This week I am stepping away from the cinema to talk about my experience at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures theater in Pigeon Forge, Tn.
I was honored to attend a media event at the theater on May 5th with Dolly in attendance. Prior to being seated in the theater, there is an area where you can explore the gift shop, grab a bag of popcorn, or play a quick game of checkers among other fun activities. When we were seated in the theater a video played about how Dolly’s My People Fund had aided hundreds of families in the areas effected by the Gatlinburg fires. Dolly followed up the video with some updates on the project, along with the newly formed Mountain Tough organization which will take over for the My People Fund.
Dolly then took her seat, and it was on with the show. The show, narrated by Dolly, features competition between the Owens family (Dolly’s Mom’s family) and the Partons (her Dad’s family). Theater patrons are divided in half (like Dixie Stampede) for the competition. The story line of the show also involves Dolly’s mom and dad meeting and falling in love, despite objections from their respective families. Soon after the show begins, so does the delivery of some really delicious food. The meal, called Avie Lee’s Sunday dinner, features, among other items, fried chicken, pulled pork, a potato, corn on the cob, a fluffy biscuit to sop up some yummy soup with, and a fried peach pie. My mouth was watering while I was typing the meal we got to enjoy. At this theater you are provided a fork! While enjoying all the aforementioned food, the show kept us so entertained it was hard to concentrate on our scrumptious meal. The show features axe juggling, acrobatics, a segment with dogs, aerial stunts, a competition between two lovable dogs, and a wondering pig.
The show is set in the 1930’s, has some original Dolly music, and has a set that allows for all types of stunts. I also noticed there is not a bad seat in the house. The show features an extremely talented cast, which comes as no surprise as Dolly always strives for the best when any form of entertainment contains her name. I was having so much fun I hated to see the show end. As my companions and I exited the theater I had to buy a couple of mugs from the gift shop to take home as a remembrance of this fantastic show. I’m sure Dolly had as much fun as we did. I am now looking forward to a return trip to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures to catch a glimpse into the past of the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy the story of love and rivalry. The theater is located at 2713 Parkway in Pigeon Forge only 1 mile from Dollywood. You can make reservations by calling 844-322-4400 or online at SmokyMountainAdventures.com. You can also find the theater on Facebook at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures.