Louis Davidson

Insider | Dollywood Insiders



Louis Davidson (Dollywood Insider 2021-2022) is a computer programmer by trade, working as a data architect for the past 25 years, and has been a Microsoft MVP for 17 years. As a professional hobby, Louis writes books and blogs about database technology. For his fun hobby, he takes pictures at theme parks and posts them to social media almost every day of the year.

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 Louis

Getting Around Dollywood With Moderate Mobility Issues

Getting Around Dollywood With Moderate Mobility Issues

Dollywood is a large theme park, but perhaps more importantly, a very hilly theme park. If you have even moderate mobility issues, you might be intimidated. But, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the experience if you try! I want to share with you a few of the ways Dollywood will help you achieve your goals of a fun…

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Do You Know Dollywood Lingo?

Do You Know Dollywood Lingo?

Clearly, I like inside information. I applied for the Dollywood Insider program, because I’m pretty familiar with the properties and I enjoy sharing my tips with others. Having the inside scoop (especially when visiting a theme park) makes your experience even more enjoyable. It’s fun to visit like a pro, and something as simple as park lingo can help you…

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Enjoying a Dollywood Visit in the Off-Season

Enjoying a Dollywood Visit in the Off-Season

If you are into the thrilling aspects of theme parks (coasters!), visiting Dollywood Parks & Resorts while the theme park is closed in the winter may not have crossed your mind. I must confess that it used to not be on my radar either.

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Video Journal: The Sounds of Dollywood

Video Journal: The Sounds of Dollywood

Dollywood is a five-senses experience. I want to highlight the sounds of the park. In this video, you’ll hear many of the iconic sounds guests love the most: starting with the grist mill’s water wheel and progressing through music, attractions, entertainers and the most iconic Dollywood sound of them all.

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The Stories Behind the Signs

The Stories Behind the Signs

Dollywood has been thrilling guests for 37 seasons. As you stroll around the park, you may have noticed themed signs that look like advertisements. They are not actually advertisements at all, they serve a special purpose. During Dollywood’s 30th season, a new tradition began. After 30 years, hosts serving the Dollywood Company are commemorated with personalized signs that hang in…

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What is Thrills in the Hills and Why Should You Go?

What is Thrills in the Hills and Why Should You Go?

On July 8 and 9, Dollywood will host one of my favorite theme park events: Thrills in the Hills. While this sounds like it might be only for the bravest of thrill seekers, that is not the case. It’s true that exclusive ride time (ERT) on some of Dollywood's thrilling attractions is always a part of the event, it is…

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Dollywood Leather Belts and Bragging Rights

Dollywood Leather Belts and Bragging Rights

Because Dollywood is such a unique experience, you will enjoy fond memories from every trip. Memories last forever, but do you know what else you can enjoy forever? A leather belt made by Dollywood craftsmen. In Craftsman’s Valley, I found a gem of a shop: Smoky Creek Leather and Hat company. I have been visiting Dollywood for more than 10…

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