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Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies Penguin Dance

Posted by LOTGK on February 14, 2011

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee has a new attraction. The new penguin habitat. For those that love penguins, you will love this new attraction.

The Aquarium is right off the Parkway on River Road. The cost is just under $20.00 for the entire aquarium. Expect to spend at least 3-4 hours inside. Be sure to pick up the coupon booklets that are scattered across the Parkway kiosks for several dollars off admission.

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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure – Gatlinburg

Posted by LOTGK on October 29, 2010

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Ripley's Haunted Adventure

I visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee just a week to research the infamous Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. The haunt is located at traffic light #8 right in the middle of the Parkway.

The legend goes that the original Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company was built in 1891 over a cave called “The Sinks.” Shortly afterward, anyone who entered either went mad or were never seen again. The company was closed and boarded up.

As the years went by, many other buildings and stores were built surrounding the old building covering it up leaving it forgotten.

Until in 1991, Ripley’s purchased the property and tore down all the construction built in front of the casket company. Ripley’s is now conduction daily tours of the Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company.
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Ripley's Street Sign

You can’t miss Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, the sign stands proud and very visible from any angle on the street. Add the workers outside and inside the pay window drumming up business, everyone that walks by knows a haunted attraction is inside.
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Ripley's Mascot

Attached in the over hang of the Ripley’s building is this animated mannequin. He yells down to the crowd bating them to enter. Some of his sayings are entertaining and funny. Again, it’s a crowd pleaser that gets the folks gathering around.
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Ripleys' Haunted Adventure

This is the building. It doesn’t look like much, doesn’t look too big, but it serves it’s purpose and the designers really utilized the space available to its maximum potential. It looks dilapidated and haunted, perfect for a haunted house.
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Zombie Barker

Attached to the building is a small wooden box with swinging doors. On busy evenings, one of the employees enters the box and interacts with the audience on the street. They are very entertaining, with lively banter between potential customers.
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These actors dressed as monsters were part of the zombie crawl that begins every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:13pm in October. All of the actors were excellent entertainment as they scared the women folk walking the street and even some of the men folk. They were relentless and funny as well.
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At 6:13pm Saturday night the monster parade (Zombie crawl) began as these bizarre characters appeared from around the corner and marched up the street toward Ripley’s. Yes, they noticed me and happily interacted with These are the characters that are roaming inside and of course outside the haunt.

The Details

The cost of the haunt is $13 dollars. However, check the multiple coupon kiosks stands located all over Gatlinburg for a dollar off to the haunt.

After paying, the cashier tries to sell you a special light they say you will need to navigate inside. I passed on the light. (BTW, Ripley’s has a strict rule that absolutely no photography may be taken inside and no cell phones can be turned on to provide light and / or pictures.

A small group of people are loaded into a dilapidated steel cage and you slowly ascend to the second floor. You are given the rules and lowdown of the haunt. We were all told to keep together, within hands touch. In fact, we were advised to keep one hand on the shoulder in front of you.

As we began, it was very dark, and those that bought the ghost light illuminated it enough for all of us. The tour took approximately 20-25 minutes from start to finish and had plenty of scenes to keep us occupied. A very good blend of “Live” action as well as classic automatons props.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is open right now. If you are in the Gatlinburg area, I suggest you pay them a visit.

Happy Halloween – Samhain

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A New Religion That Will Bring You To Your Knees

Posted by LOTGK on April 21, 2009

The Grassy Knoll Institute witnessed the formation of a new religious cult on the Parkway streets in Gatlinburg, Tennessee today. Throngs of people gathered around a giant sphere sent by a hovering giant alien space craft hiding in the clouds. It landed right outside Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. (If you can believe it! Or not!)

Defying the laws of gravity, the 4 ton sphere (Orb) floated above the pavement enabling passersby to spin the sphere with their hands. Worshippers lucky enough to touch the magic sphere immediately become disciples of the new Church and began speaking in tongues to one another.

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Giant Alien Tires

Posted by LOTGK on July 31, 2008

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The war against giant aliens attempting to take over the world is very costly. To offset rising costs, the Grassy Knoll Institute has implemented a new plan to offset these costs.

Items that have been captured or left behind by these giant beings have been collected and housed in a secret warehouse. As of today, these objects are now on display in Gatlinburg at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Warehouse right on the Parkway. A small fee is required to view all of the impressive and literally out of this world merchandise.

This giant alien tire is all but one item from the warehouse.

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Giant Shooter Marble

Posted by LOTGK on December 5, 2007

Giant Alien Shooter Marble

Even giant aliens take time out for relaxation. On the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a giant alien “Shooter” marble was left behind after an intense game lasting hours was finally completed. The Grassy Knoll Institute quickly collected the marble and transported it back to its secret laboratory.
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