Imagine sitting beneath a full moon on a star-filled night in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Might be a bit chilly to do that right now. But there is a place in Pigeon Forge offering that experience where it is warm and sunny year round.
The new $2.5 million project that revamped Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge provides such a setting. The renovation is the biggest in the show’s history.
“This has been the largest project we’ve undertaken since opening here in Pigeon Forge in 1988,” said Jim Rule, president of Dixie Stampede. “Our team has been hard at work over the past few years, planning these enhancements and making sure we get everything just right.”
The new look and new show were unveiled over the weekend to record audiences. Additional shows were added to accommodate as many guests as possible.
“After watching this weekend’s shows and seeing our audience’s reactions, we’re extremely pleased with the results,” Rule said.
New lighting, music and special effects are part of the changes to the popular dinner attraction’s show and arena. Included are a new and refreshed opening music score. Then comes the traditional friendly competition between the North and the South in front of an eye-catching backdrop.
Featuring an expansive wall of 12.5 million LED bulbs, the scene evokes a lovely mountain scene from the Great Smoky Mountains. The video wall and video mapping technology on the arena floor allow guests to be transported seamlessly from scene to scene. The sensation makes guest feel like they are part of the show more than ever before.
The new show also includes a new aerial act as well as a number of other cosmetic updates to the interior of the arena. Long time fans of Dixie Stampede can rest assured that many of the traditional aspects of the show remain the same, including performances of Dixie Stampede’s talented cast of trick riders and performers, as well as its stable of 32 magnificent horses.
Known as “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokes,” Dixie Stampede serves guests a down-home four-course family feast. Guests savor creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuits, whole rotisserie chickens, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potatoes and specialty desserts such as apple turnovers.
For more information: Contact Dixie Stampede at (800) 356-1676 or visit www.dixiestampede.com