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.
Dollywood can be broken up into 11 main sections:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Other Dollywood Parks and Attractions
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
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.)
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