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23 November 2018

8 Things I Learned Behind the Scenes at Blazing Fury

By | 2018-11-21T15:10:17+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Thrill Rides|0 Comments

Warning: there are a few spoilers in this post. If you haven’t ridden Blazing Fury yet, you may want to come back after your first ride. Celebrating its 40th birthday this year is Blazing Fury, Dollywood’s classic, family-friendly indoor roller coaster. Opened in 1978, it was the first coaster at Dollywood, which was then [...]

19 November 2018

Behind the Scenes: Making Dollywood’s 25 lb. Apple Pie

By | 2018-11-28T12:45:48+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Dining|0 Comments

Here we are—Thanksgiving week! You’ll probably consume some tasty items over the next several days. I have a question for you—do you like pie? Let me tell you about a one-of-a-kind apple pie at Dollywood. All 25 lbs. of it! Better yet, let me SHOW you how it’s made. [...]

31 October 2018

Have You Met Dollywood’s ‘Chicken Lady’?

By | 2018-11-19T14:28:48+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

At Dollywood, there is something for everyone—shows, rides, and delicious food top the list. One thing my family loves the most is the characters you get to know. In particular, we love the one (and only) ‘Chicken Lady.’ She clucks more than most. Her name is Miss Lillian and I want you to get [...]

17 September 2018

Behind the Scenes: Dollywood’s Wardrobe Department

By | 2018-09-17T16:44:54+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

One of the things those of us who love Dollywood enjoy most about the park is the unique atmosphere. An invaluable element that contributes to the charm of the Dollywood properties is not only the friendliness of the employees, but also their themed costumes. So what is it like to dress 3800 Dollywood hosts?  [...]

4 September 2018

NEW Dollywood Insiders Panel

By | 2018-09-04T15:34:45+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

I love Dollywood. And, I love telling you about Dollywood. Because I work here, you would expect that. So, we thought it would be beneficial for our guests to hear from other guests. That’s why we have a Dollywood Insiders panel. These folks are guests who don’t get a paycheck from us, but love [...]

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. [...]

1 June 2018

Behind the Scenes: Lifeguard Training

By | 2018-06-01T17:26:20+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Water Park|0 Comments

What does it take to train hundreds of lifeguards so they are ready to keep your family safe at Dollywood’s Splash Country? I found out it all starts in a classroom. The Aquatics Supervisor invited me to sit in on the first step of training to find out what’s expected of these award-winning guards. [...]

26 February 2018

Dollywood Express Overhauled in Off-Season

By | 2018-07-19T16:23:24+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

At Dollywood, wintertime is prep time. And there’s a lot of prep going on in the train shop. No, that’s not a place where you can buy trains, but the place where the Dollywood Express is maintained and repaired. I had the chance to get a special behind-the-scenes tour of the train shop to [...]

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