Friday, April 18, 2014

Dollywood's FireChaser Express: Get an Inside Look

Haven't been able to visit Dollywood in Pigeon Forge yet this year? If not, that means you haven't got to check out the family friendly thrills available on their new ride - FireChaser Express. To get an idea of what you can expect from FireChaser Express we've got a point of view just for you. Take a look! Then, purchase your Dollywood tickets to make your vacation in Pigeon Forge a family friendly escape from the ordinary.

 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Pigeon Forge vacations from Ashley.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dippin' Dots Returns to Dollywood with FireChaser Express Flavor

Are you a fan of Dippin’ Dots?  This theme park staple has returned to Dollywood in 2014, and features an all-new flavor specially developed for Dollywood and its just-debuted FireChaser Express dual launch roller coaster. 

Dollywood park guess will experience an explosion of fun on the new ride, and an burst of flavor with new Dippin’ Dots FireChaser CherryBomb Ice.  The CherryBomb flavor delivers a refreshing sour cherry and fruit flavor, with unexpected bursts of popping candy.  FireChaser CherryBomb Ice is exclusively available at Dollywood. 
The new flavor isn’t the only thing Dippin’ Dots has brought to Dollywood this season.  The original beaded ice cream introduces the Tennessee Tornado Sundae Shop, an amazing Dippin’ Dots destination serving a menu of Dippin’ Dots Treats such as sundaes, shakes and floats.  There will be a total of six Dippin’ Dot stations located throughout the Pigeon Forge theme park.  Two locations will also be at Dollywood’s Splash Country, the perfect place to enjoy a cold treat on a summer day.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

FireChaser Express Officially Launches at Dollywood

If you’re visiting Dollywood this year, you’re in for an all new attraction geared specifically towards family.  FireChaser Express is the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, traveling both backwards and forwards.  This attraction joins the already stellar line-up of rides at Dollywood Theme Park, including Wild Eagle Coaster and .  Curious to learn more about FireChaser Express?  Read on.

Billed as a family coaster, the height requirement is only 39 inches so the entire group can join in on the exciting ride.  Perched 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area, FireChaser Express launches twice, blasting riders forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track. The coaster is projected from the loading station traveling from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 second. Near the end of the ride, a backward launch from zero to 20 mph in two seconds sends FireChaser Express hurtling back to the station in the opposite direction.  After the initial launch, a 79-foot lift propels FireChaser Express through a “trick track” section where the passenger trains twist from side to side. During the almost 2 ½ minute ride, you’ll encounter six zero-gravity moments – just enough to make your heart race a bit! 
FireChaser Express

The theme of the new attraction celebrations the volunteer-based fire departments of the `1940s, who protected the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  During this time, firefighting trains were a common sight throughout the park. FireChaser Express’ passenger trains are designed to celebrate all firefighters who bravely battle perilous blazes to ensure the safety of others.’
If you’re brave enough to volunteer, climb aboard FireChaser Express as it launches from Station 7 in Dollywood’s Wilderness Pass.  Get ready for a thrilling adventure to save the Smokies from potential fire hazards. Along the way, guests flash across mountainous terrain, through giant fire towers, and dodge fallen telephone poles and crashed rockets. During the excursion, guests discover Crazy Charlie Cherriebaum’s Gas & Fireworks Emporium, a haphazard roadside stand that proves fireworks, gasoline and lightning do not mix. After a surprise explosion, FireChaser Express is launched backward, through another section of track, ultimately delivering recruits to Station 7 in reverse!

Dollywood is currently celebrating its 29th season.  Dollywood tickets and vacation packages, including those with Dollywood’s Splash Country tickets, are currently on sale. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dollywood Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Serves Up Family Fun

Come hungry and ready to hear some toe-tapping bluegrass music when you visit Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival.  The Pigeon Forge theme park hosts the entertaining festival May 24 – June 8, 2014.  Included with the purchase of Dollywood tickets are over 250 concerts featuring some of the best bluegrass acts in the country.  Plus, delicious barbeque is served up throughout the park. 

Performers for this year’s Barbeque and Bluegrass include The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears and Doug Green, as well as Riders in the Sky and The Boxcars.  A schedule of the headliners is listed below:
  • May 24-25: The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gille, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears and Doug Green
  • May 24, 25, 26: The Bankester Family
  • May 24-June 1: The Willis Clan
  • May 26-27: Riders in the Sky
  • May 27, 28, 29: The Boxcars with J.D. Crowe
  • May 30, 31, and June 1: The Gibson Brothers
  • June 4, 5, 6: Balsam Range
  • June 7-8: Hot Club of Cowtown

Along with these exciting shows, Dollywood will also host their standard shows like Country Crossroads and Dreamland Drive-In.  All of Dollywood’s thrilling rides and attractions are also available during the festival.   Take a ride on the new family-friendly coaster FireChaser Express, soar on the daring Wild Eagle Coaster, go for a spin on Dizzy Disk and make a splash on Daredevil Falls. 
Barbeque headquarters can be found at Market Square, where southern-style barbeque and tasty side dishes are served up.  Try some pulled pork, ribs or chicken along with a variety of sauces at the Sauce Tastin’ Station.  The Backstage Restaurant will debut a new menu specifically for the Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival, too, so there’s plenty of options to satisfy your barbeque cravings. 

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival.  Dollywood packages are available if you’d like to easily reserve your entire vacation today. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

May 2014 Events in Pigeon Forge

May 1-4:  Yellow Mustang Car Show
Takes place at The Inn at Christmas Place. Call 888-465-9644 for more information or visit their website.


May 2:  28th Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade
Don’t miss the annual Dolly Parton Parade in Pigeon Forge. See parade favorites like clowns, baton twirlers, marching bands, and floats, plus Dolly Parton herself!
May 2-3:  Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day
Head over to Townsend for their spring celebration and enjoy bluegrass music, clogging, arts and crafts, barbeque, Appalachian skills demonstrations, and wildflower walks. View the complete schedule online.


May 15-17:  36th Annual F-100 Supernationals & All Ford Show
Takes place at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Facility. Visit their website for more details.
May 16-17: Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass
Enjoy the Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, free bluegrass concerts, kids games and authentic mountain crafts during Bloomin' BBQ and Bluegrass.  Admission is free. 


May 23: Roots & Boots Tour with Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie
This will be an evening filled with stories and songs, getting back to the roots of their music. These three great artists will be performing on stage together, acoustic versions of more than 40 Top Ten Hits. Tickets on sale now. 
May 24-June 6:  Barbeque & Bluegrass at Dollywood
This free concert series will showcase some of the biggest names in bluegrass music. Combined with finger-licking BBQ, you won’t want to miss this Dollywood festival.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Six Ways to Save on your Pigeon Forge Vacation

The summer season is soon arriving, ushering in warm weather and endless play for children throughout the country. Many families choose this time of year to hit the open road and enjoy the always needed family vacation. Even though gas prices are high, and budgets are tight, there is still one vacation destination making it easy for families to get away together. The Smoky Mountains, home to both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, provide the perfect way for outdoor fun to combine with family entertainment, creating a one-stop, have-it-all type destination. So fill up the family car, stock your cooler with drinks and snacks and gear up for a vacation full of memories.

Here are six ways to save while visiting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:
 
1) Use the Trolley System. The Pigeon Forge Trolley system has over 100 stops throughout Pigeon Forge and the Parkway, including Dollywood. It’s a good way to see all of Pigeon Forge’s attractions and sights, without having to pay for gas. The Trolley fare is only 50 cents. Plus, you can travel to Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg via the trolley, a convenient connection making both destinations easily accessible.

2)  Discover our Direct Deals page on our websites ReservePigeonForge.com and ReserveGatlinburg.com. There are discount Pigeon Forge tickets and discount Gatlinburg attractions available, including deals on white water rafting, ziplining and shows.

3) Pigeon Forge Vacation Packages and Gatlinburg Vacation Packages are also great ways to save on your family getaway. On both websites you'll find discount packages available featuring Country Tonite, Dollywood, Smoky Mountain Opry and outdoor adventures.

4) Reserve a Dollywood Package. Dollywood vacation packages allow guests to conveniently one-stop shop. Families can book their Dollywood tickets, Splash Country tickets (seasonally) and lodging all in place and one great price! Only Dollywood and Reserve Direct offer these great Dollywood deals!

5) Explore the Great Smoky Mountains! While in the area, discover the most visited National Park in America, the Great Smoky Mountains. Full of things to do for the whole family, take advantage of the hiking trails, waterfalls, scenic views and wildlife for a truly memorable experience. It’s a free and fun way to enjoy the outdoors and your family.

6) Take advantage of free time at Dollywood.   Save money by going to Dollyood after 3:00pm on your first day. Go for free the next day.  Simply save your ticket for re-entry.  If you're visiting during Smoky Mountain Christmas, you can enter the park after 6pm and be re-admitted free the next day. Either way, you get extra hours at Dollywood for absolutely free!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Dollywood Theme Park Tickets On Sale Now

Dollywood tickets are now available directly through Reserve Pigeon Forge!  You can purchase single day Dollywood tickets or Dollywood Splash Country tickets, all while adding other great attractions like Dixie Stampede and lodging to your Pigeon Forge vacation package.  Create a trip your whole family will enjoy by including a day at Dollywood in your plans.

 
Dollywood is one of the most popular theme parks in the Southeast.  Centered on Smoky Mountain heritage, the park combines entertaining shows with talented craftspeople, delicious food and thrilling rides.   One of the park’s most popular attractions is Wild Eagle – the first wing coaster in the country!  Since opening in 2012, it has wowed riders with its high speeds and soaring track. 

Festivals are a key component of Dollywood.  From spring to winter there are themed festivals celebrating food, culture and tradition.  Festival of Nations, focused on cultures of the world, is featured March 22-April 21; Barbeque and Bluegrass May 24-June 8; Great American Summer June 14-August 3; National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration September 22-November 1; and Smoky Mountain Christmas November 8-January 3. 
If you’re a show person, you’re also in luck at Dollywood.  Award-winning entertainment from shows like Dreamland Drive-In is included in your Dollywood ticket.  Plus, various artists appear throughout the year during the featured festivals. 

Don’t miss out on all Dollywood has to offer.  Reserve tickets with Reserve Pigeon Forge to begin your next vacation. 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Titanic Museum Hosts 2nd Annual Authors Week

Meet and greet renowned authors during the 2nd Annual Titanic Authors’ Week.  Held at the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge March 29 through April 5, 2014, nine celebrate authors will make special appearances.  Come meet these authors, purchase their works, and receive special discounts on their popular books. 

Appearances during Titanic Authors’ Week include:
Lee Merideth
Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30
Book: 1912 Facts About the Titanic
Book: Titanic’s last Hero
Book: Titanic Names


Luke Copas, 12 Year Old Author
Saturday, March 29 - Saturday, April 5
Book: Facts for kids about Titanic
Book: Facts for kids about the Titanic Children


June McCash
Thursday, April 3 - Saturday, April 5
Sunday, April 6th: 10am - 2pm
Book: A Titanic Love Story, Ida and Isador Straus


Yvonne Lehman
Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, March 30
Monday, March 31 - 10:30am - 1pm
Tuesday, April 1 - 12pm - 5pm
Book: Hearts that Survive
Lynn Sanford (descendent author)
Saturday, March 29 - Tuesday, April 1
Book: Starboard at Midnight


Lisa & Ken Marks
Sunday, March 30 - Tuesday, April 1
Book: Molly Brown from Hannibal Missouri


Penelope Carlevato
Sunday, March 30 - Friday, April 4: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, April 5: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Book: Tea on the Titanic, 100 years later
Allan Wolf
Monday, March 31 - Tuesday, April 1
Book: The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic


Cheryl Mure & Cassie Jones
Monday, March 31 - Tuesday, April 1
Book: Ahoy (a child’s tour of the great ship)

Edward Walker
Wednesday, April 2 - 1pm - 5pm
Thursday, April 3 - Saturday, April 5
Book: Titanic Maritime art of Edward D. Walker
There have been hundreds of Titanic books written about the legendary Titanic – books written from every possible perspective. Now, all Titanic fans and followers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with authors of many of these remarkable books during this unprecedented, 8-day book signing event.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dixie Stampede Delights Guests with Revamped 2014 Show

Dixie Stampede is known as “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” – a title they’ve earned again and again by pleasing crowds with their entertaining and interactive show.  For the 2014 season all-new special effects, reimagined performance segments and the return of a few fan favorite segments are planned.  Curious about show details?  Read on.

 
If you’ve seen the show before, you’ll notice the show’s new opening right away.  A rousing new overture highlighted by newly added video projections kicks off the show.  The floor of the 30,000 square-foot arena is filled with moving images if stampeding horses, so lifelike the thundering of their hooves rattle the tables of the Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge. Several segments of the show have been revamped, the most spectacular of which is the show’s patriotic conclusion.  Set to the moving Color Me America!, written and performed by Dolly Parton, the entire arena floor is filled with the image of an American flag blowing in the breeze as a dozen horses and riders proudly present our nation’s colors in a display of perfectly choreographed pageantry.

Now in its 27th season, Dixie Stampede dazzles guests with a cast of talented performers and a team of skilled riders who lead the show’s 32 magnificent horses through barrel races and other various tricks, all in the name of Dixie Stampede’s friendly rivalry and competition between the North and South sides of the arena. The 2014 show marks the return of two fan-favorite segments: miniature horse races and the bucket brigade competition, a wet and wild test of teamwork and coordination which is just one of several events that calls audience members to step up and bring home a victory for their team.

Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Dixie Stampede’s signature four-course meal consisting of Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, a homemade biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages.  Can’t get enough of the delicious Dixie soup?  The mix is for sale at the show’s gift shop.

Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the Dixie Belle Saloon with the side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music of Dixie Stampede’s house band one hour prior to show time.  Mountain Ruckus puts on an energetic, rousing show so be sure to arrive early for this pre-show. 

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Honors Dolly Parton

Photo Credit: Sevierville Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau
Attention all singers!  The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is accepting entries for the preliminary round of completion now through April 18, 2014.

The unique competition honors the songwriting of Pigeon Forge native Dolly Parton.  Contestants are required to sing one of the more than 3,000 songs Parton has penned but the vocal can be in any style.  Contestants are divided into two categories : ages 13 and up and ages 12 and under.  This is the only vocal competition in the world that specifically honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton.
This year, contestants can submit two songs to be judged.  Entries are accepted by mail.  Thirty finalists (20 in the 13+ category and 10 in the 12 and under category) will be invited to perform during the final rounds of the competition.  Finals are held at the Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival on May 17
Winning competitors will take home cash and prizes including a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee and Dollywood season passes. 
If you would like to enter the competition, please mail entries to:
Mountain Soul Vocal Competition
c/o Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
110 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862

Click here for complete contest details and rules.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Pigeon Forge vacations from Ashley.