Lumberjack Adventure Closes – Being Replaced with This
Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge has come to an end as the last shows took place in December 2016. World Choice Investments (the company that operates Dolly Parton’s Stampede as well as Pirate’s Adventure) originally purchased Lumberjack Feud and then poured millions of dollars into renovating the building & show. The updated show opened in May of 2016, so it lasted less than a year before they decided to go in a new direction…a direction in which the executives at World Choice Investments (and Dolly herself) are excited about!
What the New Show is NOT
First off, let’s squash a false rumor that has been spreading like crazy. Pirate’s Voyage is NOT coming to Pigeon Forge, TN. This rumor got started unintentionally by the Pirate’s Voyage Myrtle Beach facebook page, which shared a story on their website titled “Coming To Pigeon Forge Spring 2017”. When they shared it on facebook, the name of their website (Pirate’s Voyage) was added to the headline, which caused people to think that Pirate’s Voyage was the new show that was coming. See the screenshot of their facebook post below to see what we mean and how it easily misled people into thinking Pirate’s Voyage was coming to Pigeon Forge. We’re not going to lie…we would have loved to have seen that show!
What the New Show WILL Be
The brand new show that will be replacing Lumberjack Adventure will still be a dinner show. After the incredible success of Dolly Parton’s two NBC movie specials about her childhood, her and her team have worked to create an original show based on the life of her family before she was born. According to Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, LLC, this new show is based on what customers have consistently been requesting through the past year.
Here is what Dolly Parton had to say about this brand new dinner show in Pigeon Forge:
“This new story is very special to me. That is why during my first visit to the Great Smoky Mountains this year I will open a new show that celebrates my family before I was born. With the success of my family stories Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love over the last two years, I knew this was a story I wanted to tell and the theatre in Pigeon Forge near the Island is the perfect venue.”
Dolly’s team has done an incredible job when they create original shows such as Dixie Stampede and Pirate’s Voyage. When they purchased Lumberjack Feud, it was a challenging combination as they tried to weave their theatrical style in with the Lumberjack theme and competitions. We’re excited that Dolly’s team is now starting from scratch to create their own original show, because when they do, it’s fantastic.
When Will the New Dinner Show Open?
With Dolly’s team keeping details of the new show a closely guarded secret, it’s difficult to estimate how much work will be needed to update the building, show, food, cast, marketing, etc. They are claiming that the new show will open this spring, which means they have until June 20th. If we had to guess, they will want to open on or slightly before Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day is May 29, and it’s the first busy weekend of the summer.
As we know more about the show and get an official open date, we will update this post.
Did You Have Upcoming Tickets to Lumberjack Adventure?
Anyone who pre-purchased Lumberjack Adventure 2017 show tickets should contact the box office at 844-322-4400 for re-ticketing.
What Do You Think?
What do you think about Lumberjack Adventure closing? Are you sad to see it go or are you excited to see something fresh and new, with possibly a heartwarming story of Dolly Parton’s family and their Smoky Mountain heritage?
Do you plan to see this new dinner show in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!