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Today At Dollywood: Know Before You Go

Make the most of your upcoming trip to Dollywood with these important park updates, helpful hints, and Insider tips!

Important Park Updates


Due to the current staffing environment, select rides and food locations will be affected. Please check the Dollywood App for more information during your visit.

Coin Shortage

Due to the current coin shortage, please use one of the options below for any purchases at culinary locations inside the park during your visit.

  • Round up to the next dollar to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.*
  • Provide exact change.
  • Pay with a debit or credit card.
*Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a non-profit program dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland. To learn more, click here.


Play Safe

We continue to play safe together. For details about who is currently required to wear a mask, our thorough cleanliness protocols and important information for planning your visit, click here.


Helpful Hints


When To Arrive

  • We encourage you to arrive about an hour before the park opens for the quickest entry into the park.

  • If you’re not an early bird, it’s also a great strategy to arrive after lunch. Most guests tend to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

  • To save even more time, you can pre-purchase parking online to expedite your entry through the toll booth plaza.

Water Refill Stations

Free Water Stations

  • Dollywood always offers guests free ice water at any culinary location to make sure everyone stays hydrated while having fun.

  • This season we’ve installed 19 water bottle refill stations around the park so you can fill up your own water bottle without waiting in line at a food location!

Family eating at Dollywood

Meal Breaks

  • If you are interested in a full-service restaurant experience, be sure to plan ahead and put your name in so they can text you when your table is ready.

  • If you’d rather have a quick meal so you can move on to more fun, then look for Picnic in the Park on Showstreet and Country Fair! You can grab sandwiches and salads and other grab-and-go options like fruit and bags of chips.

  • For the pre-planners in your group, you have the option to pre-purchase meals at Red’s Drive-In online before you even arrive at the park!

Fastest Way To Coasters

  • The fastest way to the majority of our coasters is to make an immediate left as soon as you enter through the park's turnstiles and head up to the Timber Canyon area of the park. Six of our seven coasters can be found throughout Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove and Wilderness Pass.

  • The seventh coaster, Lightning Rod, can be found in the Jukebox Junction area located near the front of the park.

  • Click here to map your way through the park before you arrive.

Families enjoying Wildwood Grove

Kid-Friendly Areas

  • Dollywood is fun for kids of all ages! If you are looking for areas of the park designed specifically with little ones in mind, check out Country Fair or Wildwood Grove. There are a total of 12 rides and attractions for little ones 36” tall and under.

  • Don’t forget to stop by the Ride Measuring Center located immediately to the left as you enter the park through the turnstiles. They will give your child a color-coded wristband that lets them know which rides they are tall enough to experience!

Tips From The Dollywood Blog & Insiders