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October 24, 2018


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

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

October 11, 2018


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2018) – At the Christmas Celebration Dinner Show, the joys and wonders of winter and the holidays weave a special tale as the attraction’s yuletide show returns for its second season. Opening Friday, Oct. 19 and continuing through Jan. 5, 2019, families are invited to create new holiday memories as holiday classics are combined with breathtaking acts and acrobatics, heart-warming music, merry décor and a festive, delicious feast.

This one-of-a-kind, “must see” show combines spectacular holiday music, a live nativity, and millions of dollars in special effects. An exciting variety of acrobatic feats and an ice skating spectacular provide thrills that will last long after the show. Set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, the audience is taken on a journey with the cast to discover if these Christmas festivities will be cancelled, or whether the storm has set the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever. 

October 7, 2018


The Water Spectacular is Slated to Open in Spring 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn, (Thursday, October 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.

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.

May 13, 2018

REVIEW: (Medieval) Times They Are A-Changin'

It's been a while since we visited the castle... you know the one - the one standing alongside its  Medieval Village in Kissimmee? It's an icon... a well-known tribute to an era seemingly frozen in time within its mighty walls; and recently, it quietly became a symbolic monument to societal change. Quietly - until you play witness to the show inside!

The flagship Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament opened in 1983. The timeless, beloved tale of battles and romance in the quest for the princess and kingdom unfolded under the watchful eyes of the powerful king for 34 years. This year, that has all changed as Queen Doña Maria Isabella has officially taken the throne following the "death" of the king.

While it seems to be an incredibly relevant time for such a change in regime, the political and social climate whirling around #MeToo, and rejuvenated analyses of gender equality aren't responsible for some frenzied, obligatory rewrite of the Medieval Times performance. These changes have been in the works for a couple of years as a result of guest feedback and certainly just an acknowledgment of the need for something new.

April 12, 2018

ARIZONA - Medieval Times Breaks Ground on 10th Castle, First in Arizona

North America's #1 Dinner Attraction to Open in Scottsdale's Talking Stick Entertainment District

PHOENIX, April 6, 2018 - Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament today broke ground on its tenth North American castle, to be located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community's Talking Stick Entertainment District in Scottsdale, Ariz.

With construction slated for completion in early 2019, the 79,000-square-foot 11th Century-style castle will be the only entertainment venue of its type in Arizona. Having entertained more than 67 million guests across the United States and in Toronto over the past three-and-a-half decades, the immersive Medieval Times experience centers around an adrenaline-charged live jousting tournament, filled with awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry. Heroic knights engage in rousing displays of strength and skill, as fans cheer their champions over a four-course, utensil-free feast, much as they might have 10 centuries ago.

April 8, 2018


One of Florida’s most popular entertainment destinations breaks
from tradition with new matriarchal storyline debuting in April

ORLANDO — Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is ushering in a new royal ruler as the lead role in their wildly popular Central Florida production at the Orlando Castle. For the first time in the company’s 34-year tradition of having a king as the sole ruler of the land, a female character will make history in the company’s newest show debuting on April 19th in the heart of Osceola County.

The matriarchal move came as a result of guest feedback on the roles that women played within the fantasy story-telling production. The new queen character is a firm, but kind, ruler who inherited the throne at the passing of her father, the previous king. The role has already been unveiled at Medieval Times castles in Dallas, Chicago, New Jersey and Buena Park, CA to wide acclaim, with an additional four North American castles as well as one in Toronto, debuting the new show later this year, following Orlando’s launch.

Tickets for the dinner and show start as low as $36.95, making it an attractive alternative for families looking for an evening of fun, or even groups of adults celebrating everything from birthdays to corporate events.

“Our new female queen is a sign of the times and we couldn’t be more excited to bring her to Florida,” said Doug Dorn, Medieval Times Orlando, FL General Manager. “The queen is fully in-charge. Her authority is sometimes challenged, but she quickly asserts herself as a strong leader.

December 28, 2017

REVIEW: Titanic Gala Dinner Event

Photo: Titanic The Artifact Exhibition
All aboard for a one-of-a-kind experience as you set sail to cross the North Atlantic on the world's most luxurious ocean liner. She's been called the 'Ship of Dreams', but her name is Titanic. You can find this fabled vessel in one of the last places you may expect... on Orlando's International Drive.

Titanic The Artifact Exhibition is a year-round attraction that serves as a clever combination museum-show experience. Guests have the option of a self-led tour, or a guided tour with an authentically tailored period character through the series of recreated scenes and hundreds of artifacts. And, if you really want to make it a first-class experience, jump into your mental time machine for the Titanic Gala Dinner Event!

November 7, 2017


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017) – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show continues its inaugural season with a new holiday tale that invites families on a journey that brings together special Christmas memories and magic that shaped Dolly and her family. The new show, which opened Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 31, allows guests to make wonderful holiday memories and discover the true spirit of Christmas.

The combination of festive holiday music, two million dollars in special effects, acrobatic feats from both performers and the show’s canine stars, a mischievous elf, a series of “reindeer games,” a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and many other unexpected  surprises combine for a one-of-a-kind, “must see” show.  This exciting new Christmas adventure is set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town’s Christmas celebration in the balance. The audience journeys with the cast to learn whether their Christmas will be cancelled or whether the storm sets the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever.

July 27, 2017

REVIEW: The Dinner Detective PLUS Interview With Creator Scott O'Brien

They say you can't reinvent the wheel, but this isn't entirely true. After all, haven't most of us experienced a product or service that left us thinking, this could be SO much better? While most of us only think it - some people take the initiative to DO it. Scott O'Brien is one of those people, and he is the force behind The Dinner Detective.

With a BA in Communication and a minor in Business, O'Brien found himself lured to Los Angeles where he worked as a Production Assistant in film and television before breaking into development and writing under the legendary David E. Kelley. O'Brien justifiably sees Kelley as the "best television writer of our generation", and he considers his time spent working with him as "the greatest television education you could ever imagine".

Wisely sponging valuable knowledge from brilliant minds on the set of shows like "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice", O'Brien developed a keen insight for quality entertainment - smart entertainment.

Attending a mystery dinner show at the urging of his then-fiancee, O'Brien was intrigued by the concept, but he left the show feeling that it could be better. The actors doubled as servers - the scripts were outdated and falling flat. His fiancee casually challenged him to try it himself if he felt it was so easy to improve. Challenge accepted - and met.

May 7, 2017


Preview audience raves about Dolly’s new dinner theatre show celebrating her families’ adventures
All Photos: Courtesy Caitlyn Irwin, TN - Exclusive to

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, May 5, 2017– Master storyteller Dolly Parton opened a personal story today featuring the romantic tale of her parents meeting and the rousing rivalry between the Owens and the Partons. Spiced with Parton’s songs and storytelling, the show is a Smoky Mountain story that is receiving rave reviews.
“The guests who have been previewing the show love it,” Parton said. “This is a story about my family that is fun and exciting but there is also a lot of heart.  It’s a sweet story about my parents meeting but it is also an exciting competition between the Owens and the Partons.”  

March 22, 2017


The Magic and Mystery of the Smoky Mountains shape Dolly’s Story of Family and Adventure

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 22, 2017) – After the success of Dolly Parton’s NBC movies about her childhood, Pigeon Forge’s newest dinner theatre attraction is telling a special story very close to her heart. Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner and Show will take guests on a journey they will not soon forget. 

March 8, 2017


Parton celebrates her family and the mountains of East Tennessee

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, March 6, 2017) – After the success of Dolly Parton’s NBC movies about her childhood, Pigeon Forge’s newest dinner theatre attraction is telling a special story very close to her heart.  After months of work, Parton and her production team are opening a new show shaped by the life and family of the Smoky Mountain songbird herself.  

“This new story is very special to me,” Parton explained. That is why during my first visit to the Great Smoky Mountains this year I will open a new show that celebrates my family before I was born.  With the success of my family stories Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love over the last two years, I knew this was a story I wanted to tell and the theatre in Pigeon Forge near the Island is the perfect venue.”

January 14, 2017


World’s most-visited dinner show starts 2017 season on Jan. 13

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, January 13, 2017) – Coming off a record-setting season, Dixie Stampede thunders in to the new year with the return of a crowd favorite—the mighty Longhorns. “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” celebrates the beginning of its thrilling 30th season today (Jan. 13).

David Swangel, Dixie Stampede General Manager, says Dixie Stampede’s cast members and guests are the real reason the attraction is celebrating 30 years of providing quality family entertainment.

“Thanks to all of our cast members and guests for helping us reach the impressive milestone of our 30th season,” said Swangel. “We owe our success as the most-visited dinner attraction in the world to everyone who has come to see us through the years. We’re excited about what the next 30 years hold for us.”

The impressive Longhorns make an appearance during the show as the pioneering settlers move west in search of new lands. For most guests, this is the closest they will come to these magnificent  animals. The return of the Longhorns came as a result of guest requests to bring back this favorite show feature.

“We had a number of requests from our guests about bringing back the Longhorns to the show this year,”  continued Swangel. “They are fascinating animals that our guests ask for often, so we’re excited to bring them back to celebrate this season!”

While there have been sensational changes throughout the show’s 30 seasons, perhaps the stunning LED wall backdrop added two seasons ago has ushered in the most excitement from guests.

Those renovations included a massive LED wall which transformed the 35,000-square-foot arena into an ultra-immersive environment. New audio and lighting technology and several other fascinating new show enhancements have provided guests a marveling end result.
“Our guests absolutely love the enhancements—the LED wall, the new sound system—that we added to the show,” said Swangel. “They still talk about how they now feel like part of the show more than ever before. We’re always finding ways to improve and we’re always dreaming up new ideas we can’t wait to share with our guests.”

Shortly after entering the arena, guests understand why a trip to Dixie Stampede is unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Accentuated by newly-added video mapping, the floor of the arena is filled with images of stampeding horses so lifelike, the thundering hooves rattle the guests’ tables. From there, Dixie Stampede’s talented cast of performers lead the show’s impressive stable of 32 magnificent horses, which are the true stars of the show, through a spirited display of equestrian skill.

Throughout the show, the striking LED wall, consisting of 12.5 million LED lights, creates an experience so immersive, guests feel as if they have been instantly transported deep in to the natural beauty of the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains. Clouds roll across the mountains, the sun sets over the horizon in the distance and the night sky fills with a brilliant patchwork of stunning stars. 

The equine stars of the show challenge each other in barrel races and other thrilling competitions, all in the name of Dixie Stampede’s friendly  competition between the North and South. Audience members even may find themselves called in to help their side to victory.   

Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Dixie Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery 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. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

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 Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s famous house band. The band performs one hour prior to show time. Show times and reservations are available by calling 1-800-356-1676 or visiting

About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure 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.

November 30, 2016


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016) – Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show continues its high-flying inaugural season with a new holiday tale which invites families on a journey to discover the spirit of Christmas. The new show opens Friday, Nov. 4.

The Wheelers and McGregors, both known for helping supply the Great Smoky Mountains with Christmas trees during this special time of year, display amazing lumberjack skills, incredible acts of acrobatic agility and breathtaking aerial performances as they explore the hillsides and—at the same time—the true meaning of Christmas.


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, Oct. 24, 2016) – The “high-spirited adventure” of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction receives a festive twist for the 2016 holiday season with the magnificient sights and sounds of Christmas, including a full-scale living Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus and a fabulous four-course Christmas feast. The Christmas show at “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” debuts Nov. 1 and runs through New Year’s Day.

August 3, 2015

The Circus Comes to Pirate's Town With Cirque Magique

I think it's becoming obvious that we are loyal fans of Pirate's Town and their roster of unique dinner shows. This seems like a very good thing, but it can backfire. They've set the bar so high thus far, that our expectations are quite unyielding. When you see that someone is capable of such impressive offerings, a standard is set, and the reaction to a less-than-stellar experience can be much more dramatic when you are used to being so dazzled. This is not a fly-by-night operation - they're seasoned pros. They know better than to give it less than their best, so there's not much excuse for failing to provide the service and quality that they're known for. Before our most recent visit to Pirate's Town, I must admit that I was concerned. Their newest show, Cirque Magique, is the fourth in their repertoire. Sometimes, the same performers will play dual roles, switching from one show to another in the same day. My initial thought was... how much can they handle without sacrificing quality? This may be the show that officially overwhelms them, I feared. Frankly, I was so concerned about bursting my Pirate's Town bubble that I almost regretted my plans to go. I'll sheepishly eat crow now... I should've known better than to reveal my pessimistic side. I don't know how, but they've done it again!

June 19, 2015

Treasure Tavern at Pirate's Town

If you're looking for something completely beyond the norm for Orlando - you've found it! A brilliant mix of song, dance, comedy, and acrobatics... this is something entirely different. Welcome to Treasure Tavern!

May 20, 2015

The Three Musketeers Voyage Home at Pirate's Town

Ahoy, matey! Methinks summertime is a great time to set sail on an indoor voyage of epic proportions. Alas, this be not why we're at Pirate's Town today. We be here for t' Three Musketeers! Aye, you read that correctly - thar will be no pirates today... well, maybe a scurvy dog or two. Hold on to your hats, folks, as we prepare for The Three Musketeers: Voyage Home!

April 21, 2015

Capone's Dinner and Show - A Taste of Class

Knock three times to gain entry to this lavish speakeasy from 1930s Chicago... and you better have a password! 

Capone's Dinner and Show is a unique, classy experience unlike any other dinner show in Orlando. From start to finish, everyone is in character - and, what a bunch of characters they are! The show is simply the tilt in the fedora, by the way. The food is good enough to pass true Italian inspection, and the atmosphere is energizing.

March 29, 2015

Medieval Times - Central Florida's Premier Dinner Show

I visited the Central Florida area for the very first time in 1989, shortly after moving to South Florida from Texas. As my parents drove down 192 toward Walt Disney World, one sight stood out... a castle! Before I even caught my first glimpse of Cinderella Castle, I was completely enchanted by Medieval Times. Every time I returned for a Disney visit, I admired that castle as we drove past - and I longed to walk across that drawbridge and venture inside. Last night, that long-standing dream finally came true, and it was every bit as magical as I imagined it would be!