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Pigeon Forge Readies for Fall Foliage Season with Reminder To Travel Responsibly

Family-friendly destination is home to more than 14,500 overnight accommodations, many of which offer contact-free options for travelers.

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Sept. 29, 2020)—As fall approaches in the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) reminds visitors to travel responsibly in search of autumn colors.  With more than 14,500 overnight accommodations, the family-friendly destination offers travelers a variety of lodging properties, many of which provide reduced and contact-free options.

“Research tells us that 50 percent* of American travelers are considering fall travel, and we know that securing a place to stay is essential to any vacation,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Pigeon Forge’s overnight accommodations range from condominiums, campgrounds and resorts to cabins and hotels, and many have adapted to offer reduced- or contact-free options that limit person-to-person interactions. We know this is one of the most important considerations as folks consider a trip amid the pandemic.”

Lodging options are available at www.MyPigeonForge.com/lodging.

Pigeon Forge visitors can take advantage of cooler fall weather to enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences where being physically distant comes naturally.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently increased access to additional campgrounds and picnic areas, including Abrams Creek, Balsam Mountain, Big Creek, Cataloochee, and Cosby Campgrounds; Big Creek, Cataloochee, Round Bottom, and Tow String Horse Camps; Heintooga and Look Rock Picnic Areas and Little Greenbrier Road. All park trails, backcountry campsites, shelters, visitor centers and restrooms are open; however, some campsites require reservations. More information is available at nps.gov/grsm. There is no admission fee to enter GSMNP.
  • The recently-opened REI Pigeon Forge, the co-op’s newest retail format, is designed to be a gateway to outdoor adventures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The store offers a variety of gear rentals for hikers, campers, bikers, paddlers, and other outdoor enthusiasts along with car racks. REI Co-op is located in the Shops at Mountain Mile.
  • Dollywood theme park’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 25-Oct.31) features more than 800 live concerts and thousands of pumpkins. New this season, guests can purchase a reduced-price ticket which provides entry after 5 p.m. for those who want to make a quick trip to the park to experience Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. The limited-time offer, which is just $35 plus tax, is available online only; blackout dates apply.
  • Several Pigeon Forge restaurants make it easy to dine outdoors with special to-go packs. Puckett’s, Mama’s Farmhouse, the Old Mill are just a few and they offer hearty, customizable meals. Picnic spots are available in GSMNP or along the six-mile Riverwalk in Pigeon Forge.
  • Other outdoor activities include the Fountain Show at The Island in Pigeon Forge (free and presented daily beginning at 10 a.m.), Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park and Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park, home of the Flying Ox zipline coaster.

For more information about responsible travel to Pigeon Forge and special considerations for visitors related to Covid-19, please visit MyPigeonForge.com.

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Dolly Parton’s Stampede Resumes Operation July 3

Joins Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Hatfield &McCoy Dinner Feud, The Comedy Barn and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café in operation

PIGEON FORGE, TN, (Thursday, June 18, 2020) – The most popular and most visited dinner show in the Smokies will stampede back into action just in time for the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge will open for its first dinner shows since March on Friday, July 3.

Known as “the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is a one-of-a-kind, high-spirited adventure fueled by magnificent horses, comedy and music, and a four-course feast. Guests enter the 35,000-square-foot main arena to witness expert riders guide 32 magnificent horses through barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops, trick riding and other adventures. A striking 12.5 million LED video wall backdrop immerses guests in an experience set on America’s Great Plains of yesteryear, where live buffalo and thundering longhorns roam.

With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of equestrian skill, guests truly feel like they are in the West or nestled under the stars in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dinner, the other star of the show, includes a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork loin, Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, biscuits, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, a specialty dessert and unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee.

“We are excited to have our longest-running dinner show open on July 3 as our area celebrates the biggest holiday weekend of the summer and as we get back to entertaining families with this unique show,” Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, LLC said.  “Like our other operations, we will be observing the guidelines provided by the Tennessee Pledge.”

For more information and reservations, go to dpstampede.com or call 865-453-4400.

 

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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, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our dinner shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

Media Contacts:

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

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

Leah Hicks: (865) 774-8139 or leahh@wciinvest.com

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is the focus at Alcatraz East Crime Museum’s newest Temporary Exhibit

Alcatraz East Crime Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, will host a year-long exhibit on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (June 18, 2020) – Alcatraz East Crime Museum’s latest temporary exhibit will feature the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), opening on July 13, 2020. The exhibit will showcase the important work the Bureau does statewide on a daily basis, and details from famous solved and ongoing cases.

“We hope visitors will learn something new about the work that goes into investigating difficult cases in their communities by a special Tennessee agency they may not have known about,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “Working with the TBI on this exhibit we were able to see firsthand how much their agents and staff truly care about victims and survivors and will do whatever it takes to bring justice and closure to a case.”

Since the 1950s, the TBI has existed in various forms. They have seven offices throughout the state, and over 600 employees spread across eight divisions. Their mission is to support local law enforcement around the state by providing them with specialized investigative skills. At any one time, the Criminal Investigation Division has more than 1,500 open cases. They also routinely conduct their own independent investigations into child victimization, drug violations, domestic terrorism, and fugitive recovery.

This partnership with TBI allows visitors to learn about the founding of the agency and the important roles of TBI’s agents, forensic examiners, and analysts. This exhibit will also bring attention to current missing children and features a local cold case, the brutal 2015 murder of Donald Lawton in Kodak, TN. Other cases featured in the exhibit will include the Bain sisters kidnapping in 2012, the murder of Rhonda Daugherty in 2014, and murder of State Senator Tommy Burks in 1998.

“We are honored to have this platform to give Tennessee residents and others visiting the museum a closer look at the work we do across the Volunteer State,” says TBI Director David Rausch. “We are a diverse agency with a remarkable history, and this exhibit highlights our unique role in law enforcement’s greater mission to protect and serve.”

Alcatraz East Crime Museum reopened in May, following the pandemic closure, with measures in place to help keep visitors safer. To help “police” these new safety rules, the museum added a new K-9 mascot “Doc” (law enforcement abbreviation for Department of Corrections). Guests will see signage and friendly safety reminders from Doc throughout the museum. The museum’s updated safety measures include reduced hours, enhanced cleaning, spatial distancing protocols, employee health screenings and employee PPE. Guests are encouraged to review all safety rules prior to their visit on their web page devoted to COVID-19: https://www.alcatrazeast.com/covid-19/.

Alcatraz East Crime Museum 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.  Or, visit the TBI page at https://www.alcatrazeast.com/temporary-exhibits/tennessee-bureau-of-investigation-2/.

About Alcatraz East Crime Museum

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 and $26.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. Guests are encouraged to check the website prior to visiting for reduced hours, as a result of COVID-19, the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Since 1980, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has served as the state’s independent, lead law enforcement agency. Every day, focused on the agency’s core values of truth, bravery, and integrity, the TBI’s approximately 600 employees provide a variety of advanced criminal and drug investigative, forensic, and criminal justice services to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, to better fulfill the agency’s promise, “That Guilt Shall Not Escape Nor Innocence Suffer; Learn more about the TBI online at tn.gov/tbi, and connect with the agency on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TBInvestigation.

 

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Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Brings Bright Blooms to Smoky Mountains Beginning June 15

Guests can enjoy colorful kaleidoscope of more than half-a-million flowers

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Friday, June 12, 2020)— Dollywood’s inaugural Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health blooms to life with a vibrant new event that adds another touch of dazzling color to the natural beauty that already surrounds the award-winning theme park.

Originally scheduled for mid-spring, the breathtaking festival now begins when Dollywood reopens to season passholders on June 15. During this spectacular event, guests can explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms. These colossal displays reach heights up to 14 feet and create breathtaking displays celebrating the spirit of the Smoky Mountains. Floral carpet beds envelope walkways, embellish buildings and fill flowerbeds throughout the park.

Throughout the festival, the park stays open until 9:30 p.m. every night to allow families more time to make memories together. Additionally, each evening concludes with a fireworks show to put an exclamation point on the day.

“I know everyone is tired after being cooped up inside for the last few months, but I think all of us probably appreciate our family and friends even more right now,” Dolly Parton said. “I’m glad we’re able to start welcoming folks back to Dollywood with a brand new festival to help them make fresh memories together. Things may look a little different, but when they see all those beautiful flowers in bloom, I think it will help them take a bit of a break from everything that’s been going on.

“When we had the idea for this festival, I definitely gave them some input because you know how much I love flowers,” she added with a laugh, “but I was just delighted when my creative team told me their idea for the biggest flower display would be my mama sewing the Coat of Many Colors. I was so surprised, and I know she would be so proud they represented her in this way.”

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival brings Dolly’s dreams to life with floral displays blooming in a kaleidoscope of colors. In partnership with internationally-acclaimed Mosaicultures flower sculpting team, a multitude of flowers come to life throughout Dollywood as Smoky Mountain turtles, raccoons, frogs and black bears. Dolly’s rich influence through song comes alive thanks to tributes of “I Will Always Love You” with a floral heart umbrella, as well as “Coat of Many Colors” with the marvelous scenic sculpture of her mother Avie Lee sewing the priceless garment.

The festival takes its blooms and brilliance throughout Dollywood, starting with photo opportunities as soon as guests step foot through the turnstiles. Once in the park, guests quickly find themselves under an Umbrella Sky, an awe-inspiring sight which features more than 600 hundred umbrellas dancing above their heads.

Special “Instagram-able” photo locations allow families to capture special memories that will live on long after the festival flowers bloom.

The colorful splendor created by an artful array of flowers and plants is accented by delicious dishes of mouth-watering festival flavors. Dollywood’s team of culinary experts dug deep into the traditions of Southern and Smoky Mountain cuisine to create garden-fresh items sure to delight.

Items on the menu include grilled citrus shrimp over delta peas and rice, gyros, Greek orzo pasta, grilled chili lime skirt steak, chicken stir fry, zucchini fritters, lobster rolls, charcuterie in a cone, and pork sliders with pineapple chutney.

Dessert highlights include chocolate-dipped macaroons, toasted coconut cupcakes, blueberry tarts, and chocolate ganache brownies. Guests looking for a way to cool off have a number of refreshing beverages to enjoy during the festival. The selection includes strawberry guava, blueberry lavender lemonade, blood orange lemonade, and watermelon lime fresca.

After much careful preparation, Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to the general public on June 17.

Social distancing guidelines will limit the capacity of the parks on a daily basis. As a result, season passholders will be required to reserve the date and time they wish to visit, and general admission guests will purchase a date-based ticket to ensure all have a safer, socially-distanced experience. Reservations can be made at www.Dollywood.com/reservations and on the Dollywood mobile app where a how-to video will demonstrate the process. Guests should book their reservations early to ensure the date of their choice.

Additional information and a video detailing the safety and operational changes at the park are available for review at www.Dollywood.com/playsafe and on the mobile app.

 

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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 160-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 40 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 27 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, and has been named a top-three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open mid-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 operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa 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: Public Relations Director, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: 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

Pirates Voyage Resumes Operation June 10

Joins Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café in operation.

PIGEON FORGE, TN, (Thursday, June 4, 2020) – After several months in port, Pirates Voyage is setting sail again in Pigeon Forge.

The 21,000 square foot arena, adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, is 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 Dolly Parton and Mark Brymer create an immersive adventure experience all while guests enjoy a spectacular four-course pirate feast.

“We are excited to open on June 10 and to get back to entertaining families with this unique show,” Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, LLC said. “Like our other operations, we will be observing the social distancing guidelines provided by the Tennessee Pledge.”

For more information and reservations, go to piratesvoyage.com or call 865-505-2469.

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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, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our dinner shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

Media Contacts:

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

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

Leah Hicks: (865) 774-8139 or leahh@wciinvest.com

Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country Set Opening for June 15

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa to reopen June 10

PIGEON FORGE, TN (Wednesday, June 3, 2020) — After much careful preparation, Dollywood Parks and Resorts start reopening beginning with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to the general public on June 17.

“We are excited to get open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are here!” Dolly Parton said. “We have been blessed to work with some incredible experts at Covenant Health and with the State of Tennessee as we have navigated this extraordinary situation. Their advice and teamwork has provided untold help to make sure we are doing the right thing.”

All operations will adhere to the Tennessee Pledge and state operational restrictions.

“As Dolly said, we are now ready to reopen and get back to the business of ‘Making Memories Worth Repeating’ for our loyal and passionate guests to both our parks and resort,” Craig Ross, Dollywood President said. “The team has faced this challenge head on and they have made numerous operational changes we believe will help with the safety of our guests and hosts as we continue to deal with the coronavirus. Safety is—and always will be—one of our highest priorities.”

Social distancing guidelines will limit the capacity of the parks on a daily basis. As a result, season passholders will be required to reserve the date and time they wish to visit and general admission guests will purchase a date-based ticket to ensure all have a safer, socially-distanced experience. Reservations can be made at www.Dollywood.com/reservations and on the Dollywood mobile app where a how-to video will demonstrate the process.

Additionally, prior to entering the facilities, hosts and visitors must have a touchless temperature screening and wear a mask. Children under three are not required to wear a mask at any time.  Guests will not be required to wear a mask while eating. Masks are not required on all waterpark attractions at Dollywood’s Splash Country or on select coasters and water attractions at Dollywood due to the dynamics of the attractions. Additional information about masks and a video detailing the safety and operational changes at the park are available for review at www.Dollywood.com/playsafe and on the mobile app.

Dollywood will continue monitoring any changes in the CDC or state guidelines as operations begin and will make the appropriate adjustments to the guest experience.

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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 160-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 40 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 27 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, and has been named a top-three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open mid-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 operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa 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.

Dollywood Media Contact:

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

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

Family Fun, Food and a Crazy Feud Combine for a High-Spirited Show

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud Opens for Its 10th Season in 2020

PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE – For guests to the Smokies looking for a dinner show experience that combines a mountain of delicious food and a long-running crazy family feud, the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show has all the elements needed for an entertaining night out in Pigeon Forge.

Guests become part of one of the longest-running feuds in history, as they take sides with either the

Hatfield family or the McCoy family throughout a two-hour journey that begins with a four-course feast. The show features side-splitting comedy, musical acts with sensational singing, dancing and mountain clogging, and some “explosive” stunts that give the show a true bang!

In addition to the talents and antics of the two families, the town sheriff and mayor entertain guests in an adventure that includes competitions and stunts on the “mountainside” and in the 24-foot deep swimming hole that is part of the show set. Not only are folks guaranteed to laugh as they become part of the feudin’ family fun, but everyone is sure not to leave hungry!  That’s because the experience starts off with an all-you-can-eat meal served up with all the best Southern favorites. The meal begins with Southern style creamy soup and hot homemade bread. Next, country classics like fried chicken, open pit pulled pork barbeque, mashed potatoes, buttery corn on the cob, and coleslaw are served. A specialty dessert and tea or coffee complete the meal.

As guests finish up their meals, they might notice some familiar faces on stage as their waiters and waitresses join in on the excitement on stage. From the start, the feud is action packed with “battles” of musical talents, clogging and dancing, and dozens of imaginative diving stunts. Guests will be amazed as the stage features dancing one minute and then morphs into a pool equipped with boats and diving boards. During the show, even the audience becomes part of the feud by taking part in competitions set at the Sevier County Fair. All children in attendance get in on the act during a portion of the show, creating memories that will last long after this crazy feud is over for the night.

“The cast pours their heart into every performance,” said Jamie Parish, General Manager of Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud. “We invite audiences to become a part of our ‘feudin’ family’ and create memories that will have them laughing long after the show is over.”

Reservations and showtimes are available by calling (865) 908-7469 or at hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com. Guests should arrive 45 minutes prior to showtime for dinner.

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About Great Choice Investments:  Great Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Smoky Mountain Opry, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Our dinner 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

Tennille McElroy: (865) 429-7183, ext. 320, (865) 809-0292 or tennille@gcipf.com

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is Ready for Its Second Swashbuckling Season in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.  –  After a wildly-adventurous and successful debut in 2019, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is in final preparations to set sail for its second swashbuckling season on January 31, 2020.

The uniquely-exciting adventure that is Pirates Voyage combines the thrill of sword fights, cannons and pirates scaling high above two full-sized pirate ships in a “fight” to win Davy Jones’ coveted sunken treasure. Beautiful mermaids gracefully perform high above the water before diving and disappearing back into Buccaneer Bay, while a couple of castaways that include a “Salty” sea lion win a battle with Captain Blackbeard through clever antics and pirate wit. A cavalier crew of characters then combines heroics and high-flying fun that will have guests cheering and experiencing thrills around every corner in an epic battle for lost treasure on land, on deck, and in the water of the show’s 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon.

In its inaugural season, the cast and crew of Pirates Voyage performed more than 600 shows in just more than seven months. “The response and feedback from guests during our first season was just extraordinary,” said Leah Hicks, Director of Sales & Marketing for Pirates Voyage. “Families love experiencing our show and having fun together while creating great memories. We can’t wait for more and more families to have that kind of fun and excitement at Pirates Voyage, and in 2020, we have a full season from January 31 to early January in 2021 for people to experience our unique brand of fun. It’s perfect for swashbucklers, pirates, mermaids, and more, and the food alone makes the show one-of-a-kind!”

The adventure actually begins in the Pirates Village, where younger swashbucklers as well as parents and grandparents can “Join the Crew” and be transformed into mermaids and pirates before the main show begins. As visitors enter the hideaway lagoon for this Dinner and Show spectacular, guests are served a hearty four-course feast straight from Captain Blackbeard’s galley that makes Pirates Voyage the most unique place to eat in the Smokies. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and buccaneer bread. The feast fit for a pirate – or mermaid – continues with cracklin’ pan-fried chicken, swashbucklin’ sugar-cured ham, matey’s mac ‘n’ cheese, and Jolly Roger sweet potato souffle. Walk the plank peach turnover and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available by request.

This fantastic journey and its colorful crew of characters combine adventure, acrobatics, animals and all things pirate for a treasure chest of memories not to be forgotten.

Show times and reservations are available by calling (865) 505-2469 or visiting www.piratesvoyage.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, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Smoky Mountain Opry, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our dinner 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

Leah Hicks: (865) 774-8139, (865) 898-6925 or leahh@wciinvest.com

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Returns for 33rd Season of Family Fun

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, January 14, 2020) – When Dolly Parton’s Stampede opens for its 33rd season on January 17, guests quickly will understand why a trip to this most-visited dinner attraction in the world is unlike any entertainment experience they’ve ever encountered. The Stampede features an exciting line-up of amazing equestrian acts, friendly competition and audience interaction, foot-stomping music, comedic fun, and unexpected, exciting twists and turns throughout the adventure.

“It has been such a privilege to bring families and friends together for more than three decades to create special memories through Dolly Parton’s Stampede and everything that it offers,” said David Swangel, Stampede’s General Manager. “Our talented cast and the dedicated staff treat every show as if each guest is experiencing Stampede for the first time. That’s why we look forward to every new season – we want guests to make memories they will hold onto for a lifetime.”

From the moment guests arrive, there are memories to be made around every corner. Guests can start by visiting the signature Horse Walk to snap a picture with a few of the show’s stars. Before the main attraction begins, the experience kicks off in the non-alcoholic Saloon with the Southern-style bluegrass and country music of Mountain Ruckus, Stampede’s house band. Guests will enjoy classics with a twist and hear the musical stylings of the only four-time national banjo champion, Gary “Biscuit” Davis.

As the main show begins, guests are introduced to the talented cast, who lead the show’s 32 magnificent horses through the performance. Thanks to a state-of-the-art LED set wall, guests are immersed into an experience set in America’s Great Plains of yesteryear, where live buffalo and thundering longhorns roam the 35,000 square-foot arena and settlers bring the Wild West to life. With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of equestrian skill, guests truly feel like they are  in the Wild West or nestled under the stars in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of creamy vegetable soup, a 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 beverages including Coca-Cola® products. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

To end the Stampede experience, applause fills the arena as the talented riders and their horses come center-stage for a patriotic red, white and blue salute to America. And many guests will want to stick around after the show, to snap some pictures with the Stampede’s talented performers and their magnificent horses.

Show times and reservations are available by calling 865-453-4400 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, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Smoky Mountain Opry, The Comedy Barn Theater, and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, operates dinner show venues, theaters, and restaurants for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our dinner shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

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

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Big New Show Called “Silver Bow”

Contact: Debbie Newsom, (865)-414-6887, pr consultant

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Nov. 5, 2019 – Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time in the city. “Silver Bow,” “Silver Bow,” there’s a big new show in the city! And ready, set. . . shoot!  Archer, Tara Swift, has arrived in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., performing death-defying feats. She shoots her arrows and hits her targets in the all new “Silver Bow” variety show in Pigeon Forge.  Incredibly, Swift can also proficiently launch her arrows and hit her targets while blindfolded, guided only by the sound of what?  Ring-a-ling, hear them ring, (yes, you’ve guessed it), ringing little silver/ brass bells.

“This is a dangerous, thrilling show that will wow audiences of all ages,” said L. T. Britton, co-owner of the Silver Bow Theater. “We have the sharpest crossbow shooter in the Smoky Mountains. She is unbelievable!  In addition, our show is filled with comedy, daring escapes, lively music, powerful singing and a five-piece band.  We have a cast of some of the country’s top musicians and singers whose exceptional talents have captivated audiences on stages from Nashville to Branson, Missouri.

“From the music to the lighting to the costumes . . . This show is a must-see experience for the whole family,” Britton said.  “We are so excited about this show. It’s amazing!” Music selections include titles from popular movies, power ballads, country, classic pop and Elvis songs.

Cross bow artist Swift comes to Pigeon Forge from Oregon.  She has been shooting arrows since she was 5 years old, when she started practicing in her own backyard on hay bales. She previously performed in the “Illusionists” touring magic show in the United States, Australia and Canada.

Throughout the “Silver Bow” show, Swift consistently displays her skills with a bow.  “It’s very rewarding when you go through all that practice and then it pays off and you actually get to perform,” said Swift.  “This job is a dream come true. I practice every day honing my skills and I try to hit my targets perfectly every night.

“I went to college for science, but crossbows are a lot more fun than petri dishes,” she said. “I am loving every minute of it.  It takes focus and concentration, especially shooting blindfolded.  I like the adrenaline. I have to be very steady and confident.  I have to have calm nerves. I can’t have caffeine before a show or I will shake.

“I love seeing the audience reaction, especially the little children,” Swift said.  “The audience is just mesmerized; the kids are in awe and are gasping spectators. They can’t believe what they saw.  It is so fun. I love it so much. It is a great adventure.”

During the act, Swift uses audience members and comedic actor, Guy Windsor, known by his stage name “Lucky,” as her assistants. Windsor is also used as a filler between acts. He previously worked at Universal Studios Hollywood, Walt Disney World and Dollywood.  Swift shoots many different inanimate objects with the help of her participants.

The show also presents a tribute to Elvis by Elvis impersonator and lead male vocalist, Michael Chambliss, formerly of the Memories Theater cast.  In addition to performing at Memories, Michael has headlined at Elvis events and festivals across the country, eventually winning the 2014 Images of the King Award World Champion award in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Tenn., during Elvis Week. He has performed at the Pierce Arrow Theater and at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and at Gaither Homecomings. He was also a lead singer with the Cumberland Boys gospel group.

Other cast members include lead female singer Kelsie Chandler, nominated as Georgia Country Artist of the Year; Regan Mae Farney, violinist from St. Louis, Mo., who astonishes audiences with a different kind of bow in the show; and Bailey Miles, singer.  Miles literally grew up in the theater as her father was the drummer and the band leader in the previous show at the theater for the past 25 years. And rounding out the cast is veteran musical theater performer Jonathan Weathersby, who was recently featured in TLC and Investigation Discovery TV shows, but is locally known as the children’s pastor at New Hope Church and for his singing/acting roles in the former Miracle Theater show, “The Miracle.” The band of “Silver Bow” includes Matt Duffy, drummer; Connor Lafollette, pianist; Griffin Pruett, bass guitarist; and Kaleb Tussey-Wright, lead guitarist.

“Silver Bow” is produced by L. T. Britton and was conceived by owners L. T. Britton and Isaac and Elissa Larrison of Indiana. Marshall Whaley is the lighting director.

The “Silver Bow” show runs at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  The Silver Bow Christmas show will begin Friday, Nov. 29 and run through the end of the year.  There will be occasional Sunday shows on holiday weekends at 8:00 pm. The theater is located at 2141 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Tickets are on sale now for $34.95 each.  Children 11 and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (865) 366-1159, or online at http://silverbowshow.com, or from the theater’s box office.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. +++