5 Things to Do with Kids When it’s Raining in Pigeon Forge

5 Things to Do with Kids When it’s Raining in Pigeon Forge

My family and I love to visit Pigeon Forge. We always have the best time, no matter when we go or what the weather is like when we get there. Of course, when it is nice out, we enjoy outdoor activities like spending the day at Dollywood or climbing the ropes at Paula Deen’s Adventure Park. When it rains, however, we have to find other ways to keep the kids busy.
While we do tend to spend time in the cabins at Eagle’s Ridge Resorts, playing games, watching movies, or just talking, we also love to try to find new indoor adventures. Here are a few of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining in Pigeon Forge.
WonderWorks
WonderWorks is such a wonderful place to visit rain or shine! This fun upside-down house is filled with things that will boggle your mind as you try to figure out how it could be! We explored each of the six different Wonder zones filled with physical challenges and fun activities. From fun riddles and world records to art exhibits that make you question what you see, WonderWorks offers a lot of great experiences for kids. There is also a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, a 4-D motion simulated thrill ride, a laser tag arena and an arcade.
Pigeon Forge Snow
If you are looking for adventurous things to do when it is raining in Pigeon Forge, a stop at Pigeon Forge Snow is a must. It is like having a snow day party every day of the year! From racing snow tubes down the enormous hill to building snowmen and having snowball fights in the snow room, the kids had a blast. We could not believe how much snow was inside and almost forgot we were indoors with such a comfortable temperature while playing in the snow.

Pirates Voyage & Show
If you want adventure, entertainment for the whole family, and dinner all in one place, then Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is for you. The kids love going to the dinner shows in Pigeon Forge, so we always get tickets when we are there.
Pirates Voyage is an action-packed show filled with sword fighting, blazing cannons and pirates swinging from ship to ship as they fight to win the sunken treasure. The show also features Salty the sea lion and beautiful mermaids. I have to say… the sea lion at this one was a hit with the kids! And the food was just as amazing with pan-fried chicken, ham, biscuits, creamy vegetable soup and more.

TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena
TopJump is a great place for the kids to burn off a little energy. This indoor trampoline park is unique from others because it also includes a climbing center. The kids spent most of their time on the different rock-climbing walls… and so did we! They tried to beat their own records and each other. It was awesome… I took a ton of pictures and videos, of course!  (They are all right here on Instagram.)
The park also features a dodgeball area, ninja course and gladiator pit, as well as plenty of open jump spaces. There is also an arcade with plenty of games and prizes. And no visit would be complete without a stop for the kids at the candy store. It is a life-size version of Candyland with all the greatest candies you could ever want!

Titanic Museum Attraction
We have visited quite a few museums in Pigeon Forge, but one of our favorites is the Titanic Museum. It is filled with pictures, audio recordings from passengers, stories of passengers, and artifacts that have been collected from the legendary ship and its passengers. I could have spent hours and hours in the museum learning about the Titanic. You get to experience walking on an exact replica of the Grand Staircase, standing on sloping decks and even touching a real iceberg and 28-degree water. It was a wonderful visit and is definitely one of our favorite things to do with kids when it’s raining in Pigeon Forge!
Another museum that the kids love to visit is Beyond the Lens!, which focuses on pop culture. The kids had a lot of fun here too.

Pigeon Forge offers countless attractions and things to do with kids year-round, rain or shine. It’s easy to find something to please everyone in the family!

About the Author:
Becky Mansfield is a blogger at Your Modern Family.  She is a former teacher, an author, a child development therapist, and most importantly, a mom to four children.  Becky and her husband love to travel with their children, spending time together making memories.   Becky writes on her blog to share ideas that help bring families together to create experiences and conversations that will create lasting memories.

Best Places to Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge

Best Places to Ride Go-Karts in Pigeon Forge

There are so many things to see and do in Pigeon Forge, with a variety of ways to entertain yourself and the whole family. One of the best ways to get a rush of adrenaline is through go-karting. It is a great way to experience a thrilling ride while also having some friendly racing competition. There are a variety of unique go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Check out some of the best go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to add to your to-do list!
Blake Jones Racing Center
The Blake Jones Racing Center offers fast karts whether it rains or shines. They have the Indoor Oval Slick Track and the outdoor Figure 8 Track. Both tracks offer riders a realistic racing experience. Blake Jones offers two types of carts: the single cart and the double cart. The double cart can carry up to 2 people and will double the fun! Both types of carts are eco-friendly, with no fumes or odors. This location also offers bumper cars as an option.
Photo credit: Blake Jones Racing Center
The Track & Super Track
The Track & Super Track can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Track Family Fun Parks offer an array of things to do from splashing Blaster Boats to arcade games and prizes. Their signature attraction, the Wild Woody, is especially popular! The Wild Woody is a multi-level go-kart track, where the drivers race as high as three-and-a-half stories.
There are three other tracks that the kids will love: The Family Track, Kiddie Karts, and the Rookie Track. Enjoy some friendly competition and set up challenges for yourself and your family!
The rides vary depending on the park that you visit as there are two locations, one near The Island and the other near Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Photo credit: The Track & Super Track
Adventure Raceway
The Adventure Raceway in Pigeon Forge has a ton of fun things to experience. There are Water Blaster bumper boats and excellent go-kart tracks for those who want a thrill. One track is wooden, three levels high and called “The Hump.” Once you reach the top, you spiral back down quickly and have so much fun, you will be ready to do it all over again! Adventure Raceway is open year-round, however, in the off season the hours change, so make sure to check their schedule ahead of your visit.
Photo credit: Adventure Raceway
Lazerport Fun Center
Lazerport Fun Center is a huge arena filled with excitement for the whole family. The go-kart track towers over the arena, standing at 50 feet tall! It is one of the tallest in Pigeon Forge. This roller-coaster style go-kart track drops, twists and turns throughout spirals on the track, before plunging straight down a 40-foot hill. This is one ride you won’t want to miss!
Photo credit: Lazerport Fun Center
Xtreme Racing Center
Xtreme Racing Center is known for having some of the fastest go-karts in Pigeon Forge, thanks to the “Sodi” European Styled Racing Karts. Look no further when it comes to your need for speed! There are three tracks and each one includes thrilling turns and curves that will keep you on your toes. After the race, you receive a track report, complete with recorded laps and time. This really adds to the fun and the competitiveness.
For the Sodi karts, the drivers must be no younger than 11 years old, however the Shaller karts offer the same thrilling rides but are designed more for the younger children.
Photo credit: Xtreme Racing Center
Rockin’ Raceway
At Rockin’ Raceway there’s plenty of excitement! With one of the best arcades in the Smokies, there is no way you can get bored. After you enjoy the arcade filled with over 150 games, step outside and enjoy the fast tracks! You’ll want to rev up your engines with these go-karts as they take you through all sorts of curves and turns in this fun-filled attraction.
Photo credit: Rockin’ Raceway
Speedzone Fun Park
Speedzone Fun Park offers 4 unique and custom-built kart tracks all in one place. Each track offers a thrilling ride with challenging corners. The Slick Track is perfect for testing speed, while the Coaster Track is great for racing up and down, and the Tennessee Twister is ideal for testing out tight turns. There is even a track specifically for the kids — the Kids Track. Whatever your age or skill level with go-karting, Speedzone Fun Park has something for you!
Photo credit: Speedzone Fun Park
Fast Tracks
Fast Tracks is an amusement park that will give you a wild ride! They offer a three-story elevated racetrack, some CAN-AM racing, and so much more. Enjoy three different go-kart tracks: Elevated Track, Pro Track, and Junior Track. The Elevated Track will bring riders to lightning speed, while their other two tracks can help you leave your competitors in the dirt.
Photo credit: Fast Tracks

So, there you have it! There are a variety of go-kart tracks in Pigeon Forge to suit everyone’s taste, from indoor tracks to roller-coaster inspired tracks. Pigeon Forge has so many fun-filled family-friendly activities and go-karting is just the start of everything you can do on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. So, what are you waiting for? Round up the family and explore all that Pigeon Forge has to offer! 
Note: Regarding the Pigeon Forge attractions & businesses mentioned in this blog, please check their respective websites for an update on their COVID-19 operational updates.

Author Bio:
Amber Dickison is a travel blogger based in Kentucky. When she isn’t writing for her blog, she can be found focusing on her health journey or traveling the world.

Mind-Blowing Discounts at Universal Orlando for Fall 2020

Mind-Blowing Discounts at Universal Orlando for Fall 2020

If you are missing Universal Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, grab your wands and come on down! As locals, we have been to Universal Orlando many many times over the past few months. You can watch our owners and their family at Universal Orlando and Cabana Bay Beach Resort (Universal Orlando Hotel).
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Things are a little bit different, but the magic is still there! If you are ready to travel, you can take advantage of some incredible discounts for fall 2020. Some of these discounts are mind-blowing!
Universal Orlando Tickets
Let’s jump into the incredible Universal Orlando tickets. If you are staying at a Disney World Resort or using your points at an Orlando area hotel, you can still take advantage of some huge discounts on theme park tickets. You can even bundle these discounts with a Universal Orlando hotel and create a package. Hurry, these discounts END soon!
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Buy 2 Days Get 2 Days FREE:  If you purchase a 2-Park 2-Day Ticket before September 30, 2020, you will get 2 Days to play for FREE. This is a mind-blowing deal!
Florida Residents Buy 1 Day and Get the Rest of the Year FREE:  If you are a Florida Resident with a valid ID, you can take advantage of this unbelievable discount. In over 20+ years of selling theme park travel, I have never seen such an amazing offer! If you buy a 1-Day Park to Park Pass, you will get the rest of 2020 through December 24, 2020 for FREE! Hurry, this offer ends on September 30, 2020.
Universal Orlando Hotels
Bundle & Save:  If you want to add a stay at a Universal Orlando Hotel or a Universal Partner Hotel, you can save even more money with a Bundle & Save Package. You can bundle your Universal Orlando tickets with your hotel to save up to $200 on a vacation package.
Exclusive Harry Potter Package:  This is our favorite Universal Orlando Package! This package starts at *$99 per person per night and includes the ultimate in Harry Potter magic. This package includes hotel, tickets, Harry Potter Keepsake Box, Shutterbutton’s photo shoot and video at Diagon Alley, and breakfast at Leaky Cauldron or Three Broomsticks. This is the ultimate Harry Potter Package for any HP fan!
Book Your Tickets or Package Today
Are you ready to come experience the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or laugh with the Minions? Now is the time to take advantage of incredible discounts to one of our favorite Orlando Theme Parks. Our team is ready to help you plan those family moments. Contact us today!
New Changes at Universal Orlando
We know booking a Universal Orlando vacation just got a little more complicated. Do not worry! Our team has stayed at Universal Hotels, played on rides at Universal Parks, dined at Universal restaurants, and shopped at Universal CityWalk during the reopening. We understand the process and will help you plan a magical Universal Orlando vacation.
Plus, our company was just recognized by Universal Orlando as a U-Preferred Travel Agency. You can click on this link to learn more about being one of the top travel companies selling Universal Orlando.
If you want to learn more about what is different at Universal Orlando, you can watch this video.
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We look forward to planning your adventure to Universal Orlando Resort now or when you are ready to travel.
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What is it Like at LEGOLAND Florida Reopening?

What is it Like at LEGOLAND Florida Reopening?

Our entire family loves LEGOS! When we heard Legoland Florida reopened after months of quarantine for COVID-19, we were excited to get back to one of our favorite parks. Even at 16, this is still my son’s favorite park in Florida.
We know the biggest questions in regards to Legoland Florida Resort reopening is what is different? What are the new guidelines for Legoland Park and Legoland Water Park due to coronavirus?
What is Different at Legoland Florida for Reopening
Social Distancing at Legoland Florida
One of the biggest changes at Legoland is social distancing.
As we left Legoland Pirate Island Hotel next to Legoland Hotel, we were just steps to Legoland Park. We could almost immediately see the social distancing lines. Legoland has the cutest floor marketing reminding guests to continue social distancing.
Floor Markers for Social Distancing
They even provide floor markings in areas that may cause clusters of people. This included security, temperature checks, park entrance, queue lines, restaurants, and stores.
Temperature Checks at Legoland Florida
You will find a lot of opportunities to use hand sanitizer. Legoland does have hand sanitizer at the front entrance of every ride. In addition, you will find it throughout the park even the water park.
Touchless Tickets at Legoland Florida
They have touchless tickets at Legoland Park. The Model Citizens (employees) at Legoland use a scanner at the front entrance. You will just print your ticket or show your ticket with the bar code. The Model Citizens will scan the barcode to check-in to the park. Super simple and touchless.
You can also pay with cashless options. This helps eliminate those extra touch points.
Face Coverings or Masks
One of the big changes at Legoland Park is face coverings or masks. When we filmed this video at Legoland, face coverings or masks were not required.
Cute Face Masks in Merchandise Stores (Perfect for Kids)
Since then the City of Winter Haven created an ordinance. Anyone over the age of 8 is now required to wear a face mask or face covering indoors. This includes on rides at the theme park, too.
One Direction
Besides the social distancing with floor marketings, restaurants and merchandise stores moved guests in one direction. There was one entrance and one exit. This keeps visitors moving in one direction and eliminates clusters.
Closures at Legoland Park
We had so much fun at Legoland Park. There were a lot of the rides, restaurants, merchandise stores, and even carnival games open. However, there were a few things closed. These included water fountains and play areas. Since these both have a lot of extra touch points, they were closed for our safety.
Closed Play Areas
Rides at Legoland
Let’s talk about our favorite part of Legoland (well besides the Legos of course). It is the RIDES! Legoland Park has so many fun rides. There are a few safety updates in regards to the rides.
Social Distancing
The first big one is social distancing. You will find social distancing in the queue lines. Those cute Lego floor markers remind us to keep 6 feet from other guests. There are even signage reminding us of these requirements.
Ride Line with Social Distancing
On the ride vehicles, the Model Citizens make sure you are socially distant from other guests on the ride. This may mean there are 2-3 empty rows in front or behind you on a roller coaster or you may have your own ride vehicle for an indoor ride.
Cleaning
During our visit, Legoland employees sanitized the ride vehicles and queue. Legoland sanitized the rides and lines, more than any other theme park. It was quite impressive.
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Limited Capacity at Legoland Florida
Legoland Park did limit capacity into the park. We felt completely safe walking around Legoland, waiting in the queue lines, and ordering treats. We loved the limited capacity in regards to wait times. The longest wait was 30 minutes on a roller coaster. Every other ride was 5-10 minutes.
Did We Feel Safe at Legoland?
This is the biggest question we are getting again and again and again with our travels. For Legoland Park, the answer is YES!

Legoland Florida did a great job with their reopening procedures. Our family felt completely safe. Even with the limited requirement in regards to face coverings, we felt completely safe. Legoland is a big park and it is not very crowded. We always felt like we had plenty of space without any crowds around us (even indoors).
Legoland did an even better job in regards to sanitizing the ride vehicles. They did an excellent job. Way better than any other Orlando Theme Park.
Our entire family felt safe and would go back to Legoland tomorrow (if we could).
Just like all of the Orlando Theme Parks, Legoland has a temperature check (before entering the park). As you walk through security, you will get a temperature check. Security also has paper masks (for free) if you need a mask. They even have youth sizes for the smaller friends.
Everyone will be tested. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you and your party will be asked to leave.
The process of temperature testing was simple and quick. The thermometer was held close to the side of your neck to check our temperature. The thermometer never touched our skin.
Hand Sanitizer Everywhere
You will find a lot of opportunities to use hand sanitizer. Legoland does have hand sanitizer at the front entrance of every ride. In addition, you will find it throughout the park even the water park.
Touchless Tickets at Legoland Florida
They have touchless tickets at Legoland Park. The Model Citizens (employees) at Legoland use a scanner at the front entrance. You will just print your ticket or show your ticket with the bar code. The Model Citizens will scan the barcode to check-in to the park. Super simple and touchless.
You can also pay with cashless options. This helps eliminate those extra touch points.
Face Coverings or Masks
One of the big changes at Legoland Park is face coverings or masks. When we filmed this video at Legoland, face coverings or masks were not required.
Cute Face Masks in Merchandise Stores (Perfect for Kids)
Since then the City of Winter Haven created an ordinance. Anyone over the age of 8 is now required to wear a face mask or face covering indoors. This includes on rides at the theme park, too.
One Direction
Besides the social distancing with floor marketings, restaurants and merchandise stores moved guests in one direction. There was one entrance and one exit. This keeps visitors moving in one direction and eliminates clusters.
Closures at Legoland Park
We had so much fun at Legoland Park. There were a lot of the rides, restaurants, merchandise stores, and even carnival games open. However, there were a few things closed. These included water fountains and play areas. Since these both have a lot of extra touch points, they were closed for our safety.
Closed Play Areas
Rides at Legoland
Let’s talk about our favorite part of Legoland (well besides the Legos of course). It is the RIDES! Legoland Park has so many fun rides. There are a few safety updates in regards to the rides.
Social Distancing
The first big one is social distancing. You will find social distancing in the queue lines. Those cute Lego floor markers remind us to keep 6 feet from other guests. There are even signage reminding us of these requirements.
Ride Line with Social Distancing
On the ride vehicles, the Model Citizens make sure you are socially distant from other guests on the ride. This may mean there are 2-3 empty rows in front or behind you on a roller coaster or you may have your own ride vehicle for an indoor ride.
Cleaning
During our visit, Legoland employees sanitized the ride vehicles and queue. Legoland sanitized the rides and lines, more than any other theme park. It was quite impressive.
@Legoland Florida
Limited Capacity at Legoland Florida
Legoland Park did limit capacity into the park. We felt completely safe walking around Legoland, waiting in the queue lines, and ordering treats. We loved the limited capacity in regards to wait times. The longest wait was 30 minutes on a roller coaster. Every other ride was 5-10 minutes.
Did We Feel Safe at Legoland?
This is the biggest question we are getting again and again and again with our travels. For Legoland Park, the answer is YES!

Legoland Florida did a great job with their reopening procedures. Our family felt completely safe. Even with the limited requirement in regards to face coverings, we felt completely safe. Legoland is a big park and it is not very crowded. We always felt like we had plenty of space without any crowds around us (even indoors).
Legoland did an even better job in regards to sanitizing the ride vehicles. They did an excellent job. Way better than any other Orlando Theme Park.
Our entire family felt safe and would go back to Legoland tomorrow (if we could).

New Disney World Discounts for Fall 2020

New Disney World Discounts for Fall 2020

If you are missing Disney World, hop in the car and come on down! As locals, we have been to Disney World many many times over the past few months. You watch one of our owner’s during a live stream from Magic Kingdom.
Things are a little bit different, but the magic is still there! If you are ready to travel, you can take advantage of some incredible new discounts. Scroll down below for the latest offers.
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You can drive down for the weekend or the week. You can experience Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, ride along with Slinky Dog, or scream on Tower of Terror. Many of your favorite Disney Resorts are open. Our team of experts are ready to help you plan your trip to Disney World.

Stay at one of your favorite Disney World Resorts for 4 nights with 4 days worth of tickets to the Disney Parks from September 4-December 25, 2020. You can save up to $500 on your package. If you want to stay longer than 4-nights, you can certainly extend your Disney World vacation. Find your favorite Disney Resort below, along with the amount you can save on your vacation.
Save $500 When You Stay At:
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – reopening September 21
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Save $250 When You Stay At:
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – reopening October 14
Save $100 When You Stay At:
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – reopening November 1
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Save $60 When You Stay At:
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

If you live just a drive away from Disney World, you can take advantage of an another spectacular deal! Residents of AL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA & WV can save up to 30% off Disney Resorts when you visit September 4-December 25, 2020.
If you already have tickets, you can book your hotel alone or add tickets to create a package. Scroll down below to see the savings at your favorite Disney Resort. If you are not sure which discount is better for you, do not worry. That is our job! Our team will automatically price all discounts for you to make sure you are saving the most money on your vacation.
Save Up to 30% When You Stay At:
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – reopening 9/21/20
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Save Up to 25% When You Stay At:
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – reopening 10/14/20
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Save Up to 20% When You Stay At:
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – reopening 11/1/20
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Save Up to 15% When You Stay At:
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
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Are you ready to see the new pink Cinderella Castle in person, eat a Dole Whip in Adventureland, or laugh on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Create those once-in-a-lifetime family memories at the most magical place on Earth.
Our team is ready to help you plan those family moments. Contact us today!

We love the peace of mind cancellation policy with Disney World. If you book Disney Resorts or Disney World Packages (with room and tickets) and cancel for any reason, Disney will waive the cancellation penalties through December 31, 2020. This gives you the confidence to book your vacation for next week or over Thanksgiving Break in November.

We know booking a Disney World vacation just got a little more complicated. Do not worry! Our team has already visited Disney World hundreds of times and have booked thousands of packages with these new changes. We understand the process and will help you plan a magical Disney World vacation.
Here is a video with a few more details about what is different at Disney World.
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Important Additional Details:
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Advance reservation required.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same package.
Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
Theme park tickets are valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket. Visit disneydestinationstickets.com/usage for more details.
To visit the theme parks, theme park reservations via the Disney Park Pass system AND the tickets included in this package are required for the same park on the same date for each person in your party ages 3 and up (limit one park per day). Theme park reservations are limited and subject to availability. View the park reservation availability calendar.
Resort hotel reopening dates are subject to change.