- Aileen Stein
Director Corporate Communications
Hollywood Wax Museum Opens in Pigeon Forge
PIGEON FORGE (MAY 11, 2012) - The new Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge opened this morning, Friday, May 11, 2012, according to Tej Sundher of Kuvera Partners. The three-generations family owned and operated company that founded the original Hollywood Wax Museum in 1965 has built its largest ever attraction at 106 Showplace Blvd. at the corner of Parkway Blvd.
The 22,000 square-foot, two-story Museum is a tribute to the entertainment industry and the stars whose work has shaped American culture. Each celebrity wax figure was handcrafted by a team of artists and took three months to complete, from sculpting the head out of clay to costuming. (For details on the complete process of How to Make a Wax Figure, visit: http://www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/pigeonforge/how_to_make_wax_figure.htm)
Kuvera Partners broke ground on the landmark Pigeon Forge facility in June, 2011 after closing a smaller but highly popular location in Gatlinburg in November, 2010.
"The enthusiasm for our opening has been tremendous," says Sundher. "Our Facebook page is filled every day with people who are excited to see the new Museum, some who have great memories of their visits to our Gatlinburg facility and others who are coming for the first time."
In addition to appreciating the artistry of wax sculpting, the Museum offers guests the opportunity to pose for pictures with the stars in spacious open sets that enhance the life-like qualities of the figures. There are some themed areas such as sports, music, western and horror, with a wide variety of interactive opportunities. Visitors also have the chance to get to know the stars more personally through show cards about their pets, pet peeves, charity work, side businesses, and accomplishments.
"We love being able to bring Hollywood to the amazing town of Pigeon Forge. The shows and attractions here are top notch, and the people, the community, are so welcoming. We're looking forward to becoming a destination that helps this area continue to grow and thrive," says Sundher.
The sparkling facility is truly a show place for the city. Its major architectural features include the Hollywood Sign and New York City skyline, a tribute to the movie-making capitals of the U.S. The building's crown gem is The Great Ape of Pigeon Forge with its VIP Observation Deck allowing guests to enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Additionally, the venue includes a 32-foot Hollywood version of Mt. Rushmore.
Kuvera retained General Manager Richard O'Donnell and Curator Rae Galindo from Gatlinburg and has hired 22 new local employees, who are looking forward to greeting guests 365 days a year.
"As a family and as a company, we're dedicated to giving our guests an awesome experience and contributing to the communities that we call home. We are thrilled to open our doors after nearly a year of hard work."
Tickets are now available at the box office or on-line at http://www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/pigeonforge/tickets.htm. For additional information, visit www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/pigeonforge or www.facebook.com/hollywoodwaxmuseum.
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