About Tonya Prater

Tonya Prater (Dollywood Insider 2017-2018) was born and raised in Ohio but could easily be convinced to call the Smokies her home. Wife to her high school sweetheart and mom to three young adults, Tonya is an author, travel blogger at TravelInspiredLiving.com, and owner of a boutique digital marketing business that caters to the world of travel. As a former homeschooling mom and full-time RVer, Tonya is passionate about the benefits of family travel and stepping outside your comfort zone to experience the world around you. Tonya fell in love with the wholesomeness and charm of Dollywood on her first visit in 2014 and is excited to be a Dollywood Insider.
22 August 2018

What are Dollywood Work Campers?

By | 2018-08-22T15:18:58+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Nearly 10 years ago, my family was a full-time RV family. For 18 months, my husband and I traveled with our three teenagers and rescued pound puppies in a 31-foot motorhome while my husband worked. Now that our kids are grown, my husband and I dream of returning to a life on the road. [...]

15 August 2018

Homeschool Opportunities at Dollywood

By | 2018-08-15T09:51:41+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Dollywood is a great destination for family fun, but did you know that it doubles as a classroom for homeschool students? That’s right. In 2018, Dollywood is hosting Homeschool Days from Aug. 6 – Sept. 30 and they even throw in a free lunch for those students. As a former homeschool mom, I can’t [...]

25 May 2018

Dollywood Offers a Military Discount

By | 2018-05-25T15:37:36+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Best Value|0 Comments

When my son was four he told me that he wanted to be a soldier. I didn’t think much of it. Let’s face it, it’s a common aspiration for little boys. As he grew, the dream he shared as a preschooler never faded and I knew I was destined to be a military mom. [...]

16 March 2018

My Favorite Snapshots from Opening Day

By | 2018-03-19T13:23:43+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

Opening day at Dollywood is always exciting and today I was able to get a sneak peek of what’s to come during a special preview of the “Season of Showstoppers.” Ms. Dolly Parton made an appearance and Dollywood Insiders were in the audience with media and Season Passholders as she shared the exciting news [...]

12 February 2018

Where to Find Pressed Pennies at Dollywood

By | 2018-02-12T15:23:27+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Family Visits|0 Comments

My love of pressed pennies stems from road trips I took with my grandparents as a young child. With more than twenty grandchildren and normally several in tow, they didn’t have a lot of money for souvenirs when we stopped at attractions. But Grandpa always dug through his change jar and gave each of [...]

13 December 2017

Dollywood Date Night Christmas Getaway

By | 2018-01-10T16:05:30+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

My first visit to Dollywood was with my husband and kids. While the amusement park has a lot to offer families, it’s also the perfect playground for us empty-nesters looking for a fun date night getaway- especially during the Christmas season. My husband and I had the opportunity to see the park all decked [...]

6 November 2017

Three Places to Enjoy Dollywood’s Natural Attractions

By | 2017-11-06T11:28:08+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

One thing that impressed me about Dollywood on my very first visit was the scenic landscape of the park. Dollywood isn’t simply 150-acres of metal and wooden rides on hot asphalt. This scenic theme park incorporates the natural rolling hills of the surrounding area and strives to welcome the natural beauty of Pigeon Forge [...]

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