Just got back from a weekend at the Wilderness at the Smokies. And I can say that I loved it and would go back in a heartbeat.
I had read a lot of the reviews on here and was very wary about making my reservations because it seemed like everyone was down on the place. But after passing it several times on my way to Pigeon Forge, it looked like too much fun to pass up so I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.
We stayed at the "bigger" resort with the indoor AND outdoor waterparks. There is a smaller and somewhat cheaper resort that is beside the one we were at with a smaller outdoor water park. They are BOTH Wilderness at the Smokies and a free shuttle goes back and forth between the two so you can go to each of the waterparks if you want.
Check in was at 4pm, but we got there around noon and they went ahead and gave us our keys and told us that we could begin using the waterparks and they call my cell when the room was ready to check in (turned out to be about 2:30). Check in people were very nice, though there was a line, but what do you expect?
I had read that the food that is sold there is expensive, so we brought a lot of our own stuff to make sandwiches and snack on if we needed it (though we had to leave this in the car cause they don't allow coolers or "outside" food in the waterpark). This was irritating, but no waterpark or amusement park lets you do this, so again, I'm not going to complain.
The rooms were amazing. We had 10 people of all ages and they were all blown away by the rooms. Were the rooms expensive? Oh yeah. BUT I priced how much it would cost to get all of us into Dollywood's SplashCountry and then to get us rooms for the night and in the long run we saved at least $100-200 by going to Wilderness at the Smokies.
But in the long run, the reason that I loved it so much, regardless of price or anything else, was that I got to spend time with my family and my kids. My kids had a BLAST! They could do most of the stuff on their own (even the youngest at age 7) which let me relax with the wife, but they also couldn't wait to "go down the big slide with dad". As cheesy as it sounds, their smiles made it all worthwhile.
I can't wait to go back!
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