In an announcement on Thursday, Dollywood confirmed the Flower & Food Festival end date and announced a limited-time offer to save $50 on season passes. See below for detailed instructions.
Flower & Food Festival weather-related challenges
According to park officials, Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival has been a huge success that receives a great deal of positive feedback.
But it also faces its own set of challenges. Originally scheduled to take place in the spring, the coronavirus closures pushed the festival into the middle of summer, a season with less-than-favorable conditions.
“The Flower & Food Festival was originally planned to take place in the spring when the weather was much more favorable to the various types of plants used in our installations,” said Eugene Naughton, Vice President of Dollywood Parks Operations.
“It is an exciting new event we couldn’t wait to showcase, but the pandemic changed our plans,” he said. “We still wanted to provide this immersive experience for our guests, so we had to move the festival into the heat of summer. Our teams have really stepped up to the challenge and given visitors an amazing festival to enjoy.”
In fact, the team feels they are able to maintain the flowers’ visual integrity through the majority of the summer travel season.
And so, thanks to the team’s hard work, park officials have confirmed that the event will continue through Aug. 2, 2020. This gives visitors about two more weeks to enjoy the festival.
“I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve seen taking selfies in front of these beautiful Mosaicultures displays and the colorful Umbrella Sky,” said Naughton. “The event has been well received, and we’re proud that we’ve been able to make it work during June and July. But there’s only a few weeks left, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time to visit!”
The Flower & Food Festival is presented by Covenant Health.
Dollywood’s USA Today’s 10Best nominations
Voting is still ongoing in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. The contests, which are now live, run through Monday, July 20, 2020.
The categories include:
- Best Amusement Park (Dollywood) (current ranking: 6th)
- Best Outdoor Water Park (Dollywood’s Splash Country) (current ranking: 4th)
- Best Amusement Park Hotel (Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa) (current ranking: 3rd)
- Best Roller Coaster (Lightning Rod) (current ranking: 7th)
- Best Amusement Park Entertainment (Dreamland Drive-In) (current ranking: 4th)
- Best Amusement Park Restaurant (Aunt Granny’s Restaurant) (current ranking: 2nd)
How to save $50 on season passes
Park officials also have announced a limited-time, online-only season pass promotion that provides an unprecedented value.
From now until July 19, guests can purchase a two-park super pass online for the price of a regular Dollywood season pass ($139), saving $50 off the original price of $189.
The passes offer guests admission into both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country through June 15, 2021.
To take advantage of this deal:
- Click here before July 19
- Scroll to the Super Pass section
- Click “Select Both Park Passes”
- Select amount of passes and add to cart
- Follow the instructions throughout checkout
- Enjoy unlimited amounts of Dollywood now until June 15, 2021
Additional festivals coming up for Dollywood include the Harvest Festival, presented by Humana. This festival will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31 and features Great Pumpkin LumiNights, presented by Covenant Health, and the Southern Gospel Jubilee.
Dollywood’s season concludes with the 12-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, presented by Humana. This event will run from Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, 2021.
Operational adjustments at the park
Dollywood officials also made operational adjustments to the park’s current visit protocol by removing the reservation requirement for all guests. The move is in response to favorable feedback from guests, and the confidence of the park’s management team in being able to provide a satisfying experience for guests.
Dollywood is located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN. For more information, visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.