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Water Park Strategy Guide

Dollywood Splash County is open and ready for excitement! The park is HUGE and there are so many places to explore! Make the most of your trip by having a plan when you arrive!  The first thing you should do is check out the map here.

If you have young kids:  After walking through the park entrance, veer left and shoot straight for Little Creek Falls. Here, you can enjoy an entire activity area just for smaller children. It’s very close to the bathrooms, Campsite Grill, and the drink re-fill stations, so it’s the perfect location for your family to spend a full day of fun!

Insider Tip

If you get there early enough, you can snag a chair under the giant butterfly wings!

If your youngster is a thrill-seeker, you may want to bypass Little Creek Falls and keep going.  Bear Mountain Fire Tower is also for young children, but it has an extra level of excitement with seven slides and water cannons, and a gigantic bucket above that spills 1,000 gallons of water overhead. Nearby, you’ll see the Dogs-N-Taters—they have the BEST food for kids!  Hot dogs, chicken nuggets, corn dog nuggets, nachos, and fries.

If you have older school-age children, you may need a different strategy to make the most of your stay.  As you enter the park, the first ride you’ll see as you enter the park is the TailSpin Racer. You must be 42” tall to ride (for reference, it’s the same height requirement as Dollywood’s Blazing Fury!).  It’s a thrilling ride- and it’s a water slide that’s longer than a football field! Not a thrill seeker? Walk on by.

Your strategy with older kids will to be to stick to the right side of the park.  Here, you’ll find Downbound Float Trip and Mountain Waves.  These are two great areas to rent a Retreat or snag a few chairs for a fun-filled day. Fire Tower Falls, Swiftwater Run, The Butterfly, and Mountain Scream are a few of the rides around the Mountain Waves wave pool area. You must be 48” tall to ride them (for reference, it’s the same height requirement as Dollywood’s Lightning Rod!), but don’t let the height requirements discourage you—there are several other rides in that area, and throughout the park, for all ages!

Insider Tip

Gold Passholders receive a discount on booking Canopies and Retreats!  Visit this page to learn more.

Now, I’ll tell you about our favorite area in the park: The Cascades. The Cascades area is wonderful for all ages! I have a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old and this is the perfect place for both of them. It’s further back in the park- in fact, you’ll have to walk a bit because it’s tucked in nicely, past Bear Mountain Fire Tower. Don’t let the walk worry you- it’s WELL worth it (trust me!). This is my family’s favorite area because it is so laid-back and so beautiful.  It’s like the perfect hidden gem in the back of the park. Our strategy is shooting straight for The Cascades to snag a shady chair and play in the gorgeous 8,000 square-foot pool and waterfalls. It’s also a short walk to RiverRush water coaster (a 42” height requirement) and the perfect place to rent a Canopy or Retreat.

Insider Tip

A Pack-and-Play fits beautifully inside a Retreat. We had the best day because our little ones were able to nap in the shade while we got some sun. The Retreat is a great investment!

By | 2019-09-03T15:40:12+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Water Park|0 Comments

About the Author:

Autumn Longmire (Dollywood Insider 2018-2019) is a kindergarten teacher who enjoys the happiest things in life. She was born and raised in Campbell County, Tennessee, (near the Kentucky state line) where she lives and works. She is a wife and mother of two, and her family thrives on adventure and love. Dolly Parton has always inspired Autumn through her music and her love of literacy and children. Autumn loves seeing Dolly’s Imagination Library books in the classroom and integrating them into her curriculum. She writes for Knoxville Moms Blog and is an advocate for her students.
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