The Island in Pigeon Forge TN

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the island in pigeon forge tnThe Island in Pigeon Forge TN is a large entertainment complex located in the heart of Pigeon Forge featuring shops, restaurants such as Margaritaville and Timberwood Grill, attractions such as The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a hotel, and more. Originally, it was being developed as Belle Island before those plans fell through and then the project switched directions to become The Island in Pigeon Forge. Below, we’ve listed everything we know about The Island in Pigeon Forge including the proposed restaurants, attractions, shops, and more. We’ll keep this guide updated as more info is revealed, so bookmark this page, share it on facebook, tweet it, pin it, and sign up for our email newsletter to get the latest details!

When Will The Island in Pigeon Forge Open?

The first phase of the Island in Pigeon Forge opened on June 21, 2013 and will be opening in “phases” meaning that more restaurants, shops, etc will be added throughout the next year or so. We know that the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, Timberwood Grill, Mellow Mushroom, etc are open and we have details on each below. As we get more confirmations and operating schedule, we’ll update this guide so that you can know what to expect when you visit Pigeon Forge.

What Does it Cost to Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge?

There is no cost to get “on” The Island but there are individual tickets sold for the various attractions such as the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. There is free parking and a Pigeon Forge Trolley stop as well.

Restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge

The following restaurants and food vendors are available or planned to be at The Island Pigeon Forge. Restaurants may be added or even removed, so we’ll keep this guide updated as we get more confirmations regarding restaurants and food at the Pigeon Forge Island.

  • margaritaville pigeon forge tnJimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Margaritaville is a popular chain of restaurants that has locations in Panama City Beach, Key West, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, etc. It is popular for their “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, Caribbean food, and of course…the margaritas. Margaritaville has officially been announced and is planned to open June 16, 2014, so check out our guide about it at Margaritaville Pigeon Forge for more info.
  • paula deen pigeon forge restaurantPaula Deen’s Family Kitchen – Paula Deen will be opening a large, new restaurant at The Island late this summer featuring the delicious, southern cookin’ that she has become her trademark over the years. The excitement around this new restaurant has generated more buzz than any other new restaurant that has opened in Pigeon Forge! Click here to get more details about Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge.
  • dicks last resort pigeon forge tnDick’s Last Resort – If you’ve ever been to a Dick’s Last Resort, you know what to expect from this unique place to eat…if not, you better have a broad sense of humor and like surprises! Dick’s Last Resort is now open and available for you to eat and possibly be humiliated! Click here for more details.
  • mellow mushroom pigeon forgeMellow Mushroom – The Mellow Mushroom at The Island in Pigeon Forge is a smaller version of the popular chain restaurant. They’re calling it a “Quick Serve Mellow Mushroom” which has a menu with slightly fewer selections than their full restaurant, but still providing some of their most popular items.
  • dudes daiquirisDude’s Daiquiris – Attached to the Mellow Mushroom is Dude’s Daiquiris, which serves…well…daiquiris.
  • timberwood grill pigeon forge-tnTimberwood Grill – Timberwood Grill is a brand new restaurant that has a mountain lodge decor with a unique menu of items such as Wisconsin Cheddar & Stout Fondue, Crispy Pork Belly Tacos, Black Jack Wings dipped in Timberwood’s signature Bourbon Glaze, and more! Their menu has a lot of tasty items, but they are on the higher end of prices you’ll find in town.
  • cinnabon pigeon forge tnCinnabon – You are probably familiar with Cinnabon and the types of food they offer if you have visited any mall or airport. They are popular for their cinnamon rolls and frozen drinks, which is a nice addition to Pigeon Forge!
  • auntie annes pretzels pigeon forgeAuntie Anne’s Pretzels – Auntie Anne’s Pretzels is another popular chain of quick service food and is famous for their pretzels. This is the first Auntie Anne’s Pretzels in Pigeon Forge and Sevier County. If you love pretzels, then be sure to swing by Auntie Anne’s for a great snack in the middle of the day at The Island Pigeon Forge!
  • poynors pommes fritesPoynor’s Pommes Frites – Poynor’s Pommes Frites offers specialty items including: Pommes Frites / Belgium Fries, Original Made-In-House Dipping Sauces, Authentic German Brats, Fresh Baked Brochen (German Hard Rolls)and Spaghetti Ice.
  • island yogurt pigeon forge tnIsland Yogurt – Island Yogurt at The Island provides the popular “self-serve” yogurt experience that has become popular over the past couple of years where you pick your yogurt, toppings, etc. It’s a great place to “chill out” on those hot summer days and is already getting lots of repeat customers and rave reviews!
  • fudgeryThe Fudgery – The Fudgery is the new fudge shop at The Island featuring all sorts of delicious treats.

Attractions at The Island in Pigeon Forge

  • great smoky mountain ferris wheelGreat Smoky Mountain Wheel – The biggest feature of The Island in Pigeon Forge is definitely the Great Smoky Mountain wheel which is a 200 foot tall ferris wheel in Pigeon Forge, making it one of the tallest attractions east of the Mississippi! It features 42 climate-controlled gondolas enclosed in glass, which can seat up to 8 people providing panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. While most buildings in Pigeon Forge are no taller than 80ft, the 200ft high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel provides some of the best views available from Pigeon Forge. The giant sky wheel in Pigeon Forge is also be covered in LED lights to provide a 24,000 sqft light show that is visible throughout town! They also have VIP gondolas with 4 plush seats, a special glass floor (Whoa!), and the ride lasts twice as long. The Pigeon Forge ferris wheel has quickly become the most popular ride in town!

    Here’s the view from the top!
    pigeon forge ferris wheel

  • Water Show – They have a multi-million dollar water fountain show that takes place every 30 minutes that is similar to the fountains at Bellagio in Las Vegas coordinated with music. There are close to 100 nozzles shooting water up to 60ft high in the air and dancing around. There are 14 different pieces of music that the water shows are choreographed to and shows begin at 10am and run every 30 minutes. At night the fountains are lit up for a spectacular nighttime water show, which we highly recommend seeing! They have rocking adirondack chairs surrounding the fountain and it’s a great, free thing to do in Pigeon Forge for people of all ages.
  • Arcade City – Arcade City features all sorts of games, including ones where you can win tickets and exchange them for prizes. It is a great, air-conditioned place to take the kids to get a break from the heat and have some fun.
  • flying horse carouselThe Flying Horse Carousel – This is said to be the same carousel that was in the former Flying Horse Grill, which became Mellow Mushroom near Bullfish Grill. It’s a custom, Itlalian-made carousel with 17 classic horses, 2 rocking horses, a rocking chariot and a spinning teacup. It’s a classic attraction that will stir memories of parents & grandparents while giving new ones to children!
  • euro bungy dome pigeon forge tnEuro Bungy Dome – The Euro Bungy Dome is a large dome that covers various bungees and trampolines for people to jump on. It should be a lot of fun for people of all ages…just don’t go to Dude’s Daiquiris before jumping up and down in the Euro Bungee Dome!

Shops at The Island in Pigeon Forge

There are numerous retail shops on The Island Pigeon Forge. As we get confirmations of other stores, we will update this guide with the names and descriptions of each retail shop as there are planned to be many more.

  • tervis pigeon forgeTervis – The popular Tervis tumbler store is now open at The Island in Pigeon Forge offering their fantastic cups and mugs in a variety of styles and sizes. If you have never seen one, you should check them out as they are fantastic for hot OR cold drinks and great for picnics in the Smokies!
  • Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Gift ShopThe Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Gift Shop – Provides a variety of souvenirs and goods to purchase on The Island in Pigeon Forge.
  • island trading postThe Island Trading Post – We have little information as to what will be offered at The Island Trading Post, but we will update this guide as we get more details on this new store.
  • smoky mountain sun shadesSmoky Mountain Sun Shades – If you are looking for some stylish yet affordable sunglasses then check out Smoky Mountain Sun Shades at The Island in Pigeon Forge for a great selection of sunglasses including Maui Jim, Costa, and more.
  • miners gemsMiner’s Gems – The Island in Pigeon Forge has a jewelry shop called Miner’s Gems, which offers fine jewelry and exotic gems.

Hotel at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Opening on October 1, 2014 will be the brand new Margaritaville Island Hotel! It will be a 4 star hotel featuring 132 rooms and a rooftop pool. The Margaritaville Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN will be one of the few Margaritaville hotels in the world! Below is the announcement banner currently hanging on a building at The Island in Pigeon Forge. See our Margaritaville Hotel Pigeon Forge guide for more details and updates.

margaritaville hotel pigeon forge tn

Map of The Island in Pigeon Forge

the island pigeon forge mapYou can see the latest map of The Island in Pigeon Forge by clicking the image to the right. It illustrates what The Island will look like upon completion with the giant ferris wheel, water show (similar to Bellagio’s water show in Las Vegas), restaurants, shops, hotel, and more.

The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is located at 250 Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37868 which is located between James Manor and The Comedy Barn on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Below is a Google Map showing the exact location of The Island at Pigeon Forge.

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More Info about The Island in Pigeon Forge Tennessee

The official website for The Island in Pigeon Forge can be found at which has additional information such as available jobs at The Island. They also have a facebook page where they provide updates with the construction process, photos, and other info about the development of The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Final Thoughts about the Pigeon Forge Island

The Island in Pigeon Forge is the second largest entertainment complex in Pigeon Forge with Dollywood being the largest. The mixture of shops, attractions, restaurants, etc makes The Island an enjoyable part of any visit to Pigeon Forge. We’ll be posting more updates and reviews as more phases of the Pigeon Forge Island opens, so stay tuned and make sure you’re signed up for our free email newsletter to get the latest scoop!


  1. Hugh & Sue Francis says

    Ye!! We have waited a long time for the ISLAND! Sorry it will not be Belle Island with Debbie Reynolds but “we must move on”!! Love Pigeon Forge, TN. We have been visitng there for 36 yrs every year 4-5 times. I was there as a child the first time when I was 6yrs old – only thing on the strip (so to speak) was Hillbilly Village & the Log Cabin Pan Cake House. We made sure our son brought his lst daughter there when she was only lyr old. We instilled in him that “family memories” are very important and children learn and respect what they are taught at a very early age. The mountains are one of God’s greatest gifts to us and should not be taken lightly.


  2. Phillip and Karen dishman says

    We are locals here in Sevierville. So excited
    About The Island coming to Pigeon
    We tell everyone this is the place to be,
    Live and relax. Now we can tell them
    Come see. This info on The Island has
    Really been a blessing. Can’t wait

  3. Rose Buckles says

    I am so exited about the opening of The Island! I first heard about plans for the original Belle Island, I think, about 3 years ago. It seemed like it would be a fun and interesting new attraction in the Pigeon Forge area and I was disappointed to here of the problems and hindrances it experienced during construction. So happy it is finally going to open! My husband and I will definitely visit The Island on our next trip to Pigeon Forge.

  4. Ron Orberson says

    Sounds Great. I will be in Tenn in June. Does anyone know the date in June ? I have been coming to that area for the past 8yrs. Love to move there.

  5. Millie Mairs says

    My husband and I have been visiting Pigeon Forge almost every year since the early 1960’s. We love it and never get tired of coming there. If we don’t get there two or three times a year we feel like we have really missed something., My husband enjoys the car shows and always looks forward to them. We will be looking forward to visiting the Island. Know it will be beautiful and interesting.

  6. says

    Great, more tourist traps and garbage processed food. How about local food grown in TN instead of processed frozen food? We ran the Pigeon Forge gauntlet for two days and we will never return. We avoid Pigeon Forge main strip at all costs due to the strips major mistake of embracing everything tourist and nothing else. Perhaps some folks like that but, being from a tourist town, we just want to escape the plastic lemming traps and support the local Mom -n- Pop businesses which, embrace the real community. Heck, even the mega tourist trap Orlando FL offers ACTUAL local fare alternatives not just dishes / restaurants with localized names! One can’t complain about smoking, alcohol or even the health care systems demise if you eat processed food. THE NUMBER ONE burden on our health care system. Be part of the solution! THINK. Eco-Tourism is NOT just a trend.

  7. angie says

    looking forward to the island opening. we are coming down in july as always. we have came down there every yr since our kids were small and bring the grandkids now. we come once a yr but a few times we have came down twice. our son and daughter in law got married down there. we thoroughly enjoy the place the atmosphere, the mtns, and the shops we dont have in our small town. thank you for the hopitality of your area.

  8. Miss Kelli Taylor says

    I have been to Pigeon Forge, TN for my vacation with my parents one time and we stayed in a motel
    that was okay but we had to changed to a better motel room. I definitely would Love to go back to
    Pigeon Forge, TN for my vacation with my parents!!!!!!!!!!! I’m just afraid and scared that the cabins
    will not have everything that the website said which is a hot tub outside of the cabin, tvs, full kitchen,
    shower, bath tub, ( 4) beds, phones, couches, chairs, tables, lounge chairs, blankets on the beds, blankets to use to stay warm when it is COLD and a WARM FIRE PLACES IN ALL OF THE CABINS in
    Pigeon Forge, TN.

    • Ronnie Cole says

      We stay at a cabin every time we visit the Smoky Mountains which Is at least twice a year. The cabin have everything and more. Th kitchens are always fully stocked, jacuzzi, and so much more. I think you should give a cabin stay a try, I promise you won’t regret it. We usually use Jackson Mountain Homes for our rentals. Good Luck!

    • matt says

      My family owns a timeshare at westgate smoky mountain resort an trust me if you can afford a night here or a vacation here it will be everything the best time all the items you mentioned are here but the hot tubs are in the master bed rooms with a 60,000 sq ft indoor water park open year around plus beautiful views !!!!

    • says

      Don’t be shy about renting a cabin. We own two and we are extremely picky about our cabins. We use only the top rated property management company and the cabins are throughly inspected once a month. We go every two months to check on them and make sure everything is in order. Our other cabin is called Bearfoot Memories. Both cabins are in resorts with paved roads, fire hydrants, city water and sewer, which is very important in the mountains. The fire station and ambulance is within 5 minutes of either cabin. We tried to think of everything when we acquired our properties.

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  10. pam jantzen says

    we wil be here for vacation this july cant wait to come and the kids are ready there have never been here iam sure we will have a blast thanks for all the info pam

  11. Tommy Etheridge says

    We love Pigeon Forge were from Ga. So just a few hours from home and we are having a ball weve been comming all our lives and are here now and are already planning iur next trip cant wait to come back with grandsons and keep the tradition going !

    • Pigeon Forge TN Guide says

      Good question! We were able to find the following answer on their website:

      “Yes, we are able to access the gondolas with a wheelchair. Disabled persons must be able to enter on their own or be with a companion for assistance.”

  12. John n Chris says

    wife and I have visited Pigeon Forge numerous times. Each trip has been a new adventure. There are mso many things to do and see. For first time visitors, we personally recommend Dixis Stampede, ( the food and show is awesome). The Hafields and McCoys Dinner Show is also a great family dinner show, (good food also). Smokey Mountain Opry is also a wonderful show for the WHOLE family

  13. John n Chris says

    Country Tonite is a great family show. Comedy Barn will give you a good laugh, and for the people interested in the Titanic, it is an experience you won’t forget, very educational. The Grand Staircase and the 1st class suites were awesome. For something different also go to Wonder Works. This is a great place for kids old and young. We have been to each of these shows and attractions several times and love it. We go to Pigeon Forge several times a year and hope to continue for as long as the good Lord continues to give us our health. Hope you all enjoy as much as we have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • diane peterson says

      We have gone there every year since 1992 and always looked forward to going back.
      Due to 4 spinal surgeries and advancing age my husband is no longer able to go and we miss it so much but are thankful to our Lord that he gave us all those memories

  14. brenda clinard says

    my husband and i were there june 1.we are coming back july 1-5.we are are bringing our daughter ,son-in law and 4 grandkids.we are hoping alot of of the the island would be done. so i like the email updates.thank you so much..we live in greenbrier,tn. my daughter and her family live in paducah, we about 3 hrs apart.. we like lto let t he kids know.they get thanks adain. brenda

  15. angie says

    My grand daughter had a great time and she is only 2 1/2 years old. so glad to see this open. Things for all ages. Great place.

  16. Phyllis says

    We love the smokeys and this sounds nice for families but we found it hard to find really great shows since Louise Mandrell left. Wish we could have better shows to come in as I think the retired group, which has to be a large part of your market, would really appreciate it.

  17. diane peterson says

    We have gone to the Smokeys every year since 1992 but due to my husbands 4 spinal surgeries we can no long go there but always check out what is going on. We are thankful to our Lord that he gave us so many wonderful times and memories

  18. Big Dog Heel says

    If you are a child of the 60’s – 70’s you need to see the Soul Of Motown at the Grand Majestic Theatre. I It is located across from the Titanic and it is a great show. High energy and very talented performers. If you like the Temptations, Platters, Drifters, some Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and more you will love this show.

  19. Sandy says

    I am handicapped and in a scooter. I would love to be able to ride the new Wheel, but need someone to tell me if it is handicapped accessible or not. Anyone??

  20. Tannor GIles says

    Poynor’s Pommes Frites is amazing!! its not french fries that he is serving, it is Authentic Belgium fries (Pommes Frites). Served with original dipping sauces made daily. Authentic variety of German Brats. Baked fresh Brochen (German hard rolls). Unique desserts. This place is an execiting experience! From the color scheme to the clock on the wall! This is a must see! Like his facebook page and get the word out!!/pages/Poynors-Pommes-Frites/212978388854908?fref=ts

  21. Stacey says

    We ate at the Timberwood Grille and it was awesome! Very reasonably priced and I highly recommend the Prosperity Sammich…it was heaven and definitely enough for 2 to share!

  22. Debbie Wilkie says

    I am so excited about The island. I will be there Sept. 9 & 10 with Capital Tours from Columbia S.C. This is there Anniversary trip and also my birthday. I feel sure this will be my best birthday ever. Looking so forward to all it has to offer. See you soon, Debbie

  23. Julie says

    what is the name of the song at the fountain on The Island. Just came from there, and there was a song “I will Wait For You” who sings this song, and what is the name of it?

    What a nice addition to Pigeon Forge this is going to be when complete.

  24. sandra says

    just got back from the great smokes mountains and stayed at hotel and ate the restaurant we had a great time and loved the restaurant.

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