Amusement Parks

the entrance at dollywood vs ole smoky and the wheel at the island side by side

The Island vs Dollywood: Which Is Better? A Brutally Honest Opinion

Dollywood’s only real local competition for an all-day attraction is The Island in Pigeon Forge. But how does the Island stack up to the reigning champ? As someone who has been prioritizing our family’s vacation budget for nearly 20 years, I understand the equation. You only have so much allotted and gas and food are going to take a portion

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The 3 Best and Worst Reviewed Attractions in Pigeon Forge (2024)

We analyzed over 200 local Google business listings to come up with this list of the best, and worst, reviewed attractions in Pigeon Forge I have lived in the area for more than 30 years and first visited almost 40 years ago. So I felt like I had a pretty good handle on the best and worst attractions in Pigeon

AI generated fan art of one Dollywood goer's imagining of a new indoor coaster at the famous theme park

Is Dollywood Debuting a New Indoor Coaster in 2026?

Dollywood recently announced a “game-changing” attraction will debut in 2026 – does this mean a new indoor coaster is on the horizon? If you’ve watched the park grow at all from the days of Silver Dollar City, you know there is one immutable fact at Dollywood: Change is coming. As someone who remembers the days before Dolly partnered with the

entrance sign to dollywood at dusk in pigeon forge, tennessee

3 Surprising Things I Learned From My First Time at Dollywood

Now I live in the Smokies. But my first trip to Dolly Parton’s theme park surprised me My first visit to Gatlinburg was in 2011. With every trip, my family and I always vowed to go to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. However, we would change our minds, or something would happen causing us to put it to the side yet

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13 New Attractions, Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

New tastes and experiences to expect in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville TN in 2024 I think there’s something for just about everyone in the Great Smoky Mountains. For instance, outdoor enthusiasts can explore the majestic beauty of the National Park. Kids love Gatlinburg’s candy shops and Ripley’s attractions. Foodies also appreciate the restaurant scene. In Pigeon Forge, runners also

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What It’s Like To Visit Autumn at Oz in North Carolina

Here’s what you should know about the Land of Oz before you go Many entrepreneurs bring their visions to the mountains, and sometimes only a handful of businesses survive. While some are left to rust and be reclaimed by the mountains, others rise from the ashes and offer folks like me a rare glimpse into the past. And sometimes, if

blue lights inside Kaleidoscope Kavern

You Can Now Float Through a Kaleidoscope of Color in the Smoky Mountains

The sights and sounds of the mountains in Tennessee inspired this one-of-a-kind attraction Growing up just a few miles north of Pigeon Forge and all its area attractions, I am no stranger to adventure. I practically grew up in Dollywood. I’ve always had a sort of affinity for theme parks – waterparks included. And I’ve experienced just about every type

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9 Tips and Tricks That Will Make Your Dollywood Trip Better, From a Local

The ultimate insider’s guide to doing Dollywood like a pro The first time I set foot in Pigeon Forge was 1987. Dollywood would have only been a year old having converted from Silver Dollar City in 1985. As a kid, the idea of Dollywood was still kind of strange. Dolly was a big star, but she wasn’t exactly Walt Disney.

Anakeesta's Astra Lumina Expansion

Sneak Peek: Anakeesta Surprises Guests with All-New Expansion

Anakeesta unveils an all-new Nebular Waves installation alongside a major Astra Genesis upgrade Last week, Anakeesta quietly unveiled two new expansions to the ever-popular Astra Lumina night walk attraction: Nebular Waves and an Astral Genesis upgrade. Both of these are now open at the mountaintop theme park in Gatlinburg, TN. Anakeesta’s Astra Lumina is an enchanted night walk through the

wild eagle roller coaster at dollywood

7 Most Thrilling Roller Coasters at Dollywood (2024)

Local ranks best roller coasters at Dolly Parton’s theme park I spent my formative roller coaster years as a child of the Midwest visiting King’s Island, Six Flags and Cedar Point. These amusement parks were the roller coaster meccas of my youth. When I came to Pigeon Forge TN for the first time, I was a tourist. Back then, the