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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!
7 August 2019

10+ Places to Laugh Out Loud at Dollywood

By | 2019-08-07T14:13:11+00:00 August 7th, 2019|Entertainment|0 Comments

A day (or more!) at Dollywood is guaranteed to provide plenty of laughs. From giggle-inducing rides to wisecracking characters, Dollywood can be a very humorous place. Below are more than 10 places where laughter is plentiful. Miss Lillian's Smokehouse One of the most famous and beloved Dollywood icons (besides Dolly, of course) is Miss [...]

19 June 2019

10 Things I Learned at Dollywood’s Rides Maintenance Shop

By | 2019-06-19T17:57:44+00:00 June 19th, 2019|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Every year, Dollywood gives coaster enthusiasts a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the park and some of its most popular attractions. Last year, as part of the 10th-annual event, attendees had the chance to tour the park's large rides maintenance shop, where many of Dollywood's roller coaster trains are inspected, cleaned and rebuilt. Dollywood's growing operating [...]

26 April 2019

5 Reasons Why Dragonflier is Unique

By | 2019-06-26T10:39:12+00:00 April 26th, 2019|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

When it opens next month, Dragonflier will be one of the star attractions at Wildwood Grove—Dollywood’s largest expansion ever. As Dollywood's ninth roller coaster, Dragonflier will offer a totally new experience unlike any other coaster at the park. Below are five reasons why Dragonflier is unique and why it will be a must-ride at [...]

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 | 2019-06-26T10:41:03+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

Dollywood is home to nine 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!

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