Losing track of a child at Dollywood is something I hope NO ONE experiences EVER! Unfortunately, it can and does happen. So below I’ve shared my tips for ways to be prepared in the event a child gets lost in the park.
Take Pics First Thing
The first thing my family does when we enter the park is take pictures—not of the Dollywood sign in front of the Palace Theater (though that is a great picture spot!).
We have each adult in our group take a picture of each child in the group with their camera or smartphone. The reasoning for this is that if we get separated from a child at some point in the day and need to ask assistance from a Dollywood host or security, we can show them exactly what the child looked like that day – right down to the shoes they were wearing or how they were wearing their hair.
Know Who to Go To For Help
Before you start your day at Dollywood, be sure your kids know who they can turn to for help if they find themselves lost. Point out uniformed Dollywood hosts so in the event a child needs help, they will know who to look for.
Likewise, if you find yourself looking for a lost child, contact the closest available Dollywood host for assistance.
Have a Meeting Spot in Each Section of the Park
Dollywood is too big to reasonably have only one meeting spot so as you make your way through each section of the park, designate a meeting spot should someone stray from the group. For example, if your group is in Timber Canyon, perhaps you meet at the restrooms across from Whistle Punk Chaser. If you’re in Country Fair, you can assign the grassy area near Shooting Star and Sky Rider as a meeting spot.
Have these designated in advance with a park map or as you go along so you are sure everyone in your party knows where it is and how to get there if they find themselves separated.
I sincerely hope you never find yourself in a situation where you’ll need to utilize these tips. But I hope they can help you feel prepared and keep everyone safe and enjoying a fun day at Dollywood!