6 September 2022

Leading the Dollywood Way

By | 2022-09-12T10:25:26+00:00 September 6th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Have you ever been to Dollywood and wondered what makes this place so wholesome? Why is this theme park so special? I know now. In my work as an educator, I have collaborated with many leaders in the past 21 years. Some have been exemplary, and some have not. I have seen firsthand how [...]

27 August 2022

How Dollywood Keeps the Park Beautiful

By | 2022-08-25T14:15:55+00:00 August 27th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

After a full day of drippy-goodness cinnamon bread, sticky soda spills, juicy turkey leg drips and sweet slices of apple pie, have you ever wondered how Dollywood stays so clean day after day? Dollywood’s park appearance team is a big reason that the Smoky Mountain park won the coveted Golden Ticket Award for Most [...]

19 August 2022

History Lesson: Dollywood’s Water Clock

By | 2022-11-15T16:52:44+00:00 August 19th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted Aug. 19, 2020. Is there something you keep in your Dollywood bag for every trip? Mine would be a copy of the 1982 park map for Silver Dollar City, Tennessee. I love historical things like that. A friend of mine was cleaning out his parents’ house, found it [...]

19 July 2022

A Day in The Life: Dollywood Intern Edition

By | 2022-07-19T17:09:21+00:00 July 19th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Dollywood is Sevier County’s largest employer. And what I love is that the hosts who work there span all generations. Lately, The Dollywood Company has positioned itself as a premier opportunity for college students. (Have you heard about Grow U?!) I thought it would be fun to pick the brains of a couple of [...]

30 June 2022

Meet the Team: Dollywood’s First Aid

By | 2022-11-15T16:58:27+00:00 June 30th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted June 30, 2021. Did you know Dollywood has its own Safety and First Aid team? I was able to meet some of these hosts and learn more about the services they offer Dollywood guests. During my visit with the team, I met Al, Becky and Jerry. (For [...]

22 April 2022

The Stories Behind the [Host] Signs

By | 2022-11-11T14:45:10+00:00 April 22nd, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Dollywood has been thrilling guests for 37 seasons. As you stroll around the park, you may have noticed themed signs that look like advertisements. They are not actually advertisements at all, they serve a special purpose. During Dollywood’s 30th season, a new tradition began. After 30 years, hosts serving the Dollywood Company are commemorated [...]

21 March 2022

Behind the Scenes: Dressing Dollywood Hosts

By | 2022-03-22T12:03:32+00:00 March 21st, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

It is next to impossible to visit Dollywood and not notice the well-themed costumes that hosts wear. Almost everywhere you look, you are met with different styles and patterns as you traverse the park. Not only is each uniform unique in its own right, but each is specific to the area where the host [...]

9 February 2022

Behind the Scenes of Dollywood Auditions: Character Callbacks

By | 2022-02-10T12:45:00+00:00 February 9th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Have you been to Dollywood and had a chance encounter with Flit and Flutter, the beautiful butterflies of Wildwood Grove? And how many of your vacation memories involve a conversation with Miss Lillian, the iconic Chicken Lady, as she visits her little chicken friends in Craftsman’s Valley? For those of us who love Dollywood, [...]

7 February 2022

Dolly’s Influence on Dollywood

By | 2022-02-07T15:43:11+00:00 February 7th, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

It has her name on it. When visiting Dollywood, do you ever look around and wonder about the influence that Dolly has on the park? Dollywood’s theming is so detailed, and yes, Dolly has inspired many elements throughout the park. I asked Pete Owens, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, to share insight [...]

23 January 2022

Dollywood Over the Years: Then and Now

By | 2022-11-15T16:33:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2022|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted Jan. 23, 2019. Dollywood has been entertaining guests and serving as the backdrop to cherished family memories since it opened in 1986. If you’re a longtime visitor, you know how much the park has grown and changed over the last three decades. However, the park has retained [...]

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