Monday, October 21, 2019

Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge



Hi Neighbors!!

(James Lyman)
The Hollywood Wax Museum, located in wonderful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is filled with wax figures of celebrities from every era.  If you are younger, and therefore lean more towards the modern film stars, you will have plenty to enjoy with likenesses of Jason Statham, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp.  




For the folks that remember the more golden years, Clint Eastwood, Lucille Ball, John Wayne and others are present.  Many of the figures are of actors and actresses that have been popular in both eras such as Pierce Brosnan, best known for James Bond and Remington Steele.  Of course any tribute to Hollywood would not be complete without Sylvester Stallone, hero of Rocky, Rambo, the Expendables and many more movies. Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston are just a couple of the actresses represented by the figures.  





My personal favorites were the Star Trek scenario, (complete with the likenesses of Captain James T. Kirk and the always familiar Spock and McCoy), Indiana Jones, Bruce Lee and Jurassic World.  In fact, just viewing the wax figures makes this attraction worth the price, but to me what really made this a no-brainer while visiting the area, was the props that were available for use by those going though the museum.  Wow!  Standing on the transporter ready to beam down to a class 3 planet! And being “part of the crew” while wearing a Federation uniform shirt!  Standing with Chris Pratt amidst the dangerous dinosaurs (they are right there in a short video that plays next to you)!  How about donning the boxing gloves and giving Rocky a bump on the chin?  Or dueling it out with martial artist Bruce Lee?  I do not know if the props are a recent addition, but regardless, it was a genius move to have them.  




By the way, the monsters section is a plus to the Hollywood Wax Museum.  While I am more of an old-school guy who enjoyed Frankenstein growing up, there is enough here to accommodate any age or taste.  Needless to say, I hate to give too much away, but be prepared to be “alien-ated” as you tread down this path of horrors!  

As well, if you have an interest in music, you will see likenesses of many here including Dolly Parton (certainly not a surprise to have here in the Pigeon Forge area), Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and others.  Make sure you go up to the VIP deck and after taking in the nice view on the observation deck, compare your size to that of the enormous King Kong!  And don’t forget your camera as pictures can be taken freely inside the museum to share with friends and families and enjoy for years to come!  Then check out the gift store that carries a variety of Hollywood themed items!
      


But you are not done yet!  In the same parking lot you can enjoy another building that is full of fun and surprises-all for one price with the all access pass!  No doubt Pigeon Forge and nearby Gatlinburg host numerous attractions, rides, and the like, but be sure to stop by the Hollywood Wax Museum!  You will be glad you did!


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Friday, October 18, 2019

Ober Gatlinburg - Gatlinburg TN

Hey neighbors!!

While we were in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area of TN, we had the opportunity to visit Ober Gatlinburg.  We were all pretty excited to ride the aerial tramway up the mountain to the actual facility.  Once there my husband and daughters wanted to ride the ice bumper cars.  Since no one else was there when we arrived they were able to move around easily and bump into each other.







Next a few of them rode the carousel.  It was really designed for smaller children and they were disappointed that the seats didn't spin.


They have a small game room, with a small shooting gallery right outside.  The family of course had to try it out.





Next on the to-do list was the Mountain Coaster.  I waited inside for that one, as I can not ride due to an older back injury.  

The Amaze'n Maze became the competition of the day between dad and the three girls.  The girls worked together and managed to complete the Maze in a better time than dad.  They teased him the rest of the day.  

The girls headed out on the Scenic Chairlift while my husband and I wandered a few of the shops.






Some of the family slipped out to take a peek at the Wildlife Encounter.  It was pretty hot that day, so several stayed in the shade.





We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Sidewalk





Ober Gatlinburg does offer ice skating, and in the winter months has many outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding.  


Overall we had a pleasant time there.  If you are looking in to going to Ober Gatlinburg, be sure to visit their website and check out their social media.
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Ober Gatlinburg
Ski Area & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg TN, 37738

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In a Pikle to the Rescue!



Hi neighbors!!

I just want to say that In a Pikle has one of the handiest, most convenient little organizers ever!!  We took ours on our trip to Pigeon Forge and I carried it with me.  Amazingly enough, I did not need to pull it out, except for a broken nail.  Don't ask me how that happened, because with 5 of us on the trip, normally we have several little mishaps occur, that put one of us in a pickle, that we need help out of.  I mean, how many times have you gone somewhere and needed a safety pin or needle and thread?  Or perhaps someone skinned a knee or has a small cut that needs first aid.  Not one time this trip.




Now that we are back home I am keeping my In a Pikle bag handy.  Just take a look at all the storage inside and the many items you can get in their just one of the Paks they have available to fill your bag.  I love mine and the colorful designs they have for you to choose from.  They have special Paks for someone with a baby.  The Pikle comes empty with 4 double sided pouches, that you fill and attach in the Pikle bag with snaps.  You also have a wristlet handle, or a long strap to wear crossbody.  Mine is so easy to just wipe clean.

Here is what comes in the Starter Pak:

  • 1 hand sanitizer pen
  • 1 spot remover pen
  • 3 individually wrapped antibacterial wipes
  • 1 credit card size mirror and floss combo
  • 1 pair of tweezers
  • 1 pair of fingernail clippers
  • 1 emery board
  • 1 travel size sewing kit
  • 1 retractable mini scissors
  • 3 hair bands
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 5 bobby pins
  • 5 safety pins
  • 5 paper clips
  • 1 phillips head mini screw driver
  • 1 straight head mini screw driver
  • 1 mini pen
  • 1 “In A Pikle” sticky notepad
  • 5 adhesive bandages
  • 1 package travel tissues
  • 1 pill box






Not only do In a Pikle bags come in a variety of colors and designs, but there are also different sizes to choose from.  My particular is a Dill in Coral Paisley.  You really do need to visit the website to see all they have available.  They even have Piks for him!  I also love that the Pikle is reusable, it is not one of those one time and done products.  It is sturdy and well made, so when you use or run out of something, just refill your pouch!!



My In a Pikle bag will be traveling with me regularly.  I will be prepared if I am ever in a pickle!!

In a Pikle was created by two busy moms who worked together to create these unique emergency kit organizers.  Be sure to check out their website and then follow them on their social media.
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CozyPhones and Travel



Hi Neighbors!

I am sure some of you will be able to remember a previous review we did of CozyPhones, but I want to say here, they are perfect for travel!! Whether you need to rest and block out noise, or if your child wants to view a movie and you would rather not have it interrupting adult conversation, CozyPhones are there for you.  Do you have a child that complains that headphones are uncomfortable?  That won't happen with CozyPhones.



There are a few different styles of CozyPhones, with some being for adults and others for children.  Each one though is similar, in that the speakers are inside a very comfortable headband.  Another nice feature is that you can slide the speakers so that they line up nicely over your ears.  CozyPhones come in both wired and wireless features.  The ones we took on the trip to Pigeon Forge were wired, black lycra and were an adult version.  You can use your CozyPhones for other purposes than traveling.  You can also use them while exercising, biking, walking, pretty much about anywhere.  Now, if you immediately start thinking about a sweaty headband, let me tell you another feature of the CozyPhones.  You can slide the speakers completely out, wash the headband, and once it is dry, put the speakers back in.



I used the CozyPhones one day, just to listen to some music and block out noise.  It allowed me to rest some on the trip.
This is one example of the childrens CozyPhones.

We love CozyPhones, and they are so reasonably priced.  Be sure to visit their website, and follow them on social media.
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You can also find CozyPhones on Amazon.

The really good news is that the neighbors who wins this giveaway will get to choose one pair of CozyPhones, either adult or child.  Be sure to share this giveaway after you enter and thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ripley's in Gatlinburg TN

Hey neighbors!!

Another post from our trip to Gatlinburg TN.  We actually had a little down time and were able to enjoy a few of the Ripley's attractions.  The girls and I went to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.  We always have a good time there.  It was definitely pleasant to get in out of the heat.  We went during the week, so they really weren't crowded at all.

We enjoyed slowly strolling through and checking out all the marine life.  I personally love watching the seahorses and jellyfish.



One of my daughters commented on how odd looking some of the fish were.




We enjoy walking through where the sharks, rays and other fish are swimming above and around you.



We of course stopped to pet the rays and last of all we visited the penguins.





We did not have time or opportunity to take in any of the actual Live Dive Shows. Ripley's Aquarium is a must see when you visit the Pigeon/Forge Gatlinburg area.  It is one of the best aquariums our family has visited.




Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze (By James Lyman)


 I wasn't sure what to expect going to Ripleys Marvelous Mirror Maze located in the great city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I have been in many “mirror” oriented attractions over the years, my first memory being when I was probably around ten years old or so when I thought for sure that I knew the way out and ran for the “exit,” only to meet a piece of glass at a pretty decent rate of speed.  So with this unpleasant first experience many years ago, I have learned to go slow through these mazes and yet attempt to be very attentive in order to get through as quickly and efficiently as possible.  
      That being said,  the Ripley’s mirror maze is a step above the ones that I remember.  Instead of just a hall of mirrors, there are lights throughout the maze that certainly makes it more difficult.  One particular part of the maze has a floor with moving lights, at least that is how it appears when walking on it, and it really is a strange experience.  But more than an experience, this part of the maze must be gone through to complete the maze and find the exit. The girls went through the maze too!



      
Overall the Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze is a fun attraction, surely to bring laughs from family members as they try to be the first out and like many other attractions in this wonderful vacation area, will make for lasting memories for years to come.





The Ripley’s Haunted Adventure also in Gatlinburg is on the strip like all of the other Ripley’s attractions.  I have not been to anything like this in quite some time, being a near sixty year-old adult, so I was not sure what I was in for.   The atmosphere is as expected, perhaps slightly more dark than some would like, as there are sections where you really are…in the dark.  I must confess that I cheated a few times,  utilizing the light from my cell phone, but even then the suspense was captivating, wondering what was going to come around that next corner.  Yes, there are sounds and images that appear suddenly and certainly the average person would “jump” a few times during the walk through the Adventure.  While a very young child, lets say 10 or under, who is not accustomed to such things, might rather sit out the Haunted Adventure, overall it was tame enough to not cause any heart palpitations. I did appreciate that, though there were a few exceptions, the attraction was not full of gore and what I would categorize as “disgusting” images or figures.  I understand that some of these “haunted houses” are so over the top they are in no way, family-friendly but I would not label the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure with those.  One part of the “tour” that I thought was interesting was when you, the visitor, is in complete darkness and have to make your way through what appears to be a tunnel comprised of two very large balls of material.  The attraction is self-guided so you can take as much time as you like, but I would say about thirty minutes will get you through.  So instead of relaxing after all you have been doing since you got to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, head into the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and…prepare to be scared!



Ripley's Believe It or Not  Odditorium (by James Lyman)

 There are many choices for attractions in Gatlinburg and neighboring Pigeon Forge and Ripley’s company provides quite a few of these.  The Ripley’s Museum is not just a five minute attraction as some are, a person could actually spend an hour or two here, depending on how much time they spend on each section and if they participate in the interactive stops.  
      







As would would expect, especially if familiar with the Ripley’s books over the years, the museum is filled with unusual, unique and yes, strange oddities.  But they are also interesting.  An example of what you will see is Chamouni the Incombustible Man, who was a circus performer who can withstand temperatures up to a normally  excruciating 350 degrees Fahrenheit!  Talk about amazing!  Chamouni would enter an oven with a raw leg of meat and come out with the meat fully cooked while he was completely unharmed!  Believe it or not!  It is wild almost unbelievable people like Chamouni and unusual science oddities that make the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum worth the time and money.  They say that truth is stranger than fiction and taking a tour through the museum will certainly collaborate that statement.  I encourage you to take advantage of the many videos that are throughout the museum and take the time to interact when the option to do so is available.  Surely the Ripley’s experience will provide not just discussion during your time there, but afterwards.  So take a few minutes to relax, get away from the hustle and bustle of the strip and go to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum!  And prepare to be wowed!  Believe it, you will be!




Most people are familiar with the Guinness Book of World Records and many have probably joked at one time or another about performing a feat that should be included in the Guinness Book.  Being pretty much a household word makes this attraction even more interesting.  
     




First of all, be prepared to spend some time at the Guinness World Records Adventure.  Don’t rush, but enjoy the exhibits, many of them having videos and interactive sections. You can step on the scale with a friend and see where you come in compared to the world’s heaviest person! In fact, you can even try to break some of the world records that are recorded by Guinness!  Secondly, be prepared to be wowed!  You will learn about the tallest man who stands (no pun intended) at 8 feet, 11 inches!  Imagine that, a person who was one inch short of 9 feet!  Or learn that the most Christmas trees chopped in 2 minutes was a whopping 27 trees!  The list is endless!  And you and those that are with you are sure to be amazed over and over as you learn of the numerous accomplishments and extraordinary anomalies that reveal the uniqueness of the human being!  Sure, you will receive an education, but even more so, you will be astounded!  Be it a family, a group of friends or even by yourself, the Guinness World Records Adventure is highly recommended!  



Located in Gatlinburg you will find the Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf.  The girls went there and played a round while my husband and I recuperated from the busy day.  As you can see by the photos, they had a great time.  






M got down to line up her shot! Nice little course to take the family to and relax and have a little fun. The location is great, because you can walk to many of the shops and other downtown attractions.

So, if you are taking a trip to the Gatlinburg area be sure to check out the many fine attractions.  They do have a couple others, but we just did not have the time to hit them all.  Thank you Ripley's for making our stay in the area extra special!!

You can purchase tickets online for all the Ripley's attractions in one place. HERE. Also. be sure to visit and follow Ripley's on their social media, and tag them in your pictures you share of your visit!
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