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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.
Dollywood can be broken up into 11 main sections:
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.
2. Timber Canyon
Timber Canyon is also accessible from the park 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.
3. Wildwood Grove
Wildwood Grove is Dollywood’s newest area (opened in 2019) – a $37 million dollar investment with a 5-acre footprint – and represents a 20% increase in Dollywood’s total size.
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: Dragon Flier.
But don’t let the cute name and small size of this smooth, yet quick little coaster fool you – this one is more catered to older kids/adults 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.
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) and 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.
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 every Sunday).
And don’t forget about a local favorite, and second longest running ride in the park: Blazin’ 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 Blazin’ 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.
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.
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.
8. Country Fair
The Country Fair is exactly as the name suggests – a replica of a classic country fair featuring 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.
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..
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, 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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