Season Passes and Year-Round Savings

I’m a single mom to three boys and I’m also a small business owner. When I tell y’all I can account for every single penny coming in and out of my household I mean it. Having passes to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country may seem like a huge expenditure up front, but I promise it’s worth it in the long run. Here are a few ways that being a Season Passholder actually saves me money throughout the year.

There’s Always Something to Do:

Having a Super Pass to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country means I’m not paying entry fees to both parks throughout the year, therefore, my kids and I always have a fun way to spend the day even if money is a little tight that week. A Super Pass is a Season Pass that includes both parks. I typically ask for experience gifts for birthdays and holidays, so even in the years before becoming a Dollywood Insider, I made sure to get Season Passes to at least one of the parks.

Insider Tip

Look into a payment plan. This will allow you to break the cost of your pass or passes into monthly payments. This is only valid for online purchases.

Built-in Discounts:

When looking at the spreadsheet for which pass to buy, I always encourage everyone to get a Gold Pass. Not only do you get free parking, but you also get 20% off select food and merchandise at both parks. Having a Gold Season Pass also allows for discounts on stroller and wheelchair rentals, kennel rentals, and some show admissions like Dolly Parton’s Stampede. After a few visits, these perks more than pay for themselves. (Not to mention, two visits to Dollywood pays for the pass!)

Insider Tip

Look for refillable popcorn, ice cream and drink cups throughout the parks. These can be used over and over again for deep discounts on food and drink. And don’t forget to use the discount on photos or the photo card!

It Feels Like a Mini Vacation:

Not every family can take a vacation every year, but Season Passes to Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country guarantee a vacation-like experience every time you visit. When my friends are on the fence about purchasing Dollywood Season Passes, I frequently compare the price of one beach trip with the price of these passes. Sure, a week’s vacation is really fun, but what about spending that money on a year-round vacation? One of my favorite ways to spend a summer day is hanging out at Dollywood’s Splash Country. Every time the kids and I are there, it feels like we are a million miles from home when in reality we’re about half an hour away. All the festivals and special events at Dollywood also guarantee we have something out of the ordinary right in our own backyard. Some of my favorite memories with my family and friends have been made at these parks.

Insider Tip

“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” When you buy Season Passes early, you also get Bring-a-Friend tickets for select dates that you can use on a 1-Day admission for free. My kids love bringing their friends and this allows us to do that with ease.

I Don’t Feel Pressure To Do Everything in a Day:

I’m not sure this is technically a money-saver, but it IS a sanity-saver. One of the less-memorable times I ever had at Dollywood was on a visit when I didn’t have Season Passes that year. I felt like we had to do every. single. thing. at the park that day. We were rushed and pushing to make the most of the itinerary I had planned for us that visit. With passes, I can relax. If we don’t see everything we had wanted to see that day, we can just come back the next day/ week/ month (you get what I’m aiming for here.) Having Season Passes takes a lot of the trip planning pressure off of what should be a relaxing time.

Season Passes to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country have been high on my family’s must-purchase list for as long as I can remember, and hopefully they will make it onto yours this year as well.

By | 2020-09-24T15:16:59+00:00 December 2nd, 2019|Best Value|0 Comments

About the Author:

Ashley Costerisan (Dollywood Insider 2019-2020) was born and raised in East Tennessee. She owns a small furniture restoration business and is a single mom to three boys- Maddox, Walker and Finn. Ashley grew up going to Dollywood with her grandmother and has always admired Dolly’s determination and her witty, beloved public persona. In addition to her furniture business, Ashley teaches voice lessons at a local non-profit and writes for Knoxville Mom’s Blog. She enjoys travel, wine, British period dramas, DIY, history and all things summer. She lives in South Knoxville with her boys and their three rescue dogs Charlotte, Ladybird and Nick Carraway.
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