Monday, January 28, 2008 2:49 PM
Many know the Wisconsin Dells as the water park capital of the United States. Water parks like Noah's Ark, Mt. Olympus, and resorts like the Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari, and the Wilderness line US HWY 12 in Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells, WI. Now the owners the Wilderness Resort are opening a new resort in Sevierville, TN. This is not too far from Dollywood, Splash Country, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This development is part of the city's new "Bridgemont Events and Entertainment destination." Scheduled to open this summer is a hotel attached to the new events center. Then later, a condominium hotel with indoor water park will be opening. There are several Real Estate opportunities with the building of the Wilderness condos, as well as all of the other condominium developments.
For more information on Bridgemont:
For more information on the Wilderness Resort at the Smokies:
For more information on the original Wilderness territory in Wisconsin:
Monday, January 28, 2008 4:21 PM
This sounds almost exactly like the Pigeon Falls Village resort that is to be built along Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge. Seems as of recent they've started getting some higher profile developments around there.
Sevier County needs to watch out. Pretty soon their "pristine mountain landscape" is going to be gone!
Monday, January 28, 2008 9:06 PM
To me it seems oddly like the Dubai develpoment.
Monday, January 28, 2008 10:16 PM
Wow traffic nightmare... just got worst..
Go Smokies... (AA Cubs)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:03 AM
^ Yeah, so true, but I'm sure they'll re-work the infrastructure once some of these developments begin to open up.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 11:23 AM
The new Veterans Blvd, which runs parallel to Pkwy from Sevierville all the way to Gatlinburg is a big help...
Friday, February 1, 2008 9:46 PM
As long as they don't build anyything in Gatlinburg. Traffic in that little town is the worst I have ever been in. It took 20 mins to go 2 blocks...
Saturday, February 2, 2008 4:43 PM
I'll once again pitch the last full week in August as a *super* time to be in the Smoky Mountains. No traffic---not even on the Saturday of Memorial Day. The place wasn't quite empty, but we just never ran into much in the way of a crowd.
Saturday, February 2, 2008 8:02 PM
Memorial day is in May, do you mean Labor Day in September?
Sunday, February 3, 2008 6:05 PM
It's about time! Everytime we go down there me and my wife undoubtedly have the, "When is this area going to get some resorts with indoor waterparks" conversation.
And yes, I do know about the one on the edge of Gatlinburg, but that place seems to underpromote itself really badly. We didn't even know it had an indoor waterpark until we ventured on to the property to see what it was all about.
There's another resort that's been in the planning for 4-5 years now, called Belle Island Village. It keeps getting put off. if I remember right, it should've opened a couple of years ago already.
I'm seriously surprised Dolly hasn't jumped in and opened one yet. *** Edited 2/3/2008 11:10:50 PM UTC by Floorless Fan***
Monday, February 4, 2008 12:57 AM
I keep telling people (even our elected officials) that an indoor waterpark would be VERY beneficial for the Charleston/Huntington areas.
It would RAKE in the dough but do they listen to me? :(
Just had to rant a little. ;)
Monday, February 4, 2008 4:34 PM
do you mean Labor Day in September?
Yes, I did. Late August is just awesome in the Smokies, crowd-wise.
Monday, February 4, 2008 4:54 PM
Which is seemingly the exact opposite of what we experienced Memorial Day weekend last year. Granted, things died down a bit Tuesday, but Sunday and Monday it was busy.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 9:47 AM
Just going by Dollywood's hours, that's not too surprising. During Memorial day week, they are open every day to 7 or later. During the last two weeks of august, they are only open every other weekday, and then to 6.
I think this is driven in part by the regional differences in school calendars. The farther south you go, the earlier "summer" seems to happen.