France’s second-most visited theme park is sending representatives out to a 200-acre commercial site in Sevierville, TN. This land is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who plan to use it to build a large development to take advantage of the booming tourism industry in the area. Already planned for the land is a Buc-ee’s gas station/country store. It will be their first store in the state and will have 120 fueling positions, EV charging stations, and a 250-foot car wash. As it happens, the team at Parkineer considers Buc-ee’s to be the theme park of gas stations.
Puy du Fou, the second-most visited theme park in France could potentially be eyeing this plot of land for a new park. They currently operate parks in France, Spain, and soon to be Shanghai.
Based off reviews, if they do move forward with this Tennessee project dubbed ‘The 407: Gateway to Adventure’ then the region could be home to a new world class theme park. Their park in France won the ‘Best Theme Park in the World’ in March 2012 and 2014. Unlike other parks, Puy du Fou is almost fully themed and immersive.
The Pigeon Forge area is already a booming tourism hot spot of the area and a new theme park would cement it’s place in the U.S. as a must do vacation spot.
Featured image courtesy of Puy du Fou