About John Stevenson

John Stevenson was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and now lives in Nashville. He’s a devout roller coaster enthusiast and has been a frequent Dollywood visitor since 2001. That love for roller coasters led him to start Coaster101.com in 2005. Since then, the website has become a trusted source for the latest roller coaster news, educational articles, interviews with amusement industry leaders, and of course, all things Dollywood. The world record-breaking Lightning Rod is near the top of John’s list of favorite coasters, which is impressive considering he’s ridden more than 190 coasters across the United States! However, he’s been known to tout Dollywood’s famous cinnamon bread as the park’s star attraction. He looks forward to sharing his passion for Dollywood with the world!
23 November 2018

8 Things I Learned Behind the Scenes at Blazing Fury

By | 2018-11-21T15:10:17+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Thrill Rides|0 Comments

Warning: there are a few spoilers in this post. If you haven’t ridden Blazing Fury yet, you may want to come back after your first ride. Celebrating its 40th birthday this year is Blazing Fury, Dollywood’s classic, family-friendly indoor roller coaster. Opened in 1978, it was the first coaster at Dollywood, which was then [...]

12 October 2018

Use Your Phone to Create the Ultimate Dollywood Bucket List

By | 2018-10-12T16:34:44+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Trip Planning|0 Comments

I’m a list guy, and my newest list is one of my favorites. It’s a Dollywood to-do list, a new feature of the official Dollywood app. (If you don’t have the app yet, read this!) Here’s how the app’s new list feature works: 1. Create your list. On the bottom of the app screen, [...]

27 July 2018

“Which Dollywood Coaster Are You?” Quiz

By | 2018-09-17T16:47:07+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

Dollywood is home to eight amazing roller coasters. Whether you're a seasoned thrill seeker or a newcomer on the search for your first coaster ride, Dollywood has roller coasters that range from kid-friendly to world record-breaking. So which Dollywood coaster are you? Take this quiz to find out!

2 July 2018

Top 6 Spots to Watch Coasters at Dollywood

By | 2018-07-02T16:39:23+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

Sometimes, watching Dollywood’s roller coasters and other thrill rides is just as fun as riding them. So if you’re hanging back while others in your group ride, there are plenty of places near many of Dollywood’s most thrilling attractions for you to take photos and enjoy the view. Below are some of my favorite [...]

13 June 2018

Five Tips for “Thrill Soakers” at Dollywood’s Splash Country

By | 2018-10-03T09:02:04+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Thrill Rides, Water Park|0 Comments

Waterpark season is in full swing – or slide – and that means thrill junkies will be lining up to slide down the craziest waterslides that Dollywood’s Splash Country has to offer (hint: there are many). Below are some tips I share with my fellow aquatic daredevils when they visit: Ride RiverRush first. As [...]

14 May 2018

Spin ‘til Your Heart’s Content on These Dollywood Rides

By | 2018-05-14T14:22:49+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

There's something about spinning that just makes you laugh. Regardless of the speed, twirling around and around is something many of us have done since we were kids: on a swing set, a merry-go-round or even in a swivel chair. The giggle-inducing, out-of-control sensation that spinning gives us goes hand-in-hand with many of the [...]

23 April 2018

Five Reasons Why You Can’t Miss Tennessee Tornado

By | 2018-04-27T12:51:39+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

Tucked away in a corner of Dollywood where Wilderness Pass meets Craftsman's Valley stands a hidden gem: the Tennessee Tornado steel roller coaster. Opened in 1999, Tennessee Tornado put Dollywood on the map for coaster enthusiasts. A drop through a mountain, a 110-foot-tall “spiro loop” and speeds approaching 70 mph all made Tennessee Tornado [...]

23 March 2018

Behind the Costumes of the National Dance Company of Siberia

By | 2018-03-23T15:21:53+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Entertainment|0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to watch the National Dance Company of Siberia’s performance, but, wow, I was blown away. The energetic dancing, Siberian music, and elaborate costumes were unlike anything I’ve seen before. The show, part of Dollywood’s Festival of Nations, brings 52 performers from Siberia to Tennessee. [...]

5 February 2018

The Stories Behind Dollywood’s Signs

By | 2018-04-27T13:13:02+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

Where would we be without signs? At Dollywood, signs guide us around the park from point A to point B and beyond. They send you to your next ride, show or meal. Other Dollywood signs, however, tell a story about the people and history of the park and the surrounding region. I got some [...]

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