Employees at Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood are currently making preparations for the 2022 season opener.
Dollywood will open for the 2022 season on Saturday, March 12 with Passholder Preview Day on Friday, March 11.
Dolly herself says big plans are stewing for the new season already. There have even been hints at some new construction around the park.
What’s new at Dollywood this season?
At the time of this writing, Dollywood is closed for off-season renovations. According to a new blog post from Dollywood, some of the new renovations will include:
- Changes to the parking lot for an improved entrance
- A facelift to the Dollywood Emporium
- Wider walkways (including removing the old cave between The Village and Craftsman’s Valley)
- Additional seating at Victoria’s Pizza
When planning your visit, remember that season passholder reservations are recommended to guarantee entry for a specific day.
If you’re visiting for one day, your daily dated ticket confirms your entry. Guests can make reservations up to 60 days out. Visit Dollywood’s website to make your reservation.
To purchase a one day ticket, check Tripster for discounts.
We strongly recommended making reservations as early as possible on weekends since those dates tend to fill up very quickly.
If you wish to visit without a reservation, Dollywood suggests arriving after 5 pm as the park is typically less crowded in the evenings.
As always, check the Dollywood calendar for daily hours and changes to the operating schedule.
Will there be a Festival of Nations celebration at Dollywood in 2022?
There are no current plans to feature the annual Festival of Nations celebration in 2022, likely due to various travel restrictions.
However, other annual events like the Flower and Food Festival, The Harvest Festival with LumiNights and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas are all currently on the schedule for 2022.
When is the Dollywood Flower and Food Festival 2022?
The Flower and Food Festival will run from April 22-June 5, 2022.
At the Flower and Food Festival, guests wander through larger-than-life plant sculptures covered with half a million beautiful blooms, grab a selfie under the picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors and seasonal culinary treats handcrafted by Dollywood chefs.
When is Dollywood’s Summer Celebration 2022?
The Summer Celebration will run from June 18-Aug. 7, 2022, with extended hours and nightly fireworks.
This celebration also includes a drone spectacular. This half-million dollar production has hundreds of drones that will fly high above the park to create 3D animations, musically-choreographed with the show.
The Gazillion Bubbles Show is set to make its return during the summer celebration to entertain the young and the young at heart. Missing since 2017, the bubbles are back. And there will be a lot of them.
When is the Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights event 2022?
The award-winning Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights event will run from Sept. 23-Oct. 29, 2022.
The event features seasonal displays, seasonal food and thousands of illuminated pumpkins by night.
When is Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event 2022?
And finally, the highly anticipated award-winning Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas event is also set to return for the new year.
This event will run from Nov. 5-Jan. 1, 2023.
Dollywood’s Christmas event features millions of lights and displays that require months of preparation.
Dollywood discounts and coupons in 2022
Dollywood offers a military discount on one-day admission tickets every day. The discount applies to active military, retired veterans, reservists, military spouses and their dependents. A valid military personnel ID and dependent IDs are required at the ticket window or when retrieving a pre-purchased ticket at the park. Discounted military tickets can now be purchased online in order to secure your reservation ahead of time.
Dollywood also offers a variety of special offers, discounts and promotions throughout the year to the general public. Always check the Special Offers page on the Dollywood website before planning your trip for the latest deals.
Guests can also want to check Tripster for discounts on single-day passes.
What season do you look forward to the most at Dollywood? Are you planning a trip in 2022? Let us know in the comments.