“My family was given admission to Dixie Stampede. However, all opinions are my own.”
Last Saturday the Dixie Stampede treated my family to their amazing dinner show. Almost 21 years ago, my husband and I enjoyed the Dixie Stampede while on our Honey Moon and we have talked about it ever since. We have only been a couple of times since then and this was the first chance we have had to bring the whole family to the show.
The Dixie Stampede is housed in an impressive building along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. It is always well maintained and decorated according to the season. Plus there are stables out front to showcase their amazing horses.
The kids enjoyed stopping by the stables to visit the horses before we got started with the show. The horses are beautiful. After the stables we got our tickets and were ushered in. They took our picture as a family, which was available to purchase later on in the evening. We then entered the Dixie Belle Saloon, where they have a pre-show to enjoy as you wait to enter the Dixie Stampede Arena.
In the Dixie Belle Saloon there are snacks available to purchase. Everything is non-alcoholic and family friendly which I find highly refreshing. We had some amazing frozen drinks in a souvenir boot mug. My favorite was the Orange Blossom Special. Nice and cool with an orange/vanilla flavor. Not too sweet. There are many other drink options, including the Rebel Yell, which my daughter really enjoyed. They also have nachos, popcorn and peanuts which are all delicious. The peanuts were especially fun to eat as we relaxed to the entertainment.
There are several places to sit in the Saloon. Our favorite was along the balcony, upstairs where you can look right down on the stage where the entertainment, Mountain Ruckus, plays. They are amazing musicians playing blue grass style music, but keeping it current and entertaining for kids of all ages. Even my 8 year old enjoyed them. They played several different genres plus some gospel music and invited everyone to sing along if you knew the words. I find this so refreshing that Dixie Stampede acknowledges religion without being offensive. I highly respect them for this.
After the Pre-show, you are invited into the 30,000 square foot arena, where every seat has a great view of the show. The meal is amazing! Our family is especial fans of the creamy vegetable soup and biscuit. They are to die for. In fact, I might have been caught licking the bottom of the soup bowl it was so good. You also receive a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbecued pork loin, corn on the cob, a herb-basted potato and a flaky apple pie, PLUS unlimited beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. You use your hands to eat everything, no utensils. Which is really fun. Your server will make sure you have plenty of napkins and wet wipes, plus a glorious hot, moist paper towel at the end. If you can’t eat all of this amazing food and one sitting, they offer a take home bag.
The show itself is entraining and will pull you right in. All of my kids were captivated from beginning to end. The show runs about an hour and a half and you are fed different courses of the meal throughout. They have all sorts of animals in the show from doves to buffalo. It is truly magnificent. After the show is over, the Riders and horses stay at the rail of the arena to greet guests and sign autographs. This was a fun activity for my family to see the horses and costumes up close and great fun to pet the horses. The Dixie Stampede is a great dinner show to take the family to. It is absolutely family friendly and has amazing food to enjoy. It is something you will talk about for a long while after. A great memory for the family.