Thursday, February 7, 2013

Our Trip Back In Time With The Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge

On our trip to TN, we were also lucky enough to get to visit the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge. How could you not want to visit when you see this super cool ship on the side of the road!?!? We could see the Titanic from our wonderful hotel, so that just built up the excitement for when we would be going! My oldest, Tater, who is six and a half, is in love with all things Titanic, so I knew that he was really going to enjoy this! 

When you arrive, each person gets a boarding pass with the name of an actual passenger that was aboard the real ship. Men get men, ladies get ladies, kids get kids. This is a really cool touch, and you can read your boarding pass along the way and get to know "your" passenger. At the end, you get to see if your passenger lived or not on the actual ship. A cool experience to say the least! 

I have to say that if I had to do this tour over, I would not take my two year old. He is usually very chill and laid back, but not this time. He was not in a good mood, so taking him was not the best move. I felt like he really hindered the whole experience for me. My oldest took his time with his listening device, stopping at every single checkpoint and looking at every artifact. It was so nice to see him really enjoying something so educational, and really paying attention, but I wish that I would have gotten to enjoy it along with him, rather than fighting a crabby toddler. 

The tickets are very pricey for an attraction like this, around $30 per person, so be prepared for that. That being said, if this is something that you think your family would enjoy, it is worth the price. Tater had a great time and even my "too cool for museums" hubby liked the artifacts and we both actually learned a lot that we didn't know. For little kids, I have to say that there isn't much, a couple of small interactive things for them to do, and a whole lot of "shhhhhing". 

It is a beautiful facility, but I really didn't like the way the staff and crew kept "price dropping", talking about how much everything in the facility cost. I felt like it was kind of "show-offish" or something, and it sort of put me off a bit. However, the facility is beautiful, and I believe that they spent a ton on it. But, do you really need to talk about it over and over again? Also, they might want to consider staggering their tours, every 20-30 minutes or so. Too many people in one place, all trying to read, some moving slower than others, just doesn't make for a good time. We were there in January... I can't imagine how packed it gets during the warmer months. 

Another thing that you should know before you go, is that you are not going to be able to take pictures or video inside, due to Federal Copyright Laws. I am not really sure why, but that is the rules. However, the staff will take your picture inside before you leave, and then they photoshop the grand staircase behind you. You can purchase that picture when you leave if you want. We didn't purchase ours however. I was a little bit overwhelmed with the number of photo ops and high pressure photo sales in the area, so I didn't feel like buying another $25 picture of my family looking all weird LOL. I probably would have bought it though, if it were taken on the real staircase and not just photoshopped in. 

All in all, the whole experience was nice. We learned a lot, saw some beautiful artifacts and replicas, and got to do something that we would never get to do if we weren't on vacation. For that reason, I would recommend this attraction if you have a family member who is really into Titanic. If you are not "really" a fan, not really interested, or have a small child, it might be best to skip this one! 

We received complimentary tickets to this attraction in exchange for our honest review. As always, our opinions are our own, and not influenced by any outside sources. 

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