About Erica Ho

Erica Ho (Dollywood Insider 2018-2019) originally started Goodbye Normal (goodbyenormal.com) as a way to document her family’s international adoption journey. They have adopted from China and Ethiopia. Since then, the blog has grown and continued to embrace her daily walk through parenting, faith, travel and other odds and ends. Erica also serves as the Director of Missions at America World Adoption (awaa.org), sending teams out to care for orphans around the world. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four children (all ten and under). Her family has enjoyed making memories at Dollywood since moving to Tennessee nine years ago.
24 June 2019

The Cascades: One of Splash Country’s Best-Kept Secrets

By | 2019-06-24T16:08:02+00:00 June 24th, 2019|Water Park|0 Comments

Summer is in full swing and so are the soaring temperatures! Thank goodness for Dollywood’s Splash Country and the break from heat it provides. Our family recently went on a three-day Dollywood-filled adventure and chose to spend the first day at the water park enjoying the many water slides and attractions—and working on our [...]

22 April 2019

Beginner Thrill Rides for the Smallest Dollywood Fan

By | 2019-04-25T16:17:20+00:00 April 22nd, 2019|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

It’s hard to be the youngest, and shortest, kid in the family! It also can be a struggle to keep all the children happy and entertained. There were many years when we split up our time between attractions where the lower height restrictions rule and rides where our thrill-seeking older children could find thrills [...]

10 April 2019

Why Dollywood’s Mobile App is a Must!

By | 2019-04-10T17:07:31+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Whether you’re planning a one-time visit or you are a Season Passholder, the Dollywood App makes your park life easier. Here are the most frequently used features that I use when I’m there. 1. BEFORE YOUR VISIT Dates and Hours: We always try to get to the park gates first thing in the morning. [...]

3 April 2019

Dolly Parton’s Stampede: A Sensory and Action-Packed Adventure!

By | 2019-04-03T10:46:02+00:00 April 3rd, 2019|Area Entertainment|0 Comments

Our family of six recently headed to Sevierville for spring break and decided to check out Dolly Parton’s Stampede. We have four kids who seem to eat as much as a football team and the prospect of whole chickens, pork loin, made-from-scratch biscuits, potato wedges, corn on the cob and creamy vegetable soup made us [...]

3 January 2019

Bring-A-Friend Passes: One of Our Favorite Season Passholder Perks

By | 2019-01-10T10:19:34+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|Best Value|0 Comments

It’s no secret Dollywood has more to offer than could ever be experienced in a single visit. The many festivals and holiday-specific features have us coming back for more throughout the entire year! This happens to be the top reason we love having Season Passes. A close second is the Bring-A-Friend-Free (BAFF) tickets we [...]

17 October 2018

Fall Treats to Enjoy During Harvest Festival and LumiNights

By | 2018-10-17T10:23:39+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

The Harvest Festival at Dollywood shouldn’t be missed for many reasons. Obviously, Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the Southern Gospel Jubilee are among those. Our family wants to make sure you don’t miss the treats! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy event exclusives like Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cakes, Caramel Apple Sundaes, and Candy Corn Cotton [...]

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