$114M Tennessee Theme Park Readies for Fall Debut
- Feb 26, 2008
While Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is known in the Southeast as a top tourism destination, the town is in line to attract national attention when Belle Island Village comes online. Southern Venue Development L.L.C. is overseeing the creation of the mixed-use themed destination–which will encompass film- and racing-centric attractions–and has just announced that the unique mixed-use project will open this fall. Belle Island village will occupy 26 acres in a town that serves as a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The development will be anchored by two major attractions: the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum, as well as NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip’s Racing Experience. The complex will also include retail offerings spanning more than 90 stores, over 12 restaurants, 130 hotel rooms, parking to accommodate 3,000 vehicles, and a children’s village with amusement rides. The city is expecting Belle Island Village, which will cost $114 million to complete, to attract more than 2 million visitors, annually.