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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN

131 The Island DrivePigeon Forge, TN 37863
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A 200-foot observation wheel featuring stunning mountain views, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is the centerpiece of The Island entertainment district in Pigeon Forge. The wheel stands as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast, featuring 42 glass-enclosed gondolas with seating for up to 8 people at a time. During the evenings, riders can enjoy a mesmerizing 24,000 LED-light show.

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from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Climate controlled.
  • Ride during the day for a better view of the Smokies, and at night to see the city lights.
  • Free parking just off Teaster Lane with tram to The Island.
  • Gondolas seat up to 8.
  • VIP Wheel experience available.
  • Glass-enclosed gondolas.
  • Stunning city and mountain views.
  • 24,000 LED light-show on Wheel.
  • One of the tallest attraction in the East.


from The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a must-see attraction in Pigeon Forge. Towering 200 feet-tall, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the foot of the most visited National Park in the United States.

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel features 42 all glass, climate controlled gondolas. Each Gondola can typically fit 6 adults or a combination of adults and children up to 8. Enjoy scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains during the day, or a spectacular nighttime ride.

Located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway, The Island in Pigeon Forge is packed with things to do in the Smokies! Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy the beautiful Island Show Fountain or check out our retail shops, restaurants and eateries, rides and games, live music, attractions and much more! Whether you came for a wedding, your honeymoon, or just a family vacation, come visit us in Pigeon Forge. We're just down the road from Gatlinburg and open 10 a.m. daily year round.

Reserve Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

13 Reviews
Jamie Horn
Irvine, KY
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very pretty at night"
August, 2016
The Island is a nice little shopping area and the wheel is pretty all lit up at night and the fountain is really nice. Lots of little shops and an arcade and food. Trolley ride from parking, but my little one freaked so we didn't get to ride after we bought the tickets..lol

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vishal patel
terre haute , IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
August, 2016
Really what you would expect.

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Donald S.
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Short ride, big bucks"
July, 2016
Rode twice, once in the daytime and once at night during Dollywood fireworks. It's kinda a must do in PF, but pricey. Fortunately wife didn't want to ride, but still 1 adult, 1 teen, 1 child = $30 with coupon. For 4 revolutions. Best to ride when busy (night) because you spend more time on wheel during load unload cycles.
Tip: Ride when busy, especiailly during fireworks at Dollywood. And use coupons!

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Robert J.
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great View"
July, 2016
Pleasant ride, especially at night. We didn't have to wait very long. All ages enjoyed it.

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Jessica Bray
Grays Knob, KY
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice but didn't like it"
June, 2016
It was nice inside but lame before you made a full circle around they stopped every second to either put people on or off it was terrible! But a beautiful view from the top.

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Betty Miller
Augusta, GA
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The Big Wheele"
June, 2016
If you are traveling with kids this is a must. My two granddaughter loved this place called the island. They could of went here everyday and been happy little campers.
Tip: be prepared to stay a while if you have kids and take loads of pictures

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ken lickly
Frostproof, FL
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
June, 2016
We were there early in the morning and were the only ones on the wheel. No starting and stopping to load & unload Very smooth ride
Tip: Great view at the top of the wheel

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Sherri Mae
Lumberton, MS
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
March, 2016
I'm not even sure how to rate this lol I'm saying 5 stars because the kids loved it! I cried...I'm terrified of heights but was hoping to get out of my comfort zone a little in order for them to have fun. The view from the wheel is beautiful. When I was able to finally open my eyes, I took a few pictures from the top.
Tip: Do not do this if you don't like heights

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Charleston, West Virginia
"Don't miss this!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
Go in any type of weather! Enclosed air conditioned and heated cars. Great way to see the valley and action! Give you a nice ride for the $18 price. Look for coupons in local ads to get discount off that cost. So glad we decided to ride!
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Columbia, South Carolina
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
It was really neat. I got to ride in the VIP cabin. It has an amazing glass floor, individual leather seats and cup holders. It was really neat. Not your typical Ferris Wheel.
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Katie D
"Large ferris wheel"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2017 NEW
Not as pricey as I thought it would be, and you get your money's worth. I think we went around 5 times, so I was ready to get off. Very similar the the skywheel at myrtle beach!
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Deb M
Bloomington, Indiana
"Great ride!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2017 NEW
I think I reviewed this ride before. We were disappointed last time because they offer a coupon but they did not allow it and we only went around 3 times. This time they honored the coupon and we went around 5 times. I am not sure why that happened but it should not happen. Otherwise, it is a great ride if you have never done it.
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Lexington, Kentucky
"Save Your Money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 13, 2017 NEW
My family and I were very excited to ride the ferris wheel in the Island. We chose the VIP package based on the website. BEWARE you will no longer get a souvenir bag as advertised. We were informed of this after our ride by tracking down a unapologetic worker. What you will get for $75 is an extended ride in dirty glass bottom gondola with leather seats. Also, an awkward escort to the ride by a less than enthusiastic employee. In my opinion, it is not worth the extra money. The inside had a lot of wear and tear. At one point we noticed a loose piece of trim exposing wires. Rather alarming at 200 feet in the air!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

How many people can fit inside a Gondola at one time?
Each Gondola can typically fit 6 adults or a combination of adults and children up to 8. There is a weight limit of 1,200 lbs.

Can pregnant women or infants ride?
The ride is a controlled, smooth experience that accommodates all people. While infants ride for free, you still need a ticket for the infant. It is not recommended that pregnant women ride but may choose to on their own accord.

Can I bring my pet on the ride?
Sorry, we like those family members but do not permit animals of any kind.

Can I wait to ride alone in my own Gondola?
Typically, we have many riders patiently waiting for their turn to ride. As a result, occasionally you may be required to ride with other parties to accommodate those patiently waiting to ride.

Do you permit food or drink on the ride?
In an effort to help keep all gondolas clean and safe, we do not allow eating or drinking on the ride.

Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes, we are able to access the Gondolas with a wheelchair. Disabled persons must be able to enter on their own or be with a companion for assistance.

How long is a ride?
Ride times vary but are a minimum of 3 revolutions.

Can I reserve a Gondola for a specific time?
We do not accept reservations. All rides are served on a first come first served basis.

Can I buy a souvenir from my experience on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel?
Yes! No experience is complete without a visit to our Great Smoky Mountain Wheel gift shop located across from the exit. There are a variety of souvenirs and gifts for the memories to continue.