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About Michelle Borja

Michelle Borja (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now), a native of East Tennessee, recalls first walking the streets of Silver Dollar City when she was just a child. She couldn’t wait to share the experience with her son and daughter. As a marketing professional, Michelle enjoys storytelling and often shares Dollywood planning tips with friends. She homeschools her children which offers flexibility to visit the park often. Their favorite getaway is a stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which Michelle calls “their home away from home.” They complete their schoolwork by the grand piano overlooking the pool, enjoy time at Dollywood and finish their day with a sip of Dolly’s pink lemonade by the fireplace.
5 April 2021

Inside Dolly’s Closet

By | 2021-04-05T16:00:35+00:00 April 5th, 2021|Shopping|0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what’s inside Dolly’s Closet? (Not the one at Dolly’s house. The store at Dollywood!) You may imagine lots of boots and bling! Allow me to give you a closer look through the aisles of Dolly’s Closet. It’s a store originally fashioned by Dolly’s personal costume designer, located just across from [...]

17 March 2021

A Brighter Day: A NEW Heart-Warming Show

By | 2021-04-05T16:04:02+00:00 March 17th, 2021|Entertainment|0 Comments

My kids and I kicked off Dollywood’s 36th season with a fun-filled day including the debut of a NEW foot-stomping show. This heart-warming, hopeful performance, A Brighter Day, is a must- see.  I cried. I sang. I wanted to dance. It truly has it all. This show is a unique blend of inspirational [...]

15 March 2021

Dollywood’s 36th Season: What I’m Most-Excited About in 2021

By | 2021-04-05T16:03:52+00:00 March 15th, 2021|Attractions, Best Value|0 Comments

Grab your friends and family and mark your calendars to visit Dollywood frequently during its 36th season! The new season brings with it hope, faith, fun and as Dolly would say, brighter days! I visited the park during Dollywood’s media day a couple weeks ago to catch a glimpse of new construction and other [...]

10 December 2020

The Perfect Personalized Gift from Dollywood

By | 2020-12-10T16:37:10+00:00 December 10th, 2020|Shopping|0 Comments

One of my favorite places to stop while visiting Dollywood is the caricature stand to watch the Kaman’s Art Shoppes’ artists at work. During our recent visit, we met Eric, an artist, who is in his ninth year at Dollywood. Eric is a screen designer and puts his skills to work capturing personalized drawings [...]

5 December 2020

NEW This Christmas Season: Candlelight Carolers

By | 2020-12-02T13:56:05+00:00 December 5th, 2020|Entertainment, Festivals|0 Comments

The sun was just setting over Dollywood when my kids and I waited for the Candlelight Carolers performance during our last visit. This new show takes place on the steps of the iconic Robert F. Thomas Chapel. It’s a remarkably breathtaking spot nestled at the foot of the mountain in Craftsman’s Valley. This Christmas [...]

25 September 2020

Education in Action at Dollywood

By | 2020-09-24T14:20:33+00:00 September 25th, 2020|Trip Planning|0 Comments

We love to visit Dollywood to take a break from our routine AND learn outside our homeschool classroom. Did you know that Dollywood takes education at the park a step further by providing curriculum you can use before and during your visit? Check out the educational resources available to families in this overview video: [...]

17 August 2020

It’s [Already] Looking A Lot Like Christmas!

By | 2020-08-18T12:27:01+00:00 August 17th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

Our absolute favorite time of year at Dollywood is Christmas. When I was invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at lighting preparations for the holiday season, I didn’t hesitate!  I was curious to see how the magic of the season comes to life – literally strand by strand. Did you know Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain [...]

30 June 2020

80th Birthday Wish: Ride Every Dollywood Coaster!

By | 2020-06-30T16:29:48+00:00 June 30th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

It was a sunny fall afternoon. The smell of fresh baked apple pie burst from the Spotlight Bakery on Showstreet. Jerry and his wife Kay, a life-long friend of our family, sat across from me at a nearby table.  A few weeks earlier, I discovered a picture Kay’s daughter posted of their recent trip [...]

19 June 2020

Dollywood’s Splash Country: What to Expect in 2020

By | 2020-06-19T16:29:32+00:00 June 19th, 2020|Water Park|0 Comments

Summer fun has begun at Dollywood’s Splash Country!  We enjoyed a much-needed day of water play during one of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s Season Passholder preview days. It was the perfect time to check out the new safety measures in place during the water park’s phased reopening. As expected, we were greeted by safety staff [...]

2 March 2020

Dollywood: Food by the Numbers

By | 2020-03-02T17:38:20+00:00 March 2nd, 2020|Dining|0 Comments

It’s impossible to visit Dollywood without enjoying an array of tasty treats. I took a deep dive into Dollywood guests’ favorite foods, and it left me hungry for more! Cinnamon Bread The aroma through Craftsman’s Valley makes me throw my diet into the wind and run for the nearest entrance to the Grist Mill. [...]

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