Dollywood Facts

  • Winner of the 2010 Applause Award, an international honor presented by Liseberg park in Sweden which is bestowed upon the park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the theme park and attractions industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development. Dollywood was a finalist in 2006. 
  • Located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Began operation May 3, 1986, and celebrated its 25th anniversary season in 2010.
  • Situated on 150 developed acres
  • $188 million invested since first season of operation
  • Annually hosts nearly 2.5 million visitors
  • Tennessee’s No. 1 ticketed attraction
  • Largest employer in Sevier County, Tenn.
  • Highly themed with Smoky Mountains history and preservation
  • Key attractions include daily demonstrations of turn-of-the-century crafts, one-of-a-kind rides, and award-winning entertainment
  • Five annual festivals: Dollywood Festival of Nations, Barbeque & Bluegrass, KidsFestsm, National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration, and Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Entertainment awards include Amusement Today’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows; IAAPA’s 2006 and 2008 Heartbeat Award, bestowed upon the ‘50s and ‘60s musical revue Dreamland Drive-In which opened that same year; IAAPA’s 2007 Heartbeat Award for The Great American Country Show, a fast-paced 50-minute presentation of country music’s best songs supported by innovative multi-media, IAAPA’s 2009 Heartbeat Award for Sha-Kon-O-Hey!, a $1.3 million production featuring eight original songs written by Dolly Parton. Dollywood is the recipient of 20 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards for Excellence in Live Entertainment, more than any other theme park in the world.
  • Home of the Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award winner Thunderhead®, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster; and Mystery Mine™, named best new theme park attraction by Theme Park Insider magazine
  •  Amusement Today’s Publisher’s Pick for Best Park 2007
  •  Amusement Today’s winner of Best Christmas Event 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011