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Terry Evanswood Wonders of Magic Show

Terry Evanswood Wonders of Magic Show

After the afternoon at the Titanic Museum, we have dinner at Tony Roma’s Steakhouse and then go to the Terry Evanswood Wonders of Magic show, a fun (and very inexpensive) magic show, paying tribute to many great magicians. His sleight of hand is amazing, complete with close-up cameras.  He’s a great showman with a message.  It’s also a great trifecta for RV parking for us, one parking space in back, which serves all three attractions.

Things have gone pretty well here so far, so now we’re wondering if we shouldn’t extend our stay and hit Dollywood.  We weren’t planning on going – it’s spring break, the crowds/lines will be enormous and we’re not all that interested in the rides.  But to be in Pigeon Forge, without going to Dollywood just might be sacrilegious.  So we do one better.  We don’t buy admission tickets online  for one day – we buy annual passes, one of them gold, so that we have free parking.

The fact that I took no pictures may say something about our experience.  Crowded.  CROWDED.  CROWDED!!!  We saw two major shows, the acrobatic Cirque Shanghai and Mystic India, a dance journey through India with stunning consumes. We also caught the Mariachi Divas at a small, outdoor stage – and they were great.  The grounds and setting are beautiful, but the hordes of people and lines don’t make for a really pleasant experience and we cut out after seeing the second big show.

Another slightly unpleasant experience awaits us at Riveredge campground.  Someone has stolen the custom leveling blocks Dick made – and trustingly left at the site this morning, figuring nobody would take them given our obvious campsite occupied sign. It’s not the management’s problem, but they don’t excel in the public relations/goodwill department when we report it.  They also won’t refund our pre-paid money for the next night. I don’t ever get huffy with people, and I understand their policy – but not their attitude, so I do say, “Well, this will make for a sad trip advisor review” as we leave.  Ha – lo and behold, a couple days later a manager calls us and offers us a free night if we ever return.  Don’t plan to be in that neck of the woods again – but we feel better about their customer relations and I don’t have to write a negative review!

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First glimpse of King Kong

First glimpse of King Kong

We were never sure this area was going to be our cup of tea.  And the traffic is pretty horrific, backed up on the Interstate for about a mile, even before the exit, so we’re filled with a kind of dread that turns to astonishment when we finally catch sight of Pigeon Falls attractions. I snap a few pics from our moving vehicle.   Inner kid stars to yell,  whoo-hoo!

We're gaining on him, or he's gaining on us...

We’re gaining on him, or he’s gaining on us…

We find our Riveredge Campground at the far end of town, closest to the mountains. It’s better than expected, in this kind of super-energized honky-tonk environment, and we find a site with nobody next to us, relatively peaceful.  It’s 6:30, so we decide to head right out to catch the 8 PM performance of The Soul of Motown at the Majestic Theatre.  We get our tickets printed out at the office, find a level spot so that our refrigerator’s happy and enjoy some champagne, cheese and crackers before it’s time to take our seats.  The show is DYNAMITE.  The energy and talent of these five men and one incredible woman is right up there with some of the best professional productions we’ve seen in big theatre cities, and certainly so much more amazing because of the smaller and more intimate venue.  The performers give it their absolute all and have generations dancing in the aisles.

Titanic Museum

Titanic Museum

The next morning we can walk from the campground (yay!) to breakfast at the Log Cabin Restaurant, before heading to the Titanic Museum.  This is the attraction I’m most looking forward to here (along with Motown) and it doesn’t disappoint, despite the pressing crowds of spring break families.

We’re greeted by costumed, polite, in-character ship stewards.  The guide we have in the queue is a great storyteller. When you buy your ticket, you’re assigned the name of a real passenger on board the ship – she starts weaving a web of these stories while we wait (they only allow a couple dozen people into the museum at a time – it’s at your own pace from then on).   I’m a 3rd class passenger and Dick is a rich industrialist in first class. Later, we’ll find out our fate in the Memorial Room.   As soon as we board, and meet Captain Smith, there’s hours of great exhibits and artifacts ahead of us,  re-creations of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers accommodations, the Grand Staircase built exactly to scale, that we walk up and down, and the ship’s bridge, where it’s pretty scary to contemplate our fate.

It’s a very respectful homage to the people who perished on this boat, and the survivors.

As a footnote, Dick and I (Catherine Murphy from County Longord, Ireland) both survived.

Titanic

Titanic

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