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Dolly’s Dinner Theater Company Purchases Fee Hedrick Entertainment

Acquisition includes Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy and Smoky Mountain Opry 

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, February 1, 2019) – World Choice Investments, the operating partner of Dolly Parton’s dinner theaters, will expand its dinner theater holdings to seven with the purchase of three theaters and a restaurant from David Fee and Jim Hedrick’s Fee Hedrick Entertainment in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.   Parton’s enterprise now operates spectacular shows in Branson, Missouri, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and with the purchase, five theater attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

“My theater production company just purchased Fee Hedrick Entertainment, and I am so excited to have more family entertainment to present to our guests in Pigeon Forge.  In 2019, we’ll operate Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy and Smoky Mountain Opry in the same way folks have come to remember them,” Dolly said.   “David, Jim and their team have done a great job with these shows through the years and, for now, we don’t plan to change anything.  They are fun family entertainment, and that is the business I’m in.”

The terms of the purchase are private but Fee and Fred Hardwick of World Choice Investments stressed this is a win-win for both companies.

“David Fee and his staff have been great competition for us over the years,” Fred Hardwick, Chairman of the Board of World Choice Investments, said.   “He produces high quality, successful shows.  As Dolly said, this is an opportunity to expand our portfolio of theaters in Pigeon Forge with quality family entertainment.  We will also continue to expand our own brands like Pirates Voyage – opening this year in Pigeon Forge.”  WCI had previously announced it planned to open Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge adjacent to The Island in time for the summer tourism season.

“All of these theaters provide a great opportunity for us to package our shows in an affordable way and to focus with Dollywood to bring people to the area,” Hardwick said.  “Dolly’s enthusiastic leadership will continue to focus on bringing the best in entertainment in an affordable way for the families visiting the Smoky Mountains.”

For more information and tickets, go to www.dinnershowtickets.com.

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About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction and Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or peteo@wciinvest.com

Ellen Liston: (865) 919-7001 or ellenl@wciinvest.com

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Pigeon Forge Offers New Reasons To Use Vacation Days in 2019

Family-friendly destination ready to prevent millions of vacations days from going to waste.

 

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan. 30, 2019)—According to the latest research*, 705 million vacation days go unused annually in the U.S. The city of Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) has several new reasons for workers to spend those hard-earned vacation days in the family-friendly destination located in the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

“What better way to spend vacation days than with family and friends, sharing great times and memories,” said Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism Executive Director Leon Downey. “With the wide variety of attractions and entertainment that Pigeon Forge offers for all ages, including lots of new ones this year, folks should get their calendars out now and start planning to come see us!”

 

Pigeon Forge always delivers on the promise of something new for visitors to see and do each year, and 2019 is no exception.

 

Dollywood theme park’s Wildwood Grove, opening this spring, features 11 new experiences for guests, six of which are ride attractions, including a suspended family roller coaster called the Dragonflier as well as a 55-foot-tall Wildwood Tree, live entertainment, the Till & Harvest restaurant, and various indoor and outdoor play areas including Hidden Hollow, a 4,000-square-foot indoor play space. Dollywood.com

 

The Island, a retail, dining, lodging and entertainment complex, has added Yee-Haw Brewing Company, a production brewery and taproom that offers ales and lagers, including Yee-Haw’s World Beer Cup award-winning Dunkel, as well as seasonal and high-gravity beers. Visitors also can enjoy the Spinning Parrots family coaster; RideMakerz, an immersive remote-control car customizing experience; and the Savannah Bee Company which sells specialty honey and honey-based products. TheIsland

 

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show is the centerpiece of the new Lumberjack Square, which also is home to Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Adventure, a ropes course, extreme zipline, roller coaster, an 80-foot-tall jump tower, a multi-level lumberjack-themed adventure park and an aerial kids’ playground. The show features 11 competitive lumberjack events including axe throwing, chopping, sawing, speed climbing, and log rolling in a 350-seat climate-controlled outdoor venue where world-class lumberjacks square off daily from spring through December. LumberjackFeud

 

The new Rocky Top Mountain Coaster sits on more than 20 acres and takes riders on a nine-minute journey that traverses multiple 360-degree turns, four tunnels, thrilling curves, and daring hairpin turns, all propelled by four uplifts and four drops, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour. Able to accommodate riders as young as three years of age (with minimum height requirement), it is another family attraction.

 

Other attractions opening this summer include Titanic Museum Attraction’s collection of Titanic lifejackets, the world’s largest ever assembled since the ship’s maiden voyage. Only 12 lifejackets are known to exist, and beginning July 1, seven from collectors worldwide will be on display through November 2019 in Pigeon Forge for the first time in history. TitanicMuseumAttraction

 

The 200-foot-tall Mountain Monster three-in-one thrill ride anchors the Tower Shops at Mountain Mile, a 180,000-square-foot multi-purpose retail, dining and family entertainment development that spans 174 acres. Mountain Monster, opening this summer, will offer guests a drop ride, a dive ride and a swing, all in one attraction. MountainMilePigeonForge.com.

 

Uncle Lem’s Outfitters, a soon-to-open 4,580-square-foot retail space, supports and encourages a love of the great outdoors by supplying enthusiasts with the necessary gear. Uncle Lem’s takes advantage of the area’s natural setting and plans to offer the services of hiking, fishing, bicycling, and outdoor adventure guides. It will open with paddle board and kayak rentals with bicycle rentals to follow.

 

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, a Dolly Parton Company, will be located adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge in a 21,000-square-foot arena. Crimson and Sapphire pirates battle on deck, in the water, and in the sky above their full-sized ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. The show also includes a four-course pirate feast.

 

Pigeon Forge offers more than 14,500 overnight accommodations, ranging from hotels and condos to cabins and campgrounds. Joining the lineup this year are the 200-room Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center; the 108-room Fairfield Inn & Suites; and the 102-room Tru by Hilton.

 

For more information about what’s new for 2019 as well as existing favorites, please visit MyPigeonForge.com or call 1-800-251-9100.

 

*Research from the U.S. Travel Association’s ProjectTimeOff.com.

 

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About Pigeon Forge:

Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

 

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Media Contact:

Trish McGee

on behalf of the Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism

tmcgee@bohanideas.com

615-327-1189 ext. 327

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Bundy Display Planned for 30-Year Execution Anniversary

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan. 10, 2019) – January 24, 2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the execution of one of the most well-known serial killers and rapists of the 20th century, Ted Bundy. There are several events taking place over the anniversary, including new items being made available to the public for the first time at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The display, which will be in front of the famous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle already on view, will include letters, cards, photos, and a radio given to Bundy by his mother, that he kept until he was moved to death row. Available for only a limited time, this display will shed light on the private side of the notorious killer that haunted the country until his death.

“Ted Bundy has always held an extra fascination for our visitors, and many come specifically to see his Volkswagen Beetle, that was such a big part of his crime spree,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “Now museum visitors will have a glimpse inside his frame of mind in the years after his capture, and his relationships with his former girlfriend Liz, and wife Carole.”

To coincide with the anniversary, actor Zac Efron will star as Bundy in the new film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which focuses on the major relationships in his life, Liz Kloepfer and Carole Ann Boone. The display reflects this narrative, with letters that give insight into the relationship between Bundy and Boone, and a fascinating letter from Bundy to Kloepfer.

The temporary display will feature a sampling of pieces from the museum’s extensive archive of personal correspondence between Bundy, Boone, and his defense attorney during the Kimberly Leach trial, J. Victor (Vic) Africano. The letters reveal the dedicated relationship between lawyer and client that stretched for nearly a decade, as well as Bundy’s personal feelings about his wife Carole, who he married in court during the Leach trial.

There has been much speculation about the relationship between Ted and Carole, however the letters reflect a close and affectionate relationship, and that Carole was deeply involved in his defense and maintained a friendly relationship with Africano. Carole’s letters are clearly optimistic, revealing a dry sense of humor. In October 1981, Carole gave birth to a daughter that she claimed was Ted Bundy’s. Referred to as Rosa in their letters, Bundy believed her to be his. The display includes a photograph of their daughter as a baby.

The public will also be able to view a letter from Bundy to Africano in September 1988, only four months before his execution. In it he pleads with his former lawyer to help argue inadequate defense as a last-ditch effort to spare his life.

The display joins the infamous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Bundy owned and that is associated with numerous murders in Washington State and Utah before his arrest in a stolen VW in Florida. His VW later yielded important forensic evidence linking several of his murders.

“Ted Bundy is a household name because of the horrific nature of his crimes,” added Penman. “The public continues to be drawn to Bundy partly because of the questions his friendly and handsome façade brings out. The warning of “stranger danger” is something we always try to bring home to our visitors, but it goes beyond that because Liz stayed with him even after reporting him to the police.”

There are Ted Bundy artifacts on view in other galleries, including the typewriter he used in prison after his Florida arrest, and the dental mold of his teeth used to help convict him in the Chi Omega murders.

The museum is always adding to its collection and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

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 CONTACT:

Cher Murphy

cher@chermurphypr.com

571-263-2128

 

 

Little Engine Playhouse, Presented By Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Expands 2019 Tour

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan. 10, 2019)—The Little Engine Playhouse Tour, presented by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, brings another delightful children’s book to life with expanded dates and new locations in 2019. The Playhouse Tour, which traditionally runs for two months in the spring, now begins Jan. 15 at the Nashville Public Library.

Audiences will enjoy the theatrical adaptation of “Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon,” which delivers a positive, anti-bullying message. When Molly Lou Melon starts a new school, Ronald Durkin, the school bully, makes fun of her on her very first day. He mocks her teeth, clumsiness and small frame. With advice from her grandmother, Molly Lou shows Ronald her perceived flaws are really her talents. Molly Lou is an example of overcoming obstacles and self-acceptance.

“The anti-bullying message in this book is so important in today’s world,” said Natacha Hylton, Dollywood Entertainment Manager. “We all felt like this was a great time to expand the tour, especially with the subject matter of the selected book.”

The 2019 expanded tour is made up of two actors and a stage manager. Stops at familiar children’s venues in Middle and East Tennessee, along with new areas including Memphis, as well as Arkansas, South Carolina and Ontario, Canada are scheduled for the tour.

“Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon,” is written by Patty Lovell, with illustrations by David Catrow. The stage adaptation of the story is engineered by long-time Playhouse director, Brian Hull. The cast features Melissa Lawler and Jonathan LeGallais, and Joshua Stewart is stage manager. The Little Engine Playhouse tour is funded by Penguin Books in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Dollywood Foundation.

Tour dates kick off at the Nashville Public Library 2nd floor Children’s Theater, located at 615 Church Street. The Little Engine Playhouse Tour continues in Tennessee with stops in Sevier County (weeks of Jan. 28 and March 4), Knox County (week of Feb. 4), Chattanooga (week of Feb. 11) and Anderson County Schools (week of Feb.18) before heading to Asheville, North Carolina (week of Feb.25) and Memphis (weeks of March 18 and March 25).

Other dates include Sevier County Schools (March 4), Greenwood, South Carolina (March 11). The tour heads to Arkansas (week of April 22) and wraps up in Ontario, Canada (weeks of May 20 and May 27).

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 35 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrated record attendance in 2017. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and 2017. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Senior Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston: Senior Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: New Media and Digital Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Jennifer Webb: Publicist, (865) 428-9602, (865) 323-7584 or jwebb@dollywood.com

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

 

 

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Dec. 4, 2018)– Singing Sensation Season 12 winner of “The Voice,” Chris Blue, will headline the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Smoky Mountain Opry™theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The Smoky Mountain Opry will hold its sixth annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2018, at 9 p.m. This one of a kind celebration includes the award-winning variety show “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry.” After the show guests can watch the ball drop from NYC Times Square, dance to a live band, and have snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

The 2018 New Year’s Eve party at the Smoky Mountain Opry theater features singers, dancers, musicians, aerialists, and a comedic juggler.  The show has many special effects including laser lights, pyrotechnics and a live show band. The celebration will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop from NYC Times Square. Also, the party will include the area’s biggest midnight balloon drop and an after party in the theater.  After the ball drop there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show including Chris Blue and dance to the live show band on the Smoky Mountain Opry stage.

“Bring the whole family to our sixth annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve Show and party in our nice warm theater,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our award-winning variety show was mentioned in Southern Living magazine as a ‘Don’t Miss Variety Show’ in Pigeon Forge, and we don’t want you to miss it!”

“Our dynamic Christmas show has everything from the area’s largest live Nativity to Santa and his dancing elves, costumed characters such as a life-sized snowman, amazing aerialists, live holiday music galore with fantastic singers, dancers and musicians, and meticulously choreographed numbers including the march of the soldiers,” Fee said.  “We will have lots of live animals, including real camels on their way to see baby Jesus in Bethlehem, horses, donkeys and lots of special effects such as flying angels, snow falling softly inside the theater and a wild laser light show.  We will have a midnight countdown with hats, horns, confetti and streamers.  Our New Year’s Eve show is popular and filling up fast.”

“We will provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said.  “We want this to be a place where families start New Year’s Eve traditions and memories.  We will let the whole family come up on stage after the ball drop and dance to party music with our live band and singers.”

The News Year’s Eve ticket price is $56.95 plus tax per person (premium seats are $66.95 plus tax).Children ages 3 to 11 are $26.95 plus tax.  The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.

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‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas at the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud!

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 28, 2018 – Even Christmas does not bring a truce to the Hatfield and McCoy fuedin’ families at the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. These two feudin’ families cannot agree on anything! New to the action packed show this year is a swimming and divin’ hole with a Christmas disaster stunt section featuring diving hillbillies and diving dogs taking a Polar bear plunge in the mayor’s new waterpark (onstage 22 feet deep pool that holds over 200 gallons of salt water) called Splatter Country.  Warning:  front row guests may get splashed!

Back for a ninth season, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud” ™ runs every day until Jan. 5, 2019 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly, with occasional 2 p.m. matinees.  The audience follows the lives of the two clashing mountain clans with their vibrant dancing, foot stomping music and a backwoods decorating contest! There are lots of crazy shenanigans that are sure to git cha in the mood for Christmas!

“If you think your family fights during the holidays, come and see Pa Hatfield and Ma Mcoy in ‘Twas the Fight before Christmas;’ and it is bigger and better than ever,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We have feudin,’ feastin,’ holiday fun at ‘The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud.’ It is a hilarious, holiday DISASTER, and things are bound to go wrong.  Guests will be cheering for the Hatfields or the McCoys.  We have lively new characters, an all-new polar bear plunge scene, new musical moments, plenty of new laughs and upbeat Christmas music.  It is lots of good, clean, family dysFUNctional Christmas fun! The whole show is hilarious from begginin’ to end!”

Mayor Timothy O’Reilly (played by Tim Harkleroad) is plotting to steal the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s land in order to build some time-share property. When the two families discover his plans, they drop their feud and band together to get him to come to his senses. The Mayor’s encounter with the Ghost of Christmas past helps him to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Situations include a barn party, a Christmas lighting contest, and some ghost costumes!  It is somethin’ ya just gotta see fer yer-self to believe!

“The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ tells a hilarious story of fussin’ and fightin’ inspired by real life tragic events.  The musical clogging show is full of family-friendly comedy with many holiday twists.   There are many favorite Christmas carols and traditional spiritual songs of Christmas in the show such as, “O Holy Night,” and “Joy to the World.”

This approximately two-hour live show offers guests extraordinary country, bluegrass and gospel holiday music.  It also features award-winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, and some of the best country cookin’ in these-here mountains!

“This show is something the whole family can enjoy,” Fee said.  “Our delicious, home-style, Christmas feast cooked by Granny includes all-you-can-eat feudin’ fried chicken, open pit pulled-to-pieces pork barbecue, Granny’s creamy chicken soup, smashed mashed taters, buttery corn on the cob, Ma’s homemade bread, no tellin’ what’s in it coleslaw and specialty desserts. Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options are also available upon request.  It is the best Christmas dinner in town.

“We have two talented families who will bring you all the sweetness and craziness of this beautiful season,” Fee said.  “Whether you are city-folk or country cuzins, you will love the holiday mayhem, lots of singing and dancing, jaw dropping stunts and sidesplitting comedy.  We hope you will come spend some time with us this holiday season. We have lots of holiday havoc and plenty of action and excitement.  Happy HOLLERdays to all!”

Fee stated that guests are treated to a pre-show full of musical Christmas fun before the real show starts.  The Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s invite each side of the audience to support “their kin” at the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ in the legendary hillbilly feud of rival families.

Guests are asked to arrive 45 minutes before show time to be served their food.  For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge next to the Titanic.

Ticket prices for “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ are $56.95 plus tax and children are $26.95 plus tax.  Adult tickets for the 2:00 p.m. show are $46.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.   Fee/Hedrick offers a special combination show deal that gives adult customers the opportunity to pay only $19.95 plus tax for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry,”™ “Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo” or “A Comedy Barn Christmas” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud” ™ at the regular price of $56.95 plus tax.  With this combo deal, children are $26.95 plus tax for the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud”™ (up to age 11) and children are free to the other Fee/Hedrick shows.  One add on show per package deal.

The show is created by executive producers David Fee and Jim Hedrick, and produced and directed by Kimball Keller.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including A Comedy Barn® Christmas, www.comedybarn.com,  Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, and Magic Beyond Belief: A Magical Christmas starring Darren Romeo.+++

 

Magic Beyond Belief Starring Darren Romeo Opens First Magical Merry Christmas Show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2018)The Magic Beyond Belief show starring internationally acclaimed magician Darren Romeo, has opened its first ever magical Merry Christmas show.  The show runs at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., seven days a week.

“Our Magic Beyond Belief Christmas show starring Darren Romeo brings magic and music together for the whole family for the holidays this year,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “We have an incredibly festive magic show performed daily with world-famous, baffling illusions.  This magical Christmas show features brand-new, magical effects that boggle the mind.

“We have state-of-the art special effects, dazzling new costumes, classic sleight of hand tricks, a talented group of dancers and live animals,” Fee said.  “We have a live unicorn named Sparkles, a brand new Siberian Lynx named Fuzzle, a duck named Quakers and our amazing beloved white tiger named Hollywood. This magical Christmas show is designed to leave the whole family spellbound.  This is a higher energy show with spectacular effects.”

Fee said that there is a lot of Christmas music in the show including a new uplifting piece. Romeo also does comedy celebrity impressions that center around Christmas music. “Christmas is Darren’s favorite holiday,” Fee said.  “He will share Romeo family Christmas traditions and tell you a little bit about his background. The show keeps the fan favorite tricks from his regular season and adds some new ones.  It is a really fun interactive show that is fun for the whole family.”

“Christmas is a most magical time of year,” Romeo said.  “I love how people put all of their heart and soul into the season and families come together. I hope our audiences will see the heart of Christmas in our new magical Christmas show, as we joyfully celebrate the spirit of the season.”

Romeo, the first and only protégé of Master Magicians Siegfried and Roy, pays tribute this season to those who inspired him–Bobby Darin (for whom he was named), Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone Jr., Siegfried and Roy, and famed American ringmaster P.T. Barnum. He will also showcase arrangements from his favorite Broadway melodies.

This full, two-hour Magic Beyond Belief Christmas show, starring Darren Romeo will feature stunning illusions, hilarious comedy and vocal performance.  “As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” Fee said. “Darren Romeo is one of the best magicians I have ever seen. He is extremely special and unique.  His show mixes amazing magic with music, and it is mesmerizing! We are very proud of Darren and of the success of his show in Pigeon Forge.  This is a fun magical experience for the entire family!  It is Pigeon Forge’s biggest and best magic show! Darren brings magic, mystery and music together for an incredible show the whole family will love.”

Romeo will appear Mondays and Fridays at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 8 p.m. through Dec. 31 at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.  Romeo’s Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Ticket prices are $34.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.  Children under 3 are free. Romeo urges people to get their tickets fast before they disappear!  For more information or reservations call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit www.pigeonforgemagic.com.

Before coming to Pigeon Forge, Romeo previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents: Darren Romeo” at the Mirage in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, at the Flamingo Hilton and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association,

“Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., the prestigious Merlin Award for “Entertainer of the Year” from the International Magician’s Society and the Milbourne Christopher Award for “Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from Siegfried and Roy’s protégé, Romeo also performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show. Romeo carries on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

“We want to provide clean, wholesome entertainment for families who will return to see this show as a Christmas tradition again and again,” Fee said. “Darren’s new Christmas show is Beyond Belief!”

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry, Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, and A Comedy Barn Christmas.

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“Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ starring Season 12 winner of “The Voice,” Chris Blue

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2018) – “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ Theater has begun a Blue, Blue Christmas.  The Christmas show, starring Season 12 winner of “The Voice,” Chris Blue will run until Jan. 5.  The acclaimed “Don’t Miss Show” (Southern Living magazine), a fixture in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for the past seven years, is well known for its spectacular array of holiday festivities, music, comedy and dance.

This year’s production features the biggest cast ever, with many specialty acts including award winning aerialists Leann Farley and Simyon Gruzdev; comedic juggler, David Hirschi as Slim Chance; and impersonator and singer Charlie Bob Smith.  Other cast members include singers, dancers, musicians, Santa Claus and a large Snowman.  The Christmas show blends the music of the holiday season with audience favorites of country, gospel and pop accompanied by a Smoky Mountain Opry orchestra. The show is created by executive producers David Fee and Jim Hedrick, and produced and directed by Michael Headla.

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry features the largest live nativity in the southeast,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We hope people will come and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with our magnificent production of a living nativity scene that portrays the birth of Christ. We have a dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ that includes camels, a donkey, shepherds, wise men, angels soaring above, Mary, Joseph, and of course, little baby Jesus.

“We have created a stunning production that is full of enchantment and splendor with many new elements,” Fee said.  “We have gorgeous new costumes, amazing choreography, lavish sets and incredible special effects such as snow falling softly in the theater.Come make memories with your family that you will cherish for many years to come.

“We have singers, dancers, aerialists, comedians and the amazing Chris Blue as our headliner,” Fee said.  “We also have lots for the children including Santa Claus and Santa’s elves who join the entire cast in Santa’s workshop where giant toys come to life.

“It truly is the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ and we are always extremely proud of all of our shows, but at this time of the year, our ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ production is spectacular and a must-see family tradition!” Fee said. “This amazing show has been described by our customers as exhilarating, enchanting, funny, magical and wonderful.  Come sing along, laugh along and celebrate the season with the biggest, brightest and boldest Christmas show in the Smokies.

“Our Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry has already sold out 10 shows, so I strongly urge people to choose a date that fits into their holiday schedule and buy their tickets today, to make lasting memories for their families this glorious holiday season,” Fee said.  “We hope to become a treasured Christmas tradition for families who visit the Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration. Come “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and  join us at The Smoky Mountain Opry for an unforgettable Blue, Blue Christmas! “

“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry™” has 8 p.m. evening performances Monday through Saturday and 3:00 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the Christmas show are $56.95, plus tax for adults (premium seats in the first three rows are $66.95 plus tax), and children 11 and under are $26.95, plus tax (premium seats are $36.95 plus tax).  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show.  “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special show with Blue and the rest of the Smoky Mountain Opry™cast on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal that offers tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” for $56.95 plus tax for adults. With this combination deal, children are $26.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” and children are free to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” (up to age 11).

The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information or reservations call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMountainOpry.com.

In addition to the producers, the creative team for “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ consists of: Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Mark Holbrook, musical director; Joel Bruce, production manager; Carol Culp, wardrobe supervisor and Toby Wagner, stage manager.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show include vocalists:  Kelsey Reinsfelder, Tim McManus, Nicholas Hurm, Matthew George, Brittany Angello, Sarah Shelton, Tiffany St. Clair and Chase McMichen.  Singer/Dancers include:  Marissa McMickens and David Tankersley. Dancers include: Scott Bebell, Cassidy Couisineau, Lexi Blackard, Abby Brinker, Megan Fee, Jequan Jackson, Regina Laughlin, T.J. Lloyd, Saul Navarrette, Gregory Podolak, Colt Ryan, Mowava Six and Samantha Zier. Musicians include:  Matthew Clinkenbeard, Johnny Hodges, Brendan Hogan, Mark Holbrook, Michael Neu, Jeremy Phillips, Tanner Robison, Jared Willson and Kelli Rae Tubbs. Actors include: John Wilder and Darrell Scroufe.

The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for achieving a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “A Comedy Barn® Christmas”, www.comedybarn.com, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” http://www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com/, “Magic Beyond Belief™: A Magical Christmas” starring Darren Romeo,  www.pigeonforgemagic.com, and the “Amazing Animals™Pet Show,” www.comedybarn.com .”

Follow Blue’s journey on The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages as well as on Facebook at Chris Blue Live, on Instagram at Chris B. Live and on Twitter at Chris Blue Live.

Deborah Fee Newsom
Director of Public Relations and Merchandise Buyer
Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group
119 Music Road,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877
Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebrates 11 Years as Favorite Christmas Event with Glacier Ridge, Five Million Lights

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2018) — After earning its 11th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 10, 2018- Jan. 5, 2019) adds even more merry memory making moments with the addition of the impressive Glacier Ridge.

With the all-new Glacier Ridge, guests can experience the Smokies at Christmas in a way they never have before. The novel and immense experience of Glacier Ridge pushes the park’s total count to more than five million twinkling lights. Located in the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley, Glacier Ridge is a must-see during Smoky Mountain Christmas.
“Christmas is so important to me for so many reasons,” Dolly Parton said. “I’m so thankful that it’s a time when our family comes together to share stories, remember old times, and make new memories we’ll take with us through the next year and beyond. There’s a lot of laughin’ and a whole lot of love when we all get together. I want those folks who come to experience Christmas with us at Dollywood to feel like they’re part of the family, making those memories and sharing those special times. I know the fun they’ll find in Glacier Ridge will help them create brand new memories and traditions.”

As guests near Glacier Ridge, they’ll feel as if the Smokies have frozen over, thanks to an arctic color palette and a mesmerizing atmosphere sure to wow guests. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a 50 ft. tall animated tree which anchors the area. Every 30 minutes the Plaza sparkles to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show complete with holiday hits that will have guests singing along.

For guests entering from Timber Canyon, the Arctic Passage, a 130-ft. long programmable light tunnel, transports them into Glacier Ridge in a stunning array of light and color. Once emerging from the tunnel, guests will be greeted by polar bears who have made a home at Drop Line Bay. Because the Smokies have frozen to create Glacier Ridge, these friends from the North are able to spend time with their Smoky Mountain cousins.

Those coming to Glacier Ridge through Craftsman’s Valley experience a one-of-a-kind new light installation that mimics the natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. Guests can walk through Dollywood’s version of the northern lights—which is brought to life with music as only Dolly can do— making it feel as if the aurora borealis has come south, even if for just a few weeks.

Since Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helped kick off Sevier County’s Winterfest in 1990, the festival has been known globally as a must-see Christmas event. Amusement Today contributors and voters bestowed the Best Theme Park Christmas Event award on Dollywood in 2008 when the honor was first created. Dollywood is the 11-time—and only—winner of the award.

From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors, to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas fosters family memory making for guests. For those who wander through the spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic, or sit down together for a fabulous Christmas feast at many of Dollywood’s award-winning dining locations.  Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions also operate in this merry environment, with rides racing along just above the millions of twinkling lights.

A season pass purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with unlimited admission for Dollywood’s entire 2019 season, including the introduction of Wildwood Grove. To ensure the lowest prices of the season, guests should purchase their 2019 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2019 season pass.

With five million lights, award-winning entertainment, the addition of Glacier Ridge and much more, one thing is for certain: Dollywood truly captures the essence of Christmas.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 35 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrated record attendance in 2017. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and 2017. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Senior Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston: Senior Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: New Media and Digital Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Jennifer Webb: Publicist, (865) 428-9602, (865) 323-7584 or jwebb@dollywood.com

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

Christmas Comes To Life at Dolly Parton’s Stampede for 2018 Holiday Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2018) – Experience the spirit of Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction this holiday season. Debuting Oct. 31 and running through January 5, 2019, families can create new traditions at “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies.” With a full-scale living Nativity, four-course feast, and an arena full of the merriest sights and sounds, every guest will leave jollier than Old Saint Nick.

“Christmas is a very special time of year at Dolly Parton’s Stampede,” said David Swangel, General Manager of Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge. “While our thrilling high-spirited adventure provides fun for our guests, we also celebrate the meaning of Christmas thanks to a full-scale, living Nativity. Families always take the time to let us know this show has become a treasured part of their yearly traditions.”

To celebrate the reason for this holiday season, guests will watch a special re-enactment of Jesus’ birth with Mary, Joseph, three wise men, and a living Nativity with camels, donkeys, and sheep. This touching scene reflects on the importance of Christmas.

Taking a whimsical turn, The Sugar Plum Fairy brings a number of toys to life for a magical celebration in “Toys Come to Life.” Including stunning aerial displays set to the unforgettable music of The Nutcracker, families can watch in awe as their childhood fantasies come to life.

Stampede’s 32 magnificent horses, not to be confused Santa’s reindeer, will race one another in exciting competitions as audience members cheer their respective sides of the North Pole and South Pole to victory. And after the arena is transformed into a winter wonderland of glistening snow, Old Saint Nick arrives by sleigh to complete the festivities.

The entire holiday experience is enhanced by the state-of-the-art, LED wall in the show’s 35,000-square-foot arena, which seamlessly complements the exciting action with stunning holiday scenery. Guests will feel as if they have been instantly transported deep in to the natural beauty of Christmas from the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains and to the clear skies above Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth.

Adding to the lineup, Christmas dinner includes Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited tea, coffee or Coca-Cola products. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the Saloon with side-splitting holiday comedy and Christmas classics with a twist by Mountain Ruckus, 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.dpstampede.com.

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About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Celebration Dinner Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

 

Media Contacts:

Ellen Liston: (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or ellenl@wciinvest.com

Pete Owens: (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or peteo@wciinvest.com

Wes Ramey: (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wesr@wciinvest.com

Steve Cruz: (865) 774-8136, (865) 410-0591 or stevec@wciinvest.com