Dixie Stampede’s 30th Season Featuring Thundering Longhorns

Dixie Stampede's 30th Season Featuring Thundering Longhorns

When I go to Pigeon Forge, Dixie Stampede is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a lot of fun for everyone in the family, including entertainment and dinner, for one price. And, if you are an animal lover such as myself, you will love the horses and other animals featured in the show. From the gorgeous costumes to the horse tricks and from the beautiful setting to the tasty food, it’s really an awesome experience. Dixie Stampede’s 30th season promises to be no different.

Dixie Stampede’s 30th Season Featuring Thundering Longhorns

Coming off a record-setting season, Dixie Stampede thunders in to the new year with the return of a crowd favorite—the mighty Longhorns. “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” celebrated the beginning of its thrilling 30th season on Jan. 13th.

David Swangel, Dixie Stampede General Manager, says Dixie Stampede’s cast members and guests are the real reason the attraction is celebrating 30 years of providing quality family entertainment.

“Thanks to all of our cast members and guests for helping us reach the impressive milestone of our 30th season,” said Swangel. “We owe our success as the most-visited dinner attraction in the world to everyone who has come to see us through the years. We’re excited about what the next 30 years hold for us.”

The impressive Longhorns make an appearance during the show as the pioneering settlers move west in search of new lands. For most guests, this is the closest they will come to these magnificent animals. The return of the Longhorns came as a result of guest requests to bring back this favorite show feature.

“We had a number of requests from our guests about bringing back the Longhorns to the show this year,” continued Swangel. “They are fascinating animals that our guests ask for often, so we’re excited to bring them back to celebrate this season!”

While there have been sensational changes throughout the show’s 30 seasons, perhaps the stunning LED wall backdrop added two seasons ago has ushered in the most excitement from guests.

Those renovations included a massive LED wall which transformed the 35,000-square-foot arena into an ultra-immersive environment. New audio and lighting technology and several other fascinating new show enhancements have provided guests a marveling end result.

“Our guests absolutely love the enhancements—the LED wall, the new sound system—that we added to the show,” said Swangel. “They still talk about how they now feel like part of the show more than ever before. We’re always finding ways to improve and we’re always dreaming up new ideas we can’t wait to share with our guests.”

Shortly after entering the arena, guests understand why a trip to Dixie Stampede is unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Accentuated by newly-added video mapping, the floor of the arena is filled with images of stampeding horses so lifelike, the thundering hooves rattle the guests’ tables. From there, Dixie Stampede’s talented cast of performers lead the show’s impressive stable of 32 magnificent horses, which are the true stars of the show, through a spirited display of equestrian skill.

Throughout the show, the striking LED wall, consisting of 12.5 million LED lights, creates an experience so immersive, guests feel as if they have been instantly transported deep in to the natural beauty of the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains. Clouds roll across the mountains, the sun sets over the horizon in the distance and the night sky fills with a brilliant patchwork of stunning stars.

The equine stars of the show challenge each other in barrel races and other thrilling competitions, all in the name of Dixie Stampede’s friendly competition between the North and South. Audience members even may find themselves called in to help their side to victory.

Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Dixie Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the Dixie Belle Saloon with the side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music of Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s famous house band. The band performs one hour prior to show time. Show times and reservations are available by calling 1-800-356-1676 or visiting www.dixiestampede.com.

Have You Been To Dixie Stampede?

Have you visited Dixie Stampede? If so, what did you think? Are you planning on making it back this year anytime?

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. The Dixie Stampede is so much fun! We’ve seen it a couple of times over the years, and it’s always such a great show.

  2. Dixieland Stampede is one fun show. We only saw it once a few years ago, but it was a blast. I’d love to see this 30th season. It sounds like big doings!

  3. We have been to Pigeon Forge a few times and saw this but never went! I don’t know why because it looks like such a fun show! Next time we go to TN we will have to see this!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    We used to go to Dixie Stampede 2 or 3 times a year! It’s always a fun show for the whole family.

  5. My daughter would absolutely adore a chance to see that! I feel kind of out of the loop because I didn’t even know it existed. So cool!

  6. This show seems like a lot of fun and how wonderful that it also includes a meal. I can see it making me want to get up and dance!

  7. I have a friend who lives only an hour from here! Her sister visits Dixie Stampede often. It never fails to be a lot of fun!

  8. This looks like such a fun event for the family! Will definitely keep it in mind when I visit that area!thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh this looks like so much fun! I totally want to check one of these out now with my family!

  10. This sounds like a great show! Perfect for the family!

  11. This sounds like a wonderful idea for a get away.
    The stampede looks like its a lot of fun.

  12. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I have never been to a Dixie Stampede but now I want to go. It looks like a ton of fun. My family would love it.

  13. I have never heard of the Dixie Stampede! This is really interesting though, I think it would be really fun. I have always wanted to see a stampede!

  14. This looks like a fabulous experience, I would love to see Dixie Stampedes in person. Beautiful!

  15. What a great event to see in person. We have not been there but it’s on our bucket list to go to soon.

  16. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’d enjoy the Stampede though, I already know it. 🙂

  17. Tamra Phelps says

    We went to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg every year when I was a kid & I loved it. I haven’t seen the Dixie Stampede but it looks like big time fun. I’ll put it on my list of things to see!