If you’ve ever driven down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, you’ve probably wondered why there’s a huge upside-down building in the heart of all the attractions. According to WonderWorks legend, scientist Professor Wonder was working on an experiment to create a tornado and harness its power at his lab in the Bermuda Triangle. His experiment went wrong, and the tornado began tearing through the lab. It flew all the way to Pigeon Forge and landed upside down on a theater!
Before you get started at WonderWorks you’ll have to be flipped upside down, so your first stop is the inversion tunnel that will leave you feeling topsy turvy for a second. Then you can make your way into the Wonder Zones for some fun. Each zone is loaded with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays that are the perfect blend of education and entertainment for kids and families.
Discover the incredible power of the world’s natural disasters, from lightning and earthquakes to hurricanes and icebergs. You can sit in the Earthquake Café and feel a 5.3 magnitude quake for yourself, become a human lightning rod, experience gale force winds in the Hurricane Hole, travel anywhere in the world via Google Earth, and so much more. There is even a trivia wall with questions about weather, earthquakes, fires, manmade disasters, and beyond.
Physical Challenge Zone
Put your body to the test in the Physical Challenge Zone, pitching like an MLB player, throwing a touchdown pass to an NFL player, making your way up the climbing wall, or riding on the Xtreme 360 bikes. Kids will love playing in the Bubble Lab, making 3D images of themselves on the Wonder Wall, and lying on the Bed of Nails.
Light & Sound Zone
A treat for the senses, the Light & Sound WonderZone will answer your questions about shadows, the speed of light, and more. You can test your reflexes to see how fast you are versus the speed of light – which moves 299,792,458 meters per second – play with your shadow with colors and music, and dance on the Giant Piano!
If your kid has ever dreamed of being an astronaut, now is their chance to get a first taste of space. They can climb into a life-size replica of a NASA space suit and learn more about how the suit protects astronauts on their journeys. The Space Discovery Zone also has a Mercury Capsule replica, a command center for the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Astronaut Training Challenge, and a simulated roller coaster ride!
Giant Lite-Brite, digital painting and matchmaking on the Fun Express, and working with gears at Gear Works are just a few of the things kids will love in the Imagination Lab. This hands-on zone will get kids’ imaginations soaring, offering them the chance to stomp on aliens, build, and stretch their minds.
Far Out Art Gallery
Browse the galleries and artwork here to see eyes following you wherever you go, find hidden objects in paintings, and figure out riddles. Older kids will especially love this challenging zone. And new in 2015, the Forensic Science Exhibit lets you dig deeper with fingerprint identification, 3D facial recognition, and 3D facial imaging and reconstruction. For the CSI addicts, this stop is a must!
Other Fun at WonderWorks
Beyond the WonderZones, WonderWorks has even more family fun. At the Indoor Ropes Challenge, climb 4 stories over 50 feet as you test yourself on 50 obstacles! Hop along the lily pads, cross over the tremor bridge, and more on this glow-in the-dark family adventure in the sky! And it’s all included in the WonderWorks general admission ticket price!
At the Laser Tag Arena, kids (and adults!) will love sneaking around corners, ducking behind walls, and seeing how many points they can rack up in this heart-pounding black light game. Just upgrade your general admission tickets for some laser tag fun!
WonderWorks even has an arcade with classic games and new favorites, including air hockey, basketball, Harley Davidson motorcycle simulators, and more! And of course, you can get some fun prizes once you’ve loaded up on tickets.
WonderWorks is more than just games. It’s also the home of The Wonders of Magic with Terry Evanswood. The longest-running headliner in Pigeon Forge, Terry Evanswood brings wonder and entertainment to the stage for kids and adults. He holds the elite “Merlin” award and has been voted Travellers’ Choice by TripAdvisor (2015), awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor (2015), and named 2015 Best of Pigeon Forge. Tickets to The Wonders of Magic are sold separately from the WonderWorks general admission tickets.
WonderWorks gives you tons of ways to stay connected with what’s happening at their attraction. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Four Square, Yelp, TripAdvisor, or by email or phone.
Check their social media for special offers or events happening at the Pigeon Forge attraction, and then plan for a day of playing there when you’re in the Smokies!
Groups at WonderWorks
Pigeon Forge has long been a go-to for groups. With tons of great attractions, beautiful large group lodges with plenty of space and amenities, lots of restaurant choices, and many great shops, it’s a convenient and fun place to plan a retreat, reunion, field trip, or group getaway for a special occasion.
WonderWorks is always ready to cater to groups (15+ guests), whether it’s a youth group, a birthday party, a corporate retreat, or a school group. Teachers can even get lessons plans and scavenger hunts from WonderWorks (just ask!). Planning a birthday party will be a breeze, with packages offering food, drinks, party space, and more.
Birthday Party Packages
Hurricane Party – $160 + tax
WonderWorks tickets, pizza, soda, tokens, and more
Laser Mania Party – $190 + tax
WonderWorks tickets, Laser Tag, pizza, soda, tokens, and more
Big Shot Party – $240 + tax
Pizza, soda, WonderWorks (adult tickets), Laser Tag, tokens, and more
*Prices as of summer 2016
Refuel & Refresh
When you need a break from playing and exploring, you can stop into the Wonder Dog Café for a bite. Chow down on pizza, hot dogs, nachos, chips, popcorn, and pretzels before washing it down with an ice-cold soda. Finish it off with Dippin’ Dots ice cream and cookies before you head back to the arcade or try your hand at laser tag.
Top Tips & Rules
Make your day at WonderWorks more fun by following a few guidelines and helpful tips for this Pigeon Forge attraction. You can find more information in their FAQs, but here are just a few to get you started:
- Guests typically take about 3-4+ hours.
- FREE parking is in front of the upside-down building.
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- Some rides/attractions have height and weight restrictions, so check ahead of time.
100 Music Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
WonderWorks and the Wonder Dog Café are open 365 days a year from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., offering year-round fun for families and groups heading to the Great Smoky Mountains.