John Stevenson

Insider | Dollywood Insiders



John Stevenson (Dollywood Insider 2017-2019) was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and now lives in Nashville. He's a devout roller coaster enthusiast and has been a frequent Dollywood visitor since 2001. That love for roller coasters led him to start Coaster101.com in 2005. Since then, the website has become a trusted source for the latest roller coaster news, educational articles, interviews with amusement industry leaders, and of course, all things Dollywood. The world record-breaking Lightning Rod is near the top of John's list of favorite coasters, which is impressive considering he's ridden more than 190 coasters across the United States! However, he's been known to tout Dollywood's famous cinnamon bread as the park's star attraction. He looks forward to sharing his passion for Dollywood with the world!

About Dollywood Insiders


Dollywood Insiders is a panel of folks who love all things Dollywood and enjoy sharing their knowledge of our theme park, water park, resort and cabins. They will reveal their favorite spots, how to pack for a Dollywood trip, tips on getting the best value and more!

Latest Posts by John

The Stories Behind Dollywood’s Signs

The Stories Behind Dollywood’s Signs

Where would we be without signs? At Dollywood, signs guide us around the park from point A to point B and beyond. They send you to your next ride, show or meal. Other Dollywood signs, however, tell a story about the people and history of the park and the surrounding region. I got some insight from seasoned Dollywood experts on…

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Dollywood Over the Years: Then and Now

Dollywood Over the Years: Then and Now

Dollywood has been entertaining guests and serving as the backdrop to cherished family memories since it opened in 1986. If you’re a longtime visitor, you know how much the park has grown and changed over the last three decades. However, the park has retained much of its history and roots, and I have the photos to prove it. So let’s…

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