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 February 12, 2019
We've spent the past few weeks previewing lots of cool things that will be brand-new to the Smokies this year. So far, we've talked about Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant as well as Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and the new Wildwood Grove addition at Dollywood theme park.
This week, we're going to run through several miscellaneous new projects that will also be adding to the Sevier County entertainment and attractions landscape for 2019. Some of these developments will be ready for the public sooner than others, but each promises a unique experience for families seeking vacation excitement in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Fewer and fewer people these days can say they've been to a drive-in movie theater. But with the arrival of August Moon Drive-In in Pigeon Forge later this year, new generations of movie lovers can experience what it's like to watch a movie under the stars while sitting in a car.
Well, sort of. The movie attraction will actually be housed inside a large domed facility, and the interior will be designed to re-create the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic outdoor drive-in theater. Sunsets, starry skies and even the moon will be projected onto the dome ceiling inside, and the pastoral atmosphere will be further enhanced by the sounds of chirping crickets as well as 50 full-size trees, a half-acre of grass and gravel pathways.
Rather than sitting in their own vehicles, guests will relax in one of 40 classic cars parked in front of the screen, while some might prefer to watch from other luxury seating options like private booths, tree swings or stadium seats. August Moon will be showing first-run movies as well as beloved blockbusters from years gone by, and it will serve a menu featuring all-American comfort food. And we bet you can get a bag of popcorn if that's what you're in the mood for.
August Moon Drive-In will be part of the Mountain Mile complex going up this year at the intersection of Teaster Lane and Wears Valley Rd.
Speaking of retro fun, you can also get a blast from the past at the Gatlinburg Pinball Museum, located in that city on Historic Nature Trail, just past the Space Needle. Part museum, part arcade, this new attraction showcases limited-edition pinball machines dating back to the '60s. Look for classics like Attack From Mars, Lord of the Rings and the 1965 Gottlieb Sky-Line. For a little local flavor, they even have a Dolly Parton pinball machine manufactured by Bally in 1979. What's cool is that for a single admission price, you can be a pinball wizard to your heart's content, all day long, on more than 50 different machines.
Finally, you might want to visit a new attraction this spring that will offer up spectacular mountain views from a unique vantage point. The SkyBridge at Gatlinburg Skylift, will be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. From the top of the existing Skylift attraction, the bridge will stretch 680 feet across a deep valley. Guests will be able to walk it at their own pace, taking in the views and enjoying the setting along the way. Standing 140 feet off the ground at its midpoint, SkyBridge's walking surface will consist of glass floor panels in the middle section. That's right; you'll be able to look straight down all the way to the ground far below.
Here at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, we know a little something about being high off the ground as well. When we open for the 2019 season a few weeks from now, our guests will know how much fun ziplining Gatlinburg, Tennessee, can be as they soar through the treetops of our canopy tour. We'll let you know soon exactly when we'll be open so you can make plans to join us this year!