An overview of Dollywood theme park and attractions

Dollywood

Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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Dollywood, located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, spans over 150 acres and features two award-winning parks (including an award for having the “friendliest park atmosphere in the world”.)

Dollywood guests flock the world over to enjoy over 40 unique rides, world class entertainment and one-of-a-kind southern dining.

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Dollywood can be broken up into 11 main sections:

Dollywood Showstreet
People walk around Showstreet (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. Showstreet

Showstreet, one of the oldest areas of the park, is located near the entrance and features staple guest amenities such as gift shops, ride measuring/accessibility centers, lost and found, stroller/wheelchair rentals, guest services, dining options, street carts, photo opportunities and theaters.

Dollywood Mystery Mine
The Mystery Mine roller coaster is located in Timber Canyon (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Timber Canyon

Timber Canyon is also accessible from the park’s main entrance for guests who skip the Showstreet section and instead opt for a steep hike up a paved, winding pathway up a mountain following a sharp left when entering the park.

Timber Canyon features a handful of attractions including two popular coasters: Mystery Mine and Thunderhead, as well as a handful of dining/shopping options.

A walk through Timber Canyon is also the most direct route from the entrance to Dollywood’s newest addition: Wildwood Grove.

Wildwood Grove is a relatively new section of the theme park (Dollywood media photo by ©Curtis Hilbun)

3. Wildwood Grove

Wildwood Grove is Dollywood’s newest area (opened in 2019). It’s a $37 million dollar investment with a 5-acre footprint.

Wildwood Grove features several kid-friendly, family rides such as Black Bear Trail, Frogs and Fireflies, Great Tree Swing, The Mad Mockingbird and Treetop Tower.

At the edge of the new expansion you’ll find the park’s latest and greatest steel roller coaster: DragonFlier.

But don’t let the cute name and small size of this smooth, yet quick little coaster fool you – DragonFlier is for those with a need for speed, sharp turns and steep drops.

Wildwood Grove, like most sections of the park, also features a handful of shopping and dining areas – including Till and Harvest featuring “Smoky Mountain Mexican”.

Might sound a little odd but it’s basically a Dollywood version of Chipotle with an infusion of cheese grits.

Read Also: How Dollywood’s unique Wildwood Grove expansion sets itself apart

Dollywood's Wild Eagle
Dollywood’s Wild Eagle roller coaster (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

4. Wilderness Pass

Wilderness Pass is located at the tip-top of the theme park and features two relatively new thrill coasters: Firechaser Express (2014) and Wild Eagle (2012).

Both hold national recognition.

Firechaser is the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster (blasting riders both forward and backward).

Wild Eagle is America’s first wing coaster (you’re neither seated above or below the track – but rather beside it) and is the longest coaster in the park (with a ride time of 2 minutes and 22 seconds).

Casual/snack style dining options are also available in this section of the park.

Read Also: Dollywood rides ranked: 10 best coasters and rides in the park

Dollywood's Blazin Fury
Blazing Fury is a classic coaster at Dollywood (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Craftsman’s Valley

Craftsman’s Valley is one of the oldest and largest sections of the park. Included among the numerous rides and attractions is the Calico Falls Schoolhouse, Daredevil Falls, Tennessee Tornado and a real chapel (which holds services most Sundays).

And don’t forget about a local favorite, and second longest running ride in the park: Blazing Fury – a Silver Dollar City original – which predates Dollywood itself.

Out-of-towners and young children might be left scratching their heads in confusion at the Blazing Fury’s 70’s-esque animatronics and hand-made props.

But locals can quote the entire ride by heart and would likely riot if the ride was eliminated – fire in the hole!

Craftsman’s Valley is also one of the best areas in the park to sample a bit of true southern dining and craftsmanship with a plethora of shops and eateries.

Read Also: Blazing Fury History: The untold story behind Dollywood’s beloved ride

Dollywood Barnstormer
The Dollywood Barnstormer (Dollywood media photo by ©Curtis Hilbun)

6. Owens Farm

Owens Farm is one of the smallest sections of the park, featuring just three attractions:  Barnstormer, Granny’s Garden and Lil’ Pilots Playground.

Owens Farm was also once the home of fan-favorite Slidewinder which closed in 2018 – but we can’t wait to see what pops up in its place.

Before leaving Owens Farm, don’t forget to grab some of the park’s famous cinnamon bread at the Grist Mill.

Read More: Blast from the past: 7 iconic Dollywood rides that no longer exist

Dollywood- DW Express and Grist Mill
The Dollywood Express goes by the Grist Mill (Dollywood media photo by ©Curtis Hilbun)

7. The Village

The Village’s most notable attraction is the longest running attraction in the park: The Dollywood Express.

The Dollywood Express features two authentic coal-powered steam locomotives: Engine 70 (Cinderella) and Engine 192 (Klondike Katie).

Both are WWII vets which carried U.S. troops through Alaska during the war. Klondike Katie has been with the park since the park originally opened, under a different name, “Rebel Railroad” in 1961.

Read Also: Dollywood train history: Meet the attraction that pre-dates the park

Dizzy Disc
The Dizzy Disc (Dollywood media photo by ©Curtis Hilbun)

8. Country Fair

The Country Fair is exactly as the name suggests – a replica of a classic country fair.

This section of the park features fair food and all the classic rides: bumper cars (Demolition Derby), a mini drop tower (Shooting Star), a frisbee ride (Dizzy Disc), The Scrambler, a swing ride (The Waltzing Swinger), Flying Elephants and Sky Rider.

Dollywood River Rampage
The Dollywood River Rampage (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

9. Rivertown Junction

Rivertown Junction is a great place to cool down on one of the park’s oldest attractions: The River Rampage, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries and snack-carts.

This is also the location of park-favorite Back Porch Theater.

Lightningrod
The Lightning Rod at Dollywood (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

10. Jukebox Junction

Jukebox Junction, Dollywood’s 50’s-style section, will transport you back in time with places such as Pines Theater, Rockin’ Roadway and Red’s “Drive-In”.

Authentic classic cars are scattered throughout the area. Jukebox Junction is home of the world’s first wooden launch coaster: Lightning Rod.

Read Also: Is Lightning Rod open? Dollywood’s retracked coaster returns in 2021

Dolly's Tour Bus
Inside Dolly’s Tour Bus (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

11. Adventures in Imagination

Adventures in Imagination is located near the front of the park and features the Chasing Rainbows Museum, Dreamsong Theater, Dolly’s Closet, a Season Pass Exchange Center and Dolly’s Home on Wheels (her real-life retired tour bus).

Dollywoods Splash Country Bear Mountain Fire Tower-Front View
Bear Mountain Fire Tower at Dollywood’s Splash Country (Dollywood media photo by ©Curtis Hilbun)

Other Dollywood Parks and Attractions

Splash Country

In the summertime, guests can cool down at Dollywood’s sister park – Splash Country – located next door to the main park.

Splash Country features a variety of water rides, thrilling water coasters, a relaxing lazy river and of course, a wave pool.

Dollywood Dinner Shows

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Dollywood also owns and operates a variety of dinner shows throughout the area including Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Pirates Voyage.

Dollywood Lodging

Dollywood also has you covered in the lodging department – with Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabin rentals and the luxurious DreamMore Resort (with perks like complimentary shuttle service to both parks.)

How can I get Dollywood discounts?

Booking through Tripster can usually save you a couple of dollars off the price of regular admission. Also be sure to check the Dollywood website for current deals and promotions.

What’s your favorite thing to do at Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash County? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I liked dollywood, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I purchased a season pass, without it I probably would not go back. But I will because of the pass. But who knows, when the weather gets hotter I might like it better.

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