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June 29, 2019

WonderWorks Orlando Takes Magic Comedy Dinner Show to New Heights


ORLANDO, Florida – (June 27, 2019) – Those visiting Orlando who love magic will not want to miss The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks. The indoor amusement park is taking the long-running magic comedy show to a whole new level, by using technology to create more interaction with the audience. While previously only a small group of people would get the interactive experience, the new technology allows the whole audience become part of the show.  Plus, world-renowned magician Tony Brent will be thrilling crowds with more magic, and a straightjacket reenactment.

“Our fans loved the magic comedy show before, but now it’s going to be even more interactive and exciting,” explains Brian Wayne, general manager of WonderWorks Orlando. “This is a show that all ages can enjoy. It’s funny, it’s magical, and it’s an amazing experience for all who attend.”

June 9, 2019

TENNESSEE - PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER & SHOW CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING IN PIGEON FORGE


Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Friday, June 7, 2019)  – The swashbuckling adventure that is Pirates Voyage officially opened during a mid-day media event today in Pigeon Forge, with Dolly Parton on hand to introduce the thrilling dinner and show. She shared her excitement about her latest entertainment offering for families.

In addition to the initial investment in the property, the Pirates Voyage construction phase for the new show was $9 million, bringing the investment in the property to a total of $28 million. The dinner and show truly is an unbelievable adventure with sword fights, cannons and pirates scaling high above two pirate ships fighting to win Davy Jones’ coveted sunken treasure. A rowdy crew of characters 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.

Since its soft opening on May 24, the crew has performed three sold out shows every day with extraordinary guest feedback. “Our guests have been telling us that Pirates Voyage is unlike any other family fun attraction they have experienced,” said Leah Hicks, Director of Sales & Marketing for Pirates Voyage. “Where else can families have fun together creating memories of a lifetime – with ship-to-ship battles, cannons blazing, acrobatics and a delicious feast? It’s perfect for swashbucklers, pirates and mermaids, 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. The four-course pirate feast straight from Captain Blackbeard’s galley makes Pirates Voyage the most unique place to eat in the Smokies. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and a buccaneer biscuit. The feast fit for a pirate continues with cracklin’ pan-fried chicken, a bone-in pork chop, 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.

Show times and reservations are available by calling (865)505-2469 or visiting www.piratesvoyage.com.

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.

March 22, 2019

TENNESSEE - PIRATES VOYAGE TAKING SHAPE IN PIGEON FORGE AS CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES



PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 22, 2019) — Dolly Parton is making good on staking her claim in Pigeon Forge with the construction of the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, her newest attraction in the Smokies, and the treasure – buried and otherwise – already has begun to arrive and take shape at the venue.

Construction on the Pirates Voyage building, located on the Parkway adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, began the first week in January.  The first – and biggest – task was to “build” the lagoon, the centerpiece of the set that will house the two pirate ships where the action of the entire show takes place. The digging of that foundation required removing more than 281 loads of dirt via dump truck for more than a month (that’s 4,500 cubic yards or 7,500 tons of dirt!); that part of the project was completed on Feb. 22. That 15-foot lagoon soon will hold 300,000 gallons of water.  The installation and finishing of 600 cubic yards of concrete and 50,000 lbs. of steel in the 30,000 square foot arena began the week of Feb. 25.

January 19, 2019

REVIEW: Rock Dinner Show at The Orlando Forum - NEW FOR 2019!


Every year seems to bring so many new amusements and original experiences to the Orlando area, and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. Aside from all the theme park updates, we continue to stress that you cannot allow yourself to overlook the expanding options beyond the big three parks. International Drive is continuing its progressive growth with new shops, entertainment, lodging, and dining options - and one that launched like a racehorse straight out of the gate is the Rock Dinner Show at The Orlando Forum. Receiving rave reviews all around, this is a venue that has absolutely earned every ounce of praise it's received.

The background on this one is really quite interesting. It's a surprising location and one that I know well from my days at the now-defunct CSI: The Experience. The Orlando Forum has taken up residence in a building across the street from the CSI building, in what used to be a Ponderosa Steakhouse. I know what you're thinking because I mentally went there, too - a revamped buffet "steakhouse" as a performance venue?? Maybe not such a logical fit at first consideration, but it really works. There wasn't a complete and total level-and-rebuild of the building, and it transformed quite quickly overall. It's opened up to be seamlessly functional in its new purpose, and intimate enough to give the theme of the location a much greater appeal. The vibe is classy - almost like the atmosphere of a wedding reception, and moreso than the traditional dinner show. I wouldn't show up here in my tourist garb after a full day at Magic Kingdom, in other words.

Another notable difference between Rock Dinner Show and area competitors... I often remark about the intrusion factor of a typical dinner show - the servers and guests constantly coming to and fro, consistently in your view, or interrupting the show to peddle up-sell photos, additional drinks, etc. It is probably a combination of the venue's layout, the flawless skills of the staff, and the coordination of the specific show model, but Rock Dinner Show does not present these standard dinner show nuisances - and I love it! The meal service and clean-up were practically ninja-level in nature and wrapped up before the show kicked into gear. There was none of the chintzy money grab photo pitching going on, either - and that was so refreshing. The only "extra" we were advised of was an alcohol add-on. Although you can select from a menu of wine, beer, and liquor selections (prices on par with I-Drive expectations), you can opt for a bracelet that offers unlimited beverages from a slightly narrowed list for less than $30. If you plan to have more than two drinks, this would be a worthwhile option, so keep it in mind!

I've always been of the opinion that you shouldn't go into a dinner show experience expecting the finest standard of food. Behind-the-scenes, as a former dinner show employee, I realize that it is mass-produced, to be blunt (hence the limited menu options), and you have to go into the event feeling that you are there for the show primarily. Of all the Orlando dinner shows (we've been to each venue), Rock Dinner Show absolutely has the BEST quality of food. There is absolutely nothing generic about the menu items, and in no way did we find the food to be lacking in freshness or flavor. Frankly, it tasted every bit as tantalizing as it sounded in its description! In fact, let's take a look at what's on the menu ...


FIRST COURSE: FORUM’S WEDGE SALAD
Crispy lettuce wedge topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and house brined olives, served with blue cheese buttermilk dressing.

ENTREE SELECTION: SCALLOPINI OF CHICKEN
Parmesan crusted chicken breast with fire roasted tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese, served with creamy Pecorino Romano risotto and Chef’s selection of market fresh vegetables.

ENTREE SELECTION: BRAISED SHORT RIB
Fork tender slow braised short rib of beef seasoned with sea salt and fragrant rosemary, accompanied with truffle mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables and a natural beef broth.

DESSERT: “SWEET EMOTIONS”
Double chocolate mousse filed cupcake topped with a creamy and rich chocolate frosting and chocolate pearls.

Vegan pasta options also available, as well as entree upgrades.

But what about the show? If I'm too be entirely honest, it was a challenge to go into this with no advance potential comparisons in mind. I really had little idea what to expect, but I knew that there was a celebrity impersonator theme to the show. A couple experiences I've had with this type of performance stand out a bit. One of those is a place called Memories Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and the other is Mango's - also on I-Drive. Those are both entirely different in scope, and Rock Dinner Show added yet another new layer to my celebrity impersonator experiences. Rock Dinner Show differs from Mango's in many ways. I wouldn't really say one is better or worse than the other - but it depends on what type of experience you seek. As I said before, Rock Dinner Show is more intimate. Rock Dinner Show also does not stray from its focus, whereas Mango's presents a performance event with only bits of impersonator inclusions. It follows the dinner show "model" more than Mango's does, but you still can just visit The Orlando Forum for drinks at their indoor-outdoor bar/patio. Unlike Mango's you won't get the full, direct stage view from that perspective, but it has a more inclusive and inviting feel than other dinner shows... sort of like an in-between venue that takes all the best aspects of everything similar!

Memories in Tennessee did not include a dinner element. It was performance only, set in a theater. One thing that Memories had that I did somewhat expect at Rock Dinner Show was diversity of performers. Unfortunately, this is the one area I was somewhat disappointed in at Rock Dinner Show. When I originally heard of it, it sounded like it would be a journey through the evolution of rock. It was not. It is worth mentioning that performers rotate, so the lineup varies, but thus far the website roster for Rock Dinner Show doesn't show the diversity or span I'd personally appreciate. While the performers were much better than I expected, and every bit fit to their roles, I didn't really find the "rock" in the lineup, or much of an expanse in the timeline represented. My disappointment was in the expectation more than the event, however - and I am hopeful that the show's cast will begin to show more of an array of artists. Certainly, Orlando has a great pool of creative workers to choose from! During out visit, we caught: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Adele, and Prince. Again... all very skilled in their portrayals, but this was a pop show, with each performer offering up three of their most recognizable chart-toppers from a pretty narrow time frame.

But don't just take our word for it - check out Rock Dinner Show at The Orlando Forum for yourself! We've included a brief mashup with segments from the performances (see top of page). As you probably know by now, we do not attend these events with high-profile intrusive equipment, opting to visit and review these experiences as any other guest. While the video is not pro-level, it is a fair representation of the show. Rock Dinner Show takes place seven nights per week, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Adult admission is $64.95, children 3-12 are $39.95. For more information, or to reserve your spot, visit http://orlando-forum.com/. Don't forget to stick around after the show for selfies and meet-and-greets with the cast!

October 24, 2018

TENNESSEE - CHRISTMAS COMES TO LIFE AT DOLLY PARTON’S STAMPEDE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON




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

TENNESSEE - HOLIDAYS BEGIN AT CELEBRATION DINNER SHOW IN PIGEON FORGE ON OCT. 19


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

TENNESSEE - DOLLY PARTON SELECTS THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS FOR SECOND PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER AND SHOW

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

MEDIEVAL TIMES TURNS HISTORY ON ITS HEAD WITH A QUEEN IN THE STARRING ROLE OF ALL-NEW ORLANDO, FL CASTLE PRODUCTION

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

TENNESSEE - ALL NEW CHRISTMAS SHOW UNDERWAY AT DOLLY PARTON’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES


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

TENNESSEE - DOLLY PARTON’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES OPENS FOR THE SEASON

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

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

TENNESSEE - DOLLY PARTON’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES SHOW TO OPEN IN MAY

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

TENNESSEE - DOLLY PARTON ANNOUNCES PIGEON FORGE’S NEWEST DINNER SHOW

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

TENNESSEE - THUNDERING LONGHORNS RETURN FOR DIXIE STAMPEDE’S 30TH SEASON

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 www.dixiestampede.com.

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

TENNESSEE - CHRISTMAS SHOW DEBUTS AT DOLLY PARTON’S LUMBERJACK ADVENTURE ON NOV. 4

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.

TENNESSEE - HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS SHOW COMES TO LIFE DURING DIXIE STAMPEDE’S HOLIDAY ADVENTURE

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!

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