Dolly Parton welcomes guests back to Dollywood with video message

Dollywood theme park
Dollywood's re-opening has been highly anticipated (photo by Alaina O'Neal/

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Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country recently announced plans to reopen June 15 for passholders and June 17 for all guests.

Read more: Dollywood announces reopening for passholders June 15, Fire in the hole!

On the Dollywood website, guests will find a comforting and familiar face to welcome them back to the park in a special video message.

“Growing up the Smoky Mountains, I learned that everything goes quiet for a spell,” Dolly Parton says. “Then one day, everything starts to bloom and grow again.”

The video shows footage of the Dollywood theme park, including the Dollywood train, Wildwood Grove and DreamMore Resort while Dolly’s song “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” plays.

The song feels fitting for the reopening:

I can see the light of a clear blue morning
I can see the light of brand new day
I can see the light of a clear blue morning
Ooh, everything’s gonna be all right

“Things have changed for all of us, but that’s okay,” Dolly continues in the video, “because now we’re ready to see you happy and here with us again, to share the beauty of our mountains, to just be together — safer and stronger than ever before.”

“We can’t wait to see you at Dollywood soon. Brighter days are here! Let’s get out and enjoy them.”

Dolly has been a force of encouragement during the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, she donated $1 million to coronavirus research at Vanderbilt. She also began a new series called “Goodnight with Dolly,” which features Dolly reading books to children in an effort to comfort them during the safer at home mandates.

Most recently, she released new music, called “When Life is Good Again.” If you need a good cry, or a heart-warming moment, watch the music video here.

“Hope for the best, pray for the best, and live your life the best way you can and when life is good again, it’s gonna be better than it ever was,” Dolly said in a TIME100 Talks interview.

About Dollywood’s Reopening

Dollywood will reopen with its Flower & Food Festival, which is presented by Covenant Health. For the festival, Dollywood has partnered with the internationally acclaimed Mosaicultures team, and together they brought flower displays to life in the form of turtles, raccoons, black bears and more to capture the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

Throughout the park, guests will also find tributes to Dolly’s most famous songs, including “Coat of Many Colors” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The park will be open until 9:30 pm and will conclude with a fireworks show.

Read more: SNEAK PEEK of Dollywood’s reopening, Flower & Food Festival 2020 

New Safety Guidelines

Dollywood is implementing several new safety measures during its first phase of reopening.

Face masks or coverings will be required for all guests aged 3 and up. Some exceptions include times when guests are eating, riding high thrill attractions and riding rides where guests may get wet. Additional measures include:

  • The reduction of contact points
  • Temperatures will be taken prior to entry
  • Attraction and dining capacities will be limited
  • Additional cleaning measures have been implemented
  • Additional handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available
  • Some play areas and high-touch point attractions may be unavailable
  • Physical distancing measures have been put in place and marked with signs
  • Party groups will not be placed in rows with other party groups on rides and attractions

Season passholder reservations will be required and date-based tickets will be available for general admission. Guests can make reservations to attend the park at

Read more: Dollywood revises Splash Country mask policy, will have mask-free rest zones throughout the property 

Learn more

For more information about the Dollywood reopening, visit their FAQ page.

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

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  1. I need someone to give me a number to discuss on how to get a refund on our season passes. For our age we cannot wear mask all day.
    Thank you.

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