Category Archives: Outside The Parks

New Bill Looking to Bring Back More Filming to Florida

You remember when Florida had a ton of filming going on, right? Just as Universal Studios Florida and the Disney/MGM Studios were being built in the late ’80’s and early ’90s, there was production happening on sound stages, backlots and all over the state of Florida. Why? Most of it was due to tax breaks

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iFLY Indoor Skydiving Adds Virtual Reality How To Train Your Dragon Experience

By now, you’ve probably heard of indoor skydiving. iFLY has dozens of locations scattered around the globe where you can experience the thrill of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. However, they are offering something completely unique to help promote an upcoming Dreamworks film. That’s right, several months ago iFLY introduced virtual

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Dolly Parton Expands Her Empire Outside of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge

If you’ve ever been to Pigeon Forge (and you should), you’ll see all kinds a smattering of advertisements for various dinner theater shows along the Parkway. One of the successful and longest running dinner theater attractions of all time, Dolly Parton’s Stampede. That offering along with the new (debuting Spring 2019) Pirates Voyage Dinner and

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The Poverty Encounter (AKA the Anti-Epcot) Opens in Los Angeles

We all love Epcot’s World Showcase, right? Whether it’s strolling through and eating a particular country’s best foods, sampling wines or experiencing unique cultural entertainment, I can honestly say that visiting some of the countries in World Showcase inspired me to travel around the world to explore the real thing! But what if there was

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Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Is A Well Oiled Machine

After visiting dozens of dinner shows over the years, I can definitively say nothing tops Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee just down the street from Dollywood, I recently got a chance to see their Christmas show and can’t say enough good things about it. However, it’s probably not for the reasons you

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Sally Corporation Teases New Ride Ahead of 2018 IAAPA Convention

Recently I got a mysterious package in the mail from Sally Corporation. For those unfamiliar, Sally Corporation is probably best known for designing and fabricating animatronic figures for theme parks like Universal and Six Flags. Recently, they are probably best known for Justice League: Battle for Metropolis interactive dark rides at Six Flags Parks around

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Soaking In The Views From Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This year we took another trip to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It still remains our favorite attraction to visit while in the Great Smokey Mountains and from the pictures you’ll see in this post, you can quickly figure out why! Anakeesta, the attraction, is named after the mountain upon which it sits. Guests take “chondolas”

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The Coaster at Goats on The Roof in Pigeon Forge – Worth The Trip

When it comes to attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee there are literally dozens to choose from. Recently I got a chance to visit The Coaster at Goats on the Roof just down the road from Dollywood. Considering this was my first visit, I was skeptical about a roller coaster at a place that has literal

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Year Round Winter Fun at Pigeon Forge Snow

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee isn’t exactly known for being a winter wonderland. Sure, they do one or two snowfalls a year. However, at best you could call them a “light dusting” that disappears in a matter of days, if not hours. Having snowball fights or going tubing down a hill is a rare occurrence. Until Pigeon

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“NOIR: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller” Opens September 12!

Recently I learned about a new satirical theater show that not only pays tribute to theme parks but parodies it as well!  On September 12, 2018 Noir: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller opens at the Eagle Theater in Hammonton, New Jersey.  This completely original show will simulate a theme park 3D/4D experience in a regional

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