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Summer Lives Here: Only at Dollywood

Already renowned for family fun, Dollywood takes summertime excitement to the next level during Summer Lives Here from June 17th to August 6th. During this time, families can take advantage of extended operating hours – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm – and a spectacular nightly fireworks show. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the thrilling rides, entertaining shows, and unique attractions all summer long. Plus, this one-of-a-kind summer festival is included in your Dollywood tickets.

Summer Lives Here includes all of your favorite rides and shows, including Dreamland Drive-In and the Gem Tones. Also be on the lookout for these new additions and exciting attractions!

Summer Lives Here at Dollywood
Swing all summer long at Dollywood’s Summer Lives Here festival.

Dolly’s Night of Many Colors

Synchronized to music, each evening features Paint Your Dreams across the Sky, an inspiring piece of music written specifically for the occasion by Dolly, along with other songs that underscore this colorful summertime celebration!

Gazillion Bubbles

Bubbles aren’t just for the bathtub anymore as the new show Gazillion Bubbles: New Dimension takes the stage in an interactive bubble world filled with lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, and you’ll feel like a kid again all thanks to a bunch of bubbles.

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Dollywood after Dark

If you want to experience extra late summer fun, visit Dollywood on July 1st and 8th when the park is open until midnight. Ride Wild Eagle under the night sky, sneak in another zoom on Mystery Mine, or catch that last minute show. You have plenty of time!

Summer Lives Here: No Better Way to Spend Summer in the Smokies

If you’re planning on visiting the Smokies this summer, a trip to Dollywood better be part of your itinerary. You don’t want to miss the exclusive shows, extended park hours, and of course, the delicious food. There’s no other summer festival like it in Pigeon Forge!

Discover all the fun available at Dollywood’s Great American summer with a Dollywood vacation package. You can even add tickets to Dollywood’s Splash Country to create a fun-filled vacation in Pigeon Forge the whole family will enjoy!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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