Dollywood Gatlinburg, TN
During your vacation to Gatlinburg, TN, Dollywood is one of those “must see-must do” attractions. Dollywood was the brain child of famous country singer Dolly Parton. The park actually opened in 1961 and since that time has had many names and owners before she bought the park. It officially became Dollywood in 1986 and is now one of the South’s most popular theme parks. Dollywood is open from March through December and hours vary according to crowds and season. It is located in Pigeon Forge, which is approximately 7 miles from Gatlinburg or approximately 15 minute drive, depending on traffic.
Dollywood consists of 150 acres with a total of 26 rides. These rides include five roller coasters and four water rides. Adjacent to Dollywood, you will find Dollywood’s Splash Country, a 25 acre water park. In addition, Dollywood is the site of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
When you visit Dollywood, make sure that you get there when it opens because with all to see and do, you will be there until it closes. You might even consider making it a two day event. While there you can experience thrilling rides, tasty dining options, high quality entertainment, plenty of shops to visit, you can watch craftsman working on their crafts, and so much more. There is something for every age and every member of the family. If you get tired, you can always find a place to sit and rest the feet. If you click on the office website for Dollywood, you can download a map of the park so you can get an idea of all there is to see and do.
Dollywood is organized into themed areas, what they reflect on, and some of the attractions and rides that are found in that themed area.
Showstreet — Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee
The Showstreet Palace Theatre
The Celebrity Theatre
The Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame
Rivertown Junction-– Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee
The Tennessee Mountain Home-A replica of the home where Dolly Parton grew up in
The Back Porch Theatre
The Smokey Mountain River Rampage whitewater rafting ride
Craftsmen’s Valley— Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee
The Dollywood Grist Mill
The Valley Theatre
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary-An outdoor aviary
Wings of America Theatre-Features a Birds of Prey Show
Calico Falls Schoolhouse
Tennessee Tornado coaster—This is a triple spiral-looping coaster in which you zoom down a 128 foot drop through an actual mountain at speeds of 70mph
Blazing Fury coaster
Daredevil Falls flume ride-The highest and fastest waterfall in America with a 62 ft drop
The Village—Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee
The Dollywood Express steam train—This is a 110 ton coal-fired steam engine that takes you through the foothills of the Smokey Mountains on a five mile journey.
HeartSong—A multi-media musical presentation that tells the story of Dolly Parton’s life
The Magic Laughmaker
The Country Fair— Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee. The Rides include:
The Dizzy Dish
The Amazing Flying Elephants
Lemon Twist Shooting Star
Veggie tales Slideshow
Spin Kid’s Rollercoaster
Dolly’s Demolition Derby
The Wonder Wheel—A 60 ft. tall Ferris Wheel
Timber Canyon– Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee
Mystery Mine coaster—It has two vertical lifts, a 95 degree085 foot drop, a heartline roll, and a dive loop with a 1.811-foot track
Thunderhead coaster—A wooden roller coaster features a 100 foot drop with a top speed of 55 mph and is a turbulent ride.
Jukebox Junction– Reflect on the historical eras and cultures of East Tennessee
The Pines Theatre
Rockin’ Roadway car ride
Adventures in Imagination—Reflects on Dolly Parton’s life and imagination
White Lightening simulator ride
Dolly Parton Museum “Chasing Rainbows”
The Mountain Slidewinder water-toboggan ride
The Barnstormer—It reaches 89 feet in the air and a maximum speed of 65 miles an hour and a rotation of 230 degrees. It has two pendulum arms that can seat 32 riders.
Giant Swing, which includes soft pigs, planes, and other things the children can enjoy
River Battle water ride—It is an interactive water raft ride
The SkyZip upcharge attraction
A new attraction, which will be located in the Wilderness Pass, called Adventure Mountain. It is America’s largest rope course and will feature four distinct adventure courses that range from east to expert. It will include 100 different rope features, swinging beams, suspension bridges, a tire traverse, and flying islands. The Adventure trails will range from a few inches off the ground to more than 26 feet. There will be a scaled down play area for the younger kids.
While at Dollywood riding all those rides, shopping, and visiting the many attractions, you are sure to build up a big appetite. Spread through out Dollywood, you will a large variety of places to eat. From sit down type restaurants to quick snack restaurants, Dollywood has it all. Here are some of the restaurants you will find around Dollywood
Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans
Berries ‘n’ Cream
Hickory House BBQ
Open-air Market Square
Village Ice Creamery
When you are ready to shop for souvenirs, there are many shops to choose from.
The Dollywood Emporium
Hillside General Store
Temples Warehouse and Dry Goods
Dolly’s Closet—Dolly style clothes in your side
Rocky Top Log Furniture
In the Craftsmen area, there are also a variety of shops to visit featuring the different crafts found there.
Blacksmith & Foundry
Old Flames Candles
Joe Deanda Glass Blower—You can watch him blow glass
As you can see there is so much to see and do that it will take you all day so dress comfortable, wear comfortable shoes, take a set of dry clothes with you if you want to change after getting wet on the various water rides in the park and have fun. If you visit the official website, you can get more information on all the rides, attractions, shops, and more. Have fun at Dollywood.
About Author : Patricia Johnson is a freelance writer living in Indiana. Patricia has traveled extensively across the length and breadth of United States and that helps her when she write on travel and tours. She also likes to write about history, health conditions and medicine, family and children, and general topics.