Dollywood

Wild Eagle coaster at Dollywood.
••• Wild Eagle is one of the world-class coasters at Dollywood. Dollywood

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.

Park Highlights

Discover the eight best things about Dollywood.

The park features a great assortment of coasters and attractions, including:

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

Christmas Event

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.

    Admission Info

    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.

    Water Park

    Dollywood includes a separate admission water park:

    Dollywood's Splash Country

    Location and Phone

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
    865-428-9488

    Hotel Info

    Find discount rates for Dollywood's DreamMore Resort at TripAdvisor.

    Compare rates for Dollywood-area hotels at TripAdvisor.

    Directions

    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.

    Nearby airport:
    McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.

    Official Web Site

    Dollywood