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About Megan Doran

Megan Doran (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now) grew up in Ohio and attended college in Illinois where she met her husband Seth and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In 2011, she and her husband moved to East Tennessee to work as houseparents at Wears Valley Ranch, a children’s home at the base of the Smoky Mountains. Megan now stays home with her two young daughters and enjoys recording their Smoky Mountain experiences on her instagram @mountainmamamegan. Her love for Dollywood and Dolly Parton’s Stampede started young as her family made frequent visits to Pigeon Forge growing up. When she’s at the park, if she isn’t feasting on some cinnamon bread, you can probably find her singing along to some live music or chasing her kids around trying to get them to smile for a picture. She is really excited for this new opportunity and looking forward to sharing all of her Dollywood experiences with you!
4 December 2020

Include New Fireworks Display in Your Christmas Traditions

By | 2020-12-02T14:28:25+00:00 December 4th, 2020|Entertainment, Festivals|0 Comments

During our most recent visit to Dollywood we got to enjoy the new fireworks display, Merry & Bright. We started our day by watching our favorite show, Christmas in the Smokies. Our next stop was to get some warm chowder at Front Porch Café followed by some sweet treats from Spotlight Bakery. After a [...]

13 November 2020

In Dollywood’s Bakery Kitchen: Decorating Christmas Treats!

By | 2020-11-12T12:44:02+00:00 November 13th, 2020|Dining, Festivals|0 Comments

To give you a peek at some Christmas treats, I was able to go behind the scenes at Dollywood’s Spotlight Bakery to watch pastry chef Giget decorate some of Dollywood’s infamous sweets. Here are a few of my takeaways: *The gingerbread cookies are a crowd favorite: they’re made from scratch and then individually decorated. [...]

5 October 2020

Insider Tips for Young Families During Harvest Festival

By | 2020-10-05T15:22:23+00:00 October 5th, 2020|Family Visits|0 Comments

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a big hit with kids. There are daytime and nighttime elements your little ones are sure to enjoy. In this video you will find some tips, tricks and maybe even some treats to help you make the most of your fall visit to Dollywood! [...]

26 September 2020

Have You Met Dollywood’s Dancing Host?

By | 2020-09-24T14:29:42+00:00 September 26th, 2020|Family Visits|0 Comments

One of our favorite parts of Dollywood is seeing how some of the hosts go out of their way to make sure families have a great visit. We encountered one of those hosts on our most recent visit, inside Country Fair. His name is Floyd and if you get a chance to meet him, [...]

16 July 2020

Follow the Butterflies

By | 2020-09-24T15:16:37+00:00 July 16th, 2020|Family Visits|0 Comments

“Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing.” It’s no secret that Dolly is a big fan of butterflies and Dollywood is full of butterfly inspiration. From signs and treats, to actual butterflies fluttering around! And before you even arrive to Dollywood, the butterflies start to appear. This is how you will [...]

7 November 2019

After Your Dollywood Visit, Do This

By | 2019-11-07T07:02:31+00:00 November 7th, 2019|Area Entertainment|0 Comments

Our very first year as a married couple living in Tennessee, my husband and I got to see the Christmas show at the Smoky Mountain Opry—an incredible show down the road from Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. We were absolutely blown away by the talent! Almost every year since we have been able to ring [...]

2 October 2019

NEW! Behind the Glow Tour during Great Pumpkin LumiNights

By | 2019-10-02T13:29:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2019|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

I joined a handful of my fellow Dollywood Insiders to participate in the inaugural Behind the Glow Tour! What is a Behind the Glow Tour? I made a video for you to find out! We followed our fearless host, Dalton, around as he told us all about the amazing displays you see during Great [...]

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