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“fun for kids and adults alike”

Wilderness at the Smokies
Ranked #22 of 91 things to do in Sevierville
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

something for all ages; favorite waterslide is the storm chaser, altho the 4 flights up to the ride can be challenging! Enjoyed the hot tub, but "no children under 6" rule is NOT enforced, so don't expect any relaxation.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Very touristy and not nearly as impressive or big as the web site would lead you to believe. The rooms are pretty nice w/ a cooktop, fridge, and microwave in most rooms. With all that said, everyone was very nice, staff was helpful, and our daughter LOVED the park. I couldn't imagine wanting to stay more than two nights.

Couple tips;
1. Most rooms have a full kitchen and the food is pretty bad. At the very least bring items for breakfast and lunch to save a lot of money. Be aware, there are no pots, pans, or dishes. (For example - two adults and two kids for the breakfast buffet was $43...but kids eat free...right?)

2. As you would expect the poolside drinks are pricey! Plan ahead, reserve a room near the waterpark, and provide your own. Again, there's a fridge in the room.

3. Get to the waterpark EARLY if you plan on spending the day. The lounge chairs get snatched up quick and by mid morning there's not many good places to camp out for the day.

4. Do yourself a favor and request a room close to the waterpark. Rooms near entrance #4 are a loooooooong walk from the park since the hotel is one long building.

2  Thank RichieTennenbaum
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We took our child here for the indoor waterpark. I checked 'fee' for the attraction because technically it is a fee (added into the room price). While it may be a little expensive for some, the happiness from your child/children is priceless. The park has plenty of chairs, chaise lounges, tables/chairs by the Grill (rstnt) for you to sit. There is a full service bar for those who want or NEED it. :-) The temperature in the park was comfortable. The water was as you expected is cold (but not freezing). There is a hot tub as well. From the looks of how many cars/buses/campers were parked outside and people checking in, it didn’t seem so crowded inside the park. Yes, it was a lot of people but you were able to sit and/or move around without knocking someone over or get knocked over. It has a nice size game room as well. You don’t need any towels. They give you cards to get towels. (1 card per person) When you are done with the towels, let the person know (you’ll put towels in a bin) and you get your cards back to get clean towels for another time/day. Also, you can rent a locker. Afterwards, you get a $5.00 deposit back when you return the key. Remember the time you rent the locker, as it will speed up the process. They have to look through a stack of papers to find your name.

We stayed in a studio room @ River Lodge on 4th floor (didn't want any walking/stomping/running over our heads when trying to sleep) near the elevator and stairs. SO CONVENIENT (we'll pay extra for it again). This place is huge. If you don’t want to pay extra, stay in the other building. There is a shuttle provided for you or you can drive & try to find a spot or walk. Because it is wintertime, we chose the River Lodge. It is connected to the indoor waterpark and you never have to walk out the building to get to the fun. The room is basic but nice and clean. It is connected to another room but we didn’t have any issues from the neighbors. In our room, it has a 2 queen beds, TV, balcony, microwave w/ a vent, 2 burner flat stove (on the counter), mini fridge, coffee maker w/ coffee, 2 sinks, a safe and a couple of cabinets, love seat, table and 2 chairs. We only stayed 1 night. Families who stay longer may want to bring in supplies to minimize eating out. The bathroom is basic but clean and nice. It has a clothesline to pull out and hang your wet items. We used that, curtain rod, the towel bar on wall and hook behind the door. The beds slept fine. The pillows were kind of small and not as comfortable but for 1 night, it worked. If you have a comfortable pillow, bring it with you (if staying for a while). The only negative (if you would call it that) the price of the buffet for what they serve and the parking. Thankfully, we got a good parking spot by the entrance of where the room and waterpark is located. We decided to eat in the restaurant on-site due to 1-We didn't want to give up the parking spot and chance it to parking across street and 2-It was freezing outside. The food wasn't bad (just ok) but for $19, you would've expected a little more variety. Our child ate free - this was a plus because our child does not eat much anyway (2 1/2 slices of pizza and a small slice of cake w/ a little ice cream). :-) Truthfully, your child does not eat free. I believe it is included in the price. Fine with me. We came so our child can have a good time. SUCCESS! Let me clear this up – 1 child eats free per 1 paying adult (buffet). You can order from the menu. However, the child/children do not eat free from the menu.

Yes, we will return and will ask for the same room. Remember, when you check-in, do not sign-up for the Time Share. Just politely decline and go have some fun. We did not sign up but some people did and were disappointed or angry afterwards. If you don’t buy any timeshares, the people get really rude with you (as we were told). Room check-in is 4P or after. However, you can do an early check-in but can’t get into the rooms until close to or right at 4P. It was 3:30 and we were able to open our room. I’m not sure if it will happen for everyone. You can still go enjoy the waterpark and then go to your room later.

Thank letsgoeat
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We did this trip last spring with three children ages 7 and under. The kids were in heaven! There were plenty of things to do for kids of all ages. The lifeguards were very attentive, which put me at ease a little. The rooms were great.

Thank court002
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

This resort has EVERYTHING you ever need. The waterpark is staffed with each area having lifeguards and employees the prices are reasonable. You can stay all day and never need to leave. The hot tub area that is indoor/outdoor is fabulous loved watching the stars come out in the hottub outside!

1  Thank Kimberly H
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