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Resort Says Thank You to Educators and Students

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Best Value
Date: Aug. 18, 2017

As an East Tennessee resident, I consider Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa one of my homes away from home. I love the bright, welcoming spaces; the friendly staff; and the feeling that...

Finding Dolly

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Dolly Parton
Date: Aug. 16, 2017

I’ve been looking for Dolly since I was a little kid - the big hair, the sparkly clothes, the high, high heels. The first time I was at Dollywood, I looked all over for her and was not at all disappointed to find her...

My Point of View: Why Dollywood is the Best

Karen George | Category: Trip Planning
Date: Aug. 14, 2017

While in Chasing Rainbows museum, all of the hosts can tell you facts about Dolly. These men and women are always quick with a warm smile, directions, or suggestions for what to see next. I get a lot of...

Learning Your Way Through Dollywood

Jennifer Chasse | Category: Family Visits 
Date: Aug. 07, 2017

I find the older my children get, the harder it can be to keep them wanting to learn in the summer. Once school lets out, my kids prefer to sleep, visit the pool or hang out...

Tips for Taking Tweens to Dollywood

Sami Cone | Category: Family Visits
Date: Aug. 02, 2017

Navigating a theme park or a water park evolves as your family grows. That’s something I’m learning with my own family. Where it used to...

Don't Skip Centralized Measuring

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Family Visits
Date: July 31, 2017

I know how it is—as soon as your family get through the turnstiles, everyone wants to rush off in the direction of their favorite ride. But, let me encourage you—before you get too far from the entrance, pause to take the kids by Centralized Measuring...

Perks of Longer Park Hours

Sami Cone | Category: Best Value
Date: July 26, 2017

Visiting Dollywood is an overnight trip for my family—and that means, we strategize to make the most out of every minute. We love visiting in the summer because...

My Tips on Beating the Heat at Dollywood

Karen George | Category: Trip Planning
Date: July 24, 2017

My family visits Dollywood all season long. That means that some days are HOT!! We like to get to the park as early as possible—and because we’re Season Passholders...

Be Sure to Take Your Young Kids to Little Engine Playhouse This Summer!

Lindsey Galvez | Category: Entertainment
Date: July 21, 2017

Summer at Dollywood means storybooks come to life on stage at the Little Engine Playhouse, located in the Heartsong Theater (near the Village Carousel). If you have young children who...

The Safest Swimming Hole in Tennessee: Dollywood's Splash Country

Teronya Holmes | Category: Water Park
Date: July 18, 2017

There is absolutely NOTHING my kids love more than spending a hot summer day cooling off on some crazy-cool water attractions at Dollywood’s Splash Country. That’s why I am relieved to know that when I take my kids to Splash Country, (while I do my part to keep alert to where they are and what they’re doing) I can also rest and relax knowing that my children...

My Favorite Dollywood Find: Furniture!

Jennifer Chasse | Category: Shopping
Date: July 13, 2017

Have you ever visited an amusement park and found the furniture you’ve been searching for? It sounds unlikely, but that’s exactly what happened to us at Dollywood...

Insiders Go Shopping at Dolly's Closet

Amber Davis
Date: July 07, 2017

In the last decade, Dollywood has won more awards than any other theme park in the world. When it comes to top-rated rides, entertainment, food and atmosphere, Dollywood consistently ranks among the best. BUT—did you know that...

Behind the Scenes with Gazillion Bubbles

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Entertainment
Date: July 07, 2017

How does someone get into “the bubble business”? What solution makes good at-home bubbles? Is there anything that makes bubbles float higher? These are just a few of the questions I asked...

Summer Safety Reminders

Linda Scruggs | Category: Trip Planning 
Date: July 05, 2017

Visiting Dollywood this summer? We can't wait to enjoy the rides, entertainment, food, and family fun! Traveling as a family with young children and older adults, as well as being a nurse, I'm happy to share some reminders...

My Family's Favorite Dollywood Treat

Becky Mansfield | Category: Dining 
Date: July 03, 2017

My family and I love Dollywood, clearly, but we also love their treats!  Today’s post is dedicated to the wonderful treats of Dollywood. Those ooey, gooey, one-bite-isn’t-enough treats that you can only find...

Tour of New Calming Area at the Water Park

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Water Park
Date: June 30, 2017

I recently toured the new calming area at Dollywood’s Splash Country. As a mom of a child with sensory issues, I can tell you I instantly teared up. The area, while outside and not totally quiet, is well thought out and well equipped. Splash Country has managed...

The Inside Scoop of Fireworks at Dollywood

Karen George | Category: Entertainment
Date: June 28, 2017

After a fun-filled day of shows and rides at Dollywood, you must see the nightly summertime fireworks (now – Aug. 6). Dollywood is a large park and the sky is a great canvas for viewing the colorful display. The show is synchronized to music featuring...

What is Parent Swap?

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Family Visits
Date: June 26, 2017

Dollywood is hailed as a family-friendly park. And, my family of seven always puts that to the test. Parent Swap is one of the programs Dollywood offers that exemplifies why I love this theme park so much. Have you taken advantage...

Sweet Summer Savings

Teronya Holmes | Category: Best Value
Date: June 21, 2017

Summer is finally here! This is sweet music to my family’s ears because it means we have more time for fun - at Dollywood! You know that Dollywood is the sweetest summer vacation destination...

Don't Miss: Dollywood's Mountain Blown Glass

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Family Vists
Date: June 14, 2017

One of the reasons my family loves Dollywood is because we truly enjoy the opportunities the park gives us to try new things together. How many theme parks can you visit and make your own blown glass ornament?! My family recently did this together and we documented it for you. I recommend...

My Family's Favorite Food Deals at Splash Country

Lindsey Galvez | Category: Water Park
Date: June 12, 2017

When the hot temperatures hit the Smoky Mountains, you’ll find my family keeping cool at Dollywood’s Splash Country. We all LOVE the water park because it’s the perfect place to spend the day. There’s no reason to leave - they have...

Ask a Lifeguard: Best Options for Splash Country Attire

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Water Park
Date: June 07, 2017

Dollywood’s Splash Country is open and ready for summer fun. To help you be ready I recently hung out with veteran lifeguard Brianna and asked her all kinds of questions about what to wear at her water park. Let’s just say the...

3 Reasons We're Celebrating Father's Day at Dollywood

Becky Mansfield | Category: Family Visits 
Date: June 05, 2017

*This guest post is written by Dollywood Insider Becky Mansfield’s husband, Mickey.

Father’s Day is less about thanking dad and more about making memories with your family.  As a dad of four kids, I know that my favorite gift for...

Don't Let Rain Dampen Your Dollywood Visit

Sami Cone | Category: Trip Planning
Date: May 29, 2017

As much as I’d love to pretend there’s a bubble around Dollywood and it never rains there, sometimes it does. BUT, Dollywood has so much to offer even in the rain. In fact, cloudy days can be the best days to come...

Best Value at Dollywood's Splash Country

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Water Park
Date: May 26, 2017

Like Dollywood, Splash Country has great refillable mugs available for guests to purchase. However, this offer is a little different than Dollywood mugs—including an option for free refills and skipping check-out! To explain everything...

Dolly's Newest Dinner Attraction

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Dinner Theaters
Date: May 22, 2017

Being the master storyteller that Dolly Parton is, she’s been tweaking the storyline of her newest dinner theater experience, and folks, it’s a winner. Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures is...

Drop In to Experience Dollywood's Drop Line!

Teronya Holmes | Category: Thrill Rides
Date: May 17, 2017

Earlier this month, Dollywood debuted its latest and greatest new attraction- Drop Line! Now open for all Guests, Drop Line is located next to Thunderhead - one of my favorite wooden roller coasters of all time - and in the area of the Dollywood Theme Park known as “Timber Canyon.” As you climb the trail up Timber Canyon...

Dollywood's Splash Country: Open Now!

Sami Cone | Category: Water Park
Date: May 15, 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘water park’? Whatever it is, I can just about guarantee Dollywood’s Splash Country water park will blow it out of the water! (pun intended) I wouldn’t be a Dollywood Insider...

Favorite Finds in Chasing Rainbows

Karen George | Category: Dolly Parton
Date: May 10, 2017

Sure there are world-class rides and shows at Dollywood—but have you ever taken the opportunity to explore Dolly Parton’s museum, Chasing Rainbows? It's something I do...

Mother's Day at Dollywood: My Top 10

Becky Mansfield | Category: Family Visits 
Date: May 08, 2017

I love visiting Dollywood, so Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity each year to go with my family. I have some favorite things that I like to do there and on Mother’s Day weekend, I get to...

Best Deal Inside Dollywood

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Best Value
Date: May 03, 2017

People know me as Coupon Katie, so that should tell you I’m always looking for ways to save money. At Dollywood, there are opportunities beyond buying a Season Pass. Once you’re inside the park, be sure to check...

Dollywood's Grist Mill

Jennifer Chasse | Category: Dining
Date: May 1, 2017

One of my favorite aspects of Dollywood is watching the artisans. There is much to see and learn, and a majority of artists are located in an area of the park called Craftsman’s Valley. Here you can meet tradespeople...

Dollywood With Your Middle Kids

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Family Visits
Date: April 26, 2017

We have talked about Dollywood with Littles. Now it is time for Dollywood with Middles, those guests who are “too big” for the Busy Bees but not quite ready for Wild Eagle.  If your child falls somewhere in the 39 to...

Get the Best Value at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort

Sami Cone | Category: Best Value
Date: April 24, 2017

While I love spending a long weekend at Dollywood, my family never turns down any opportunity to spend time in the theme park. So what can you do if you only have a single day ticket to Dollywood?
First of all, get rid of one thing from your vocabulary: ONLY. One of the...

My Family's Favorite Ride at Dollywood

Becky Mansfield | Category: Thrill Rides
Date: April 19, 2017

Picture hopping into the passenger seat of a 1950s-era hot rod and then in the blink of an eye, going from 0-45 miles per hour and up 20 stories. That’s what Lightning Rod at Dollywood is all about. It speeds down the 165-foot drop at...

Visiting Dollywood with Three Generations

Lindsey Galvez | Category: Family Visits 
Date: April 17, 2017

My parents have been taking me to Dollywood since I was a little girl. I spent many, many weekends of my childhood camping in Pigeon Forge and riding the trolley over to the theme park for the day. It's always been one of my...

Dollywood's "Secret Sauce"

Jennifer Chasse | Category: Family Visits 
Date: April 12, 2017

Did you ever notice how some people appear more approachable than others? Think of who you’d look for when you need to ask for directions. That’s the kind of people that work at...

My Family's Experience with Dollywood's Calming Room

Linda Scruggs | Category: Trip Planning 
Date: April 10, 2017

Our family recently had the opportunity to visit Dollywood, and we were able to enjoy it to our fullest potential. My kids seek adventure, enjoy new attractions, and are balls of energy, but we often reach a point when everything can feel a bit...

Dollywood Parking Strategy

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Trip Planning
Date: April 03, 2017

I recently had the chance to chat with Lance Ridley, Dollywood Parking Supervisor. He was full of great information and graciously answered all my parking strategy...

Favorite Dollywood Eats

Karen George | Category: Dining
Date: March 29, 2017

A fun family day at Dollywood requires fuel at some point! And, if you haven’t heard, this park is ALL about good food. I know a lot of families make it a tradition to grab burgers and fries at Red’s Drive-In, or a newer tradition to find...

My Favorite Dollywood's Splash Country Tip

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Water Park
Date: March 27, 2017

Water parks can be a vacation’s Great Family Divider: kids love them, parents can see them as an endless stretch of sunburns, snack whining, and missed naps. I understand how some families don’t see the value in paying a full day’s water park admission, especially...

Dollywood Different: Festival of Nations

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Entertainment 
Date: March 22, 2017

I have a theme park confession that may be a little surprising: I can’t ride roller coasters. What? Can’t ride coasters. Why? My old friend Mr. Motion Sickness shows up and it’s no Lightning Rod for Morgan. So what does someone who can’t ride most theme...

Behind the Scenes with Mother Africa

Sami Cone | Category: Entertainment
Date: March 20, 2017

Mother Africa is the show-stopping headliner at Dollywood during Festival of Nations (now through April 9). The acts are pretty impressive, but, I wondered—does it look harder than it really is to pull off the acrobatics? To find out, I got a chance to try...

Welcome Back to Dollywood 2017!

Teronya Holmes | Category: Best Value
Date: March 20, 2017

Spring is here and it’s time once again to play at Dollywood! With all of your favorite rides, attractions, and culinary treats back within your reach after this long winter, PLUS the addition of new ones added...

Dollywood for the Non-Riders

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Entertainment
Date: March 15, 2017

When I tell you that Dollywood has something for YOUR family, yes, I even mean something for the non-riders in your group. Don’t hesitate to bring someone who isn’t a big fan of thrill rides. Watch this video and I’ll share with you my family’s favorite...

What I Love Most About Dolly Parton

Lindsey Galvez | Category: Dolly Parton
Date: March 13, 2017

When people ask me what I love most about Dolly and what she's done for her hometown, they are sometimes surprised by my answer. While Dollywood is at the top of everyone's list for fun, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is one that...

A Cabin Retreat [Dollywood Style]

Jennifer Chasse | Category: Lodging
Date: March 06, 2017

When you travel, where do you usually stay? A hotel or motel? A rental by owner?  If you’re planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains, consider hanging your hat in a Dollywood cabin.  I’ve rented cabins with other families on multiple occasions and found them not only to be more enjoyable...

Springtime in the Smokies

Teronya Holmes | Category: Trip Planning
Date: February 28, 2017

Springtime in the Smokies is always truly captivating. The bright sunshine and gentle showers coax the daffodils, tulips, and forsythia into bloom, as the dogwood and redbud trees light up the mountains with colorful cheer. Dollywood is an...

Dollywood With Your Little Ones

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Family Visits
Date: February 27, 2017

Taking a toddler to Dollywood?  I have survived this stage more than once and am right there with you now.  Don’t worry toddler mamas, you’ve got this. Dollywood is ready to host you. All you need is a stroller and a...

Park Flow Tips

Sami Cone | Category: Trip Planning
Date: February 22, 2017

When you fall in love with a place like Dollywood and you visit over and over again, you’ll pick up on things that will make your trips even better—like, do you know when it’s the best time to ride the train? How about...

Don't Miss Dixie Stampede

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Dinner Theaters
Date: February 20, 2017

Nobody told me there would be horses. When I rave about Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and people ask me why I waited so long to go, that's my answer — nobody told me there would be horses. Of course there are a ton of other...

Dollywood 2017 "Behind the Scenes" Construction Tour

Teronya Holmes | Category: Family Visits
Date: February 16, 2017

Dolly Parton has proclaimed 2017 "The Year of the Family", and there are some great things coming to ensure that families are the focus! Come along with your Dollywood Insiders' hosts as we take you on a behind-the-scenes...

Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort: Luxury in the Details

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Lodging
Date: February 15, 2017

I’ve been a guest in a great many theme park hotels. So many, in fact, that I don’t even take the collectible shampoos anymore. So when I first discovered Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, I was a little skeptical...

How to Pack for a Day at Dollywood

Teronya Holmes | Category: Trip Planning
Date: February 10, 2017

I have been to Dollywood nearly 100 times over the years—so I’ve learned a thing or two when it comes to preparing for a day at my favorite theme park. One word of advice: pack an extra pair of socks for those who plan to do...

My Family's Typical Day at Dollywood

Karen George | Category: Family Visits
Date: February 10, 2017

My family has our Dollywood routine down pat! When we visit, we know exactly what we’re going to do. I’ll share my “typical” day at Dollywood with you, in hopes that your family will make your own traditions when...

My Top 5 Favorite Things About Dollywood

Becky Mansfield | Category: Trip Planning 
Date: February 1, 2017

There are many things that I love about Dollywood, from the old schoolhouse in the park to the most amazing shows.   I love that there is a chapel right in the park and at the same time there are those rides that are so thrilling and FUN!  I could list 100 things that I love about Dollywood, but here are...

Ride Accessibility at Dollywood

Linda Scruggs | Category: Trip Planning 
Date: February 1, 2017

As theme park fans, my family enjoys fun, thrills, food, entertainment, and attractions. And yes, the shopping, of course. We love to travel, and while we seek adventure, it may be surprising to know that we also have...

A Sweet Way To End A Day At Dollywood

Jennifer Chasse | Category: Family Visits 
Date: February 1, 2017

The end of any great Dollywood day is always a bit sad. Even after long days of fun at Dollywood, my kids often want to stay and experience “just 1 more!” and don’t want it to end.  So, we started a tradition that makes the walk out of Dollywood almost as exciting as the walk in- visiting the...

6 Reasons to Visit the Smoky Mountains in the Winter

Lindsey Galvez | Category: Lodging 
Date: February 1, 2017

You might think that the summer months are THE time to visit the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. That's the exact reason a trip to the mountains should be on your agenda in the cool, winter months of a new year. You'll find smaller crowds, great deals, and even more reasons to fall in love with the...

Dollywood Different - The History Inside the Park

Morgan Crutchfield | Category: Trip Planning 
Date: February 1, 2017

At Dollywood they do things differently in the best of ways, pairing your favorite thrill rides and entertainment with the soul of the Great Smoky Mountains. Attractions are plentiful, you can get a ton of tasty treats, and you’ll find everything you love about theme park...

Only 36 Hours at Dollywood? Start Here...

Sami Cone | Category: Trip Planning 
Date: February 1, 2017

So what can you do if you only have a single day ticket to Dollywood? First of all, get rid of one thing from your vocabulary: ONLY. One of the many reasons we love Dollywood for our family vacations is the value. Not only are there many opportunities...

The Value of Season Passes

Katie Van Dyke | Category: Best Value
Date: February 1, 2017

When planning family adventures we try to balance budget against how possible it is that our entire family will have fun. With a wide age range, this can be a lot harder than it sounds.  It becomes even harder when you want a day that offers memories, laughs and fun...