9 New Attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for 2019
Each year brings something new to the Smoky Mountains. In 2018, we got the Rail Runner Coaster at Anakeesta, Pigeon Forge Snow, the Five Oaks Farm Kitchen, and so much more. 2019 has a lot in store as well! Here are 7 new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that should definitely be on your bucket list in 2019.
9. Dave and Buster’s
Everyone loves to visit Dave and Buster’s, an entertainment complex that combines interactive games, incredible sports-viewing, delicious food and tasty drinks in an exciting atmosphere. This new location will open in Sevierville, behind the Olive Garden.
This is definitely going to be a good year for new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! Be sure to check out all these exciting places when they open and save on other fabulous things to do in the area with our Freedom Fun Pass!
8. Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park
Set to open March 2019, Gatlinburg’s Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park is expanding to include a location in Pigeon Forge. The new location will be next to the popular eatery, The Local Goat. The $11 million project will focus on similar attractions as the Gatlinburg location such as a mountain coaster and mountain glider.
7. August Moon Drive-In
Experience a drive-in with a modern twist at the August Moon Drive-In! This another one of many new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that’s expected to open sometime in late 2019. The indoor, domed 40,000 square foot facility would immerse moviegoers in a traditional outdoor drive-in experience without actually driving in. Moviegoers would sit in 40-45 permanent classic cars surrounded by trees, grass, gravel paths, starry skies and an August “sailor’s moon” above the tree line.
6. National Enquirer Attraction
Construction for the new National Enquirer Museum is underway right across the street from the Titanic Museum. The 14,000-square-foot attraction will be strictly G-rated and will shy away from some of the more scandalous National Enquirer stories. As a result, the new attraction will be suitable for all age ranges. Look for this attraction to open spring 2019.
5. Ole Red Gatlinburg
The third Blake Shelton-inspired bar, restaurant and music venue owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., Ole Red Gatlinburg is a $9 million, a multi-level 16,000-square-foot entertainment venue with a two-story bar and restaurant, exterior terrace, performance space, dance floor and retail area. The venue will open March 11-17 with a week-long grand opening celebration. Guests are invited to get in on the “Spring Blake” fun as Ole Red Gatlinburg hosts multiple events throughout the week, including a grand opening concert with Blake Shelton.
4. Pirate Dinner Shows
The Pigeon Forge Pirates Voyage location will feature a 21,000-square-foot arena with a 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,” the release said.
The show will include acrobatic competitions, special effects, live animals, an original music score by Parton and Mark Brymer, and a four-course pirate feast, according to the release. It will be located adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge. Opens late in 2019!
3. Wildwood Grove at Dollywood
Scheduled to open this spring, the 6-acre, $37 million land will represent Dollywood’s largest expansion ever. Focused on families with kids, Wildwood Grove will feature 11 new experiences, including six rides, with the main attraction being the Dragonflier, a moderately thrilling roller coaster. All of the new rides will hew to Wildwood Grove’s natural, woodland theme. Most of them will be geared to younger kids, including Black Bear Trail, a modern, toned-down take on the classic steeplechase ride that was an amusement park staple many years ago. Instead of horses, children will climb aboard Benjamin Bear and meander along a backwoods path. On the Frogs and Fireflies ride, kids will bounce and spin, while the TreeTop Tower will invite them into acorn-shaped cabins that will gently spin, climb and descend.
2. Mountain Monster and Shopping Complex
A brand-new shopping and entertainment complex is under development in Pigeon Forge, TN! Dubbed the Mountain Mile & Tower Shops, this eagerly anticipated destination will feature retail stores, attractions, restaurants, and even more fun things to see and do. The main attraction at the new Mountain Mile complex will be the Mountain Monster! Being constructed in the heart of Pigeon Forge, this attraction will border both The Island and Cal Ripken Baseball. Standing at 200 feet tall, this impressive tower will feature several different thrill rides. In one of them, you’ll be able to swing from one tower to another while you drop 65 feet and go soaring over the parking lot!
1. SkyBridge at Gatlinburg Sky Lift
North America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge is only steps away from opening in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the spring of 2019. At nearly 700 feet in length, SkyBridge will span the valley between ridges on Crockett Mountain at heights up to 150 feet. Visitors will be able to see Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains from an entirely different vantage point.