Where Are They Now? Ogle’s Waterpark Became Walden’s Landing

Young woman with shopping bagsOnce a prime tourist mecca in the Smokies., Ogle’s Waterpark closed ten years ago and was replaced by Walden’s Landing, a popular destination for shopping in Pigeon Forge. Just outside of Knoxville, Ogle’s Water Park couldn’t quite swim against the currents made by Dolly’s Splash Country water park as well as rising real estate values, but all is well as the outlet has replaced the park with shopping, restaurants, movies and even a miniature golf course. Walden’s Landing has been well-received and promises to provide great shopping and dining on the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway.

The demise of Ogle’s wasn’t apocalyptic by any means. The Ogle family decided to sell due to outstanding property values. The park was taken down in summer 2003 and replaced the next year by Walden’s Landing. These days, Walden’s Landing at Stop Light 2B along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge is attracting shoppers and those interested in a family friendly atmosphere.

A lot of people enjoy the excellent restaurants available for family dining. These include Calhoun’s Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Brewery, No Way Jose’s Cantina and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

As a final gesture to Ogle’s and family fun, Walden’s Landing features a 36-hole miniature golf course called Firehouse Golf. The miniature golf course has six waterfalls that keep the Ogle’s image alive. And don’t forget, the popular anchor to the center, The Forge Cinemas, a state-of-the-art cinema experience with all digital projection, 3-D and surround sound, stadium seating and high-back rocking chairs. The cinema features reasonable pricing, lots of specials and convenient showtimes.

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