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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.

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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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.
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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Arlene F
Maryville, Tennessee
"A Fun Ride for All Ages"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2017 NEW
This Ferris Wheel has large gondolas that seat 4 comfortably, but could hold 6. The gondolas are air conditioned and comfortable. Enclosed in glass, the rider has a view of Pigeon Forge in all directions. The wheel doesn't move fast, so it as a nice ride for children as well as adults.
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"Loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2017 NEW
You have to do this if ever in the area. I was so much fun and I am so glad we did it. Ride the wheel. You will not be disappointed.
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Yonkers, New York
"fun family ride!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2017 NEW
This is a must do for all - young and old alike! The cars are air conditioned so it is a welcome respite from the heat of the day and the view from all angles, particularly the top is awesome....great spot for taking photos, plus the photo they take before the ride is worth the purchase.......a fun break for all. definitely would recommend!
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Koonai G
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2017 NEW
This wheel is huge and you get an awesome view all over Pigeon Forge. If you go to The Island, ride the Great Smoky Mountain wheel!
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
"A must do on The Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2017 NEW
We make it a point to ride The Wheel every time we visit The Island on vacation. The view is amazing during the day as well as at night. It is always interesting to also see what is being built nearby. Cars are air conditioned. They offer a military rate year round but the discount is even greater in August when it is only $7/person for active duty military and their immediate family members. Even if you are afraid of heights, make sure you at least go to see The Wheel light up the sky over The Island at night on vacation.

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.