I must say they it was the worst decision of my last trip to Smoky mountain to take this ride.
It took about an hour and half to get there through lot of traffic on the main road (This place is at the very end of the happening street in Pigeon Forge). The balloon can accommodate only 5-10 people depending on the wind, so expect a long wait time in the queue, mostly staring at the balloon.
It goes up and just stays there. The view around is kind of OK, not that great!
I would certainly says that it is just the shape and movement of the balloon that attracts the people. Actual ride is not exciting.
I really regret that. I could have done few other better things, like driving around through scenic drives in the the time that I spent (should I say wasted) in reaching there, waiting in queue and even the actual ride. In fact there are so many other interesting things on the parkway (US 441) for which you don't even have to drive far.
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