A retreat, one of the options for at Dollywood Splash Country cabanas

The Best Dollywood Splash Country Cabanas, Your 4 Main Options

I was thinking about summer vacations and the best waterparks we’ve visited, which of course, includes Dollywood’s Splash Country. There’s a powerful combination of the summer sun and water attractions that can end a day of family fun early out of simple exhaustion. For example, when John Paul was a toddler and we were at Disney, he was overwhelmed after

Dolly Parton Tour Bus is on display at Dollywood

The Dolly Parton Tour Bus: A Look at How Our Appalachian Queen Travels

It was 1987. I was in the 7th grade and our neighbor – a young adult – invited the neighborhood for a cookout. While the adults sat around a fire, I commandeered the boom box. I had VERY strong opinions about music at the time, nearly all of them wrong. I shudder to think what I subjected the crowd to as I

The Blazing Fury is the oldest coaster at Dollywood and features handmade props and scenes. (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Best Rides at Dollywood: Top 10 Rides in the Park Ranked

I grew up with Pigeon Forge, Tenn. in my backyard. As a result, I visited Dollywood nearly every summer and every holiday weekend since childhood. I’ve had the distinct privilege of not only watching our beloved park evolve over the years but also the opportunity to ride every ride in the park probably at least a few dozen times. As


Anakeesta vs. Ober Mountain: Which Attraction Is Better?

Anakeesta vs. Ober Mountain: Which is better? This is one of the most common questions we receive. But as with most things in life, the answer is subjective, so it is not always simple. Let’s take a look at the differences between Anakeesta and Ober Mountain in Tennessee. Anakeesta vs. Ober: The similarities Let’s start with the basics. Why are

Blazing Fury

Blazing Fury at Dollywood: Is It Scary? What To Know Before You Ride

Let’s start with a caveat: The 70s were a simpler time. Star Wars was huge. The world loved disco and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Grease and YMCA. It was arguably a very silly time.  Herschend Family Entertainment had purchased Gold Rush Junction in Pigeon Forge from Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell in 1976. And that began the process of recreating

Bustin Butts BBQ and Soaky Mountain

7 Weirdest and Punniest Attraction Names in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

Look, we get it.  There’s a lot of competition in the Smoky Mountains.   There are a lot of places selling some version of the same stuff you’re selling whether it’s pancakes or T-shirts or whatever.  In particular, you have to find a way to stand out. And often that way is through branding or marketing.  Maybe you’re a business owner

Tipton Place Barn in Cades Cove

Cades Cove Loop: 7 Tips Including How Long It Takes, Best Time To Go

The Cades Cove Loop, located a few miles beyond the Townsend Park entrance, is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it’s a great way to experience the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains – drive-thru style. But when it comes to navigating Cades Cove like a pro, there are a few things

Lost Mine Falls

The Lost Iron Mine Hidden Behind a Waterfall in the Smoky Mountains

It’s not often we get a glimpse into the road not taken. There was a movement in the early 1900s to preserve the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and create the national park. But that movement came with consequences. Whether those consequences were good or bad depends on your point of view. Ultimately, people lost their homes, their land


Is Anakeesta Fat Friendly? A Plus-size Guide to Weight Limits

Worrying about weight limits and ride restrictions can be a bit of a buzzkill when it comes to vacation planning. For instance, it’s never a great feeling to spend your hard-earned cash on an attraction only to find out you can’t participate when you get there. Therefore, having a plan is key. And that brings us to Anakeesta – the mountaintop

Mystery Mine cart at Dollywood

Are Dollywood Rides Fat Friendly? A Plus-size Guide to Coaster Weight Limits

Theme park ride restrictions can be a stressful topic for the plus-size community. It’s never a great feeling to be told that you’re too big to ride. Since we often get the question, “Is Dollywood fat friendly?”, we decided to create this handy dandy guide to give you an idea of what to expect before you arrive at the Dollywood theme park.