Dollywood: Shopping Back in Time
Where can shoppers purchase handmade crafts, musical instruments and a selection of fashionable clothing all in the same place? At Dollywood, of course! Seasoned guests have known for years that Dollywood boasts a remarkable array of gifts, treats and accessories among its spectacular rides and attractions.
Many people associate Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with excellent shopping opportunities, and perhaps the best place to get started is at Dollywood. With more than 40 shopping locations, Dollywood offers everything from specialty craft items to apparel to toys. A unique collection of items featuring the park’s famous namesake, Dolly Parton, also is available for guests to peruse.
Dollywood is known for its wide selection of award-winning food, and in 2013, the park’s signature cinnamon bread is ready to travel. New packaging makes it more convenient for guests to purchase cinnamon bread to take home and enjoy after their time at Dollywood. The Grist Mill, where the cinnamon bread is made fresh daily, features additional ovens to accommodate the overwhelming demand for the tasty treat. In a nod to Dolly Parton and her signature butterfly, the Grist Mill also adds a pretzel shaped like the gossamer-winged beauty to its offerings in 2013.
Those looking for a unique and memorable item should visit the Rainbow Blown Glass Factory in Craftsman’s Valley. In a rare hands-on experience, guests make their own one-of-a-kind blown glass ornament under the guidance of Dollywood’s master glassblower. After selecting their color of choice, guests work with the craftsman to create the unique keepsake. A certificate is provided with the ornament to denote its originality.
Located just inside the park’s turnstiles, the Dollywood Emporium is the park’s ultimate shopping experience. The park’s largest shopping attraction, the Dollywood Emporium also features the best of all that Dollywood’s many unique shops have to offer—including food, apparel and nostalgic gifts. The Dollywood Emporium also features a variety of home decorating items and ceramics as well as an assortment of homemade jams, jellies and fruit-flavored ciders.
Eagle’s Flight Outfitters is the place to go for a variety of items dedicated to the first wing coaster in the U.S., Wild Eagle. Located in Wilderness Pass, the headquarters for Wild Eagle offers an extensive line of exclusive souvenirs, including t-shirts, hats, mugs, totes, jewelry and more.
Ranger Supplies, also in Wilderness Pass, offers a great selection of personalized leather bracelets, jewelry, sunglasses, flip-flops and water shoes. At Rivertown Trading, guests find a variety of fashionable sundresses, and a complete line of accessories including jewelry, handbags and scarves.
Located near Owens Farm, Granny Owens’ Toys, Gadgets & Tools features an array of toys that delight and inspire the imaginations of every child—big and small. Bear Market, located inside Granny Owen’s Toys, allows kids to build their own cuddly, new friend. Guests also find gifts, gadgets and much more in this terrific toy store. Plus, the shop offers water supplies, including bathing suits and towels.
In Dolly’s Closet, guests find Dolly’s style in their size! Located in Adventures in Imagination, Dolly’s Closet offers a wide variety of Dolly’s favorite fashion statements. A seamstress is on hand to customize apparel with a variety of sequins, beading, appliqués and other embellishments that let guests fill their own closets with Dolly’s sense of style.
Follow the sweet aroma on Showstreet to the 6,500-sq.-ft. Dollywood’s Sweet Shoppe. Guests can satisfy their sweet tooth with hand-dipped Edy’s ice cream or delicious gourmet caramel apples. Visit Dollywood’s talented candy makers next door in the Candy Shop where more than 70 taste-tempting confections await, including five cases devoted solely to chocolate. Finally, step into the Taffy Kitchen where more than 60 flavors of this familiar favorite are made.
A Dollywood shopping spree has another benefit not available in any mall. By watching the master craftsmen during their working demonstrations, guests gain a better understanding of the intricate and painstaking effort poured in to each of the unique hand-crafted gifts. In a day at Dollywood, guests can see leather smiths fashion hand-tooled leather, blacksmiths forge steel into the perfect gift or witness the creation of a wagon or carriage by the Dollywood wainwrights. The best part is that all of the handmade items, from wagons and leather belts to vases and pitchers, are available for purchase.
Dollywood’s wood carvers have been entertaining park guests for years with their working demonstrations. While watching these talented artisans create beautiful handcrafted pieces, guests learn more about this centuries-old craft. At the Woodcarver’s Shop, guests can purchase wood carving tools, books and blanks—perfect for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to explore the art.
Dollywood shoppers can take advantage of the park’s convenient and complimentary Package Pickup program. Package Pickup will hold any item(s) purchased in any merchandise shop. While guests enjoy a “hands-free” day in the park, items are delivered to Package Pickup in the Dollywood Emporium where items are held for guests until they exit the park.
Throughout Dollywood, great shopping opportunities await guests eager to find that special keepsake or mementos. Below are more of Dollywood's great shopping opportunities:
Blacksmith & Foundry
Cas Walker’s Store
Valley Carriage Works
Hillside General Store
White Water Nature
Mystery Mine Shop
Touch of Ireland
Temple’s Dry Goods & Warehouse
Smoky Mountain Slate Works
Custom Glass Works
Old Flames Candles
Smoky Creek Leather