Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on March 19, 2014
One of the sure signs of spring in the Smokies is when Dollywood theme park opens for the year. The Pigeon Forge attraction gets things kicked off this weekend with its annual Festival of Nations celebration. The festival is celebration of the music, culture and food of nations from all over the world, and this year's event welcomes some new and familiar faces alike to the hills of East Tennessee.
This year's entertainment acts include The Paper World Show by Mimirichi, which features clowns from the Ukraine that literally tear up the stage. Returning for 2014 is Los Pampas Gauchos, an action-filled, fast-paced family act from Argentina, featuring traditional folk dancing as well as drums, boleadoras, knives, capes and whips.
Ireland is represented this year by Spirit of the Dance, and Zebra Stelzentheater of Germany is a stilt-dancing extravaganza that always brings smiles to faces. Another familiar favorite, Atahualpa, features the music of the Andes, while the Zambian Vocal Group shares a cappella songs from Africa.
This year, Dollywood also debuts its newest roller coaster, FireChaser Express. This firefighting-themed ride rushes passengers through a series of harrowing dips, turns and loops. It joins the park's growing number of thrill rides such as Wild Eagle, Barnstormer, Thunderhead and Mystery Mine.
Of course, Dollywood is also known for its music. In addition to the visiting entertainers associated with Festival of Nations, Dollywood's usual lineup of country, bluegrass and oldies rock music shows will be filing theaters and outdoor venues throughout the park.
And don't forget that our Smoky Mountain zip line attraction is open for the season too, so come to Tennessee and take advantage of all the beautiful warmer weather that's headed our way.