Picture perfect. When you take a family vacation or just an afternoon adventure, you want to make sure that the memories you made can be relived again and again through the photos you take.
One of the best places I have found in forever for capturing memorable moments is the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights. It’s magical. It’s amazing. It literally had me saying wow out loud – over and over and over. But most of all, it had me stopping every several yards to take photos – of plain ole pumpkins, of carved pumpkins, of displays of pumpkins, of pumpkins of many colors … well, I think you get the picture. Literally every inch of this new Dollywood extra is photo worthy, but I’m going to give you my “don’t you dare miss this spot or you’ll be sorry and you won’t see it again until next fall” list.
My absolute favorite is the black bat pumpkins at Mystery Mine. They look cool in the daylight and take on a little spooky factor after twilight. They form a pumpkin arch that’s a great photo opp – my friends Erin and Ben did some spooky and silly poses there the first night we visited that just make me smile when I look at them now and make me want to go experience Great Pumpkin LumiNights with them all over again.
My recommended next stop for you is two “walls” of pumpkins – one filled with freshly-created pumpkins carvedby what Dollywood is calling their pumpkin Picassos (love that!) and another filled with sunflower pumpkins. The first wall is pretty self-explanatory – every day from 1-9 p.m. during Great Pumpkin LumiNights, professional pumpkin carvers bring everything from jack-o-lanterns to complete fall scenes to life before your eyes. Then each of these masterpieces are on display for Dollywood guests to enjoy and take pictures to remember watching these pros at work.
The sunflower pumpkin wall is so imaginative and was one of those things that I couldn’t have even have thought of but Dollywood brought it to life! Each pumpkin in this area features a carved sunflower design – from a giant sunflower that fills most of the pumpkin’s “face” to bouquets of smaller sunflowers to … well, I’m not going to give everything away. You need to come see it for yourself! Both pumpkin walls I just described are perfect either for taking photos just of the display or line up the kids in front for an amazing picture. Then there are areas with bunches of pumpkins with owls, cats and more – if you have thought of it being carved on a pumpkin, it’s at Great Pumpkin LumiNights.
I also loved the big Great Pumpkin LumiNights “frame” that you can step inside with your group and take a cool photo. Might have to do the holiday cards early this year using a pose from this colorful spot and do harvest cards instead. Might include everyone eating their favorite Harvest Celebration food – my gang is definitely going to have a pumpkin pie funnel cake and some candy corn kettle corn.
Then there’s the nighttime experience at Great Pumpkin LumiNights. The twinkling of thousands of harvest-colored lights and candles lighting up pumpkins galore are the perfect lighting for gorgeous photos.
The photo choices are so varied, colorful and fun at Great Pumpkin Luminights that my best advice to you is to make sure your cell phone is charged so that you can capture as many memories as possible. I would tell you more, but I’m next in line to get a picture made in front of the giant spider pumpkin.