About Katie Van Dyke

Katie Van Dyke (Dollywood Insider 2016-2018) is a wife and mom who enjoys the fun and chaos that her five children bring to her life. Katie is a columnist, blogger, speaker and regular local TV guest who has been sharing her money-saving family adventure expertise for nearly a decade. You can find her deals and tips at CouponKatie.com. Katie loves the Dollywood experience with her big family. She’s learned a thing or two about maximizing their park visits and looks forward to letting you in on her secrets.
6 June 2018

Testing Out the NEW Luxury Loungers

By | 2018-06-06T08:11:55+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Water Park|0 Comments

Dollywood’s Splash Country has lots of new offerings this season—from new food to new slide colors. One of my favorite new things is the Luxury Lounger that my family got to test out. They’re $45—so, is it worth it? I say YES, especially as the sun moves to your back later in the day [...]

19 February 2018

Big News! Dollywood’s Cinnamon Bread Available Year-Round

By | 2018-03-20T10:37:55+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

We’ve all been asking for Dollywood’s cinnamon bread service to expand—and now, it has! While we’re still waiting on the drone delivery service to happen, this new option is pretty great because you can get your own loaf any time of the year. Watch the video below for details! [...]

15 December 2017

Check Off Your Christmas Shopping List at Dollywood

By | 2020-09-24T15:22:14+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Shopping|0 Comments

While you’re enjoying the lights, shows and treats of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas this year, don’t forget to make time to shop. Dollywood boasts a huge collection of unique, handmade and regionally-inspired treasures for yourself or any friends and family on your holiday gift list. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but [...]

20 October 2017

Dollywood’s Fall Treat You Should Not Miss

By | 2017-10-20T09:18:51+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Dining|0 Comments

Great Pumpkin LuminNights is happening through Oct. 28. You should also know about another great happening at Dollywood through Oct. 28 - Caramel Apple Sundaes. If you get a sweet snack on your Fall trip to Dollywood, I highly recommend these. I know, I know, Dollywood cinnamon bread is the best. I completely agree, [...]

30 August 2017

The Spa Deal You Need to Know About!

By | 2017-10-02T10:43:48+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Best Value|0 Comments

The Spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort has an amazing Back to School special going on: teachers and students can book an appointment from now through Sept. 28, 2017 and get 50% off all their great spa services! All you need is a valid teacher or student ID. You can enjoy a manicure or pedicure, [...]

31 July 2017

Don’t Skip Centralized Measuring

By | 2017-09-13T12:35:43+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

I know how it is—as soon as your family get through the turnstiles, everyone wants to rush off in the direction of their favorite ride. But, let me encourage you—before you get too far from the entrance, pause to take the kids by Centralized Measuring. It’s sure to help you have a smoother day. [...]

7 July 2017

Behind the Scenes with Gazillion Bubbles

By | 2017-09-13T13:00:24+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Entertainment|0 Comments

How does someone get into “the bubble business”? What solution makes good at-home bubbles? Is there anything that makes bubbles float higher? These are just a few of the questions I asked Deni Yang—host of Gazillion Bubble Show—at Dollywood. I got behind the scenes access to find out! Watch this video to get an [...]

30 June 2017

Tour of New Calming Area at the Water Park

By | 2017-08-01T15:13:51+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Water Park|0 Comments

I recently toured the new calming area at Dollywood’s Splash Country. As a mom of a child with sensory issues, I can tell you I instantly teared up. The area, while outside and not totally quiet, is well thought out and well equipped. Splash Country has managed to carve out a calm, peaceful place [...]

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