About Justin Hornback

Justin Hornback (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now) is the father of an adventurous two-year-old and the husband of a fellow Dollywood enthusiast. Born and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Justin loves all things hospitality, theatre, film, hotels, travel and history. Most importantly, his daily focus is getting to spend time with family. He shares his adventures on his blog and social media channels at Snapshots Made Yesterday. Justin loves visiting Dollywood (the four-hour drive is worth it!) with his wife and son. They are often found exploring Dollywood with his parents, who have passed on the love for the park. When not at Dollywood, Justin works behind the scenes managing the box office and social media for a performing arts theatre in his hometown.
22 March 2021

Tour the Updates to Craftsman’s Valley

By | 2021-03-22T14:32:02+00:00 March 22nd, 2021|Shopping|0 Comments

Craftsman's Valley is my favorite spot in all of Dollywood because of its historic charm. Updates in this area focus on present needs (like more elbow room and updated equipment/shops) while keeping the past in mind. Check out this video as I show you what's new in 2021!  

18 February 2021

Make It At Home – Dollywood’s Meatloaf Stacker

By | 2021-02-18T17:32:36+00:00 February 18th, 2021|Dining|0 Comments

Do you ever get the hankerin’ for food from Dollywood? I know I do. Especially during the off-season. One of my favorite dishes to order is the Meatloaf Stacker at Granny Ogle’s Ham 'n' Beans. Fortunately, I was given the recipe to make at home and share with you! Watch us make our own [...]

25 January 2021

Behind the Design of Song & Hearth

By | 2021-01-25T09:35:26+00:00 January 25th, 2021|Dining, Lodging|0 Comments

I’ve heard stories about Dolly’s influence on the design of Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery (located inside the resort), but I wanted to find out for myself. And, tell you, of course. I spoke with Brian Angello, Dollywood’s Director of Hospitality Marketing, about Song & Hearth’s design. What is Dolly’s Recipe for Life? [...]

25 November 2020

VIDEO: Santa’s Naughty or Nice List Experience

By | 2020-11-24T09:58:00+00:00 November 25th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

Even in a pandemic, Santa is at Dollywood! In fact, I learned that the big man in red has a Smoky Mountain cabin—and that’s where he takes care of a very important list. You know, THE list… I love that this Dollywood experience invites families to get a peek as Santa makes and checks [...]

9 October 2020

Leather Legacy with Dollywood’s Glenn Donly

By | 2020-10-12T14:09:47+00:00 October 9th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

I'm a big fan of Craftsman's Valley. It’s that feeling of stepping back in time, but being right at home at the same time. This paradox engulfs me every time. I love the Grist Mill.  I love the older buildings. I love watching the artisans create their crafts by hand. There is someone who fits right in [...]

19 August 2020

History Lesson: Dollywood’s Water Clock

By | 2020-08-21T14:51:37+00:00 August 19th, 2020|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Is there something you keep in your Dollywood bag for every trip? Mine would be a copy of the 1982 park map for Silver Dollar City, Tennessee. I love historical things like that. A friend of mine was cleaning out his parents’ house, found it and gave it to me. I was flattered that [...]

18 June 2020

Video: Flower & Food Festival

By | 2020-06-18T16:27:25+00:00 June 18th, 2020|Festivals, Trip Planning|0 Comments

It’s finally here. It seems like ages ago that I heard about the new Flower & Food Festival at Dollywood. Since that moment, I could not wait to see it. The coronavirus epidemic kept us all waiting a little longer, but it’s here! And guess what? It was worth the wait. This festival could [...]

27 December 2019

Spend New Year’s at Dollywood

By | 2019-12-23T14:18:53+00:00 December 27th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

How do you ring in the New Year? Do you cozy up on the couch and watch the ball drop? Do you fall asleep before it even happens and wake up in a new year? This year, we are trying something different. We will be spending New Year’s Eve and Day at Dollywood. Although [...]

9 December 2019

Dollywood From A Child’s Point of View

By | 2019-12-09T15:05:51+00:00 December 9th, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

I’ve always loved taking pictures and video. When I was five, I started using cameras at home. I took pictures and shot everything that I could. The cameras used film, so I was limited on how much I could capture. In the digital age, the only restriction is running out of space on a [...]

13 November 2019

Three Generations at Dollywood

By | 2019-11-14T17:44:40+00:00 November 13th, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

I have this memory. It's actually a couple of snapshots of a memory. I can play them fast enough in my mind that they move like a movie. Or I can focus on the individual moments and let them linger for a while. One memory in particular pops up often. I was about four or five, I'm on [...]

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