Dollywood: An overview of rides, shows, what to know before you go

Dollywood

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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 from around the world 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:

Related: Download the Dollywood Park Map here

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

1. Showstreet

Showstreet is one of the oldest areas of the park. It is located near the entrance and features staple guest amenities such as gift shops, ride measuring/accessibility centers, lost and found, Doggywood (Dollywood’s doggy daycare), stroller/wheelchair rentals, guest services and photo opportunities.

Shows are regularly held in this section at the DP Celebrity Theater, the Showstreet Gazebo and the Showstreet Palace Theater. Visit the Dollywood website for a full show schedule.

Dining options include the full-service Front Porch Cafe (featuring Dolly’s favorite meals) and a variety of bakeries and snack carts.

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, and a variety of shops.

Eateries include Lumber Jack’s Pizza and a Dippin’ Dots.

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

Wildwood Grove at Dollywood
Wildwood Grove (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

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”.

“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 at Wilderness Pass (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, including the popular Dog House.

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).

Read Also: Dollywood’s chapel: How a real church ended up inside a theme park

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!

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

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.

Dining options include: Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans, Grist Mill & Cinnamon Bread, Hickory House BBQ, Miss Lillian’s BBQ Corner, Miss Lillian’s Smokehouse and plenty of snack carts and concession stands.

Make sure to say “hi” to Miss Lillian while you’re in Craftsman’s Valley. She can usually be spotted hanging out around her restaurants carrying a rubber chicken.

Read Also: Who is the Chicken Lady at Dollywood? How Miss Lillian sparks love, joy

Theaters include the Valley Theater and the Wings of America Theater.

Craftman’s Valley is also home to the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 30,000 square-foot aviary that houses the country’s largest collection of releasable bald eagles.

Read Also: Dollywood eagle cams offer peaceful, easy feeling

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 one main attraction:  Barnstormer.

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.

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

Dollywood- DW Express and Grist Mill
The train rolls by in Dollywood (Dollywood media photo)

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.

The Village is also home to Heartsong Theater, The Village Carousel, The Village Depot Stage, Papaw’s Roadside Market and Victoria’s Pizza.

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: Demolition Derby (bumper cars), Shooting Star (a mini drop tower), Dizzy Disc (a frisbee ride), The Scrambler, The Waltzing Swinger, Flying Elephants, Sky Rider and more.

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 and Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home replica.

Read Also: Where is Dolly Parton’s childhood home, is it still there?

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).

The Butterfly at Dollywood's Splash Country
The Butterfly at Dollywood’s Splash Country (photo courtesy of Dollywood)

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.

Read Also: 5 tips, tidbits you didn’t know about Dollywood’s Splash Country

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.

Read Also: Review of Pirates Voyage (caution me mateys, dad jokes dead ahead)

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!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

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5 thoughts on “Dollywood: An overview of rides, shows, what to know before you go”

  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.

  2. 86 year old mom wants to go if there are enough shows. No interest in rides at all. Is it worth the money? I’m not seeing any info on in the park shows.

  3. I love all the shows and of course the cinnamon bread. I rode the Dragon Flier for the first time and loved it. We also road the Black Bear Trail for fun. We also always ride the train. We always have a great time no matter the season!

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