About Tiffany Merritt

Tiffany Merritt (Dollywood Insider 2017-2019) started the blog Stuff Parents Need in 2009, seven weeks after her first child was born. She wants to share any and all helpful tips, tricks and life hacks that could remove a little (or even a lot of) chaos from the long days of parenting little ones. Tiffany has embraced the messy and beautiful season of life that she’s in and focuses her energies on making great family memories, blogging about what’s working (and sometimes what’s not) to help inform and inspire other parents, and having it all by NOT doing it all. She resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband of 16 years and their two super rad daughters. She can’t wait to show you insider tips that will put Dollywood at the top of your bucket list before you go, and will provide you with some of your happiest family memories after you go.
4 June 2019

What to Do if You Lose Your Season Pass

By | 2019-06-04T17:54:19+00:00 June 4th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

On a recent trip to Dollywood with my spouse (for what turned out to be one of our best dates ever), I found myself in a bit of a bind. We were pulling up to the gate and I simply could not find our Season Passes. Oh no! Fortunately, I discovered them at the [...]

13 November 2018

Season Passes: Is Going Gold ‘Worth’ It?

By | 2019-11-27T10:57:37+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Best Value|0 Comments

Have you ever thought about “going for the gold” at Dollywood? The Gold Season Pass offers quite a few additional benefits, but it does cost $85 more than a regular Season Pass. Today, I want to showcase how much money my family saves by having just one Gold Pass in our family (one is [...]

1 October 2018

Where to Find a Cup of Coffee at Dollywood

By | 2018-10-01T16:28:04+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

If you are planning an upcoming trip to Dollywood, you are probably making some important lists (such as what to pack, which shows to catch, the rides you mustn’t miss, and your top dining picks). There’s one more list you should make if you are like me, though, and have the desire to make [...]

19 July 2018

Don’t Miss the Speed Painter!

By | 2018-07-19T08:58:02+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Entertainment|0 Comments

One of the exciting things about visiting Dollywood throughout the year is that the entertainment options get switched out so that there’s always something new and exciting to see. This summer, you will find one of the most fast-paced, thrilling and delightful shows of the season: PaintJam. Dollywood brought artist Ricardo Barazza all the [...]

16 July 2018

Brands That Will Surprise and Delight You: Shopping Adventures at Riverside Trading Post

By | 2018-07-16T16:46:49+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Water Park|0 Comments

When arriving at Dollywood Splash Country most folks make a beeline for the nearest body of water so that a day of fun in the sun can begin. But don’t overlook Riverside Trading Post, a very well-appointed gift shop near the entrance to the park that carries useful products you need and several brands [...]

11 June 2018

Step Right Up! Our Favorite Dollywood Midway Games

By | 2019-02-22T14:10:43+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

Everybody knows that Dollywood is THE destination for thrilling rides, second-to-none entertainment, and scrumptious food that will put a smile on your face. But there’s another opportunity in the park to get a thrill, be thoroughly entertained, and walk away with big smiles—and maybe something more! I’m talking about the midway games you can [...]

8 January 2018

My Spa Date with My Daughters

By | 2018-01-08T09:25:31+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

Winter can be a challenging season for adventure-seeking families, as it’s the time when some of our favorite destinations (like Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country) are hibernating until the weather warms back up. But I’ve found that it doesn’t mean there aren’t really special experiences available; you’ve just got to know where to look [...]

8 November 2017

Pro Tips for Maximum Magic at Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show

By | 2018-01-10T16:08:31+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Area Entertainment|0 Comments

When the calendar flipped to November, my family drove up to Pigeon Forge so we could be among the first to see the Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show. Since we’ve seen Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction before, the bar was high in terms of our expectations (if Dolly’s name is on it, [...]

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