I have two toddlers, so it’s rare that you find us in line for Dollywood in the morning when they open. Our favorite time to visit is after naptime; we love to get to the park in the mid-afternoon, catch a sunset, grab dinner and tire the kids out so they fall asleep on the ride home. We’re local, and the main reason we do our Dollywood day trips this way is to see the park all lit up at night! Dollywood after dark is truly a magical experience for my kids every time – and it’s just as wonderous for adults, too! My top five reasons we love being at Dollywood in the evening are below. Can you add to my favorites?
If you visit during the summer and/or Christmas season, you can enjoy fireworks lighting up the sky as Dollywood closes for the day. Be sure to check out the posted calendar to see when fireworks are happening. This year, even Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is hosting a New Year’s Eve fireworks show!
Beat the Summer Heat!
It’s no secret that it can get hot in East Tennessee. Hanging out at the park after dark is a great way to beat the summer heat and still enjoy all Dollywood has to offer!
Coasters at Night
If you’re an adrenaline junkie like myself, then you’ll love riding all the roller coasters at night. There’s just something extra-fun about flying through the air in the dark! The anticipation gives you butterflies (in a good way!), and as you ascend you can see all the park lights.
Dollywood always has lights to offer at night! Whether it’s during Smoky Mountain Christmas, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, or even the 3D Drone Show during the summer, if there’s anything Dollywood knows how to do, and do well, it’s LIGHTS.
There is pure magic in Dollywood after dark. Wildwood Grove is especially enchanting at dusk. My kids love chasing bubbles after the sun goes down, and we always make sure to check out the Wildwood Tree. The way the butterflies dance with light is special to take in.
If you’ve never seen the park in the dark, I highly recommend it! Dollywood after dark is an unforgettable experience everyone in your family will enjoy.