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Special Diets at Dollywood

So, you’ve heard all the hype about the AMAZING food at Dollywood, right? But, you have to eat a special diet, and you aren’t sure you will have a chance to try any of it? Believe me, I’ve been there. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 15 years ago, and I know for a fact that even with special diets, you can eat well at Dollywood!

I spoke with Lynette, Dollywood’s Culinary Services Senior Business Manager. She told me all about the Start Fresh Training that each culinary host receives. It deals specifically with food allergies. This training educates Dollywood’s hosts about cross contamination and different food allergies. She also told me I can always ask the hosts at each food venue, and not only can the hosts answer my questions about food allergies, but they can also provide ingredient lists.

Insider Tip

The various festivals that Dollywood hosts always come with amazing and different foods. The best way to find out what you can eat is go to the stands in the morning before lunch lines and ask to see the ingredients.

From their training, here’s what you can expect: hosts will not be able to tell you if a product is free from the allergen of concern, but they will provide you with the ingredient list so you can determine if it is safe. They provide the information. You make the call.

Insider Tip

Have questions before heading to Dollywood? Call 865-428-9422 for more information or to ask questions specific to food concerns.

Here are some helpful things to know when going to any of the Dollywood properties with special dietary concerns:

Dollywood

Front Porch Café is the go-to restaurant for food allergies and special diets at Dollywood. This sit-down restaurant can accommodate multiple types of food allergies and a Junior Chef is almost always there to answer any additional questions you might have. For my gluten free friends, Spotlight Bakery has gluten free muffins, Victoria’s Pizza has incredibly good gluten free pizza, and many places have a dedicated fryer for French fries. My favorite gluten free snack is popcorn!! This page has even more info.

Insider Tip

Gluten free pizza is cooked to order so plan to wait a little longer than the rest of your party for it to be ready.

Dollywood’s Splash Country

Campsite Grill at Dollywood’s Splash Country is the largest food location and can make the most accommodations for food allergies. For a list of other venues that have allergy accommodations at the water park, check this page. (Frozen bananas are a great treat!)

Insider Tip

Before your visit to the water park, you can ask dietary questions by email- splashcountryfoodquestions@dollywood.com. Allow 48 hours for a response.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

Song and Hearth: A Southern Eatery is one of my favorite restaurants! It’s located inside Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. My experience has been that if I let the server know immediately about my food concerns, a chef will come to my table to talk me through the options that fit my diet. Just like at the parks, always let you server know about your special diet up front and see how they can help!

I know how hard and sometimes disappointing it can be to want to eat somewhere and not be able to because of your special diet. At Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, the food service team is well-trained and ready to help you out! For even more information on food and to join in a community that loves Dollywood and has special dietary concerns, head on over to Facebook and join in the fun or feel free to reach out to me! I’ve been navigating the life of special diets for a very long time!

Here are a few more resources:

https://insiders.dollywood.com/food-questions-use-this-resource/

https://insiders.dollywood.com/indoor-dining-options/

https://insiders.dollywood.com/where-to-find-dollywood-snacks/

By | 2020-10-28T10:06:26+00:00 October 26th, 2020|Dining|0 Comments

About the Author:

Heather Wright (Dollywood Insider 2018-Now) was born in Florida but raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. She is a wife and new homeschool mom. Heather’s family is always up for an adventure and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains is their favorite place to go! Heather and her family live on a farm just outside of the Smokies. When she isn’t busy homeschooling, doing boy mom things, serving her community or exploring the area she calls home, she is busy working on her business The Smoky Mountain Mom (www.thesmokymountainmom). Heather feels most at home when visiting Dollywood and is passionate about sharing this amazing place with you!
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