About Shawn Van Dyke

Shawn Van Dyke (Dollywood Insider 2017-2018) is an entrepreneur and business coach who travels nationally as a keynote speaker. He vlogs about leading an adventurous life with his large family of seven at GoDoYourLife.com. Shawn has loved all things Dolly since he was a boy. He can usually be found waiting to ride one of the roller coasters at the park, splashing around with the kids at Dollywood’s Splash Country, or filling his popcorn bucket.
4 May 2018

Where to Find the Benches at Dollywood

By | 2018-05-04T09:15:56+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

A day at Dollywood includes a lot of go, go, go. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. I’m here for you. And, so is Dollywood. There are LOTS of seating options throughout the park.This is not an all-inclusive list—just a quick look at my favorites.

21 March 2018

Behind the Scenes with Invaders Steel Drum Orchestra

By | 2019-02-18T12:04:38+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Entertainment|0 Comments

When I think of steel drums, I think of the Caribbean, maybe a cruise ship… and Dollywood. Dollywood has hosted Invaders Steel Orchestra for several years as part of their Festival of Nations experience. It’s a show you have to see. You can find them in the Valley Theater through the end of Festival [...]

9 March 2018

Video Tour of The Dolly Parton Suite

By | 2018-03-09T10:10:39+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Dolly Parton|0 Comments

It sparkles—no, I’ll even go as far as to say it GLOWS—with personality and warmth. How many hotel suites can you say that about? The Dolly Parton Suite at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa was even more than I could have imagined. Are you curious? I should mention that you can book this room [...]

28 February 2018

VIDEO: See Which Room Type Works Best for You

By | 2018-06-19T11:02:08+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Lodging|0 Comments

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa has several different room types to offer your family or group for your next Smoky Mountain getaway. So many types, in fact, we hear the resort gets a lot of questions from people when they’re trying to plan a trip. If you’re like me, you want to see it [...]

4 December 2017

Where to Catch Santa at Dollywood

By | 2018-01-11T09:55:35+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

It’s Christmas at Dollywood! The whole park is decked out in fine holiday décor, but it wouldn’t be complete if Dollywood didn’t host a certain jolly man dressed in red. Where can you find him? My family went in search of Santa Claus when we visited. We found him where you expect to find [...]

27 September 2017

Let Me Show You Why TimeSaver is Awesome

By | 2017-11-22T09:13:12+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Best Value|0 Comments

TimeSaver passes—what are they, and are they worth it? My wife and I recently found ourselves at Dollywood with NO kids so we decided to put the TimeSaver pass to the test. Watch our video above! These handy passes let you enjoy using expedited entrances ten times throughout the day at your choice of [...]

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