Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 150 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near Gatlinburg, Dollywood is one of the most popular family vacation destinations.
Dollywood is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres and located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Thunderhead wooden coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music.
In 2013, Dollywood won five of Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards for Best Food, Friendliest Park, Best Shows, Best Christmas Event and Best New Ride (Waterpark) for RiverRush. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage. In addition to mouth-watering Southern-style food offered throughout the park, Dollywood hosts five of the South’s largest festivals throughout the year bringing special performing groups and concerts.
2014 Festival Dates:
Festival of Nations: March 22-April 21
Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival: May 24-June 8
Great American Summer: June 14-August 3
National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration: September 22-November 1
Smoky Mountain Christmas: November 7-December 30
Dollywood theme park adds another innovative coaster to its lineup with FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster that travels forward and backward, set to open in March 2014. FireChaser Express launches twice, traveling forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track. The coaster launches from the loading station traveling from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 second. As the journey ends, a backward launch from zero to 20 mph in two seconds sends FireChaser Express back to the station traveling in the opposite direction.
Are Dollywood shows included with theme park tickets? Yes.There are a variety of shows and entertainment throughout the Park which are free with your admission ticket except for our special ticketed events. What is the minimum age for children to attend the park without supervision? For the safety of our guests, children must be 13 years old or older to enter without an adult. Children 12 years old and younger must be accompanied by a chaperone 16 years old or older. Unescorted children will not be admitted to Dollywood. Is Dollywood wheelchair accessible? A majority of the Park is level to gently-rolling and is thus wheelchair accessible. Are wheelchairs or electric convenience vehicles (ECVs) available for daily rental? If so, what is the cost? A limited number of wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) are available for rent. (Operator must be at least 16 years of age. Operators 16-18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian at least 21 years of age sign the rental agreement.) Reservations may be made online 48 hours prior to arrival with our convenient purchasing process. Reservations cannot be carried over to the next day (on an "After 3:00, Next Day Free" ticket). Wheelchairs are $10 per day. ECVs are $36 for a full day. Discounts are available on wheelchair and ECV rentals for Dollywood Gold and Super Gold Passholders. No other discounts apply.
What if my child is 3 years old or younger? They are free!
Are lockers available for rent? Lockers are available at Wild Eagle, SkyZip, Mystery Mine, River Battle, Daredevil Falls, Stroller Rental and near the Tennessee Tornado roller coaster. At the Stroller Rental, lockers are $4.00 + $1.00 refundable key deposit. This gives unlimited access to the locker for the entire day. At Mystery Mine, River Battle, Daredevil Falls and near the Tennessee Tornado roller coaster, lockers are $.50 each time the locker is open.
Does Dollywood offer package pick-up? Yes.Instead of carrying your purchases around, please take advantage of our convenient and complimentary Package Pickup service. Any items purchased in our merchandise shops will be delivered to the Dollywood Emporium for you to pick up as you exit the Park at the end of your day. Simply let the merchandise Host know that you’d like to use Package Pickup. You’ll receive a card indicating the time your item(s) will be ready. Simply proceed to the Dollywood Emporium to the Package Pickup counter where your item(s) will be waiting! Package Pickup is offered on purchases made prior to two hours before Park closing. For your convenience, Package Pickup is staffed until Park closing. What are the parking fees at Dollywood? Fees are $10 for all standard length vehicles, $15 for oversize length vehicles such as RVs and trailers. Trams provide transportation to the Front Gate.
Are coolers or outside food or drink allowed at Dollywood?
No.After careful consideration of park policies across the nation, consultation with health and safety experts and much consideration of the welfare of our guests and employees alike, we are unable to allow coolers, food or drinks into Dollywood. Although we do not allow food or drink to be brought into the Park, Dollywood offers a wide variety of delicious foods available at our restaurants and snack vendors. (Special dietary needs should be addressed with the Foods Office prior to arrival at 865-428-9428.) However, if you would like to eat elsewhere or must leave for any reason during the day, remember to get your hand stamped and keep your admission ticket, then you can return later that same day. Dollywood does not have picnic areas at the Park, but if you would like to picnic somewhere, the Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to visit. Can I leave the park and return that same day? Yes.You will need to have your hand stamped at the exit at the Dollywood Emporium. Keep your ticket so it can be scanned when you return.
Are strollers available for rent?
A limited number of single and double strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first served basis. Single strollers are $11 (plus tax) per day, and double strollers are $14 (plus tax) per day.
What items are prohibited at the park?
Alcohol and weapons.
Are there First Aid Stations located at Dollywood?
Yes. Dollywood staffs three Safety/First Aid Offices—one in the Jukebox Junction area near the Pines Theatre, one in Wilderness Pass near River Battle and another in the Village area near the train crossing—with medical personnel on duty at all times during park hours.
What is the smoking policy at Dollywood?
If you smoke, please utilize the many designated smoking areas indicated on the Guide Map. Smoking is strictly forbidden on all rides, queue lines, indoor theaters, attractions, shops and restaurants.
Are baby changing and nursing stations available at the park?
Baby Care Centers, located in the Showstreet and Country Fair areas, offer nursing areas, changing stations and family restrooms. There are also nursing stations available at the restrooms in Country Fair, Jukebox Junction, Market Square, The Village and Craftman's Valley near the Woodcarving Shop. Vending facilities are available at the restrooms in Rivertown Junction, Craftsman's Valley and Jukebox Junction.
Are pets allowed at Dollywood?
Although pets are not permitted inside Dollywood, the one-of-a-kind kennel, Doggywood, is available for the convenience of our Guests and their dogs. The daily rental fee provides each dog its own water supply, and a walk area is located adjacent to the building so owners can spend time with their pets without having to leave the park. Space is limited, and reservations are highly recommended. Please call 865-428-9826 during Park operating hours. Without a reservation, all kennels at Doggywood will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. *Please note: Doggywood can only accommodate dogs.
Service animals for Guests with disabilities are allowed inside Dollywood.
Does Dollywood offer rain checks on tickets?
If it is raining when you leave the Park and your visit is shortened by the rain, you can request a Rain Check—just ask. Rain Checks are distributed at the Season Pass Center and are valid until the end of the season.
Why do my Dollywood E-Tickets only have one name listed on them? The name on the E-Ticket is the primary ticket holder but the tickets are valid for all within your party.
Does the after 3pm or after 6pm program apply towards these one day tickets? Yes, if your visit (entrance) is after 3:00 p.m. (except during Smoky Mountain Christmas), please save this ticket for re-entry the next operating day. If your visit is after 6:00 p.m. during Smoky Mountain Christmas, please save this ticket for re-entry the next operating day.
Vacationing in Pigeon Forge and visiting Dollywood go hand in hand.The family friendly theme park is an inviting, 150 acres of adventure tucked into the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.From entertaining shows to thrilling rides, talented craftsmen and engaging festivals, the Dollywood Theme Park’s award-winning tradition of hospitality, innovation and value are always on full display when I visit.
Depending on when I visit, my experience at Dollywood varies in the things to do, a lot of which is inspired by the shows and festivals being hosted at the time.What never changes, however, is the southern charm of the park’s employees – which is why the park has won the title of “Friendliest Park” again and again.That most likely has a lot to do with Dolly Parton.She has infused this park with her own childhood dreams, ideas and love of the Smoky Mountains.Along with this, the park has invested over and over again in attractions and shows for visitors to experience.In recent years, they’ve debuted thrill seeker rides like Wild Eagle while also keeping family and togetherness at the heart of Dollywood.
Much of the park’s entertainment and attractions are directly influenced by Dolly Parton’s childhood in the Smokies.Whether it be the rides that invoke the old fashioned fun her family would create or the productions which showcase classic sing-a-longs, heritage and country spirit.Much of the entertainment shifts regarding the current festival.That said, Heartsong, performed throughout the year, is a staple show I recommend to all visitors. It’s a story taken straight from the pages of Dolly Parton’s life, during which memories are shared and made.Be sure to catch show from Zambia Vocal Group and dances from the La Danza de Columbia during Worldfest, while over 250 free bluegrass concerts hosted at the Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival are a highlight of my spring visits.Of course, I can’t forget Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas shows.The holiday splendor of the season is celebrated at productions like A Christmas Carol and O Holy Night.
Walking through the beautifully landscaped park, which is also relatively flat and easy to navigate, I always enjoy watching the local craftsmen work.I have to say, the glass blowers are my favorite.Normally, I pick up a unique item and have it saved at the front entrance parcel pickup.This way, I’m free to hop on my favorite rides and not have any shopping bags to worry about.Speaking of rides, I’m a bit of adrenaline junkie so I seek out Thunderhead, Tennessee Tornado and Barnstormer.To slow my racing heart, I like to take a ride aboard the Smoky Mountain Railroad.Of course, the delicious aromas wafting through Market Square.The home-style Big Skillet dishes are loaded with sausage, potatoes, peppers and other ingredients cooked up just like Momma used to make!Wash it down with a sweet lemonade for a scrumptious lunch.Save room for snacking later, though – Dollywood’s funnel cakes and berries ‘n cream are too tasty to pass up!
Visit and see for yourself why Dollywood Pigeon Forge is a wonderful addition to any Pigeon Forge vacation.With so many things to do, the entire family will find the park the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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The NEW FireChaser roller coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee