Pray for rain! We did and we got it, but not soon enough. As you surely know, the Gatlinburg/Sevierville/Pigeon Forge region experienced some scary wildfires these past few days, and many homes and buildings were destroyed.
Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center was lucky. We did not experience any damage from the wildfires and remain open for normal business. We are very thankful to everyone who expressed concern from both near and far. And, we’re especially thankful to those on the front lines who helped and continue to battle against the fires.
Of course, we are saddened for our friends and the businesses that did not fare well from the fires in Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas, and we’ve been inspired by the quick action of our strong community and government agencies who are already pulling together to recover.
Today, Gatlinburg Mayer Mike Werner spoke about how others can help the region rebound. “If you really want to do something for Gatlinburg, come back and visit us,” he said. Others made it clear that the region is fueled by tourism, and many of the residents are dependent on the tourism industry for jobs to care for themselves and their family.
So, if you’re scheduled to or thinking about visiting Pigeon Forge, don’t let the recent fires dissuade you. The city’s Winterfest festival continues, Dollywood theme park reopen tomorrow, and restaurants and lodging properties are operating on normal schedules. We welcome you as do our fellow attractions, restaurants and hotels in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. We are ready for our visitors.