Whenever you travel with a group, it’s good practice to have a pre-determined meeting place for everyone to get together. There are so many fun options at Dollywood, your crew might choose to split up and meet a few times during the day. Now that my children are older, we do this sometimes. Here are my recommendations for six great meeting spots inside the park.
The 1950’s-themed Jukebox Junction area of the park is the perfect example of there being something for everyone. You’ll find the park’s newest coaster, Lightning Rod, plus the little ones will enjoy Rockin’ Roadway. The Pines Theater, Red’s Drive-In with indoor and outdoor seating, a phone charging station, classic cars and roving entertainment will appeal to guests of all ages. I enjoy shopping at Dolly’s Closet and poking around in her museum Chasing Rainbows (these attractions are on the edge of Jukebox Junction and Adventures in Imagination), while the thrill seekers enjoy Lightning Rod, and we all meet up at Red’s.
Country Fair Entrance
Country Fair is home to classic rides including bumper cars, the Dizzy Disk, and the Scrambler. It offers many rides for young guests plus midway-style games and confections. At the entrance base are restrooms and a large open space with seating, making this a welcome meeting place.
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary offers much to see if you need to wait for a slowpoke! The Wings of America Theatre presents bird shows multiple times each day featuring non-releasable injured birds and lots of shaded seating. This is a good spot inside Craftsman’s Valley because it’s centrally-located and it boasts numerous food options. The Robert F. Thomas Chapel is close by, too.
See that barrel? It’s a foot massager and a bargain at 25 cents! You’ll find them scattered throughout the park including outside Wild Eagle. This area is close to several of the park’s coasters including Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express and Tennessee Tornado; it’s also not far from SkyZip and snacks!
The Plaza at Wilderness Pass
This area is new and offers misters (perfect for hot days), outdoor seating in sun and shade, and lots of open space for the little ones to run around. You might even find yourself enjoying live music or roving entertainers while you wait! It’s an easy walk to restrooms, Mystery Mine, Drop Line, and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster.
The Sweet Shoppe
My family has a tradition of making the Sweet Shoppe our last stop after a day at Dollywood. You can read more about that HERE. The Sweet Shoppe offers a huge assortment of homemade confections, plus penny candy, ice cream, sauces and jams. If that’s not enough for your sweet tooth, you’ll find a bakery right across from the Sweet Shoppe and restrooms—making this area an ideal meet up spot before you exit the park.
You can download a park map HERE, but for the best experience, download the new Dollywood app for free!