Rachel DeAngelis

Insider | Dollywood Insiders



Rachel DeAngelis (Dollywood Insider 2021-2022) was born in Central Florida and grew up with an array of popular theme parks right in her backyard. However, for the last seven years she has been enjoying the quiet life in East Tennessee, falling in love with the Smoky Mountains, the beauty of the four seasons and the amazing legacy of Dolly Parton. She and her two boys (ages 7 and 5) spend as much time as they can at Dollywood, especially in the summer months. You'll typically find them cruising around the Rockin' Roadway, eating Dippin' Dots and taking in shows at the Little Engine Playhouse. Rachel is a high school English teacher at Concord Christian School, and she's also a contributor for Knoxville Moms. She's so excited to have the opportunity to combine her passion for writing with her love of all things Dolly!

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 Rachel

Hidden Hollow Walk-Through Video

Hidden Hollow Walk-Through Video

Nestled in the back of Wildwood Grove is an epic indoor playground that has something that appeals to everyone. Many park guests get caught up in the rides and shows at Dollywood and might miss this hidden gem, but there are countless reasons that Hidden Hollow should not be skipped! Watch the video to find out more! Even if you’ve…

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Imagination Playhouse: Summertime Shows for Kids

Imagination Playhouse: Summertime Shows for Kids

During my first year of being a Dollywood Season Passholder, I made some incorrect assumptions. One thing that I automatically assumed is that I wouldn’t be able to take my two very young children to see any of the amazing shows that Dollywood has to offer. Kids struggle to sit still and stay quiet for long, and there are so…

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Dollywood’s Splash Country: Ask a Lifeguard

Dollywood’s Splash Country: Ask a Lifeguard

Enjoying a day at Dollywood’s Splash Country will be much more fun if you know what to expect and how to prepare. I caught up with a few of Dollywood’s lifeguards to ask them about what they wish park guests knew before spending the day at Dollywood’s Splash Country. They came up with several important tips on what to wear,…

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Spending the Day in Country Fair

Spending the Day in Country Fair

The first year that I invested in a Dollywood season pass, my children were 4 and 2. Other young stay-at-home moms balked at the idea of taking their children to a theme park on a weekday morning, without dad’s help. But I went on solo trips to Dollywood with my children on a nearly weekly basis. My secret? We didn’t…

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Dollywood Proposals

Dollywood Proposals

Dollywood is known for being one of the best family-friendly vacation destinations in the country, but did you know that it’s also a popular venue for romance as well? The proposals that have taken place at Dollywood have been prolific. Here are a few fun ideas if you’re also looking for a special way to pop the question: Take advantage…

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Dollywood’s Calming Room and Dollywood’s Splash Country’s Calming Area

Dollywood’s Calming Room and Dollywood’s Splash Country’s Calming Area

While visiting a theme park is an exciting, highly-anticipated event for most families, it can also be a source of frustration and anxiety for families who have loved ones with sensory processing disorders. There are many factors in a day spent at a theme park or water park that might trigger meltdowns: crowds, wait times, unexpected noises and deviation from…

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The Ultimate Guide to Dollywood’s Roller Coasters

The Ultimate Guide to Dollywood’s Roller Coasters

While there are so many elements that draw tourists to Dollywood each year (the train, the shows, the music, the cinnamon bread…need I say more?), the top item on every thrill-seeker’s list is the rides—specifically the roller coasters. If you are new to Dollywood and you aren’t familiar with the roller coasters that the park has to offer, buckle up!

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