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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN

131 The Island DrivePigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Overview

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.

Good To Know

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.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Megan Aguilar

Fun experience for all ages with amazing views of Pigeon Forge. Plus, the climate controlled gondola is perfect on a hot day. They are located at The Island, so you can easily access shopping, Margaritaville Island Hotel and Margaritaville Restaurant.

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Description

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

14 Reviews
Brents LeBlanco
1 Review
"Photo Scam"
June, 2017
Beware of the pictures scam! Similar hustle as others wrote about. "Today" the pictures are only 20 bucks, BS sales pitch. Not bad except when they took my picture, I was wearing a green hat that made my head disappear. The "Photographers" said the picture would be corrected in the online download, yea right. CUSTOMER SERVICE is non existent. The parent company is based in the United Arabs Emirates. No presence in the US to address my loss. So Im out 20 dollars-Beware.
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Tip: Bypass the photo scam

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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
"nice"
August, 2016
Really what you would expect.
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Donald S.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
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.
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Tip: Ride when busy, especiailly during fireworks at Dollywood. And use coupons!

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Robert J.
LOUISVILLE, KY
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.
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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
"Great"
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
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Tip: Great view at the top of the wheel

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johnsmith261
Chattanooga, Tennessee
"We liked this!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2017 NEW
This is one of the best things in Pigeon Forge. We went at night when it was all lit up. Just the coolest to be 200ft in the air in an air conditioned gondola. The price was OK and there are coupons everywhere to help you out. Definitely a must-do.
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SUSAN T
Chattanooga, Tennessee
"Two choices-Choose wisely!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2017 NEW
This is a great attraction! So what do you want? Don't see mountains very often, then you may want to take a daytime ride! In the fall with all the colors, it's breathtaking views! Love seeing night time views with all the lights, night time views are fabulous but bring a good camera! Good night pictures from long distances need a good camera. (Just my opinion). If you are afraid of heights, don't rule this out. It's an enclosed car so it still may be ok. I heard several say they had no trouble with that. Go for it!!! Great attraction!
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GREG L
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
"Well worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 05, 2017 NEW
This is a fun thing to do while you are in Pigeon Forge! It's not scary so kids will enjoy it and each car is air conditioned. You spend about 10 minutes making 3 or 4 rotations and it offers a good view of the surrounding mountains. Getting over to The Wheel takes some time because the parking lot is on the other side of The Island so expect a decent hike or you can ride the tram that comes around ever so often. It's well worth the visit and enjoy some of the shops and kid's fun while you are there. Parking is free so there's no reason not to visit!
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AdventuresByWayne
Hickory, North Carolina
"The Best Of The Islands In Pigeon Forge, Tn"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
Our first visit to a sky wheel was in Myrtle Beach & we loved that adventure so we could not wait to get to Smoky Mountains to ride this Sky Wheel. We were given the black VIP Suite Car & it was AWESOME! The views were amazing! You could see all of Pigeon Forge, Dollywood & The Beautiful Mountains. The VIP Suite Car has black & red leather seats with 360 glass views! The price was great! Cheaper than Myrtle Beach. We skipped on the photograph as we bring our own camera for Adventure shots!
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D H
JACKSON
"Amazing Experience! A must do when on the Island!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
For a person who is not a fan of Ferris Wheel’s or heights this wasn’t bad at all. Being in an enclosed air-conditioned gondola high above the Island and Pigeon Forge was beautiful. I’m not sure how many times we actually went around, but it was quite a few. It was a nice paced, comfortable ride at a reasonable price. Look in the books for the discount coupon and it makes it even better! A must do when on the Island!
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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.