About Tom Hodges

Tom Hodges (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now) is a Middle Tennessee native who currently resides in Christiana, Tennessee, with his wife Hillary and two children, Cooper (age 7) and Isabelle (age 4). Tom and his family make the three-hour journey to Dollywood once a month to enjoy the entire park. After fifteen years as a college basketball coach serving various universities, Tom recently transitioned into their family business of trucking and warehousing. Tom serves as the president of Goggin Cold Haul Services, LLC, a refrigerated transportation company based out of Smyrna, Tennessee, and a sister company to Titan Transfer Inc. and Goggin Warehousing, LLC. A thrill-ride enthusiast and lover of all things Dollywood, Tom would most likely be found riding on the front row of Wild Eagle, riding multiple times on FireChaser Express with his son Cooper (personal record of 17 times in one day) or enjoying a family lunch in Wildwood Grove at Till & Harvest. Dollywood is a special place to Tom and his family, as many milestones and family traditions have become sacred in their house because of Dollywood and the hosts who make it so special.
24 March 2021

New Timesaver System Explained

By | 2021-04-05T16:03:42+00:00 March 24th, 2021|Attractions|0 Comments

With flexibility in mind, Dollywood has revamped its TimeSaver system to offer guests multiple ways to use these passes. You can purchase in advance and just scan your phone as you go from ride to ride. Or, if it works better for your family to get physical lanyards, you can do that, too. With [...]

16 March 2021

New Tenor Joins The Kingdom Heirs

By | 2021-03-16T17:21:07+00:00 March 16th, 2021|Entertainment|0 Comments

As Dollywood opens for its 36th season, so does the park’s longest-running entertainment act, the award-winning Kingdom Heirs. Back to perform on the Showstreet Palace Theatre stage, this off-season brought a major change to the seven-member group. With the recent retirement of long-time tenor Jerry Martin, Kingdom Heirs manager Kreis French shoulder tapped 24-year-old [...]

8 February 2021

Blazing Fury to Dragonflier: How Dollywood Became a Thrill Ride Destination

By | 2021-02-08T17:36:44+00:00 February 8th, 2021|Attractions|0 Comments

Take a trip back in time with me for a few minutes: the year is 1986, and Dollywood is set to open its inaugural season. With tickets in-hand, you enter through the turnstiles and begin your quest to explore this new park and all it has to offer. Being a roller coaster fan, you [...]

2 November 2020

Dollywood on ‘Hosting’ Guests

By | 2020-11-03T16:58:43+00:00 November 2nd, 2020|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Have you ever been somewhere and the way you were treated made a lasting impression? You always remember the way you felt. Destinations work hard to create an atmosphere and culture that is inviting, friendly and memorable for guests. Just think about the people whose responsibility it is to ensure their employees execute at [...]

23 October 2020

QUIZ: Which Bluegrass Instrument Are You?

By | 2020-10-23T10:02:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2020|Entertainment|0 Comments

Have you heard that Dollywood has more than 800 live performances during the Harvest Festival? That’s the most they’ve ever had in a single festival! I came back so energized from my Dollywood visit, I thought it would be fun to ask you—if you were a bluegrass instrument, what would you be? Have you [...]

14 October 2020

The Smells of Harvest Festival 2020 (VIDEO)

By | 2020-10-12T16:53:22+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

Crisp Smoky Mountain air, pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon. What do all three of these things have in common?  They are some of the alluring aromas that can be found at Dollywood right now during Harvest Festival presented by Humana. Come along as we take a nose-guided tour of all the wonderful smells that [...]

2 October 2020

The Most Live Music EVER at Dollywood This Fall

By | 2020-10-05T15:26:52+00:00 October 2nd, 2020|Entertainment|0 Comments

Do you enjoy live music? Are you a fan of acoustic sounds in the fresh autumn air? Are outdoor festivals your type of thing? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, Dollywood is the place for you from now until Oct. 31.  With more than 800 live performances on tap [...]

24 August 2020

My Top 5 Favorite Signs at Dollywood

By | 2020-08-24T19:11:21+00:00 August 24th, 2020|Family Visits|0 Comments

It was a jam-packed day at Dollywood last season. Our family had arrived about two hours after the park has opened, and we could already tell that today would be a BIG day within the hallowed grounds that Dolly built. My first order of business was to march directly to the TimeSaver location to [...]

18 July 2020

A Dad’s Guide to Dollywood

By | 2020-07-29T09:37:32+00:00 July 18th, 2020|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Full Disclosure: My name is Tom Hodges and I am and have always been head over heels in love with Dollywood. I am openly biased in my opinion that Dollywood is truly the world’s greatest theme park! My love affair with Dollywood started in 1988 during my family’s first visit to the park. It [...]

6 July 2020

Is Dollywood a Theme Park or an Amusement Park?

By | 2020-07-06T15:14:46+00:00 July 6th, 2020|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: What did the theme park say to the amusement park? What’s THEME-atter with you?!?!? Okay, so maybe that was a pretty poor attempt at a ‘dad joke’ but one that may be relevant to our topic for this blog—theme park vs. amusement park. I never considered [...]

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