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Award-Winning Night Walk Attraction Coming to Gatlinburg

May 24, 2022, 5:28 PM · Gatlinburg seems to be turning into the go-to location for award-winning international attractions looking to expand to the United States. Earlier this month, France's Puy du Fou announced plans to stage its first American show in the area. Now, Canada's Moment Factory is bringing its Lumina Night Walk to the popular tourist destination.

The Lumina Night Walk will open this fall at Anakeesta, a mountaintop adventure park in downtown Gatlinburg. Moment Factory's first installation, Foresta Lumina in Canada's Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, won a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2016. Since then, Moment Factory has overseen more than a dozen other installations in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Singapore of this multi-sensory experience that includes lighting effects, multimedia projections, and sound design.

"We are excited to collaborate with Anakeesta - this momentous partnership marks the first Lumina Enchanted Night Walk in the United States and the 15th of an international series," Moment Factory General Manager Jonathan St-Onge said. "Our unique moments of wonder inspire visitors to experience the outdoors like never before. This transformation will enhance the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains and reflect the dazzling night sky. We hope this fantastical outdoor adventure sparks a new interest in Tennessee for visitors."

Here's a teaser video for the experience:

"As one of Tennessee’s premier destinations, we strive to bring innovative adventures to our guests and we are thrilled to introduce an incomparable nighttime experience to the country," Anakeesta Founder and Managing Partner Bob Bentz said. "Families and guests of all ages will be captivated by the spectacular state-of-the-art special effects, enchanting storytelling, and more surprises."

Anakeesta will announce the name for this installation, as well as a specific opening date and prices, in the weeks ahead.

Replies (5)

May 25, 2022 at 7:57 AM

Maybe I'm missing the appeal of this. Sure, it looks pretty cool, but how long can they keep up that wow factor, and how many people are going to pay for something like this in a heavily-trafficked tourist market with literally hundreds of other nighttime entertainment options?

This really seems more like a temporary overlay than a permanent installation. I guess at least it has a lot of flexibility in terms of changing themes and stories with the seasons and whatever IP they're able to purchase, but this definitely looks like a very niche experience that belongs inside of another venue (theme park, local/state park, or shopping mall), not a stand-alone, a la carte attraction.

May 25, 2022 at 9:51 AM

Looks like an impressive experience to try out.

Russell, you’re answering your own questions: it’s a “heavily trafficked area,” so you have a sizable audience who may do this once or twice. Don’t quite follow your logic, as why would anyone ever go to a holiday light show or a hay ride, if there are so many other activities to choose from? This seems like an impressive experience that is also unique, so should have some life in it.

May 25, 2022 at 11:51 AM

Was only there once in 1995 at a time when it seemed overwhelming from stores to arcades to various tourist spots but can see the charm for some.

May 25, 2022 at 7:13 PM

I have been to Anakeeta. It is tiny. To spend 2 hrs there is pushing it.

The skywalk is cool, but is around 5 mins to do the whole thing. They had a pretty garden with statues. Maybe we rode the mountain coaster. There are also some zip lines.

I don't really know if there was any additional room for expansion - I dont remember, but very underwhelming.

I would have felt ripped off if I didn't get a deep discount.

May 25, 2022 at 10:54 PM

Russell, never underestimate the power of WEED.

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