We really enjoyed Dollywood, our first visit. 9 of us went, ages 2 to 60, and we all really had a great time. From roller-coasters to shops and shows....everyone was happy. Practically no wait times today at all. Dollywood is gorgeous from the mountains to the flowers to adorable plant sculptures.... Music is always playing somewhere and the family atmosphere is so cool.
One of the best THEME parks. Loved the Harvest Festival with all the pumpkin displays, Halloween decor and music - so much talent and love the music here. Lots of themed food and drinks. The hot cinnamon bread was a treat. Ride the Dollywood Express that circles the park, see Dolly's childhood home replica, escape to a bygone beaut of a place, and ride great themed rides like the Tennessee Tornado and Wild Eagle... the eagle ride really does make you feel like you're soaring!
We arrived at Dollywood on a Tuesday around 10am.We prepaid for parking and the parking lots were full up to lot D, where we Parked. The Tram was the longest thing to wait for but it was clear the staff was moving as fast as they could, and it was organized. Getting into the park after the tram dropped us off took no time at all. We prepaid for tickets and highly recommend you do the same. I screenshot my tickets and they scanned my phone. I picked up a "Happy Birthday" button from a bin right near the maps. I got a map but I used the Dollywood App mostly since it works like google maps and has all ride wait times. Wait times were not too bad most of the day. The park is very walkable and you can go to the lesser wait times and keep an eye out on other rides. The biggest downside really was their credit card machines going down around the park. I recommend bringing cash, I have come to learn it is very helpful to have. All in all though, Dollywood did not disappoint!
I have been to many amusement parks around the country and for my money Dollywood is one of my favorites. The park is always clean and looks great. Staff is friendly and helpful. Plenty of food and drink options. The rides are very cool and a good mix for all ages. The roller-coasters are a lot of fun. Wait times are not bad. Summer festival is very cool. We spent 12 hours in the park. Tons of activities and things to do. Will be an annual tradition for us.
My family and I got the 2 day tickets and it was so worth it! We are considering getting passes because we live close enough to make a day trip. I'm from Florida and lived very close to both Busch Gardens and Disney, and I have to say the food options at Dollywood were unexpectedly AMAZING compared to either of those parks. I was so impressed with their fall offerings, and the fact that there's no alcohol in the park. We weren't expecting that! Huge plus! The decorations and lights were absolutely charming. The hosts are all really nice, we felt so welcome, and I made sure to let them know! The help desks located throughout the park were a great resource. One thing I noticed that impressed me was the variety of merchandise available, every store was so different from the next! My son absolutely loved seeing all the tradespeople working their craft. I'm not sure if any theme park can compete with the enrichment factor there. This was my first time visiting the park in over 20 years and we all loved it. Dolly's values are well represented in this park. I am so excited to make tons of new memories with my son! Can't wait to come back for Christmas festivities.
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