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About Andrew Courtner

A Tennessee native, Andrew Courtner (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now) has lived in all three parts of Tennessee twice during his life. He was born in Knoxville and grew up coming to Dollywood as a child with his family. He now resides in Cookeville, Tennessee, with his wife and son. Andrew has his dream job of being a college professor teaching educational research and quantitative statistics. Andrew frequently visits Dollywood throughout the year making new Dollywood memories with his family while reminiscing about the memories he made as a kid. Andrew is excited to share his experiences and tips (especially about roller coasters and thrill rides) at Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country and Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa.
21 December 2020

My Story: What Matters Most When Picking Up the Pieces

By | 2020-12-21T15:49:18+00:00 December 21st, 2020|Family Visits, Festivals|0 Comments

When my wife and I married in 2010, we created a tradition of collecting Christmas ornaments from cities and places we visited. So, each year as we decorate the tree, we get to relive all those memories of all of our travels together. When my son, Aiden, was born in 2016, we also started [...]

7 December 2020

How to Save Money OUTSIDE of Dollywood with A Gold Pass

By | 2020-12-07T12:39:35+00:00 December 7th, 2020|Area Entertainment, Best Value|0 Comments

One thing I love about my Dollywood Gold Season Pass is all of the money I save at the parks (both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country), but did you know about all of the other discounts you get with your Season Pass OUTSIDE of the parks? You receive exclusive discounts at regional and national [...]

30 November 2020

What is Package Pick-Up?

By | 2020-11-30T15:25:51+00:00 November 30th, 2020|Shopping|0 Comments

Do you ever find yourself shopping at Dollywood and wish you had more hands to carry all of the bags? I sure do! Well, Dollywood, once again, has provided another guest-friendly solution to your problem—Package Pick-Up. I got to spend a day with the Package Pick-Up team to find out all of the details [...]

27 July 2020

A Day in the Life of the Dollywood Train Crew

By | 2020-09-24T15:16:20+00:00 July 27th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

Almost every little kid grows up saying they want to be a train engineer. At least, I know I did, and so does my little boy. He was actually a train engineer for Halloween last year, or what he would call a “choo choo man” with his own Dollywood Express stuffed train. For Tim, [...]

14 July 2020

Best Times for Smoky Mountain Sunsets

By | 2020-07-16T16:27:44+00:00 July 14th, 2020|Attractions, Thrill Rides|0 Comments

One of the unique things that sets Dollywood apart from other theme parks is its location. The park is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains—the most-visited national park in the country! These mountains, I would argue, can provide some of the best sunsets and views anywhere. As a Dollywood roller coaster [...]

1 July 2020

How to Save Money on Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream!

By | 2020-07-01T17:12:18+00:00 July 1st, 2020|Best Value|0 Comments

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream—Dippin’ Dots ice cream, that is! Everyone loves ice cream, so what’s better than Dippin’ Dots ice cream? Dippin’ Dots ice cream at Dollywood! During my years of visiting Dollywood, Dippin’ Dots has always been a staple treat that my family and I indulge in [...]

3 February 2020

Dollywood’s Off-Season Roller Coaster Maintenance

By | 2020-02-03T17:41:35+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Attractions, Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

I have always loved roller coasters—even as a child. So much that I’ve been known to take motion sickness medicine at the first sign of wooziness after a day full or riding so that I can keep riding! I am always intrigued with what it takes behind the scenes on my favorite attractions. So, [...]

18 December 2019

NEW, Interactive Christmas Tree Wand

By | 2020-11-24T12:13:22+00:00 December 18th, 2019|Entertainment|0 Comments

Editor's Note: This wand debuted in 2019. For Smoky Mountain Christmas 2020, this item is on sale for $10 (that's including tax!). My son is like Kevin McAlister from “Home Alone”—always in love with Christmas trees! And what place has one of the best? Dollywood, of course! So when we visited Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain [...]

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