Is Dolly Parton’s Stampede worth the money? What do they serve?

Dolly Parton Stampede

The Dolly Parton Stampede is located in Pigeon Forge TN (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

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One of Pigeon Forge’s signature attractions, formerly known as the Dixie Stampede, went through a rebranding a couple of years back in an effort to change, at least a little, with the times. 

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Now known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, the dinner and theatre show still offers a four-course meal – “complete with a delicious dessert!” – the attraction’s website enthusiastically claims.

It still offers friendly competition pitting a team representing Yankees against a team representing Southerners with thrilling horse riding stunts, competitions and other events. 

The dinner show features some really good bluegrass and country music and comedy provided by Skeeter and Nugget in the vein of the television classic “Hee Haw” or Ernest T. Bass from the “Andy Griffith Show”. 

Note: In full disclosure, growing up in rural, small-town Southern Indiana, there was a neighbor man named Skeeter of whom I was deathly afraid.

In fairness, he was very, very sketchy. I fear some residual loathing exists for anyone named Skeeter and that may have colored my enjoyment of the show, which other members of my family enjoyed quite a bit. 

Dolly Parton's Stampede
A stunt rider performs in the arena at Dolly Parton’s Stampede (media photo courtesy of Dolly Parton’s Stampede)

How much does it cost to go to Dolly Parton’s Stampede?

Ticket prices can vary depending on the time of year, showtimes and seating preference.

Generally speaking, you can expect to spend about $59.99 per adult and $29.99 per child (ages 3-9).

Sometimes checking ticket prices on Tripster might save you a few dollars.

What do they serve at Dolly Parton’s Stampede?

Each ticket includes a mouth-watering four-course feast featuring a whole rotisserie chicken and barbecued pork loin and a specialty dessert.

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. 

The Four Course Family Feast menu includes:

  • Creamy vegetable soup
  • Hot homemade biscuit
  • A whole rotisserie chicken
  • Hickory smoked barbeque pork loin
  • Corn on the cob
  • Tasty herb basted potato
  • An apple turnover
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

The Four Course Vegetarian Feast includes:

  • Creamy vegetable soup (soup is made with chicken broth)
  • Hot homemade biscuit
  • Fire roasted veggies with quinoa and multigrain rice
  • Corn on the cob
  • Herb basted potato
  • An apple turnover
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

The Gluten-Free Feast includes:

  • A fruit cup with peaches, grapes, pineapple and cherries
  • A gluten free dinner roll
  • A whole rotisserie chicken
  • Hickory smoked barbeque pork loin
  • Corn on the cob
  • Herb basted potato
  • A snickerdoodle cookie
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

Dolly Parton’s Stampede asks guests who wish to receive a vegetarian or gluten-free meal to notify the attraction about their preferences when making a reservation.

Do you eat with your hands at Dolly Parton’s Stampede?

In the olden days, you used to have to eat with your hands sans-plasticware at the Stampede.

Those days are now behind us as guests are provided a fork, and can request additional utensils if needed.

What is the Dolly Parton Stampede about?

Like all of Dolly Parton’s ventures, the Stampede features a talented cast and a well-oiled machine of a show sure to provide family fun, thrills and adventure.

They’ve played down the Civil War connections of the past, but, as I said earlier, the North vs. South competition vibe is still at the heart of the show. 

If you do go, here are some tips:

Arrive early. When applicable, the pre-show entertainment will begin 50 minutes prior to the actual start of the show. And you can snack on popcorn and sip a cold drink.

Note: The pre-show has not always been available in the past year and a half, so check for that when you make your reservation.

Children two and under are free if they sit in a parent’s lap and eat off their plate. 

The show involves live animals, dramatic lighting changes and pyrotechnics. If you have allergies or medical conditions that can be exacerbated by special effects, you might want to skip the show.

Package deals are available.

Check the Stampede website for deals or you can also look at Tripster.

The Stampede partners with several other area attractions for build-your-own-combo deals. If you’re planning on doing multiple attractions, might as well save a little money in the process. 

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Is Dolly Parton’s Stampede worth the money?

Dolly Parton’s Stampede serves a very specific market.

In my experience, the meal was fine, if uneventful but I know people who really rave about it while others turn up their noses. It’s a matter of palette, I think.

If you’ve come to Pigeon Forge for a slice of cheesy, country, family-friendly entertainment, then the Stampede is a must-do. 

If that’s not what you’re looking for when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, I think you can, fairly safely, skip it.

Have you been to Dolly Parton’s Stampede? Let us know about your experience and whether or not you think it’s “worth it” in the comments below.

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3 thoughts on “Is Dolly Parton’s Stampede worth the money? What do they serve?”

  1. My husband surprised me with tickets in 2016. It was so much fun! Dinner was not my favorite part but was good and the evening was just the best ❣️🥰

  2. I’ve been to Dolly’s Stampede 12 times, so yes it is worth the money it cost to go. It is NOT cheesey!

  3. Went to the Dixie Stampede during thanksgiving week. We stood in line for about 10 minutes and then a electrical transfomer on the power pole next to the building blew up. The stampede went dark. We waited for 10 minutes more and then they told us that it would problably take an hour or more to restore the power. I called the corperate office and they refunded our tickets with no problems what so ever. The whole staff was curteours and they could not help the power problem. All in all I hate that we missed the show. But we will go back I hope next year and see it then. Even so it was still an adventure.

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