Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Theater Magic Beyond Belief

     The Magic Beyond Belief show is back at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge. Darren Romeo brings his magic and illusion show to the Smoky Mountain Opry stage, the only area stage that is big enough to handle this big, theatrical production.

Darren Romeo Siegfried and Roy magicians     Darren Romeo is a magician and a singer who has starred with Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino, Caesar's Palace and the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas as well as the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He has won "Magician of the Year" from the Magic Castle, "Show of the Year" from the Branson Critic Association and the "Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic" from the Society of American Magicians.

White tiger show in the Smokies     Magic Beyond Belief features a white tigers, large-scale original illusions, comedy, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations and tributes to Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone, Jr. He is the only magician in the world allowed to perform Harry Blackstone, Jr's. "Floating Light Bulb" illusion, a right granted by the Blackstone family.

Magic and large scale illusions in Pigeon Forge     Darren says "Magic is my passion and the Smoky Mountain Opry is one of the most beautiful theaters I've ever seen. And with my majestic tigers, I hope to honor and celebrate the legacy of Siegfried and Roy".

Magic Beyond Belief can be seen six days a week at 3 pm, and you can win tickets to see Darren Romeo if you enter the Best Read Guide Facebook contest. All  you do is go to
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Hollywood Wax Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge

The Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge is the place to see stars of today, like Johnny Depp, and stars of yesterday, like Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne. They are all alive in wax at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge.

John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin King Kong in the SmokiesIt is easy to find the Hollywood Wax Museum. First, it is on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, but the pays tribute to the major motion picture locations in the U.S. - New York and Hollywood. A Mt. Rushmore-like wall pays tribute to Hollywood's greatest legends John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Charlie Chaplin. New York is represented with a replica of a New York skyline with a gigantic King Kong hanging on the building! Talk about fantastic Hollywood effects!

Hollywood stars near GatlinburgNot only will you find replicas of Hollywood stars that are so lifelike that you will swear they are alive, but you can also take your picture with these stars and learn about their pets, pet peeves and accomplishments. And you can take home a unique souvenir from the Studio Store where you can choose from an excellent selection of celebrity souvenirs and memorabilia.

Castle of chaos 5D attractionBut wait, there's more!  Right next door is the Castle of Chaos, the world's first 5D adventure. In this ride you buckle up in your armchair, pick up your pistol, and shoot for the highest score on this haunted ride. Then, find out if you are the chosen one as you navigate Hannah's Maze of Mirrors to rescue Princess Hannah of Savannah. Team up with Queen Emmy, King Oscar or the Wizard of the Golden Globe to find the Princess.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Sweet Frog Yogurt Pigeon Forge
Dessert Dining in the Smokies
Build your own dessert
Sweet Frog is the name for premium frozen yogurt that you choose to create your own tasty yogurt and topping treats. They are located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge so when you are in the Smokies this is the place to go to create your own delicious, creatively built yogurt treats.

Build your own dessert in Tennessee
Fruit toppings and dozens more!
At Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt you begin by choosing from over 115 flavors from 6 different categories - Supreme, Sorbet, Low Fat, No-Fat, No sugar added and Non-Dairy. The yogurt flavors include fruits, cookies, candies, nuts and spices providing an endless tapestry of base flavors to begin building your yogurt masterpiece.

Chocolate, candy, cookies and more toppings
Sweet treats to top your yogurt
There are dozens of topping choices ranging from fruits like cherries, blackberries, bananas and strawberries, to candies, cereal cookies, nuts and sauces. For example,  you could combine marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanut butter cups and caramel sauce, or go nuts with almonds, maple walnuts and peanuts with green sprinkles, orange poppers and raspberry sauce! Use your imagination and create new and unusual combinations to delight your taste buds.

Sweet Frog is a great place to host birthday or appreciation parties, or to have a fundraiser for your group. They host Benefit Nights, a Leap Forward Program, Appreciation Parties and gift Card Fundraisers. There is also Sweet Frog merchandise like T-shirts and Caps, key chains, watches, plush toys and gift cards.

Parties, gift cards near Gatlinburg
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Attractions WonderWorks Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Sometimes the best way to find out about a place like WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, TN, is to read the comments from other people, and there thousands of comments from around the country. Here are some of them.

Laser Tag Family Fun in the SmokiesFrom Louisiana a visitor said, "Glad we went. They had many interesting and education thing. Played laser tag also. The place was not crowed at all and the staff was super friendly and helpful. I would go again." A review from a mobile phone commented that, "Husband and I visited and enjoyed ourselves. For the activities available it was worth the admission fee. There was enough for 2 adults to do, without having kids with us. It took about 2.5 hours to get through. We did nearly every activity and took our time. Thankfully it wasn't a busy day, so no waiting!"

Upside down building near Gatlinburg and SeviervilleIndoor Ropes Course Attraction near the Great Smoky MountainsAn Ohio visitor pointed out that "You can't miss the building as you enter Pigeon Forge. Its upside down next to the Titanic on your right. The ropes course inside will take you 30 minutes minimum and it takes you up several levels of ropes...very challenging course. You must wear tennis shoes. There are a lot of army and military virtual reality games which are really cool. Also the Google Earth monitor is impressive - a 5x5 foot screen (find your house on it). Trust me, this is a great way to spend a few hours in Pigeon forge. it does get crowded though...so be prepared."

Google Earth find your house at WonderWorks TNSo take the words of visitors who have experienced WonderWorks - there are so many different activities and interests inside the upside down building, that everyone in  your family or group will find something to do and enjoy.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016


Mel's Diner Pigeon Forge, TN
 Mel's Diner is a Pigeon Forge tradition for food and fun at a real American Diner. This is a true '50's diner experience with booths, a jukebox and classic American food. You can also see classic American cars and hot rods as the owners pull in for food, snacks and talking about cars.

Breakfast anytime at Mel'sGreat food friendly waitressesMel's is an annual winner of Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence because the food is fresh, well prepared and served quickly by knowledgeable and caring waitresses who have worked at Mel's for years. You can get breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts anytime at Mel's. Breakfast basics include eggs anyway, omelette's, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, french toast and several combo options.

Burgers, fries and lunch anytime in the SmokiesYou would expect to get great hamburgers and hot dogs and you won't be disappointed with over 9 burger choices and a Big Dog and a Foot Long Doggie. But in addition to these classics you have a choice of a dozen different sandwiches including the Fabulous Thunderbird, which includes mesquite chicken, BBQ, Bacon and Cheese and the Elvis Country Club. You will say "Thank you, thank you very much" for this one.

Family Dinner Specials in Pigeon Forge
If you are real hungry then try one of Betty Jo's Home Cookin specials that come with two sides and Texas Toast. Try the Made-from-scratch meatloaf, country fried steak, pulled pork barbecue, chicken pot pie or Grandpappy's Pot Roast. This is good old home cookin' at it's best!

Ice cream and home made desserts near Gatlinburg

But save room for dessert because Mel's is famous for piled-high Sensational Sundaes and Homemade Cobbler, Hot Fudge Cake and Strawberry Shortcake, all served with ice cream. Then there are malts, milkshakes, Root beer and Pepsi Floats and the ginormous Ultimate 3 or 6 scoop Banana Split.
You will not leave hungry!

Mel's also offers nostalgic merchandise and T-shirts that make great reminders of the fun time you had a Mel's and your vacation in Pigeon Forge. You can win a gift certificate to Mel's Diner in Pigeon Forge by Liking the Mel's photo at www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains on the Best Read Guide Facebook page. Prepare for you journey to the Smokies and get coupons for restaurants like Mel's, theaters, attractions and more at www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/.