Dollywood is a 150-acre theme park with rides, attractions, food and live entertainment located in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.
Where do I even start with this? Dollywood is more than a single destination – it’s an experience. You can enjoy the amusement park which offers everything from heart racing roller coasters to live shows to great food. There is also the water park Splash Country and you can’t miss the full dinner show Dixie Stampede.
When we first arrived you could tell there was an air of hospitality you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The staff wore bright smiles, were very attentive to park-goers needs and so open to even conversation about the park itself. We were taken first to the Dollywood bakery. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The sweets were as big as dinner plates (but tasted much better).
The setting was like being back in an old time mill town, complete with water wheels, iron smiths, craft artisans and even animal habitats.
There were more rides than I could possibly handle in one day – you really do need two days to fully enjoy everything Dollywood has to offer. But, my favorite was their newest roller coaster: The Wild Eagle; the first wing roller coaster in the US.
I’ve done many coasters in my years, and this one has probably the best initial drop I’ve had the pleasure to experience. The force alone makes you want to scream…and then ride it over and over!
That day we were lucky ducks because Discovery Channel was filming a show pilot about the coaster. We were chosen as the ‘test group’ to be filmed with the hosts. That means we got to ride the Wild Eagle three times in a row without even leaving our seats. I was a happy camper….or is that flyer?
Here’s a shot of our group interviewing with the show hosts. Maybe one day I’ll see my own screaming face on the episode – you never know!
One day admission — Adults: $79, Children 4-9: $69, Seniors 62-99: $69, Children under 4 are free
Season Passes also available!
DOLLY PARTON’S DIXIE STAMPEDE DINNER SHOW
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is an interactive and imaginative dinner show that will surprise and delight you. Appropriate for all ages, your family can cheer on your side (North vs South) in this battle of horsemanship and daring. The show offers exciting rider tricks, musical production, amazing affects and even live bison (you’ll have to see it to find out!).
Dolly’s staff know how to entertain you! Even the preshow offered while you wait to be seated was amazing. I love Bluegrass music and the show band was so much fun to watch.
You know I love food. No hiding that, huh? So I can’t tell you about Dixie Stampede without telling you about the dinner …or rather feast…that they serve.
Each person gets:
- Tender WHOLE Rotisserie Chicken
- Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork Loin
- Corn on the Cob
- Creamy Vegetable Soup (Dixie Stampede’s own recipe as seen below)
- Home-made biscuit
- Herb-basted Potato
- Flaky Apple Pastry Turnover
- and all the soda, tea or coffee you can drink
Adult Admission starts at $56.99 and children’s admission (3-9) starts at $29.99.
Looking for more information about our trip to Tennessee? Make sure to check out our post about our experience watching a feud between Lumberjacks!