March 14, 2023
There’s only one year you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of a momentous occasion. And, for “I Will Always Love You,” it’s this year. Fifty years ago, Dolly wrote and recorded this signature song to signal a transition in her career. Its iconic status lends itself to a festive celebration to kick off Dollywood’s 2023 season. From atmosphere elements to limited-time merchandise, and special menu items to a spotlight on songwriting, this 25-day event is a unique way to experience Dollywood. Check your calendar and see if you can squeeze in a visit before it ends April 8!
To give you an idea of what to expect, here is The I Will Always Love You Celebration in pictures.
Guests are greeted by a special entry statement as they come through the turnstiles.
Glittery Dolly hats and sweatshirts should be on every shopping list.
Be sure to pause for a picture at the Dollywood Emporium during the I Will Always Love You Celebration.
You can find *sweet notes* throughout the park.
Showstreet is extra-special as you walk under Celebration Sky.
I knew you wanted to see a tight shot of the "sky."
Don't forget all the places to shop! There are pop-up style shops along Showstreet.
There are lots of great photo ops during this celebration.
Whether it's a picture you want to take with friends or family, there's plenty of love to go around!
Last one! They're all so cute!
Be sure to check out the limited-time crafts, too!
Take home a hand-made keepsake to remember the I Will Always Love You Celebration.
Have you noticed a common color scheme?
Music and art come together beautifully at Dollywood.
Listen for some of Dolly's favorite songs to be incorporated into park entertainment.
Natalie Grant took the stage as the first artist in our Celebrity Concert Series. Check the schedule here to see who's still to come.
See the art of songwriting in action when you enjoy our Songwriter's Showcase throughout the event.
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