The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Is Way Fun!
There’s so much to do here at the Island in Pigeon Forge. But one thing for sure I wanted to do was ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.
And, because of it’s size, you can see it from anywhere and it just calls your name, doesn’t it? (well, okay, unless your like my niece below who faints just thinking about it).
But c’mon, it’s fun! I went with mom.
You can see Pigeon Forge for miles. But, of course, when it’s dark outside, you get a very different view. One with lights. We opted to see it at night.
In we go and up we go!
And higher up we go!
Mom and I inside our gondola. We are 200 feet up here. Yep, at the top before turn down.
Inside the gondola is nice and warm which was a surprise! And has nice comfy seats. There’s a call button and interior light you can turn on if you need it. It seemed fancy smancy to me!
A few views (sorry for the blur)
DID YOU KNOW?
FUN FACT: Towering 200 feet-tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the foot of the most visited National Park in the United States–Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As the centerpiece to the Island in Pigeon Forge, it stands as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast!
FUN FACT: Making its maiden turn on June 21, 2013, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge provides riders an unparalleled view of the world famous Smoky Mountains in comfortable, all-glass gondolas that seat up to 8 guests.
What I loved about the ride is you weren’t on and off. You really felt you got your money’s worth and it was so enjoyable.
There’s lots of things to do on The Island. There’s many rides, attractions, eateries, shopping and just being amused watching the action. Check out the website to see it all and download a map of the Island.
$3,482 vs. $398 for 7 nights lodging. WOW!
We have a money saving tip if you love being on vacation.
We got hooked up with a lifetime travel club membership back in 2007 and it’s pretty darn amazing. Here’s why.
I just looked up what it would cost to stay one week at the Margaritaville Island Inn at The Island for 7 nights. $3,482 plus tax and fees! OUCH!
We paid much less than the cost of staying one week at the Margaritavilla Island Inn for our travel club membership and it gives us access for LIFE, to timeshare resort properties around the world without having to sit through one of those darn presentations or having to buy a timeshare.
It’s literally the back door, the hidden path, to stay at these amazing resorts. PLUS, as a member, you only pay for the week(s) you want as you vacation and you pay wholesale for the week. I kid you not.
You pay between $398 and $799 for the entire 7 night/8 day stay and no funny business. No monthly or annual fees. No nothing.
And no, the Margaritaville Island Inn is not listed inside our registry of resorts.
However, there are several resorts in the Gatlingburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area that you can stay at for 7 nights for between $398 and $799 including tax!
Why not save the money on lodging which will more than pay for all the fun things you want to do while your on vacation including your food!
What will happen when you own this membership, is you’ll see how cheap it is for lodging and as such, you’ll take MORE vacations!
I’ve talked about this travel club for years and nobody has heard of it. It’s the best kept secret!
Our stay for the entire week at the Wyndham Smoky Mountain Resort just a few minutes down from The Island was only… (drum roll)…. $398. Total. Done. Check out the pictures of the place! It’s truly a home away from home. It’s a fully furnished 2 bed condo. There’s over 5,000 resorts worldwide you can stay at!
Anyway, I can hook you up if you want more info. Just put your name and email in the box on the side of this blog and you’ll get all the info.
Happy Travels and Live Your Life on Vacation!
Debbie and Steve (in Gatlinburg during the winter holidays)