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Karen George

My Family's Typical Day at Dollywood 
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 you visit.


Favorite Dollywood Eats
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 a seat outside and enjoy the new chicken sandwich from Frannie’s food truck. If you’re pausing while enjoying the big coasters in Timber Canyon, Lumber Jack’s pizza is a popular spot. Dogs N Taters will satisfy your theme park food craving for (you guessed it) hot dogs or corn dogs. Maybe you’d like to enjoy some Southern cooking at Granny Ogle’s Ham and Beans—that’s something you don’t find at most theme parks! But there are a couple places in particular that are my go-to’s that I want to tell you about.


I have an allergy to gluten and Front Porch Cafe is one of the best eateries at Dollywood to accommodate allergies. Once we told the host that I have an allergy, she promptly asked the chef to come and speak with me. He was very attentive and advised me on the menu and came back to check and see if I was pleased after I received my food. Dollywood is always keenly aware of the needs of their guests. I, for one, appreciate this!

But for me, one stands out more than the rest. Watch this video to find out why Aunt Granny’s is my favorite place to eat at Dollywood.




Favorite Finds in Chasing Rainbows
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 every time I visit the park because there’s always something new to see. I’ll take you on a quick tour of my favorite finds!




The Inside Scoop on Fireworks at Dollywood
Category: Entertainment
Date: June 28, 2017

Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors

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 “Paint Your Dreams Across the Sky,” an inspiring musical crescendo written specifically for the occasion by Dolly Parton!


I have a favorite spot to watch the fireworks in Timber Canyon. The show begins at 9:30 p.m., so I suggest you make your way to Drop Line around 9 p.m. Across from the drop tower is Lumber Jack’s Pizza. The restaurant has outdoor seating and a retaining wall. Both options are perfect for taking a seat, staying cool, and watching the amazing spectacle.   

In case you’re too busy having fun to get up there early, know that it can get crowded. Here are a few other places to catch the show:

-Along the pathway in upper Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass

-In front of Grandstand Café in Country Fair

-In front of Chasing Rainbows Museum in Adventures in Imagination

-Along Showstreet

-Premium seating is available for $15 per person

Here are some additional things to note:

-At 9 p.m., Thunderhead, Whistle Punk Chaser and Drop Line close their queue lines because these attractions are in the fallout zone and must be cleared by the time the show starts.

-The last Dollywood Express departure is at 8:45 p.m. because the train’s path takes it into the fallout zone.

-The Dollywood Express and Thunderhead will remain closed the rest of the evening after fireworks because the rides maintenance technicians are not able to thoroughly re-inspect the thousands of feet of track until daylight. Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser may reopen because those rides have a smaller area to inspect.

-Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors is weather permitting.


My Tips on Beating the Heat at Dollywood
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, that means we get to go in an hour earlier than park opening on Saturdays. We usually try to do the rides first, but as the lines get longer I may leave the group and seek the cool. I usually check out Chasing Rainbows Museum. It is always very comfortable with great air conditioning and there is always something new to see.


If I come out and I’m still too warm - on to some shopping at Dolly's Closet. This is not only fun, but another cool place to hide from the sun. By then my family is ready to eat, so we either agree to go inside Red's Drive-In or Aunt Granny's. We can refill our Dollywood mugs and get ready for some water rides! That is how I like to cool off! Don't want to get wet? Ride the train. This is the best way to see the park and to get a good breeze.

Along many walkways there are misters and fans. So, be on the lookout to take advantage of those! There are also many shady places to sit and wait on your adventurous riders (I am not one). There are a lot of shady benches in Timber Canyon near Mystery Mine. One of the most shaded areas of the park is Craftsman’s Valley—so plan to spend lots of time there if you need to cool off!


Most of the lines on the rides have fans, but if you truly want to get cool - shop! At most of the major rides, there is a gift shop waiting for your enjoyment—and, did I mention air conditioning? Summer is a great time to catch up on some great live entertainment. Grab a show schedule and see all the talent Dollywood has to offer!

If none of this cools you off – I’d advise you to GO TO SPLASH COUNTRY! Dollywood’s Splash Country is a must-see water park. There’s something for everyone—from mild to wild. And, there’s a ticket offer that allows you to enjoy both parks! Check out the 3 Days, 2 Parks offer before you visit.



My Point of View: Why Dollywood is the Best
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 interaction with hosts here, but I have one more example that stands out.

On one cold morning, my family went to the park and after many hours of walking around it got much warmer. I suddenly needed a tank top. At Eagle’s Flight Outfitters (next to Wild Eagle), I met “Peppermint” Patty. She was so helpful and treated me like I was the only guest at Dollywood that day. She searched the store for my size, without judgement and helped me and my family with such joy. I even took a picture with her!

What is the best thing about Dollywood? The hosts! There’s a reason Dollywood’s been voted the Friendliest Park in the WORLD five years in a row. These hosts know the park. They know and love Dolly Parton. They enjoy opportunities to serve their guests.