New Flying Attraction Open at The Island in Pigeon Forge
If you have ever ridden Soarin’ at Epcot in Disney World, then you are going to love the new flying attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge! SkyFly: Soar America is a ride experience that combines a breathtaking film with an exciting ride. Keep reading to learn more about the new flying attraction ride at The Island in Pigeon Forge:
SkyFly: Soar America
You’re probably wondering what you should expect when you ride SkyFly: Soar America. As you make your way into the building, you will spot clues that hint at what you are about to experience before you make it into the theater. Once you’re in the theater, a moving seat lifts the audience in front of a massive movie screen, where guests will explore iconic locations all across the United States of America. During the ride, guests will have an incredibly immersive experience with motion, sights, and sound as well as scents and mists! People of all ages can enjoy this state-of-the-art technology!
The film is a multi-million dollar production, taking 12 months to produce. The Mountain Press, a local newspaper, quotes Project Manager Clay McManus saying that it features “a custom-produced film with footage shot by drones and helicopters throughout the country.” You will feel like you are flying over beautiful streams, enormous mountains, and other incredible landscapes as your seat dips and glides!
To create this $20 million flying attraction ride, The Island teamed up with Dynamic Attractions, which is the company that pioneered and built immersive flying theaters such as the extremely popular Soarin’ at Disney World.
Bob McManus, president of The Island in Pigeon Forge, called the investment “a one-of-a-kind, immersive entertainment experience.”
The new flying attraction theater is located in the heart of The Island in a brand new 9,000- to 10,000-square-foot building next to The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and The Island Show Fountain.
Other Fun Things to Do at The Island
We know you can’t wait to hop on SkyFly: Soar America, but there are plenty of other fun things to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge too! Here are some of the top attractions you won’t want to miss:
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
You can’t visit The Island without hopping on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! This 200-foot-tall ferris wheel catches your eye as soon as you make it into town! Riders will get to enjoy a relaxing ride in a glass gondola. As you make your way to the top, you’ll look out at the Pigeon Forge Parkway and see incredible mountain views!
Do you want to enjoy playing with your whole family? Take them to Arcade City! This arcade has hundreds of games where you can play to win points or just for fun! Hop on one of the racing games, try to win jackpots to gain a ton of points, or play a round of air hockey with your friends! Once you’re done playing games, head over to the prize counter to trade in your points for prizes!
The Island in Pigeon Forge is home to more than 40 retail stores. You’ll find an old five and dime store with all kinds of vintage decor, as well as trendy boutiques with the latest styles. In addition to home decor, clothing, and knick knacks, you’ll also find some pretty unique stores, such as Puzzled with hundreds of puzzles and games or RideMakerz, a toy store where kids can built their own toy vehicles!
You won’t want to miss out riding the new flying attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge or any of the other fun things to do! Want to know what else you can do when you’re in town? Check out these other Pigeon Forge attractions!