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Thought about a Company Picnic at Dollywood? Read This!

I recently had the opportunity to attend a company outing—and it was at Dollywood, which happens to be one of my favorite places on earth.  It was such a fun day, I thought I’d share a little about what I learned from Teri Lux, one of Dollywood’s Group Sales Managers, in case a day at Dollywood is just what your company needs!

Dollywood has a lot to offer companies who want to “treat” employees through either an outing to Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country or with discounted tickets. If your company goes with the discounted tickets, I learned that those discounted tickets may be upgraded to a Season Pass on the day of your visit. That’s the cheapest way to get Season Passes. Great bonus!

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Corporate outings start with 100 or more employees. Dollywood can provide a discounted ticket only, or a ticket plus a meal at one of the picnic pavilions at the park.  These pavilions hold up to 400 (Celebration Hall) or 500 (Blue Ribbon Pavilion) people per hour for a meal.

(For example: the day I was there, another company had an event with 1500 employees, so they had three lunch sittings at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.)

Teri mentioned there’s a stage in these pavilions and Dollywood can provide a microphone for announcements or award giveaways. It’s a great way to bring everyone together for an hour for a meal and share announcements or celebrate an accomplishment.

Insider Tip

If your group size is smaller than 100, check out the options available at Dollywood’s Splash Country!

The menus for these picnic meals are buffet-style and are quite varied—from a casual meal of pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs with all the fixings and sides, to a meal of chicken breasts and pork tenderloin with accompanying sides. Being married to someone who once planned large conferences, I was amazed at how reasonably-priced these meals are compared to a city convention center or conference hotel.

Instead, a business might choose to provide meal vouchers valued at $10, $12, $15 or $20 for their employees. Those must be purchased in advance. These vouchers can be redeemed at one of Dollywood’s restaurants. Another great option!

The event I attended didn’t include a meal, but they had reserved one of the theatres (which didn’t house a show that day) for a pep rally-style gathering which most of the employees attended together. The more I think about it, the more I love all the ways a company can customize their event at Dollywood.

Dollywood’s Splash Country

Teri also said a business might decide to spend the day at Dollywood’s Splash Country during the summer months. There’s an outdoor pavilion there that can host smaller groups (up to 100 at a time). There’s a “Splash It Up” picnic deal that provides a meal of hamburgers and hot dogs with chips, a drink and a cookie for 30 or more employees. This includes private use of the pavilion for the day.

Insider Tip

I learned that companies can purchase different kinds of tickets for their employees if they don’t want to host an event at one of the parks. From limited-timeframe tickets to good throughout the season 1-Day tickets to tickets that can be used at either the theme park or water park, employers have many options!

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

And, think about this: Dollywood even oversees many corporate off-site meetings at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, with its inviting banquet rooms and unique outdoor spaces. Choosing the resort for an event gives you the option for lodging. Plus, when Dollywood is open, they can include tickets to the park and do team-building events there such as blowing glass ornaments together.

Dollywood, of course, has professional coordinators who will see to every detail and even provide materials you need to promote your day, including posters.  These fun events can be planned any time of year.  With unique offerings each season, your options are unlimited! If any of this sounds like something your business would like to do, you can contact Teri Lux at tlux@dollywood.com or call (865) 429-9783.

By | 2019-05-24T14:39:41+00:00 May 24th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

About the Author:

Kelly Harb (Dollywood Insider 2018-Now) had a landmark year in 1986. She married her husband Richard, moved to East Tennessee, and discovered Dollywood! Kelly has two wonderful adult children – a son and a daughter – with mates who greatly enhance the family. Her happiest delight is her grandchildren – ages 5, 3 and one due in the fall of 2018. A native of Mississippi, Kelly continued her parents’ tradition of memory-making-travel with her own family. The Harbs have journeyed to faraway places and places right down the road like Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountains. A life-long theme park aficionado, Kelly also loves to spend time with family and friends, is a long-time Bible Study Fellowship leader, loves to read, watch college football, and she and her husband enjoy mentoring young married couples through small groups in their church.
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