Sensory-Sensitive Day 2023

Join us at Dollywood on Saturday, Nov. 18 for Sensory-Sensitive Day. This event provides a welcoming space to enjoy some of Dollywood's world-class attractions with limited sound and light interruptions. This event begins at 9 a.m. before the park opens at 10 a.m. and will continue through noon. Event space is limited and only available for pre-registered event participants.

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Event Schedule

9 a.m. | The Village and Country Fair open.

  • Ride Accessibility hosts available to provide Boarding Passes
  • The Village Carousel and Dollywood Express available exclusively for attendees until 11:00 a.m.
  • Santa's List, Country Fair rides and games available exclusively for attendees until noon.
  • Midway Market will be open for snacks/refreshment purchases.

9:20 a.m. | Boarding for "silent" (no whistle) Dollywood Express train ride* begins.

9:30 a.m. | Dollywood Express leaves for "silent" trip. (20-minute experience)

10:20 a.m. | Boarding for second "silent" Dollywood Express train ride* begins.

10:30 a.m. | Dollywood Express leaves for final "silent" trip. (20-minute experience)

11:00 a.m. | Grandstand Café opens for lunch purchases.

Noon | Lights and sounds resume normal operation.

  • Santa's List and Country Fair open to all Guests.

*The Dollywood Express is an authentic 110-ton coal-fired steam train. Cinders may land on Guests, so sunglasses are recommended. While the whistle will not blow from 9 a.m. to noon, there are other sounds associated with this trip.

Recommendations & Tips

Popular attractions for those with sensory sensitivity:

  • Lil' Pilots Playground and Granny's Garden
  • Rockin' Roadway
  • Dragonflier
  • Dipping Activity Old Flames Candles

Popular shows for those with sensory sensitivity:

  • 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
  • O' Holy Night

Popular attractions for sensory-seekers:

  • Hidden Hollow
  • Big Bear Mountain
  • Mystery Mine
  • Handsville Wax Company
  • Valley Forge Blacksmith

Popular shows for sensory-seekers:

  • Christmas in the Smokies
  • Wonderful Christmas
  • Joyful! Drone Show

Utilize our Calming Room if needed.

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