My parents have been taking me to Dollywood since I was a little girl. I spent many, many weekends of my childhood camping in Pigeon Forge and riding the trolley over to the theme park for the day. It’s always been one of my family’s favorite things to do as long as I can remember.
That’s why it’s no surprise that when I became a Mom, of course, I wanted to carry on my love for Dollywood and family time. We’ve visited many times over the past six years and still some of my favorite visits are when my parents come along with us. While it might be tricky to visit some places with three generations together, Dollywood is made for these types of family outings.
Each area of Dollywood has been carefully thought out to include something for everyone. Although it’s pretty obvious, I had never really thought about that fact until I took a behind-the-scenes tour last year as a Dollywood Insider. We were told that the park was planned out so that in each section there was something for everyone in the same small area, which would encourage families to stay together rather than split up.
This is very evident in one of the newest renovated parts of the park, Jukebox Junction. The 1950’s area was always one of my classic-car-loving family’s favorites, but now with the addition of Lightning Rod, it really does have something for everyone. In this section of the park you’ll find the aforementioned Lightning Rod, a coaster themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod that launches thrill seekers that are 48 inches or taller, from zero to 45 mph and up more than 20 stories. But right beside this heart-stopping coaster you’ll find Rockin’ Roadway, which is a leisurely ride for any age. Just across the road you’ll taste the best burgers and shakes in Dollywood, but don’t pass up the chicken sandwiches in the food truck either.
While my parents used to enjoy the rides at Dollywood, they’ve moved on to other things now, but that doesn’t mean we have to go different ways. The Pines Theater is just steps from all these attractions and it’s easy to catch a great show with several performances a day. There are also lots of themed gift shops for the family members who would rather shop than drop off the side of the mountain on Lightning Rod.
Jukebox Junction is just one example of how the entire theme park is laid out for multiple generations. I appreciate that Dollywood has put so much thought into the design of their park because that’s why we’re visiting together – to be together as a family!
Check out the map to start planning your next visit and be sure to bring the grandparents along to make multi-generational memories with your family.