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About John Stevenson

John Stevenson (Dollywood Insider 2017-Now) 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!
25 March 2019

Behind the Scenes at Cuba Vibra! at Festival of Nations

By | 2019-03-25T14:18:57+00:00 March 25th, 2019|Behind the Scenes, Entertainment|0 Comments

The warmer temperatures outside might just be the Caribbean breeze brought from one of the headlining acts at this year's Festival of Nations at Dollywood. Hailing from the beautiful city of Havana, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba's "Cuba Vibra!" show is 45 minutes of nonstop music, high-energy dancing, acrobatics, beautiful costumes and an array of [...]

13 March 2019

What To Do First At Dollywood

By | 2019-03-14T10:15:51+00:00 March 13th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Dollywood is home to more than 50 rides and attractions (not counting the shops, shows and restaurants!), so you may wonder when you walk into the park for the first time…”where do I begin?” Fortunately, there’s no wrong way to start your first day at Dollywood. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of [...]

23 January 2019

Dollywood Over the Years: Then and Now

By | 2019-01-23T17:16:13+00:00 January 23rd, 2019|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Dollywood has been entertaining guests and serving as the backdrop to cherished family memories since it opened in 1986. If you’re a longtime visitor, you know how much the park has grown and changed over the last three decades. However, the park has retained much of its history and roots, and I have the [...]

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 [...]

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