When will Dolly Parton’s Stampede reopen? Your questions answered!

Dolly Parton's Stampede (formerly the Dixie Stampede) in Pigeon Forge, TN
Dolly Parton's Stampede (formerly the Dixie Stampede) in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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Dolly Parton’s Stampede (formerly known as the Dixie Stampede) is the longest running and most visited dinner show in the Smokies. This popular attraction, which features one-of-a-kind high-spirited entertainment with magnificent horses, comedy, music and a four-course meal, has been closed due to coronavirus concerns since mid-March leaving fans to wonder: When will Dolly Parton’s Stampede reopen?

After weeks of waiting we are proud to report the Stampede’s reopening is right around the corner with plans to resume operations on Friday, July 3.

“We are excited to have our longest-running dinner show open on July 3 as our area celebrates the biggest holiday weekend of the summer and as we get back to entertaining families with this unique show,” Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, LLC said.  “Like our other operations, we will be observing the guidelines provided by the Tennessee Pledge.”

Read More: A review Dolly Parton’s Stampede — Plus tips how to plan and what to expect

The Stampede will be implementing the following precautions to protect guests:

  • Restructured seating to allow for 6 feet of separation between each party
  • A reduced 50% seating capacity
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces before, during and in between all performances
  • A deep cleaning of the entire facility each night after closing
  • Installation of hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility
  • A face mask requirement for all guests when entering, moving around, and exiting the facility.
  • Enforcement of strict safety guidelines with all food preparation
  • A health screening

The Stampede will be implementing the following precautions to protect their employees:

  • Making sanitization’s stations available throughout the work space
  • Providing masks and gloves for employees to wear while working
  • Sanitizing all work areas throughout the day and after each shift
  • Practicing social distancing as much as possible
  • A health screening

The health screenings include a series of questions provided by the CDC as well as a temperature check. Guests and employees who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter.

It is also important to note for guests who have not been to the Stampede in a while and are used to the old days of fork-free dining, that utensils are now the standard.

Photo courtesy of Dolly Parton's Stampede
Photo courtesy of Dolly Parton’s Stampede

What to expect at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Dolly Parton’s Stampede has only two locations in the United States: Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson, MO. The Pigeon Forge location is the original.

For guests who have never been to the Stampede, you are in for a real treat.

Since opening its doors in 1988, more than 20 million guests have dined with the Stampede.

With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of equestrian skill, guests truly feel like they are in the West or nestled under the stars in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Guests select from one of three available meals to enjoy while taking in the show:

A Four-Course Family Feast:

  • Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
  • Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Homemade Biscuit
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Herb-basted Potato
  • A Specialty Dessert
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

A Four-Course Vegetarian Feast:

  • Asian Rice with Vegetables
  • Homemade Biscuit
  • Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Herb-basted Potato
  • A Specialty Dessert
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

A Gluten-Free Feast:

  • Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Herb-basted Potato
  • Gluten-Free Cookie
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

The “Four Course Family Feast” is the default meal. Guests who wish to receive either the “Four-Course Vegetarian Feast” or the “Gluten-Free Feast” will need to note their preferences when making a reservation.

For more information and reservations, go to dpstampede.com or call 865-453-4400.

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Visit the CDC website and the Tennessee Department of Health website for the latest information about the coronavirus.

Location: 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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