Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dollywood’s New Attraction on Schedule for its Season Opening

Dollywood’s newest attraction, Adventure Mountain, is scheduled to be completed for the park’s opening on March 27. Due to the economy the attraction was delayed until this year.

Adventure Mountain is billed as the largest challenge course in the country. There are four separate courses with 46 different elements plus a children’s area. The themed attraction will have much of the look and feel of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in its early years.

Third Water Slide for The Resort

The Resort at Governor’s Crossing announced yesterday (1/16) that it would be adding a 3rd waterslide to its indoor and outdoor water park facilities. The third slide will be located at the outdoor pool area adding to its array of waterpark amenities. Instillation of the slide is targeted for completion in late April of this year.
Also, The Resort announced the addition of a “Log Roll” to its indoor facility for 2010. The “Log Roll” will be similar to the old lumberjack challenge of staying upright while the log is spinning in the water. The “log roll” can be used individually or to challenge another person. The “Log Roll” will replace the Gator that was installed in 2009, the Gator will move to one of the outdoor pools.  Instillation of the “Log Roll” is expected to be completed sometime in April.

New waterslide for outdoor waterpark

New waterslide for outdoor waterpark

Log Roll for indoor waterpark

Log Roll for indoor waterpark

Penguins Coming to the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies announced Thursday an expansion that will include a habitat for about 20 African penguins. The new multimillion dollar exhibit is scheduled to open in mid-March and is located at the site of the former Veranda Restaurant.

The black footed African penguins average about 2 feet in height and weigh around 5 to 9 pounds. The African penguins, with shorter feathers than the Antarctic penguin, are from a warm climate that will allow for them to be displayed in an indoor-outdoor facility.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
, located in downtown Gatlinburg, was named the top aquarium in the nation last year by Trip Advisor, the online travel website.

20th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week

Pigeon Forge will host its annual Wilderness Wildlife Week at Music Road Hotel & Convention Center Jan. 9-16, 2010. The event is a series of activities to connect visitors with the great outdoors.
More than 175 seminars, lectures and workshops are schedule with both national and regional speakers and lecturers. Many local people, whose ancestors settled in area before the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, will share parts of their family history of the region. Daily hikes and field trips are planned through out the week with hiker ratings ranging from easy to moderate. Also planned is a photo contest with six divisions, with cash awarded to top three winners in each division.