Tennessee: Pigeon Forge, Enjoy Spring Break at Dollywood’s Festival of Nations.
This is the perfect chance to travel the world without a passport and share the excitement with your kids.
Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (March 24 to April 30, 2012) is an excellent way to enjoy discovering amazing things about world cultures. Entertainment venues at Dollywood are always top notch and the same standards of excellence make each year’s Festival of Nations memorable. No two festival venues program are ever the same so there is always something new to be discovered. For parents with school age children it is an easy way to have fun, create memories and learn at the same time. Here’s the scoop.
This year’s lineup spans three continents presenting high-energy entertainment. See The Paper World Show by Mimirichi, which features hilarious clowns from Ukraine that literally tear up the stage. Returning for another year is, Los Pampas Gauchos, an action-filled, fast-paced family act from Argentina. This show features Argentina’s traditional folk dancing as well as drums, boleadoras, knives, capes, and whips. Spirit of the Dance takes you on a journey to Ireland as performers showcase their Irish foot-stomping skills. Zebra Stelzentheater of Germany is a stilt dancing extravaganza that is sure to make everyone smile. Familiar favorite, Atahualpa features the music of the Andes and the Zambian Vocal Group shares a cappella songs from Africa. Bonus points:
Festival of Nations is the opportunity to not just hear and see exceptional entertainment but also to sample cuisine from all over the world while learning about the different countries and unique cultures. Better yet, there’s no need to worry about the exchange rate. Planning for summer.
Dollywood’s Kidsfest (June – July) is the largest kids’ festival in the southern US. At the Imagination Playhouse, the Penguin Players bring to life three classic children’s storybooks, including the inspiring Little Engine That Could. All three shows feature original sing-along songs written by Dolly. The forecast is calling for fun at the Imagination Cinema where the Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls™ 4D Experience fills the big screen. Bonus points:
Part of the fun of being at Dollywood with young children during Kidsfest is the interaction of the theme park’s roving character. Who doesn’t love to watch little one squeal with delight at the site of Patches the Scarecrow his friends Piggy and Miss Penny. Trapper and his best friend Baxter Bear can often be seen scampering along the walkways and Cas - the famous outdoorsman and Walker, the Bluetick Coonhound. Flying like a wild eagle.
The $20 million Wild Eagle roller coaster - the first of its design in the U.S., has a new design that makes it a “wing coaster,” meaning that participants sit on “wings” extending along either side of the coaster’s track – with nothing but air above and below.
Wild Eagle starts on Dollywood’s highest peak and rises 21 stories into the sky. Participants experience the sensation of flight as the coaster’s twisting track swoops and soars along a 3,127-foot-long journey that reaches 61 miles per hour. The nearly two-and-a-half minute “flight” affords panoramic views of Great Smoky Mountains before the plummet down the initial 135-foot drop. There are four inversions, including a giant loop, a “zero-G” roll and a giant flat spin in route back to the loading station.Location on the planet.
Dollywood, a 150-acre family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Thunderhead, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, and Mystery Mine coaster, Theme Park Insider’s 2007 Best New Attraction. The winner of 11 Big E Entertainment Awards, more than any other park in the world, Dollywood’s live entertainment features country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music. Dollywood 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywood.com
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