Small fire breaks out at Dollywood during train maintenance

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There was a small fire at Dollywood over the weekend, but staff was able to put out the fire quickly (photo by Daniel Munson/

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A small fire broke out at Dollywood over the weekend near train Engine 70, more commonly known as ‘Cinderella’.

At approximately 8 pm on Sunday, Oct. 18,  Engine 70 was in a maintenance area being prepared for future service when a small fire appears to have ignited some grease on the left side of the engine.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Country Fair area of the park and the Rockin’ Roadway attraction were closed for the evening.

According to a representative from the park, the flame was quickly extinguished by Dollywood staff with help from the Pigeon Forge Fire Department. 

No one was injured during the incident and there was no collateral damage to any part of the Dollywood park. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Klondike Katie makes her way down the tracks of the Dollywood Express (photo courtesy of Dollywood)
Klondike Katie, Cinderella’s sister Engine, makes her way down the tracks of the Dollywood Express (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

Dollywood’s busy fall season 

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival event, featuring the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, is currently underway at the Pigeon Forge theme park. This hugely popular event has produced a great turnout in 2020. But in keeping with the Tennessee Pledge, Dollywood is operating at a reduced capacity, which means it’s important to plan ahead. 

If you are interested in going to Dollywood this season, it is highly recommended (but not required) that you make a reservation prior to arriving to the park. 

“Fall is always a busy time of year for our park, with nice weather and several school systems enjoying fall break, we expect to see larger crowds,” said Amber Davis, publicist for Dollywood.

Read More: Do you have to make reservations at Dollywood? What you should know 

The sunflower field display at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/

About the Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights celebration 

Great Pumpkin LumiNights features thousands of intricately-carved glowing pumpkins and illuminated displays.

This year, LumiNights expanded its footprint with two new displays in the Wildwood Grove section of the park.

The first features a glowing pumpkin patch at the Wildwood Grove entrance. The second features a “sunflower field” pumpkin patch with dozens of hand-carved pumpkins stacked sequentially to resemble beautiful stalks of sunflowers reaching heights of up to 9 1/2 feet tall.

Both displays light up at night with a soft yellow glow to create a delightfully haunting, but never scary, aesthetic. Dollywood also is featuring colossal pumpkins this year, which is a brand new feature to this year’s event.  

If you are interested in dressing up in costume when you visit the park, you may do so as long as the costume meets Dollywood’s guidelines.

Read More: Dollywood Halloween costume guidelines and other frequently asked questions

Can I get into the park just to see LumiNights at a reduced ticket price?

As part of this year’s event, Dollywood is offering guests a new way to enjoy LumiNights without having to pay full admission price.

From now through Oct. 30, guests can book a special admission ticket online for just $35 plus tax for entry into the park after 5 pm – a huge discount when compared to the regular daily admission price of $79.

This offer excludes Saturdays. Limited tickets are available, so be sure to reserve your ticket early at

Guests can expect to enjoy roughly an hour of daylight when entering the park around 5 pm with sunset usually falling around 7:30 pm during the month of October.

Wolf's 1507-lb pumpkin is the largest pumpkin on display at Dollywood's Harvest Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/
This 1507-lb pumpkin is the largest pumpkin on display at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/

How long does the Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights last? 

This year, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas will follow soon after starting Nov. 7 through Jan, 3, 2021.  

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is presented by Humana, and Great Pumpkin LumiNights is presented by Covenant Health. Dollywood is open 10 am- 9 pm each day of operation (Sept. 25- Oct. 31, 2020) during the Harvest Festival.

The park is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the festival. For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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