As you might expect for a park themed to the country music icon, Dollywood offers plenty of live music and lavish stage shows. In fact, it may have more stages and live entertainment than any other theme park. As you might not expect, it also offers some great thrill rides, including the highly themed roller coaster, Mystery Mine, the unique wing coaster, Wild Eagle, and the record-breaking launched wooden coaster, Lightning Rod.
While she's the inspiration, the park that bears her name doesn't focus exclusively on Dolly. The Smoky Mountains and its people also take center stage. Blacksmiths, glass blowers, and other craftspeople demonstrate the area's traditions. And the region's southern delicacies, including cinnamon bread, fried chicken, and freshly prepared pork rinds elevate Dollywood's food a notch above typical theme park fare. Dollywood has a well-deserved reputation for its overall guest experience and is frequently cited for its friendly park staff.
The park features a lot of festivals and special events, including country music concerts, a Festival of Nations, KidsFest, and a National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Although it is a seasonal park, Dollywood has one of parkdom's longest seasons. It generally opens in late March and remains open through the end of December with its Smoky Mountain Christmas holiday celebration.
The property is growing as it evolves into a multi-day destination resort. In 2013, it announced an aggressive 10-year, $300-million expansion plan. Read more about the first two phases of the plan, which included the dual-launch coaster, FireChaser Express, in 2014 and a 300-room hotel, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort in 2015 in my overview of the Dollywood Expansion.
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The park features a great assortment of coasters and attractions, including:
- Lightning Rod launched wooden coaster. Read my review.
- Mystery Mine themed roller coaster.
- Thunderhead wooden coaster
- Tennessee Tornado steel coaster
- Blazing Fury water coaster
Dollywood also offers a lot of musical performances, shows, and Smoky Mountains exhibits, including:
- Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame
- Smoky Mountain Home- Replica of Dolly Parton's childhood house.
- Heartsong- 4D film about Dolly Parton
Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival
New at the Park
New for 2014 and 2015:
The FireChaser Express dual-launch family roller coaster debuted in 2014, and Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, a 300-room hotel, opened in 2015. Read more.
Passes to the theme park include admission to the ride park only, not Dollywood's Splash Country water park. Combo day passes that include the water park are available. Dollywood offers discounted tickets for seniors (60 and older) and children (4-11). Children under 3 admitted free. Season pass tickets are available online and at the park.
Dollywood includes a separate admission water park:
Dollywood's Splash Country
Location and Phone
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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I-40, to Exit 407 toward Gatlinburg / Sevierville / Pigeon Forge. TN Hwy. 66S which becomes US 441. Left at eighth traffic light in Pigeon Forge. Follow signs to Dollywood.
McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.