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It was so crowded we didnt even get to ride the wheel. If you have small children I reccomend the 30 dollar arm band. It wasnt to bad crowded in the ride area.
The island @ pigeon forge is always a hit for the entire family . They have restaurants , shops, moonshine or wine tastings, & a nice ferris wheel.
I love love love the Island at Pigeon Forge! There is so much to do and see. And so many shops to visit with a very eclectic mix of items! My favorite was getting a cheeseburger at Margaritaville then sitting outside and watching the fountains dance!
Great things for children to do, great(many, many) stores to shop in and lots of restaurants to eat at. My(personally) only problem was there are many alcoholic beverage stores as well. I guess you have to take the bad(booze) with the good(recreation).
Good family experience great place for kids and the whole family palace Dean's is a great place to eat the escape games were a fun family activity