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The Island in Pigeon Forge is still a “work in progress” though the main part is finished (the hotel is currently under construction). There are large car parks and a free “shuttle bus train” to take you to the centre of the island. It currently consists of a lovely central area with seating and illuminated musical fountains surrounded by restaurants and shops. We spent a considerable time just watching the fountains and eating ice cream. Away from the central area are more restaurants of various types and shops (including one which just sells jigsaw puzzles where we bought several). Other types of entertainment include a carousel, mirror maze, arcade, 3D interactive movie and, the only one we went on, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. This was a large wheel with cabins but not as large as the wheels in London and Singapore – though it was cheaper (about £7) and just had views over The Island with the Smoky Mountains in the far distance.

We enjoyed our afternoon there – the whole place was spotlessly clean and uncrowded and the fountains were lovely. As there are many other tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge it made for a pleasant few hours break but I would not go there just for The Island but for everything else there was to do in the area if you want organised tourism. Its website is

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