I wanted to take the time to review a few other attractions we visited in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee during our recent vacation there and today I’m going to take a look at WonderWorks, the upside down house that’s an interactive science museum. Is this attraction, located in Pigeon Forge, worth visiting? What were our impressions of it? Read more to find out…
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As I mentioned, WonderWorks is essentially an interactive science museum that’s a lot of fun for kids and adults who like science. The unique exterior is an upside down building facade so it’s not easy to miss although it’s surrounded by other buildings dedicated to the popular dinner shows.
The exhibits I found the most fun were the environmental sciences area, which featured the ‘Quake Cafe’ earthquake simulator, the space exhibit, which had a space shuttle landing simulator and the mental tricks section, my favorite. In that section I got to lay on a bed of nails. A hint for you, these are real nails, are moderately sharp and will be a tiny bit painful if you’re wearing shorts. The other fun part in that area was the mental powers game where the more relaxed you could be was tested by measuring your brain waves. Yes, I won that game.
The art exhibit upstairs was interesting as was the functioning restroom that had a window that became opaque when you closed the door. Don’t worry though, a real restroom awaits in the overpriced snack bar area just around the corner if you’re shy. Next to the snack bar was the laser tag game and a number of arcade and redemption games. The laser tag game was fun but watch out for the robot gunners hidden in the panels and wall. They take away a lot of your points when they shoot you and they moved me down from first place to third. The snacks are priced like a movie theater so you may want to wait to eat after you leave. The prizes are typical of other redemption game places in the area, nothing special there.
We found WonderWorks to be fun and rather reasonably priced at about $30 a person assuming you buy the laser tag combo pack with a commonly available coupon. If you add the “Hoot N’ Holler” dinner show it gets more expensive. We didn’t take in the show but we heard that there were better shows around from other vacationers. The admission is for the day and you get your hand stamped to allow readmission. Unfortunately, the ink is red and will come off on your clothes so be careful. It seems like they could use an invisible ultraviolet ink like Chucky Cheese and many clubs do these days.
The other downsides of this attraction? While some staff members were friendly and helpful, especially the ones in the mental games area, I found a number of employees here to be a bit on the surly side. I don’t know why this was but the employees at other Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions we visited were a lot friendly as a group. Maybe it was a bad day or something.
All in all, I think WonderWorks is a good place to visit during a Pigeon Forge vacation. I think that since it can be fun for both kids and adults it makes a good family outing. However, I do also think that they need to improve their customer service skills.