Are you prepping for a Dollywood’s Splash Country trip? Good for you! Do you suffer from FOMO and want to make sure you get to ride EVERYTHING? I’m here to give you some tips, tricks and a bit of a plan so that you can make sure to enjoy every single attraction.
Good to Know!
💦 Leave Mountain Waves (wave pool), Downbound Float Trip (lazy river) and any of the kids play areas (including The Cascades, Bear Mountain Fire Tower and Little Creek Falls) until last. Do all of the slides first!
💦 SwiftWater Run tends to have the longest wait in between riders. Therefore, it likely will have the longest wait. RiverRush is the second longest line.
💦 The slides with multiple slide options at the top—such as Slick Rock Racer, TailSpin Racer or Wild River Falls—will typically have the quickest-moving lines.
💦 The group raft rides appear to have long lines, but remember, multiple people can ride on one raft.
Upon arriving, ride RiverRush (the water coaster) FIRST! There are a couple reasons this is my strategy. First, most people stop at the first slide they see, so the area around the lazy river gets crowded earlier. Because RiverRush is further into the park, this line gets longer as the day goes along. The second reason I say do this first is that longer wait I mentioned earlier.
After RiverRush, check out the line for Big Bear Plunge. It’s right next to RiverRush. If it’s pretty short, go ahead and do it while you are there. Then, head to SwiftWater Run. This is the one with the giant bowl. Remember, this attraction is in high demand. Get it done early!
Next, do the other group-raft rides next including Raging River Rapids and Big Bear Plunge—if you haven’t already done them. You’ll need at least three riders.
After the raft rides, I would just plan to head back to Slick Rock Racer and work my way through the rest of the slides (including Mountain Twist, Mountain Scream, The Butterfly, Wild River Falls, TailSpin Racer, and Fire Tower Falls). Don’t forget Fire Tower Falls beside the wave pool and TailSpin Racer near the entrance to the park.
Now you have a game plan to check off every attraction at Dollywood’s Splash Country. What a fun accomplishment! Finish your day in the lazy river or the wave pool, in a Retreat eating BeaverTails or going back to experience some of your favorite slides!