Off -Season Work at Dollywood’s Splash Country

We’ve all heard about the off-season projects at Dollywood, but what Dollywood’s Splash Country? I wondered the same thing and was able to visit the water park to see all of the upgrades and maintenance projects crews have been working on since it closed in September!

When I visited, I got to spend the morning with Jordan Leach, Splash Country’s Director of Operations, who gave me the scoop on all of the work happening right now. I’ll walk you through the park with my takeaways:

The landscaping team has been busy planning an intentionally mountain-themed aesthetic as you enter the water park. They’re putting in new shrubbery, mulch and plants. Rather than typical plants you find in tropical climates, you’ll notice more flora that’s native to the Smoky Mountains.

Insider Tip

The Big River Pavilion by TailSpin Racer will be an exclusive dining place for guests who purchase the water park Dining Pass! Learn more about the Dining Pass HERE. Expect picnic-style menu options in this location.

The two bridges that transverse the Downbound Float Trip (also known as the lazy river) are being updated to have a look and feel that resembles the bridges in Wildwood Grove at Dollywood. I love the common threads between the theme park and water park.

Not only does Splash Country care about their guests, but they also care about their hosts. One of the larger projects during the off-season is building a new indoor multipurpose space to serve as a break room and training space. The room will have more than 1100 square-feet of indoor space plus an outdoor space with picnic tables.

Insider Tip

The food truck near Mountain Waves wave pool will be serving Nashville Hot Chicken sliders during the 2021 season!

Several of the slides and attractions have new water pumps this year to ensure they are all working as efficiently as possible when Splash Country opens. When I was there, a new pump was being installed at Raging River Rapids.

In The Cascades area of the park, a large section of decking has been replaced. The original deck was from 2007 when that portion of the park was built. The deck will be a great update for guests who love this area.

Insider Tip

The bottom of the lagoon pool in The Cascades is made of a material that stains very easily from leaves and debris. Once the water park closes for the season, the staff drains the pool and covers the bottom to keep it protected and stain-free.

Other projects included new bathroom floors, additional lockers, concrete repairs and cleaning all the drains, just to name a few.

A lot of the updates and maintenance projects are items that guests may never know about or recognize, but the teams at Dollywood’s Splash Country have worked very hard to ensure their guests continue to enjoy this water park as one of the best in the country. It sure looked empty and lonely with no one there, but I can’t wait go back this summer when the park is bustling again with guests. I hope to see you there!

Insider Tip

Dollywood’s Splash Country opens on Saturday, May 15 for the 2021 season. Tickets (and reservations for Season Passholders) will open up 45 days prior to the day of your planned visit.

By | 2021-04-22T22:44:51-04:00 April 6th, 2021|Water Park|0 Comments

About the Author:

A Tennessee native, Andrew Courtner (Dollywood Insider 2019-2021) has lived in all three parts of Tennessee twice during his life. He was born in Knoxville and grew up coming to Dollywood as a child with his family. He now resides in Cookeville, Tennessee, with his wife and son. Andrew has his dream job of being a college professor teaching educational research and quantitative statistics. Andrew frequently visits Dollywood throughout the year making new Dollywood memories with his family while reminiscing about the memories he made as a kid. Andrew is excited to share his experiences and tips (especially about roller coasters and thrill rides) at Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country and Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa.
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