• 24-MAY-2013

  • SOURCE: Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

An 80-Foot-Tall Helium Balloon, Tennessee's First "Water Coaster" and the Great Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel

Memorial Day weekend will soon be upon us and for those looking for a fun family-friendly getaway, Pigeon Forge, TN has it all.

With more than 10 million visitors a year, the newest attractions include:
• Wonders of Flight, an 80-foot-tall helium balloon that lifts a 32-passenger gondola 400 feet in the air
• RiverRush, Tennessee's first "water coaster" at Dollywood's Splash Country waterpark (1,175 feet long, lifting four-passenger toboggan-style boats 237 feet above the ground)
• The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-tall observation wheel at a new destination called the Island at Pigeon Forge
• The Smoky Mountain Alpine Slide, a slide on rails that has more than a mile of track and a 363-foot descent down a ridge

Two out of three adults age 55 and older fondly remember family vacations, according to a survey, and 93 percent of kids believe vacations offer quality time with their parents. Mayor David Wear talks about the importance of family vacations and everything else Pigeon Forge has to offer.

Available content includes soundbites from Mayor David Wear, and B-roll.

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