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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.
7 June 2017

Ask a Lifeguard: Best Options for Splash Country Attire

By | 2017-08-01T13:49:24+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Water Park|0 Comments

Dollywood’s Splash Country is open and ready for summer fun. To help you be ready I recently hung out with veteran lifeguard Brianna and asked her all kinds of questions about what to wear at her water park. Let’s just say the No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service rule does not always apply. Shoes [...]

26 May 2017

Best Deal at Dollywood’s Splash Country

By | 2018-06-11T10:38:49+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Water Park|0 Comments

Summer is here and that means it is time for some fun at Dollywood’s Splash Country! Like Dollywood, Splash Country has great refillable mugs available for guests to purchase. However, this offer is a little different than Dollywood mugs—including an option for free refills and skipping check-out! To explain everything you need to know [...]

3 May 2017

Best Deal Inside Dollywood

By | 2017-09-13T12:39:23+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Best Value|0 Comments

People know me as Coupon Katie, so that should tell you I’m always looking for ways to save money. At Dollywood, there are opportunities beyond buying a Season Pass (see my post about that here). Once you’re inside the park, be sure to check out the deal on souvenir mugs and popcorn containers. You [...]

26 April 2017

Dollywood With Your Middle Kids

By | 2017-09-22T09:36:08+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

We have talked about Dollywood with Littles. Now it is time for Dollywood with Middles, those guests who are “too big” for the Busy Bees but not quite ready for Wild Eagle. If your child falls somewhere in the 39 to 48 inch ranges it is still be a good idea to stop by [...]

3 April 2017

Dollywood Parking Strategy

By | 2018-04-17T10:00:17+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

I recently had the chance to chat with Lance Ridley, Dollywood Parking Supervisor. He was full of great information and graciously answered all my parking strategy questions. Everything you need to know to park well When you arrive at Dollywood, the first thing you’ll see is the parking booths. These open two hours before [...]

15 March 2017

Dollywood for the Non-Riders

By | 2017-07-31T15:40:43+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Entertainment|0 Comments

When I tell you that Dollywood has something for YOUR family, yes, I even mean something for the non-riders in your group. Don’t hesitate to bring someone who isn’t a big fan of thrill rides. Watch this video and I’ll share with you my family’s favorite mild attractions at Dollywood.

27 February 2017

Dollywood With Your Little Ones

By | 2017-09-22T09:38:17+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Taking a toddler to Dollywood?  I have survived this stage more than once and am right there with you now.  Don’t worry toddler mamas, you’ve got this. Dollywood is ready to host you. All you need is a stroller and a plan. So here goes. Stop one is Dollywood’s Centralized Measuring station. You will [...]

1 February 2017

The Value of Season Passes

By | 2017-07-31T13:17:36+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Best Value|0 Comments

When planning family adventures we try to balance budget against how possible it is that our entire family will have fun. With a wide age range, this can be a lot harder than it sounds. It becomes even harder when you want a day that offers memories, laughs and fun at a reasonable price. [...]

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