Imagine plunging your hands into a child’s toy box in the late 70s, reaching in deep past the Star Wars figures and the Godzillas and a variety of Bat-people, and pulling out the little bits of molded plastic that didn’t get played with as much as the other toys.
Then imagine taking those toys – the dinosaurs and aliens and plastic soldiers and the other impulse buys strategically placed like landmines for tired moms just trying to get their kids to stop whining at the grocery store – and sprinkling them onto a lot on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
These are the types of attractions you would have seen at Magic World, a children’s amusement park that operated from 1971 to 1996 in Pigeon Forge.
Magic World was a relic of its time, nestled in between the car museum and the Twin Water Ski-Doo, across from the Police Museum and just down from Baby Animal Kingdom and Porpoise Island. Or at least it was in its 1979 heyday.