Editor’s note: This article is being updated as new information becomes available.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in most settings.
Dollywood was quick to update their policy to match this announcement.
As of this week, Dollywood is now allowing fully vaccinated individuals to visit the theme park without a mask, both indoors and outdoors.
Additionally, guests aged 12 and under may also visit without wearing a mask.
According to their website, Dollywood will still be operating at a limited capacity for the time being.
We have reviewed Dollywood’s policies and pulled the most commonly asked questions for our readers below.
As always, for the very latest information check out Dollywood’s Play Safe FAQs before you plan your next trip.
A note on the Dollywood FAQ page currently states, “Due to recent changes in guidance from the CDC, this page is being updated.”
We will continue to update this article accordingly as well.
Will I need to bring my vaccination card to Dollywood?
The theme park has not made it clear whether or not you will be required to show your vaccination card.
However, for fully vaccinated individuals, we recommend bringing your vaccination card until they specify this policy if you wish to not wear a mask during your visit.
Please remember to be respectful to employees as they navigate these unprecedented times.
Are vaccinations required to visit Dollywood?
Vaccinations are not required to visit Dollywood.
However, if you have been fully vaccinated, you will not be required to wear a mask or physically distance while visiting the park.
Do children have to wear a mask at Dollywood?
In a recent update based on CDC guidelines, children aged 12 and under are no longer required to wear a mask at Dollywood.
Is there anywhere I won’t have to wear a mask if I am unvaccinated?
For unvaccinated individuals, masks are not required during meal times or in outdoor areas, as long as social distancing can be maintained.
Tables and chairs have been rearranged to promote increased spacing, and additional outdoor seating has been added for the 2021 season.
Exceptions apply only when social distancing. Exemptions include:
- During meal times
- While outside (when social distancing can be maintained)
- In designated mask-free break and relaxation areas
- When taking photos
- While riding water rides
- While showering or changing clothes in an approved facility
- In a private, rented space (such as a cabana)
- While eating or drinking, either inside restaurants or walking throughout the park
What if I have medical reasons not to wear a mask or have received a vaccine?
At this time, only fully vaccinated individuals and children under 12 are exempt from wearing masks.
If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, you may bring a face shield to wear during your visit. Face shields should cover your nose and mouth, wrap around the sides of your face and extend below the chin.
This accommodation must be approved by Dollywood’s customer service center.
Face shields are not allowed on rides and attractions, so guests will need to switch to a face covering to have those experiences.
Do I have to bring my own mask?
Guests are encouraged to bring their own masks to both Dollywood and Splash Country. However, masks will be provided for those in need.
Do I have to wear a mask at Splash Country?
Protocols have yet to be confirmed for Splash Country, but the mask policy for Splash Country is likely to be similar for Dollywood in that fully vaccinated individuals and children under 12 will not be required to wear a mask.
Last year, masks were only required indoors or in places with large congregations and little distancing. For example, queues at food locations and entry points.
This is likely to remain the case for unvaccinated adults. Other safety protocols at Splash Country may include:
- One travel party in a single raft
- Capacity limits
- Enhanced sanitation
- Temperature screenings
- Spaced out lounge chairs
Are reservations required to visit Dollywood?
Dollywood is still operating at a reduced capacity. While reservations are not required, they are encouraged. Details here.
How long will these policies be in place?
The answer to this question is going to be based on pure speculation. But as an increasing number of individuals are inoculated, we anticipate safety protocols to relax even more in the coming months.
However, it is crucial to note that this speculation is not based on any Dollywood insider information, and cannot (and will not) be confirmed with any representative from the park who, like all of us, are taking things one day at a time.
Have additional questions about Dollywood’s mask policies?
Ask in the comments and a member of our staff will do our best to reply!