Posts Tagged ‘Great Smoky Mountains’

Festival of Nations Kicks Off Dollywood’s Biggest Season Ever!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, March 11, 2019)- Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs March 16-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes. Season passholders can visit a special preview day event on March 15.

Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures. It’s a vibrant and exciting way to celebrate spring break!

Guests can start their globetrotting adventure by enjoying the great new headline shows visiting this season. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is a fusion dance and music company that mixes Hispanic and Caribbean cultures into each performance. Considered to include some of the best performers from Cuba, the group has been together for more than 25 years and has entertained on five continents. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba can be found in DP’s Celebrity Theater.

Billed as the first interactive drum-theater experience, Drumstruck leaves families laughing and creating memories to remember for years to come. As guests enter Showstreet Palace Theater, they will find drums placed in each seat throughout the venue. Members of the audience use these drums to become part of the show, playing along with the performance on stage. This high-energy production weaves South African music and culture with West African rhythms.

Guests also can let their taste buds travel the world thanks to the new Passport to Food. This expanded international menu lets guests enjoy savory and sweet delights from a number of countries, including grilled beef skewers from Trinidad, poutine and fried cheese curds from Canada, and beef bulgogi nachos over wonton chips from South Korea. A number of refreshing drinks also are available and serve as the perfect complement to the delectable dishes available as part of the passport. A wide range of international pastries and desserts tempt those with a sweet tooth.

Chef Pepin, a well-known celebrity chef from Cuba, hosts several cooking demonstrations during the opening weekend of the festival, while additional chefs share their secrets each subsequent weekend during Festival of Nations. Cooking demonstrations currently are scheduled to take place each Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. in Dollywood’s Market Square area.

Dollywood’s 2019 Festival of Nations lineup also includes the following shows and acts:

Invaders Steel Orchestra- One of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands, Invaders Steel Orchestra celebrates more than 75 years of creating festive music for audiences around the world. This guest-favorite group returns to Dollywood to bring the tropical sounds of the Caribbean to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. While the songs they play are familiar, the unique sounds of Invaders Steel Orchestra’s drums will transport guests to a sandy beach far away.  Location: The Valley Theater

Atahualpa – Hailing from Ecuador, Atahualpa combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the history and culture of the Andes Mountains. Atahualpa’s mix of songs includes contemporary music, South American dance rhythms, and the traditional music of the Andes. Through their sharing of music, culture and heritage, Atahualpa hopes to promote brotherhood, friendship and peace to all the people of the world. Location: Showstreet Gazebo

De Temps Antan- Traveling from Quebec, Canada, De Temps Antan explores and performs the time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past. This talented trio combines contemporary music, uncontrolled laughter, deep-routed couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts for memorable songs that speak to the familiar rhythms of yesteryear. Location: Back Porch Theater (Performing March 16- 24).

Les Grands Hurleurs- Les Grands Hurleurs of Quebec, Canada has pushed boundaries and incorporate a variety of musical influences for their own special sound. Paying respect to their traditional roots while creating original music, this trio flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica and folk music for shows that bring audiences alive. Prepare to experience a musical journey with groovy, energetic and swing styles. Location: Back Porch Theater (Performing March 27- April 14)

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations begins what is to become the park’s biggest season ever. The largest expansion in the park’s history, Wildwood Grove, opens this spring to provide families with thrilling new experiences and attractions for guests to explore together. Summer kicks off with Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 24- June 2), while the park’s Summer Celebration (June 22- Aug. 4) features later hours and the first chance to experience the wonder of Wildwood Grove at night. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers alongside the guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s 2019 season concludes with the eleven-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, Nov. 9-Jan. 4, 2020.

If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. With the opening of Wildwood Grove and a vast amount of entertainment and festivals (all included with park admission) available throughout the season, guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2019.

Guests can learn more about Dollywood’s biggest season ever by visiting www.dollywood.com or calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Full Artist Lineup Announced for Dollywood’s Rock The Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 8, 2019) — Families and church groups looking for an inspirational way to put an exclamation point at the end of summer should circle Aug. 24 on their calendars. Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies returns with headline performances in DP’s Celebrity Theater by For King & Country (“Fix My Eyes”) and Zach Williams (“Chain Breaker”).

The Smokies will rock with the hit music of several of contemporary Christian music’s biggest names during this extremely popular annual event. Tickets sold out early last season and the same will be true for this year’s fifth anniversary event. Special early bird pricing is available now through June 28 and is available at rockthesmokies.com.

Tauren Wells, Micah Tyler and Jordan Feliz are set to perform on additional stages throughout the park. All performances outside of DP’s Celebrity Theater are free with park admission. Mr. Talkbox, a four-time Grammy winner, and Egypt Speaks, a dynamic author and spoken word artist, serve as emcees for the headline performances at Celebrity Theater.

Meet & Greet opportunities with Rock the Smokies artists are available for anyone who visits the Rock the Smokies website and follows the link to sponsor a child through Compassion International. Special Dollywood season passholder pricing also is available on the event website.

By combining all the adventure of a day at the theme park with great music, Dollywood has crafted a unique event packed with fun for all ages. A ticket purchase includes admission to Dollywood; discounts are available for groups, season passholders, and guests who order tickets early. Packages are available that include VIP seating, t-shirts, pictures with the artists, and much more!

For more information about the event, visit rockthesmokies.com. To learn more about multi-day ticket options or 2019 Dollywood season passes, visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-Dollywood.

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New Smoky Mountain Adventure Opening This Spring To Showcase National Park in Unique Way

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 7, 2019) — A new adventure experience, unlike anything currently available, opens next month in the Great Smoky Mountains.

PINK® Adventure Tours is a premier off-road adventure company founded more than 60 years ago. What started as America’s first Jeep® tour now offers signature excursions in Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and soon the Smoky Mountains.

“We are excited to join the community surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offer visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity,” Senior Vice President Billy Johnson shared. “The Smokies are already surrounded by fabulous lodging, dining, and endless fun. The mountains themselves have the incredible views and history. We provide more than sightseeing. It’s an exciting and informative experience of a picture-perfect national treasure in specially-outfitted PINK® Jeeps®.”

The well-established company is setting up its Pigeon Forge-based operation to offer visitors from near and far a unique perspective of the mountains. More exciting details about the guided and narrated tours will be announced soon, but the Smoky Mountain team will help offer unforgettable excursions and up-close encounters with the beauty and splendor of the mountains.

“Imagine spending your vacation riding with the open-air feeling of a convertible, surrounded by one of the most visited, picturesque places in the country next to your closest friends and family,” Johnson explained. “Our PINK® Jeep® Wranglers with canopy tops and expertly trained guides ensure that every ride is memorable beyond words.”

PINK® Jeep® Wranglers are customized from top to bottom to ensure tours are always safe, comfortable and exciting. Plus, they offer extra passenger room, a superior on-road ride and amazing off-road capabilities.

Of course, everyone asks, “Why PINK?” The company’s founder and his wife picked the color pink for their Jeeps, after seeing a striking Hawaiian beach hotel in the late 1950s. The iconic pink color has become synonymous with the best guided tours in its locations. More than 5 million guests have shared their vacations with PINK® Adventure Tours in just the last 20 years.

For more information about booking tours this spring, summer, and fall, please visit www.SmokyMountainTours.com or call (844) 710-PINK (7465).

Herschend Enterprises purchased PINK® Adventure Tours last year, marking its entry into the adventure travel industry. Herschend Enterprises owns a portfolio of companies that are committed to providing wholesome, immersive entertainment which allows families to connect in meaningful ways.

Media Contact: Kay Watson | kay@thespininggroup.com | mobile: 865.384.3500

Icelandic Gymnasts Make 6,000-Mile First-time Journey to Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Feb. 11, 2019)—Competitive sports continues to prove their worth in Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) as nine gymnasts, two coaches and three chaperones will make a 3,000-plus-mile journey—one way—from Iceland to compete in the Make It Count Gymnastics Classic (Feb. 16-18) at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

More than 1,000 gymnasts from 11 states will take to the floor of the LeConte Center’s 100,500-square-foot clear-span space. The three-day event is expected to attract 5,500 spectators, athletes and coaches. None will have traveled as far as the Icelandic team.

This marks the sixth time the Make It Count Gymnastics Classic has taken place at the LeConte Center, and the first time the Maryville, Tennessee-based organization has hosted an international team.

“This trip was two years in the making,” said Make It Count’s Tracy Counts. “Our coaches became friends with the Icelandic coaches at a 2017 Pennsylvania gymnastics camp, and we encouraged them to come to Pigeon Forge for this event. Next thing we know, the girls began fund-raising—including baking thousands of cookies for sale—to make the trip happen.” The athletes’ first introduction to the Great Smoky Mountains was the lyrics and music of local favorite Dolly Parton.

“Iceland’s team listened to a lot of Dolly’s music on their flight from Pennsylvania to Iceland in anticipation of making this trip to Pigeon Forge,” Counts added.

In addition to any awards the team earns on the competition floor, the Icelandic team’s coaches knew the trip to Pigeon Forge would gift the girls by broadening their horizons, and allowing them to experience different things and places while getting to know people with different backgrounds. “They would also discover that all people have a lot in common regardless of where they live,” said Sesselja Jarvela.

The 232,599-square-foot LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge was designed for many types of activities, many of which feature competitive sports. In addition to gymnastics, the venue hosts cheerleading, volleyball and basketball events. In its first five years of operation, the LeConte Center has hosted more than 150 events and driven an additional $175 million in attendee spending in the city.

“In addition to providing a great travel experience and lifelong memories for this Icelandic team, their trip to Pigeon Forge continues to demonstrate the LeConte Center’s commitment to its mission, and that includes introducing new people to our family-friendly vacation destination,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Hopefully, the team members will become Pigeon Forge ambassadors for us at home in Iceland and in the many other destinations they visit.”

Both the LeConte Center and the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge were intended to serve as catalysts for bringing new first-time visitors to the city. During Ripken’s nine-month 2018 season, the facility hosted 925 teams from 25 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, with some athletes, coaches and their families traveling from as far away as California, New York, and Texas.

Tournament participants, coaches, and their families contribute to the local economy through overnight lodging stays, ticket purchases to area attractions, restaurant dining and other purchases.

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The Island in Pigeon Forge Announces Plans for New Flying Theater Ride

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee  (Feb. 18, 2019)— The Island in Pigeon Forge, recently named the country’s sixth best amusement park by TripAdvisor, will soon soar to new heights with the addition of a world class flying theater experience.

The $20 million investment will combine a state-of-the-art ride system and a custom film featuring some of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders and iconic landmarks. Riders will experience the movements, sounds, scents, and mists of a breathtaking aerial adventure across the United States.

“We are very excited to bring another premier attraction to The Island in Pigeon Forge,” said President Bob McManus. “This flying theater will truly be a one-of-a-kind, immersive entertainment experience.  From The Island, guests will be transported to places that they otherwise may never have the opportunity to see, and experience the beauty of America in a unique and unforgettable way.”

The Island selected the flying theater from industry-leader Dynamic Attractions, who has built some of the most popular rides in the world for theme park leaders including Disney and Universal Studios.

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a 23-acre eat, shop, play, and stay entertainment destination offering affordable fun for families, night and day, with free parking and free admission. The Island is a must-see tourist destination in the region, located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which draws over 11 million annual visitors.

The new flying theater will be located adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot observation wheel, and The Island’s multi-million dollar show fountain. The Island also provides the area’s newest shopping options with over 250,000 square feet of retail space, unique dining experiences including Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, and on-site lodging at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Island Hotel and Margaritaville Island Inn.

The new flying theater attraction is in the final stages of planning and is expected to open in early 2020.  For more information about The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, visit islandinpigeonforge.com or call 865-286-0119.

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Media Contact: Caitlin Gouge, caitlin@islandinpigeonforge.com      

 

The Ripken Experience Scores Winning Third Season in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2018) – At the completion of its third year of operation in the Smoky Mountains, The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge scored yet another homerun with baseball fans and city officials alike.

Research recently released by the city determined that The Ripken Experience was responsible for $33.8 million in visitor spending during its 2018 season which began in March and concluded in November. In that nine-month period, The Ripken Experience hosted 925 teams from 25 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, traveling from as far away as California, New York, and Texas. Other states represented are Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Further demonstrating the sports facility’s success is that 99 percent of those who visited the facility reside outside of Sevier County. Pigeon Forge is located in Sevier County just six miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tournament participants, coaches, and their families contribute to the local economy through overnight lodging stays, ticket purchases to area attractions, restaurant dining and other purchases.

Since opening its doors in March 2016, more than 2,100 youth baseball teams and 150 high school softball teams have taken the fields at The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge for competition in 80 events. In total, more than 33,500 players and coaches have traveled to play ball on fields that offer unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains, with an additional 1,000 teams expected to travel to the complex for competition in 2019.

“The partnership with Pigeon Forge has been fantastic. The fact that the complex has had this positive impact on the city is wonderful and confirms what we all had hoped and believed would be the result of the project. I am excited to continue to grow with our great partner, and we are all proud of being a member of this wonderful community.” Cal Ripken, Jr. said.

The appeal of Pigeon Forge as a family vacation destination was a major reason the city built the $22.5 million complex and contracted with Ripken Baseball to operate it.

“The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge continues to demonstrate its ability to attract young people and their families to Pigeon Forge,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster. “We continue to see more and more Ripken guests who are first-time visitors to Pigeon Forge, which further underscores the value of the city’s investment in this fine property.”

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge youth complex is located on a ridge above Pigeon Forge. Each field borrows its design inspiration from current and former ballparks highlighting the professional player progression from the Minor to Major Leagues, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The others are Calfee Park in Pulaski, Va., the oldest park in the Appalachian League; Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., known as “Little Fenway”; Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., a filming location for the “42” movie about Jackie Robinson; BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge hosts tournaments nine months out of the year and offers year-round branded events in its 14,000-square-foot clubhouse. Tournaments are free to spectators, and parking is free at the complex.

Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com and toll-free at 800-251-9100. To learn more Ripken Baseball and for The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge tournament schedule, visit RipkenBaseball.com.

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Dolly Parton Selects Great Smoky Mountains for Second Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2018)–Keep an eye to the spyglass, mateys; Dolly’s pirates will be searching for treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains next summer!

After nearly a decade of rave reviews and financial success on the Carolina coast, Dolly Parton’s newest Pirates Voyage dinner attraction is slated to open in the spring. “The show has been so successful in Myrtle Beach that we kept looking at Pigeon Forge and wondering why we didn’t already have a Pirates show there,” Parton said. “We have the perfect location, in one of the hottest areas of Pigeon Forge, and the time is now for my pirates to stake claim to the Great Smoky Mountains!”

When complete, the 21,000-square-foot arena, adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, will be the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. Spectacular acrobatic competitions, live animals and an original music score by Parton and Mark Brymer creates an immersive adventure experience all while guests enjoy a spectacular four-course pirate feast.

“We’re glad we can finally share Dolly’s exciting news,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO said.  “For some time, we have been working on set and costume designs, unique show elements for this theater, and animal and staff training. We’re all looking forward to opening in 2019.”

Additional details about the project will be released soon.  Site construction is slated to begin in early January with an opening projected for spring.

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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, 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.

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Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: (865) 755-7972 or powens@wciinvest.com

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

 

Fee/Hedrick Names Keller General Manager/Executive Producer of Hatfield & Mccoy Dinner Feud™

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 3, 2018) – The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™, a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group production, has announced the hiring of Kimball Keller as general manager/executive producer for The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater.

Kimball has more than 25 years of combined, progressive experience in the entertainment industry–from stage performer to senior management. His professional leadership experience includes roles with Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey, Criss Angel’s “Believe” Cirque de Soleil, Valitar and several other private business ventures.

“I am thrilled to have Kimball with us in his new role as general manager/executive producer of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment. “He is an accomplished and talented senior management professional who is well-known in the entertainment industry. He has hit the ground running with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.

“His previous show/circus management experience and overall entertainment background will play a vital role in the continued success of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater,” says Fee.

Keller graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in aviation management. He joined Feld Entertainment, Inc., as part of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus in Vienna, Va., in 2001 as the operations manager then production manager for 300 annual shows. He monitored the fleet during rail to arena transfers, oversaw a staff of 250-300, and was in charge of, animals, cast and crew, safety and train movements. From 2003-2007 Keller was an entertainment consultant/executive producer for K & W Extreme Shows in Jacksonville, Fla. Other highlights of his career include being head of department/head rigger for Criss Angel’s “Believe” Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Resort International, The Luxor, in Las Vegas, Nev. He most recently served as vice president of international show operations and logistics, domestic animal welfare and sponsorship programs for Family Entertainment, Inc., in Seagoville, Texas, working with The Shrine Circuses.

When not working, Keller enjoys spending time with his family and three dachshunds. His hobbies include: flying, horses, skiing, boating, model trains, antique tractors, and numerous other outdoor activities.

The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is a hilarious hit production inspired by real-life events that will put a mountain feast in people’s bellies and a smile on their faces, as they watch a lively talent competition between Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy and their clans where the battlefield is the stage and a brand-new swimming hole that is coming soon. This two-hour live show offers loads of laughs including a rowdy battle at a barn dance, extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, and award winning hillbilly musicians and cloggers. The feud is kicked-off most every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly with occasional 2 p.m. matinees and guests of all ages in the audience are encouraged to support their own side of Hatfield or McCoy “kinfolks.”

This feudin’ show comes with a Granny’s ‘All You Can Eat’ mountain fest, served by a hillbilly waiter or waitress.  Granny’s menu 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. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

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 between WonderWorks and the Titanic.

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 including “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo. In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

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Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry bigger, brighter and bolder than ever!

Oct. 31, 2017 – “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” Theater, will open on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 6. The acclaimed “Don’t Miss Show” (Southern Living magazine), a fixture in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for the past six years, is well known for its spectacular array of holiday festivities, music, comedy and dance.  The show is created by executive producers David Fee and Jim Hedrick, and produced and directed by Michael Headla.

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 Frosty the 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.

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ is bigger, brighter and bolder than ever,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We have created a stunning production that is full of enchantment and splendor with many new elements.  We have gorgeous new costumes, amazing choreography, incredible special effects and lavish sets.  Come share in the memories that your family will cherish for many years to come.

“We have a section of the show devoted to a Country Christmas this year,” Fee said.  “We have glitzy new costumes and themed stage sets. We also have Santa Claus and Santa’s elves who join the entire cast in Santa’s workshop where giant toys come to life. We have a breathtaking new ‘Winter Wonderland’ section and we ‘Let it Snow’ with snow falling softly in the theater, stunning new costumes and beautiful musical arrangements. And Frosty, the jolly happy soul, blows into the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater and comes to life for his signature song, ‘Frosty the Snowman’.

“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,” Fee said.”  “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.

“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.”

“Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry™” has 8 p.m. evening performances every night of the week and 3:30 p.m. matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Tickets for the Christmas show are $56.95, plus tax for adults and children 11 and under are $24.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show.

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 $24.95 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.  “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” will celebrate with a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

In addition to the producers, the creative team for “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” ™ consists of: Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Joel Bruce, production manager; Marshall Whaley, lighting designer; and Carol Culp, wardrobe supervisor.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show include vocalists:  Brittany Angello, Kara Bergman, Timothy Goins, Deanna Julian, Tim McManus, Jonathan Milner, Kelsey Rae Reinsfelder, and Hugh Warren.  Singer/Dancers include:  Matt George, Michael Bingham and Leigh Ellen Jones.  Dancers include: Abby Brinker, Summer Collins-Wright, Michael DeJesus, Victoria Gusa, Regina Laughlin, Mandy Mays, Cody Parisi, Luke Sanderford, Mowava Six, Desmond Smith, and David Tankersly.  Musicians include:  Keven Eknes, Mark Holbrook, Jeremy Phillips, Kelli Rae Tubbs, Jared Willson, and Kaleb Wright.

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”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” “The Smith Morning Christmas Show” starring Charlie Bob Smith and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March, 2018).

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Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

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Dollywood’s Splash Country Hosts Annual Ronald McDonald Day

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2017) — End the summer with a splash, and in the process support sick children and their families. Dollywood’s Splash Country and WIVK are partnering once again to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville. Ronald McDonald House’s mission is to aid families with critically-ill children who are being treated in area hospitals. During this event, the first 600 guests who mention Ronald McDonald House at the water park before noon on Saturday, Aug. 26 will receive 50% off a regular or child admission ticket.

One-hundred percent of the funds raised for this special event benefit Ronald McDonald House of Knoxville as it serves as a home away from home for families during their time of treatment.

“The Dollywood Company believes strongly in being a great community partner,” explained Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Janet Dawson. “As a water park, we look forward to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House every year. Splash Country is all about family time and that’s what Ronald McDonald House is trying to restore—they’re supporting families through tough times and trying to get them back to normalcy. What a great mission.”

Sue Beverly, Director of Ronald McDonald House added, “Thousands of lives are impacted each year by the services we offer at our wonderful house—services that are a direct result of the loving support so graciously offered by our community and our friends at Splash Country.”

Since 2003, Dollywood’s Splash Country has donated more than $347,000 to the non-profit through special events, promotions and monetary donations.

This season, Dollywood’s Splash Country extended its operating calendar with several additional days. The remaining open days this season are Aug. 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, and Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. For more information about Dollywood’s Splash Country or any of The Dollywood Company properties, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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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 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 30 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 2016. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen 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. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort 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: Public Relations Director, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com
Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com
Ellen Liston: Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

 

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