Many of you have probably heard of the Enneagram, which is a system of personality typing that describes nine patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. You can learn more by searching “Enneagram types” on the internet, but for this blog I will give you a short definition of each one, taken from the Enneagram Institute.
This is something my family and friends and I have had fun with – analyzing the descriptions and trying to figure out what type we are, and also how we relate to the different types. I was thinking of this in relation to Dollywood and wondered what activity or attraction would each Enneagram type naturally gravitate toward.
I am no professional, so this blog is strictly just for fun and not to be taken too seriously. I am interested in what Enneagram enthusiasts think about each type and what at Dollywood they think each type would enjoy. Here are some thoughts – greatly enhanced by my cousin, who does have a great deal of training in the Enneagram, and my daughter, who just enjoys it like I do.
Type 1 – The Reformer. The rational, idealistic type: principled, purposeful, self-controlled and perfectionistic.
Ones will likely love the Dollywood Express Train. It’s orderly and predictable—it leaves on time, arrives on time and the rules for riding are clearly explained. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of a high-precision transportation system. They also love to use TimeSaver Passes because they are efficient and not a moment will be wasted!
Type 2 – The Helper. The caring, interpersonal type: demonstrative, generous, people-pleasing and possessive.
Twos might make a beeline to get cinnamon bread from the Grist Mill. They’ll buy several loaves to take home to share with others. Twos will also love the many shopping opportunities at Dollywood. They can buy postcards for everyone back home and gifts for their extended family. They might even have to use Package Pickup so they can just pick everything up at the Dollywood Emporium on their way out of the park.
Type 3 – The Achiever. The success-oriented, pragmatic type: adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.
What is a day at Dollywood without earning a trophy or two?! Threes might want to spend time in Country Fair trying their hand at all of the carnival games so that they can win a prize they can carry around the park and show everyone. There are also great spots around Dollywood where they can pose with their prizes and take pictures to post on their social media.
Type 4 – The Individualist. The sensitive, withdrawn type: expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
Fours will probably love the emotive and nostalgic atmosphere around Dollywood – particularly enjoying the Dreamland Drive-In show or Christmas in the Smokies during the Christmas season. They appreciate Dollywood because it is unique and genuine and also enjoy spending time with their fellow endangered species at the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary.
Type 5 – The Investigator. The intense, cerebral type: perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
Fives, true to their investigative nature, could enjoy the replica of Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home and also Chasing Rainbows Museum. They will probably appreciate how efficiently and well thought-out the park is designed. They might choose to visit the park more in the shoulder seasons when there aren’t long lines.
Type 6 – The Loyalist. The committed, security-oriented type: engaging, responsible, anxious and suspicious.
Sixes have most likely researched everything before they even arrive at the ticket booth. They have probably mapped out the best routes, know the restaurants where they want to eat and have brought rain ponchos and sweatshirts to be prepared for anything. They might even want to stroll by and see the First Aid facility and find comfort in the cleanliness of the park and its COVID-19 safety policies.
Type 7 – The Enthusiast. The busy, fun-loving type: spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered.
Sevens are lots of fun to go to Dollywood with! They will probably want to hit every ride in the park before they leave, and, in season, stay all the way until the fireworks are over at the end of the night. You might also find them buying a Season Pass before they leave so they can come back for more, more, more!
Type 8 – The Challenger. The powerful, dominating type: self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
Eights will likely want to challenge and conquer the biggest, fastest and most intense rides at Dollywood, so they might head straight to Lightning Rod, Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine rollercoasters. Younger (or young at heart!) type eights most likely aren’t afraid to tackle the Barnstormer and Daredevil Falls.
Type 9 – The Peacemaker. The easygoing, self-effacing type: receptive, reassuring, agreeable, and complacent.
Nines are likely happy riding whatever the people with them want to ride. They enjoy the variety of shows and their happy endings. They are probably content just strolling through the park and through the unique shops. One of their favorite rides might be The Village Carousel – calm and peaceful, with all the animals going in the same direction and pleasant music piped in overhead.
So, what do you think Enneagram fans? If you know your type, do the things above ring true to you? What rides or attractions are your favorite? No matter your Enneagram type, Myers- Briggs or DiSC type, or if you think all of the above are just hogwash, I guarantee you can find many things to love when you visit Dollywood Theme Park!