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FandangoNOW: Star Wars The Force Awakens Digital HD Movie Rental Only $4

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Today only, head to FandangNOW where you can rent Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Digital HD for only $4. If you’d rather, you can choose the SD option for just $4 through May 9th. FandangoNOW is a new movie service where you can stream or download 30,000+ movies and TV shows on just about any device.

Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains 2016: Lottery for Parking Passes Opens Today at Noon

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Just wanted to remind everyone the lottery for passes to see the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains opens today at noon!  Here is how it will work.

Lottery for Parking Passes

Beginning with the 2016 season, parking passes will be distributed via a lottery. This provides an equitable opportunity for interested visitors to obtain a pass for this limited, yet high-demand event. The lottery will be open from 12 p.m. ET on FRIDAY, APRIL 29 until 8 p.m. ET on MONDAY, MAY 2.

  • Entering the lottery is free of charge

  • Lottery winners will be charged $1.50 and awarded a parking pass

  • There are no refunds, transfers, rain checks or changes to the parking pass

  • Lottery results will be announced on May 10

  • Lottery winners must occupy the vehicle and must present photo identification, which matches the name of the lottery winner, before the vehicle is admitted to the parking area

  • Only one application per household

When applying to the lottery, please ensure that the contact information on your account is correct. Your email address will be used for lottery and parking pass communications. You can create an account or update your profile here.

 

Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and one of only a few species in the world known to synchronize their flash patterns. This insects’ reproductive display occurs for a couple of weeks every year throughout its range (southern Appalachians), and is typically in late May or early June in the Elkmont area of the park.

Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge- A Story You Should Go Hear

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On my recent trip to the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge I met owners John Joslyn and Mary Kellogg Joslyn and here is one thing you should know about them; they are superb storytellers. That is at the heart of the Titanic Museum Attraction, telling the story of the 2,208 passengers and crew of the Titanic in a way that honors their lives.  The crew, the exhibits and the artifacts all come together and tell a historically accurate but engaging and moving story.  You will learn how the ship was built, how the passengers lived aboard the ships and about the night it struck the iceberg. Each guest entering the ship receives a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. You will discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall.

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As you take the self guided tour with the audio players you will also hear stories told by crew members dressed in period costumes.  (There is an adult version and a youth version of the audio tour.  The adult version gives more facts and plays interviews with actual Titanic survivors.  The youth version tells more of a story and has listeners look around rooms for certain objects.)

Unsinkable Molly Brown

Unsinkable Molly Brown

You can view over 400 artifacts while walking through various parts of the ship.

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First Class State Room

Then touch an iceberg and plunge your hand into icy 28 degree water was you walk through the chilly night air.

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If you are touring with kids be sure to print out the scavenger hunt for you kiddos and bring it along. You will find interactive questions like this all around the ship.

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There is also an area where kids (or adults) can try to climb the deck of the Titanic as she tips.  You can try to correctly load a lifeboat, attempt to steer the ship in time to miss the iceberg and learn Morse code. http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/wp-content-articles/uploads/2014/07/Titanic-Interactive_gallery-Deck-Incline-NOP.jpg

It will take you about two hours to make it through the ship and it is well worth your time.  The entire experience is well done and it is one of those rare places that the whole family can enjoy. Grandparents to kids, there is something everyone will learn and remember.

If you are planning a trip June 5 through August 14, 2016 you will get to hear the touching story of Titanic musician Wallace Hartley and see his violin that recently sold for 1.7 million dollars.

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**In the interest of full disclosure- I was invited on a blogger/social media weekend where we toured Dollywood and several other local attractions, The Titanic Museum Attraction being one of them. While I was given free admission and a tour this weekend, this is not an ad and all opinions are totally mine.

Biltmore Estate: Mom’s Are FREE This Mother’s Day!

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Moms enjoy FREE admission and premium wine tasting at Biltmore Estate on Mother’s Day with purchase of a youth or adult ticket at the Reception and Ticketing Sales Center.  (If you decide to go and there are more than just two of you  purchase all additional tickets at least 7 days in advance and save $10 per admission! This is listed under the Special Offers.)

 I LOVE this idea for mom!  I can  already hear the boys groaning so even more I would love to take my mom and mother-in-law. 🙂

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AND  to now through July 4, 2016 the Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film event is going on!
From grand gowns to delicate dresses, explore centuries of wedding fashion with this new exhibition of movie costumes and family heirlooms. Showcased in Biltmore House,the exhibition features award-winning costumes from iconic movies including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Out of Africa. The exhibition continues in Antler Hill Village focusing on Vanderbilt and Cecil wedding. 

 

 

 

Krispy Kreme Buy One Dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts Get One Free on SuperHero Day April 28,2016

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Here is a heads up so you can mark your calendar and be a superhero to you family, co-workers or friends!

Customers who buy a dozen Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® doughnuts at regular menu price will get another dozen Original Glazed doughnuts absolutely free at participating U.S. shops on April 28.

It’s a sweet way to celebrate the Super Heroes in your life! Costumes are not required, just super encouraged.

Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Valid only at participating U.S. shops. Shops NOT participating in the offer are as follows: Albany GA; Macon, GA (both locations), Walter Robbins GA; Spartanburg, SC; Anderson SC; Pigeon Forge, TN; CT shops

Ripley’s Attractions: $5 Admission for Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson or Knox County Residents May 1-5, 2016

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If you live or work in Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, or Knox counties, you can visit all Ripley’s attractions for $5 per person (per location)!! This is happening May 1-5,2016. $1 from each admission will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries.

This $5 promo includes:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley’s Old McDonald Mini-Golf

Guinness World Records Attractions

Each person in the party must live or work in a qualifying county to get discount. You will need a photo ID and a pay stub (if you don’t live in one of the counties).  I know utility bills have been used in the past but I have been told they will not work this time.  You can call 888-240-1358 with other questions.

Groupon: Extra 10% Off Hotels & Travel Deals

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Today only, Groupon is offering up 10% off Hotels & Travel Deals (up to a $50 discount) when you use the code VACAY10 at checkout – maximum of 3 uses per customer. This discount would help make for a great Summer Vacation! This includes deal on places like Great Wolf Lodge, Great Smoky Mountain cabins and more!