When does Dollywood open in 2021? What’s new this year

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Dollywood's re-opening has been highly anticipated (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

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Dollywood fans rejoice! Dolly Parton’s Dollywood will reopen in the spring for their 2021 season on Saturday, March 13.

Capacity will remain limited as it was in 2020.

Reservations are recommended for all season passholders who wish to guarantee their spot on a specific day. You can make a reservation up to 45 days before your visit on the Dollywood website.

You may also add a Bring a Friend (BAF) ticket to your reservation if you have them.

Weekend reservations are strongly recommended as early in advance as possible as those dates tend to fill up very quickly.

To make a reservation as a non-season passholder, simply purchase a dated ticket.

If you wish to visit without a reservation, Dollywood suggests arriving after 5 pm as the park is typically less crowded in the evenings.

For more frequently asked questions about Dollywood’s 2021 season and reservation system, make sure to check out the Dollywood Blog.

When is Season Passholder Preview Day at Dollywood in 2021?

Season Passholder Preview Day will take place on Friday, March 12.

Season Passholder Preview Day is an annual tradition in which the park opens the day before regular opening, exclusively for season passholders.

Will there be a Festival of Nations celebration at Dollywood in 2021?

There are no current plans to feature the annual Festival of Nations celebration in 2021, likely due to various travel restrictions.

However if those plans change, we will update this article accordingly. The current scheduled festivals for 2021 are as follows:

The Coat of Many Colors display was the centerpiece last year's Flower and Food Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
The Coat of Many Colors display was the centerpiece last year’s Flower and Food Festival (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Flower and Food Festival (presented by Covenant Health)

The Flower and Food Festival debuts on April 23 and will run through mid-June.

At the Flower and Food Festival, guests are invited to 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.

The Summer Celebration at Dollywood includes extended hours and firework displays (photo by James Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
The Summer Celebration at Dollywood includes extended hours and firework displays (photo by James Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Summer Celebration

Exact dates have not yet been announced for the Dollywood Summer Celebration. However, the celebration is expected to directly follow the Flower and Food Festival and run through early fall.

The Summer Celebration typically features seasonal entertainment, extended park hours and fireworks on select nights.

The sign for the Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Luminights event usually runs from late September through late October (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

Harvest Festival (presented by Humana)

The award-winning Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights event usually runs from late September through late October.

The event features seasonal displays, seasonal food and thousands of illuminated pumpkins by night.

As fall approaches, LumiNight-exclusive discounted tickets are usually made available for guests who only wish to attend the LumiNights event at sunset.

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas event lights up the theme park with more than 5 million lights (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event lights up the theme park with more than 5 million lights each year (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Smoky Mountain Christmas

And finally, the highly anticipated award-winning Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas event is also set to return for 2021.

This event usually runs from early November through early January. Exact dates as of the time of this writing have yet to be announced.

This event features millions of lights and displays and requires months of preparation.

Read Also: Behind the scenes look: Dollywood Christmas preparations now underway 

Dollywood discounts and coupons in 2021

Dollywood offers a 30% military discount on one-day admission tickets everyday.

The discount applies to active military, retired veterans, reservists, military spouses and their dependents.

A valid military personnel ID, as well as dependent IDs are required at the ticket window or when retrieving a pre-purchased ticket at the park.

New this year, 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.

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 [email protected] for questions or comments.

2 Comments

  1. If we purchased season passes last year are they good till June 2021

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