The Best Rides for Everyone in the Family

Dollywood has so many amazing activities and experiences for everyone, but let’s be honest, most of you are going for the rides, right? Whether or not you’re a thrill seeker, there’s something fun for everyone when it comes to attractions. I asked my fellow Dollywood Insiders what their families’ favorite rides are that are perfect for everyone, and here is our list:

No Height Requirement Rides

What can you ride at Dollywood that doesn’t have a height requirement? Plenty! Most of these chill rides are located in Country Fair, but a few are in different areas of the park.

These are the rides in Country Fair with no height requirement, but these children must be able to sit up on their own:

  • Lemon Twist (must be accompanied by someone who is 16 years old or older)
  • Amazing Flying Elephants (must be accompanied by someone who is 16 years old or older)
  • Piggy Parade
  • Busy Bees
  • Lucky Ducky

Parents can ride most of these with their kids, but if they’re brave enough, kids can even ride Piggy Parade, Busy Bees and Lucky Ducky as parents wave and cheer them on. It’s always such a big moment for me when my girls decide they can ride without mom or dad!

Here are the attractions outside Country Fair that have no height requirement:

  • Village Carousel (located in The Village)
  • Dollywood Express (located in The Village)
  • Rockin’ Roadway (located in Jukebox Junction)

Everyone can take a spin on Rockin’ Roadway. In my opinion, it’s one of the best rides for moms and dads to do with kids because the seats are roomy enough for kids and adult legs!

Finally, don’t forget about the Dollywood Express! Fellow Insider Kelly H. says, “My crew always wants to ride it – with my husband being one of the most enthusiastic!”

The Best Rides with Minimal Height Requirements

Some of my fellow Dollywood Insiders recommended other great rides that have a minimal height requirement. While very small children won’t be able to ride these, they are perfect introductory rides to help your older kids transition from the easy rides to the more thrilling attractions.

Once your child is 36 inches, he/she can enjoy

  • Shooting Star (located in Country Fair)
  • Scrambler (located in Country Fair)
  • Smoky Mountain River Rampage (located in Rivertown Junction)
  • Whistle Punk Chaser (located in Timber Canyon)

Several Insiders voted for both Smoky Mountain River Rampage as a favorite with their families.

Whistle Punk Chaser and FireChaser Express (39 inches- see below) are coasters my family will ride again and again because they are mildly thrilling, don’t invert, and are faster than most kid-friendly coasters (at least, my kids think they are)! One of my daughters had her first solo coaster ride on Whistle Punk Chaser, and it was quite a big deal for us because she is typically fearful of coasters. It was really special for us to have her conquer that fear while spending time together on a trip to Dollywood.

When you graduate to 39 inches, you can add one more attraction to your must-do list:

  • FireChaser Express (located in Wilderness Pass)

Insider Erica says, “We love FireChaser. It’s a “mild” roller coaster that has a slightly lower height requirement (39 inches) and doesn’t go upside down. It’s one that everyone can ride together, even my mom.”

You get to add another when you grow one more inch and make it to 40 inches:

  • Lumberjack Lifts

My family loves Lumberjack Lifts because the kids get to decide how high or low, fast or slow we go.

Then when your children hit a growth spurt and are suddenly 42 inches, they get to do even more:

  • Blazing Fury (located in Craftsman’s Valley)
  • Daredevil Falls (located in Craftsman’s Valley)
  • Demolition Derby (located in Country Fair)
  • Waltzing Swinger (located in Country Fair)
  • Sky Rider (located in Country Fair)

“Blazing Fury (42 inches) is a good “introductory” coaster,” says Insider Jan. “My kids are seven years apart in age, so finding rides we all enjoy can be a challenge.”

Even though my girls are the same age, I feel that pain! I have one that loves the thrilling rides while the other doesn’t like anything “too fast.” Thankfully, Blazing Fury is one that they both can agree on!

To see all ride height requirements, click this link.

There are also rides for 48 and 50 inches. I just focused on the little kids for this post. And, I didn’t include playgrounds—so know that there are great play areas for small ones to roam, as well!

I hope this list is helpful in your family’s planning as you look for rides that moms, dads, kids, grandparents, and all your family members can enjoy together!

By | 2018-11-12T18:12:28+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Trip Planning|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sarah Gilliland (Dollywood Insider 2018-2019) hails from the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, and has been visiting Dollywood regularly for the past three years. When she’s not visiting her favorite theme parks, Sarah loves to write for her blog Sarah in the Suburbs as well as other popular websites like TravelingMom.com and the Birmingham Moms Blog. Sarah has been married to her husband, Neil, a software developer, for almost 10 years, and they have rambunctious, fun-loving, 7-year-old twin daughters. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, binge watching the latest Netflix shows, and volunteering at her girls’ school. She is very excited to be a Dollywood Insider this year, and she cannot wait to share her tips and tricks for enjoying the parks with your family!
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