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 of events to come during the 2018 season.
The season kicks off with the Festival of Nations, which runs until April 9. I remember hearing Dolly say at a previous event that she has had the opportunity to travel all over the world and is excited to bring a bit of that back to share with the people of the Smokies.
During this festival, the park is decked out with flags and colors from around the world.
The festival features world-class entertainers, food from around the globe and merchandise from the various countries that are represented.
Paella is one of the best foods I’ve ever eaten and during the Festival of Nations you can try this amazing Spanish dish in the Marketplace. Pack some extra money for food because you’ll want to eat your way through Dollywood this year.
One of my absolute favorite things I saw during the preview (other than Dolly) is the German stilt walkers from the Zebra Stelzentheater. They’re so fun to watch!
The large rotating globe outside the Marketplace is a great photo op for families. Look for it in Market Square.
Don’t let the line for the Celebrity Theater scare you, the theater holds 2,000 people!
You’ll want to pay special attention to the show schedule so you don’t miss any of the wonderful shows but you’ll also find entertainers throughout the park as you walk through.
Here’s a picture of the speed painter who will be in the park this summer. Watching him create this painting upside down was pretty impressive.
Festival of Nations may be my favorite time to visit the park, but there’s a festival for everyone- Spring Mix Music Series, Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass, the park’s Summer Celebration (which features iLuminate, DRUMLine LIVE! and Dan Dunn’s PaintJam), Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. 2018 is a great time to buy a Season Pass– you won’t want to miss a minute of the fun!