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.
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 [...]

2 July 2020

Can’t-Miss Eats of Flower & Food Festival

By | 2020-07-02T16:22:22+00:00 July 2nd, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

The anticipation was high—and for good reason. When Dollywood unveils a new festival that has ‘food’ in its very name, you have to believe that the specialty menu that accompanies the beautiful flower mosaics will be every bit as stunning as the larger-than-life displays. And stunning it is, with a menu that is diverse [...]

24 February 2020

Dollywood by the Numbers

By | 2020-02-24T17:38:18+00:00 February 24th, 2020|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

“Dad, how many people can ride on the Dollywood Express?” “Dad, how many Christmas lights do they put up at Dollywood?” “Dad, how tall is Drop Line?” These were simple questions my inquisitive children asked during one of our recent family trips to Dollywood. These questions sparked my interest to discover the stats behind [...]

30 September 2019

Memories, Milestones, and Traditions: Creating Dollywood Family Hallmarks

By | 2019-09-30T16:14:42+00:00 September 30th, 2019|Family Visits|0 Comments

“This place is AWESOME!!!”  That was the immediate reaction from our [then] three-year-old son upon his first visit to Dollywood. It was in that visit that we began creating reoccurring family traditions that have become very special in our house – traditions that became memories and memories that have become milestones. “Creating memories worth [...]

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