A Review of the Laser Show at Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, Georgia

Have you ever seen a laser show on the side of a mountain? Not many people can say that they have, which makes the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision at Stone Mountain Park one of the most unique things to do in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. However, just because it’s unique, does that mean it’s worth visiting?

Personally, I enjoyed the laser show, but I will admit that it didn’t quite live up to my expectations of a “spectacular lasershow.” If somebody asked me whether or not they should go see the laser show, my answer would probably vary based on the person and scenario. Would I recommend you extend your trip to Atlanta just to see the laser show? Probably not. Would I recommend you go see the laser show if you have a free Saturday night? Most definitely.

Find all the need to know information about the laser show at Stone Mountain Park so you can decide for yourself whether or not to see the show!

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What is the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision?

The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision is a show that is projected on the side of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain Park. Since it’s debut in 1983, the show has received several updates. The introduction of Mountainvision in 2011 allowed for 3D like affects to be added to the show without wearing 3D glasses. Fireworks, flame cannons, and drones have also been added over the years.

You can see the opening of the show here:


What Does the Laser Show Consist of?

SPOILER WARNING: It’s not much of a spoiler since there isn’t really a “plot” to the show, but if you want to be surprised by the content of the show, I suggest skipping over this section.

The laser show depicts a young boy in a library flipping through various books. As he opens a book, it leads into a different show segment. When that segment ends, he picks out another book, which leads to the next segment.

The show changes from year to year, but when I went to see the show in 2018, some of the segments included:

  • Contemporary Songs (club/dance like scene)
  • Drone Wars (Star Wars)
  • Georgia Sports Teams
  • Georgia and Her Neighbors (Famous Landmarks)
  • Everyday Heroes
  • Musicians from Georgia
  • And more


How Long is the Laser Show?

The show lasts approximately 45 minutes.


What is the Stone Mountain Laser Show Schedule?

Shows typically run from the end of March to the mid/end of October. Dates and times for the show depend on the time of the year. During spring and fall, the show is only on Saturdays between 8:00PM and 9:00PM, but during the summer, the show is held everyday at 9:30PM. Special shows are typically held during memorial day weekend, the 4th of July, and labor day weekend.

You can find the Stone Mountain laser show times for 2018 below. I suggest checking out the Stone Mountain Park website for up-to-date information.

Dates (2018) Times
March 31st, April 7th 8:30PM
April 14th, 21st, 28th 9:00PM
May 5th, 12th, 19th 9:30PM
May 25th – August 4th 9:30PM
August 11th, 18th, 25th 9:30PM
September 1st, 2nd, 3rd 9:30PM
September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 8:30PM
October 6th, 13th, 20th  8:00PM


How Much Are Stone Mountain Park Laser Show Tickets?

Technically, the laser show is FREE. However, you do have to pay for parking, which is $15 USD (about €12.21 EUR).

They also offer reserved seating on the terrace, which is located a little bit down from the lawn seating and is closer to the show. They have a few different options for reserved seating:

Ticket Type Price per person Includes
Snack Terrace Seating $10 unlimited popcorn, free drink
Premium Snack Terrace Seating $15 unlimited popcorn, free drink, free ice cream, glow stick
Lasershow Dinner Terrace $24.99 adult
$16.99 child
buffet dinner, unlimited popcorn, free drink, glow stick


Should I Go See the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision?

Like I mentioned above, I didn’t feel like the laser show at Stone Mountain Park was one of those “must do” things in Atlanta, Georgia. However, I still thought it was an enjoyable experience and worth doing if you have some free time. To help you decide whether or not to go see the show, I listed out some of the pros and cons I experienced when I went to see it.


Negative: It’s a Little Hard to Find

Once we made it into Stone Mountain Park, I quickly found that it consisted on many roads that led to various parts of the park (camping, rides and attractions, etc). There were several places to park our car, but I never saw any signs along the lines of “Laser show this way,” so I wasn’t quite sure where to park. Even once I found a place to park, I had no idea where the laser show was actually going on, so it took us a moment to find.

Once we arrived at the large field where it was being held, we couldn’t find the terrace seating we had reserved (again there were no obvious signs), so I ended up asking a park employee. It turns out, we needed to head all the way back to the front where the the ticket office was in order to show them our email confirmation and have them print our tickets. Once we had physical copies of our tickets, the park employee led us back to the open field and directed us toward our assigned terrace seating.

Thankfully, the park employee was super helpful and nice, but it was a little frustrating overall not being able to easily find where we should have been going.

If you decide to go, I suggest checking out the map of Stone Mountain Park on their website.


Negative: It’s Over-Hyped

When you hear the words “laser show,” what do you think of? Personally, I think of a Trans Siberian Orchestra concert or I think of performing groups like Light Balance. I definitely wasn’t thinking “animated short stories.” However, that’s pretty much what the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision is.

They also advertise that they added several lit-up drones to one of the show segments, and that is true, they did add drones. However, all they did was lift up into the air and hover in one spot, blinking colors, before returning to the ground a few minutes later. Sure, there were several drones that were all moving up and down in perfect unison, which is kind of cool, but I think people were expecting a lot more than that when the park announced the addition of drones to one of the segments.

I think having an accurate expectation level for the show definitely helps you have a better time. I suggest checking out the below video to help you get an idea of what to expect for the show.


Positive: It’s Relatively Cheap

As far as things to do in Atlanta, the laser show at Stone Mountain Park is probably one of the cheaper activities. A family of four visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden would pay around $75, but the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision is FREE (with $15 USD for parking).


Positive: Make it Into a Picnic

Since the main general admission seating is on a large lawn, a lot of people will get to the show several hours early and bring a packed dinner. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with friends, family, or your significant other.


Positive: Learn About History and Culture

A lot of the segments in the laser show had to do with Georgia. As a visitor to the city, it was a great way to get an overview of the new area I had found myself in. I got to not only learn about Georgia’s sports teams and some of the various music artists that had come from Georgia, but I also got to learn about the major role the Civil War played in shaping Georgia (three important Confederate figures are actually carved into the side of Stone Mountain).


Ready to See the Laser Show at Stone Mountain Park?

What do you think of the laser show at Stone Mountain Park? Is it something you would want to go see? Is it something you’ve seen before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Stone Mountain Park Information

Website: http://stonemountainpark.com/

Phone Number: 1-800-401-2407

Park Hours: Hours vary based on attraction. Park typically opens at 10:00AM. The close time varies from 5:00PM to 8:00PM depending on the day and events. The laser show begins between 8:00PM and 9:30PM depending on the time of year. Make sure to check out their website for a full calendar of events at Stone Mountain Park.

Park Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083


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