About Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede celebrates its 27th Season with a rousing new overture highlighted by newly added video projections. The floor of the 30,000-square-foot arena is filled with moving images of stampeding horses so lifelike, the thundering hooves rattle the guests’ tables. Several of Dixie Stampede’s show segments have been re-envisioned to include the new video technology, and the most breathtaking use comes during the show’s patriotic conclusion. Set to the moving Color Me America!, written and performed by Dolly Parton, the entire arena floor is filled with the image of an American flag blowing in the breeze as a dozen horses and riders proudly present our nation’s colors in a display of perfectly choreographed pageantry.
Dixie Stampede dazzles guests with a cast of talented performers and a team of skilled riders who lead the show’s 32 magnificent horses through barrel races and other various tricks, all in the name of Dixie Stampede’s friendly rivalry and competition between the North and South sides of the arena. The 2014 show marks the return of two fan-favorite segments: miniature horse races and the bucket brigade competition, a wet and wild test of teamwork and coordination which is just one of several events that calls audience members to step up and bring home a victory for their team.
Please arrive an hour before showtime to stroll the beautiful horsewalk, and enjoy the side-splitting comedy and bluegrass and country music of Dixie Stampede’s house band in the Dixie Belle Saloon pre-show.
The Dixie Stampede Dinner includes:
- Whole Rotisserie Chicken
- Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
- Dixie's Original Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Scrumptious Homemade Biscuit
- Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
- Tasty Herb-basted Potato
- Dixie's very own Specialty Dessert
- Unlimited Pepsi, tea or coffee
In November and December, the Dixie Stampede transforms into a holiday celebration including a live Nativity, with three kings atop camels, holiday music, a visit from Santa and a four-course yuletide feast.
Dixie Stampede Dinner Attractions operate in two popular vacation destinations: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. They also operate Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction Frequently Asked Questions
What is the seating for this show?
The theater will assign your row as best available in the general section. This does not include the preferred seating. Is there a pre-show guests should be aware of at the Dixie Stampede?
Yes. There is a Carriage Room Opening Act 50 minutes before the Dixie Stampede show extravaganza. The musical and comedy talent of Bluegrass and Country band, Mountain Ruckus, are the scheduled performers.Are visitors allowed to meet & greet the performers at the Dixie Stampede Show?
Riders & horses stay at the rail after the show to greet guests and sign autographs. The horses are also available throughout the day at the Dixie Stampede Horsewalk.Are cameras, audio or video recording allowed at the show?
No, none of the above items are allowed. The Dixie Stampede has a team of professional photographers on-site though, and they take your group’s photo at the beginning of your Dixie Stampede experience.What type of meal is served at the Dixie Stampede Show?
The fabulous four-course feast includes homemade biscuit, original creamy vegetable soup, whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb basted potato wedges, apple turnover for dessert, plus all the coffee, tea, or Pepsi you like. Vegetarian meals are available by special request. Advance notice is required.What is the length of your intermission?
There is no intermission at the Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. However, there is a 15 minute break between the Carriage Room pre-show & the main arena spectacular.What is the size of the Dixie Stampede Theater?
The theater is 35,000 square feet and seats 1090 people.How many rows constitute the Dixie Stampede Theater?
The theater’s arena is horseshoe shaped and has 5 rows.Approximately how long is the Dixie Stampede Show?
The show is approximately 2 ½ hours long. Is preferred seating available? In order to reserve preferred seating you must contact the show directly.
If my child is 3 years or younger and is considered a lap child do they get a plate of food?No. For a child to reserve their own food a child's ticket must be purchased. Where is Dixie Stampede located on the Parkway? Is it near a Traffic Light?What type of parking do you have?
The Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge is located near Traffic Light #8.
The parking is all level. Group drop off, motorcoach & handicapped parking is located right up front. General parking allows guests to stroll the beautiful horsewalk and meet the 4-legged stars of the show.What type of handicap seating/accessibility do you have?
Level handicap seating is available near our restrooms. The handicap seating is located on the top row of the theater to allow easy access to restroom facilities and seating with no stairs.
Wireless headsets and ASL interpreters are available for hearing impaired guests. Advance notice is required.Does Dolly Parton visit the Dixie Stampede?
Yes, she does visit, although her visits are somewhat sporadic. Don’t count on seeing Dolly when you visit, but if you do see her, feel extra special that you did!Are booster seats available?
Yes, booster seats are available free of charge but a child's ticket must be purchased to use one.
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction Review
touts itself as the most fun place to eat in the Smokies, and after attending the show, I have to agree! From start to finish, the show features nonstop entertainment, including singing, dancing, trick riding, comedy and a friendly North and South rivalry that had me stampeding my feet in delight.
The show I attended officially started at 6pm, but be sure to get there early for the Carriage Room show opening act which begins at 5:15pm. Mountain Ruckus, the featured performers, pick and grin their way through some sing-a-long style tunes and a few other interesting ditties that got me ready for the main event.
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include a delicious feast, which is served promptly after the introduction of the armies and cavalries. I was seated in the North section and loudly cheered on my troops and cavalry as they were introduced. While the friendly North and South rivalry got started, I enjoyed a hot bowl of Dixie’s creamy vegetable soup, along with a yummy cheddar biscuit.
While enjoying the rest of my first course, I was awed by the roman riding and fiery hoop jump the skilled riders and horses performed, as well as the “Into the West” segment of the show which paid tribute to frontiersmen and Indians and featured “Sha-Kon-O-Hey,” written by Dolly Parton, as well as an amazing aerialist who gracefully soars high above the audience. The buffalo were a highlight of this segment of the show as well, as they stood their ground in the settlers-themed arena. Skeeter, the pesky and hilarious Dixie Stampede comedian, kept the show rolling with funny jokes, shenanigans and magic tricks too.
Before I knew it, the dinner bell rang and my plate was being piled high with a whole rotisserie chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob and herb-basted potato, all while more spectacular trick riding, comedy and a beautiful tribute to the South is performed. Not soon after, the competition begins between the North and the South, where horsemanship and other feats are tested. Some of the competition is also done between audience members, such as the chicken chase for little ones and horse shoes for the adults. Plus, Skeeter gets in on the rivalry as he hosts races between mini-horses and pigs. The audience was roaring with applause and stampeding thunder as they cheered on their respective side, a sure sign everyone was having a great time at the Dixie Stampede Pigeon Forge
As the show winded down, I dug into my flaky apple pastry and watched the Rumble in the Treetops salute to the North highlighting the skills of lumberjacks. From log climbing to sawing and chopping competitions, the lumberjacks raced from one event to the other as I cheered on the North. The very last event – Pass the Flag – includes the entire audience and during my visit, it sealed the win for the North! The show finale is a patriotic salute to America as riders and horses in luminous costumes perform to Dolly Parton’s “Color Me America.” It was the perfect way to end a night that truly was the most fun place to eat in Pigeon Forge