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

27 Reviews
MATTHEW ROADCAP
GREENVILLE, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great ride"
June, 2018 NEW
Great service
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Tip: Great people and ride

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Darrell Latham
Flemingsburg, KY
2 Reviews
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"Thrilling!!!"
June, 2018 NEW
Gives you a great view of the entire city!!
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Tip: A must-do on your pigeon forge vacation!!!

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Kelly Thompson
Friendship, TN
1 Review
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"Awesome view!"
May, 2018
The Reserve Pigeon Forge experience was quick and easy! The Ferris Wheel was amazing! The view was awesome and breathtaking. They also take your picture for you to purchase after the ride. Definitely will do again.
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Kayla Knight
somerset, KY
2 Reviews
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"Beautiful view"
April, 2018
Very fun and relaxing, great view of the city and mountains! Do this every time I come to pigeon forge.
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Tip: A little pricey but fun!

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MELANIE WILKINSON
MOORESVILLE, NC
1 Review
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"WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VIEW"
April, 2018
If you have never been to Gatlinburg and riden the Smoky Mountian Wheel you are missing out on a BEAUTIFUL view from the top. Our kids loved and so did I. Take time out of your trip and visit the island. You wont be sorry!!!!!
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Tip: Live Music, Beautiful dancing water Fountain, lots of shops and wonderful food!!!

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Melissa Beall
Grand Haven, MI
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Missed out - Don't buy tickets ahead of time"
April, 2018
When purchasing tickets, you must choose the day of the ride - we chose a day that turned cold and rainy and we ended up missing our chance to ride. It looked fun and is lit up at night - perhaps next time.
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Melissa Gill
Lexington, KY
2 Reviews
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"We had so much fun going at night!!!"
April, 2018
It was so pretty and loved saving money.
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Elizabeth Pearson
Shepherdsville, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful!"
April, 2018
We went Easter weekend as well as the start of spring break in this area, so it was crowded but everything was ran so efficiently. I was on crutches and the staff was so helpful, they went out of their way to help me through the gates and up the ramp. The views were spectacular at the top of the wheel, we went as the sun was sitting and you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque time. Will definitely do again and have already recommended to others.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Alice B
"Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Nice ride but be prepared to wait in line. The night time is worth it and the cars are air conditioned. My kids loved it.
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sharding247
Princeton, West Virginia
"Had an amazing time!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
We were there 2 weeks ago, and the kids loved the ferris wheel!! The colors were amazing. The lines were not long. The ride was smooth. We will definitely go back.
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missesnch
Cincinnati, Ohio
"The Great Wheel at the island"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 17, 2018 NEW
The line went fast - nice ride with great views and air conditioned 😓 polite people working the ride !! We loved it!
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Jaidelynn K
"Even those who are afraid of heights will love the wheel!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 06, 2018 NEW
I’m afraid of heights and usually hate Ferris wheels but I had a great time! We went at night and I highly recommend that time because the line was short and you could see all the pretty lights of the strip and of the colorful fountain down below. The carts are completely enclosed and have air conditioners inside which help make the ride more comfortable! We had a great time! Good price too, we got a $2 off coupon from one of the many coupon stands in the gas stations around pigeon forge, making it $12 per person.
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cherryladi02
Somerset, New Jersey
"A MUST DO"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 05, 2018 NEW
If you go to Pigeon Forge, go to the Island and ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. The views are tremendous. It was a nice relaxing ride.
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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.