About Kelly Bandas

Kelly Bandas (Dollywood Insider 2018-2019) is a Boston-native who now calls Franklin, Tennessee, home. She is a wife, mother, writer, speech language pathologist, adoption enthusiast and professional sandwich-crust-cutter-offer. Essays from her blog OohBother.com have been featured on sites such as, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, The Mighty and many others. Kelly and her family have been visiting Dollywood since her youngest was old enough to walk. They love spending most of their time at the park riding and re-riding the attractions in Country Fair.
8 July 2019

The 411 on Dollywood First Aid

By | 2019-07-08T09:23:00+00:00 July 8th, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

It’s Murphy’s Law, right? The moment you finally decide to unwind and go on a family vacation, either you, your partner or your children inevitably comes down with some variety of illness, or broken bone, or any other variety of boo boo that might make your vacation less than idyllic. I know our family [...]

31 May 2019

Where to Find the Best T-shirts at Dollywood

By | 2019-05-30T10:07:53+00:00 May 31st, 2019|Shopping|0 Comments

I grew up in a family of “souvenir people.” Every vacation mandated a special trinket or tchotchke to help us remember each special family adventure. It was something I looked forward to as a kid with so much anticipation – selecting the perfect item to keep the memory of our family trips alive, long [...]

11 February 2019

Dollywood Social Stories

By | 2019-02-11T14:49:13+00:00 February 11th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Before I ever set foot on Dollywood soil, I remember a dear friend telling me about the wonderful work the hosts at Dollywood do to make their theme park accessible for their guests with special needs. It was one of the very first things that endeared me to Dollywood and solidified my love for [...]

29 October 2018

The 5 LEAST Spooky Rides at Dollywood

By | 2018-10-29T11:13:43+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

With more than 40 rides and attractions to enjoy while you’re at Dollywood, it’s hard to know which will be the best fit for your family – especially if you have family members who are, shall we say, less than enthusiastic about thrill rides. In our family, we’re split right down the middle, half [...]

3 October 2018

Food Questions? Use this Resource

By | 2020-11-12T09:48:14+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

There’s nothing quite like eating while on vacation at Dollywood. It’s that special time of the year when the calories from those Red’s Drive-In french fries don’t count and you never feel the need to say, “no, thanks,” to that extra bite of a funnel cake from Splinter’s on your way through Wilderness Pass. [...]

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