorks’ Chief Operating Officer Janine Vaccarello. “The new forensic science section of WonderWorks will be in addition to the variety of other science-related exhibits that we already offer. We are working to keep bringing in more and more unique and exciting science-related interactives for families, schools and visitors to enjoy!”

WonderWorks

WonderWorks

Forensic science has grown in popularity in both the entertainment industry and in all levels of the education system. The nearby Body Farm at the University of Tennessee has sparked further interest for local residents.

Dr. Dawnie Steadman, director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, spoke on her enthusiasm for the exhibit.

“The key to forensic science is practical experience, and we are thrilled to have WonderWorks encouraging their guests to take an interest with this new exhibit,” Steadman said. “It will provide burgeoning forensic scientists of all ages the perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience to make the intricate aspects of forensic science more accessible.”

The exhibit was made possible by working with experts and professionals from the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, 3DSystems, and FaceCheck. With its latest forensic science addition, WonderWorks aims to continue providing quality activities while educating families and students alike.

To learn more about WonderWorks, visit www.wonderworkstn.com.

About WonderWorks 

WonderWorks, a science-focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits – there is something unique and challenging for all ages. Adventures include: The Hurricane Shack, feel the power of 71-mph hurricane–force winds, The Bubble Lab, make huge, life–sized bubbles, The Astronaut Training Gyro get the NASA treatment and experience zero gravity, Nail it by lying on the death–defying Bed of Nails. WonderWorks is also home to Wonders of Magic, starring Terry Evanswood, the award-winning and longest running performer in Pigeon Forge. WonderWorks hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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Cher Murphy

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571-263-2128

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

Astronaut Training Challenge Now Open at WonderWorks

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2014) – WonderWorks is known for offering exciting exhibits that challenge the mind and allow guests of all ages to engage in physical activities. New to the attraction is the Astronaut Training Challenge, a four-person gyroscope at the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., location.

As many as four guests can be seated at a time.  After being secured, the gyroscope rotates and spins in various directions, enabling the riders to experience a feeling of weightlessness and the roll and tumble associated with outer space.

Mechanically, a gyroscope is a spinning wheel or disc in which the axle is free to assume any orientation.  The motions of this gyroscope are directed by the movement and shifting of the riders’ bodies and the turning force.

According to Ed Shaffer, the general manager of WonderWorks, the Astronaut Training Challenge is included in the WonderWorks general admission price of $23.99 for adults and $14.99 for children (4-12) and seniors (55+).  All guests must be at least 54” inches to ride.

“We are excited to have the four-person gyroscope in Pigeon Forge. It is an exhilarating experience to feel what astronauts may feel while navigating and venturing through space,” said Shaffer.  “It is a great addition to our exhibits, especially in the way that it provides both excitement and an opportunity to learn something new.”

To learn more about WonderWorks and the new Astronaut Training Challenge, visit www.wonderworkstn.com.WonderWorks-exterior_high_72dpi

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The WonderWorks attraction is an “amusement park for the mind,” combining education and entertainment in more than 100 hands-on exhibits that will spark the imagination and stimulate the mind. Visitors to the attraction will enjoy a variety of experiences including being blown away by 65 mile-per-hour hurricane-force winds, maneuvering the controls of a NASA spacecraft to land the shuttle, lying on a bed of 3,500 nails, piloting a fighter jet, riding a 360-degree virtual roller coaster, engaging in virtual combat in the army training simulator, climbing a 50-foot-tall ropes challenge course, competing in a game of laser-tag and much more.

Contact:

Jackie Vasquez

Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing

WonderWorks Corporate Office

(407) 513 – 9580 x227

sales@wonderworksonline.com

 

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

 

 

Look! Up in the Sky!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2012) – A gigantic blue and green helium balloon has people all over Pigeon Forge pointing to the sky and admiring the city’s newest attraction.

It is Wonders of Flight, an addition to the science- and fun-filled WonderWorks attraction on the Parkway.

The Wonders of Flight, a helium-filled balloon 72-feet in diameter, rises silently behind WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Wonders of Flight balloon is 72 feet in diameter, and the gondola it lifts can carry up to 30 people for spectacular views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding counties. It is tethered to a 400-foot-long cable.

The captain says that on an especially clear day, the famous Cumberland Gap is visible on the horizon. That’s where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia come together.

Aerophile, the world leader in tethered gas balloons, is the manufacturer. Its only other similar balloon in the Southeast is at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Other locations include China, France, Germany and Turkey.

“The ascents, by day or night, provide guests with an unmatched, 360-degree panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains,” said Jerome Giacomoni, Aerophile’s president. “In one single gaze, the entire breathtaking view can be seen from exceptional heights, including a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the fall leaves.”

Wonders of Flight offers a spectacular view of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and great Smoky Mountains National Park at an elevation of 400 feet.

Giacomoni explains that the Wonders of Flight balloon is environmentally friendly and totally silent thanks to its permanently inflated helium envelope and a hydroelectric winch.