Winner of the 2010 Applause Award, Dollywood consistently is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including 2016’s Lightning Rod, both the world’s first wood launch coaster and the world’s fastest wood coaster. Other Dollywood favorites include the Thunderhead wood coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine, the forward and backward launch FireChaser Express, and Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies, 23, than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. In 2015, Dollywood won three of Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for Friendliest Park, Best Shows and Best Christmas Event. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage. In addition to mouth-watering Southern-style food offered throughout the park, Dollywood hosts five of the South’s largest festivals with special performing groups and concerts. More information is available at Dollywood.com.
Dollywood’s Splash Country
Adjacent to Dollywood theme park, Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park, is situated on 35 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Named America’s Must-See Waterpark, Dollywood’s Splash Country features a variety of water slides and attractions—from mild to wild. In 2013, RiverRush, Tennessee's first and only water coaster, marked the park's biggest expansion since opening in 2001. The popular attraction also claimed Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket for Best New Waterpark Ride for 2013. Dollywood's Splash Country features other attractions, such as The Cascades™, an 8,000-sq.-ft. lagoon-style leisure pool, Fire Tower Falls™, the state’s tallest twin speed slides; Bear Mountain Fire Tower™, a multi-level interactive water adventure; Mountain Waves, a 25,000-sq.-ft. wave pool; Slick Rock Racer, a multi-mat slide; the Downbound Float Trip, a relaxing lazy river as well as interactive children’s play areas. Available for rental, Riverside and Waterside Retreats offer privacy and luxury (park admission, linens and/or food not included with rental). The waterpark operates Mid-May to Labor Day; visit Dollywood.com for operating hours.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort
The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is situated on 20 acres next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. From the resort’s lavish property, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains along with premium facilities including an indoor and outdoor pool complex, landscaped gardens and spa. Guests of the resort also can take advantage of special park privileges including free transportation to both Parks, front-of-the-line access at Dollywood and much more. A full-service farmhouse-style restaurant and a special Dolly Parton Suite add to the unique ambiance of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. Themed after the iconic Southern gathering spot, the front porch, guests are invited to slow down and experience the rich traditions of togetherness with family.
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Cabins
Thanks to Dollywood Smoky Mountain Cabins, guests visiting the Great Smoky Mountains can stay just a stone’s throw away from Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country in a luxurious mountainside retreat. Accommodations range from quaint spaces for two to sprawling floor plans that sleep up to 30 people. Guests are treated to sweeping mountain views while some cabins actually overlook Dollywood’s popular Craftsman’s Valley area. Dollywood Smoky Mountain Cabins offer sought after amenities including spacious kitchens, gas fireplaces, game rooms with pool tables, outdoor hot tubs, indoor whirlpool spas, state-of-the-art electronics, and more. Cabin guests receive exclusives such as free reserved parking at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. In addition, cabin guests may purchase a Length of Stay pass which provides unlimited admission to Dollywood for the extent of the guest’s stay. Throughout the season, special packages are available for purchase including Dollywood admission.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
Billed as “the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction features a four-course feast and a fantastic, stunt-filled show for all ages. The one-of-a-kind experience begins in the facility’s Dixie Belle Saloon with side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music from Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s house band. Guests then are treated to a spectacular showcase of pageantry as they step inside the 35,000-square-foot main arena to witness expert riders guide 32 magnificent horses, including quarter horses and palominos, through barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops and trick riding. A striking 12.5 million LED video wall backdrop creates an experience so immersive, guests feel as if they have been transported deep in the Smoky Mountains. Dinner, the other star of the show, includes a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbequed pork loin, Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, a homemade biscuit, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited Pepsi®, tea or coffee. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. Christmas at Dixie Stampede is offered November through early January.
Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show
In 2016, Dolly Parton’s newest family-focused entertainment venue, Lumberjack Adventure, opens in Pigeon Forge. The new show celebrates the spirit of the Appalachian people who lived off the land in logging and milling towns which dotted the map throughout the region. Guests will enjoy an exciting and imaginative adventure complete with hearty lumberjack chow. The new show is sure to provide families with even more opportunities to make lasting memories when they visit the Great Smoky Mountains.