Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Start of Anakeesta Chondola and Retail Construction in Gatlinburg
Anakeesta hosted a ground breaking ceremony this past Monday, January 30th. The event took place at the Anakeesta property at 576 Parkway, across the street from Ripley’s aquarium of the Smokies.
Anakeesta is building a 72-acre attraction in Gatlinburg that will offer tree top activities for guests of all ages. Currently under construction is an aerial lift called a Chondola that will transport guests on a 12-minute scenic ride from the Parkway to Anakeesta Mountain.
Located adjacent to the Chondola will be Georgia based retailer Savannah Bee Company. Savannah Bee is home to the world’s finest honey and naturally luxurious health & beauty products. The Savannah Bee Company has 4 locations in Georgia, 1 in Florida and 2 in South Carolina.
The Chondola, built by Leitner-Poma of America, is the first of its kind in North America. Anakeesta guests can choose either an open air ride in a quad chairlift or an enclosed ride in a six-person gondola cabin. Both offer incredible scenic views on the way to Anakeesta Mountain.
Upon arriving at the summit guests will enjoy shopping or dining at the magically themed Firefly Village, walking the 20 bridge spans of the tree top canopy walk 40′ – 60′ above the forest floor, exploring the birds of prey exhibit, riding a single rail mountain coaster or dual racing zip line. Everyone in the family will enjoy the playground designed for tree house adventure!
Family Outdoor Entertainment Coming to Gatlinburg!
Enjoy a scenic ride on a quad chair or an enclosed gondola cabin!
Treetop Canopy Walk
Explore the tree canopy on 20 bridge spans 40′ – 60′ above the forest floor.
Explore the magical tree house shopping and outdoor dining.