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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 [...]

1 February 2021

How Dollywood Named Its First Big Coaster

By | 2021-02-01T15:51:09+00:00 February 1st, 2021|Attractions|0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how Dollywood names their rides? Well, I for sure have, and I was able to speak with Ellen Liston in Public Relations to find out how Dollywood decided the name of the first attraction to put them on the map for coaster enthusiasts—Tennessee Tornado! In 1999, when Tennessee Tornado premiered, [...]

13 January 2021

Dollywood Rides: Past and Present

By | 2021-01-13T14:40:12+00:00 January 13th, 2021|Attractions|0 Comments

This past year marked Dollywood’s 35th anniversary season. I have been visiting since the park’s opening, and have seen it grow and change so much! Much of Dollywood’s growth has been adding award-winning rides. Check out THIS recent list of accolades Dollywood has accumulated. But let me tell you: when this sweet park opened [...]

21 October 2020

What is a Ride Accessibility Pass?

By | 2020-10-21T15:45:22+00:00 October 21st, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

I love that Dollywood is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all guests who visit the park. Hosts who work at The Ride Accessibility Center are available to serve guests who have an accessibility need and would like to enjoy Dollywood’s attractions. I visited the center to check out the process [...]

9 October 2020

Leather Legacy with Dollywood’s Glenn Donly

By | 2020-10-12T14:09:47+00:00 October 9th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

I'm a big fan of Craftsman's Valley. It’s that feeling of stepping back in time, but being right at home at the same time. This paradox engulfs me every time. I love the Grist Mill.  I love the older buildings. I love watching the artisans create their crafts by hand. There is someone who fits right in [...]

7 August 2020

The Backstory Behind Dollywood’s Barnstormer (And Owens Farm)

By | 2021-04-05T16:03:07+00:00 August 7th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

As a Northeast Tennessee native who loves a good story, I am always fascinated to learn more about the history and backstories of interesting attractions in our region—especially when it has anything to do with Dolly Parton, Dollywood and the Smokies. The more you know and understand, the more meaning and enjoyment are brought [...]

27 July 2020

A Day in the Life of the Dollywood Train Crew

By | 2021-04-05T16:03:12+00:00 July 27th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

Almost every little kid grows up saying they want to be a train engineer. At least, I know I did, and so does my little boy. He was actually a train engineer for Halloween last year, or what he would call a “choo choo man” with his own Dollywood Express stuffed train. For Tim, [...]

22 July 2020

Nighttime in Wildwood Grove

By | 2020-07-29T09:34:42+00:00 July 22nd, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

One of my very favorite Dollywood lands is Wildwood Grove. Since it is the newest area of the park, you may not have had a chance to visit it yet. My favorite time to enjoy Wildwood Grove is around dusk. There is something captivating that happens here as the sun is setting and everything [...]

14 July 2020

Best Times for Smoky Mountain Sunsets

By | 2020-07-16T16:27:44+00:00 July 14th, 2020|Attractions, Thrill Rides|0 Comments

One of the unique things that sets Dollywood apart from other theme parks is its location. The park is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains—the most-visited national park in the country! These mountains, I would argue, can provide some of the best sunsets and views anywhere. As a Dollywood roller coaster [...]

30 June 2020

80th Birthday Wish: Ride Every Dollywood Coaster!

By | 2021-05-27T10:25:34+00:00 June 30th, 2020|Attractions|0 Comments

It was a sunny fall afternoon. The smell of fresh baked apple pie burst from the Spotlight Bakery on Showstreet. Jerry and his wife Kay, a life-long friend of our family, sat across from me at a nearby table.  A few weeks earlier, I discovered a picture Kay’s daughter posted of their recent trip [...]

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