They told me that Dollywood Amusement Park, owned by Dolly Parton, is the most popular amusement park out there, but I didn’t really comprehend until we got there. As early as 11:00 a.m. several parking lots were full to capacity and we couldn’t believe how far away we needed to park. Luckily Dollywood is set up to accommodate their tremendous popularity and they provide transportation on trolleys to and from the many parking lots.
We’ve been to many amusement parks across the United States and Dollywood definitely earns its fame. Located right in Pigeon Forge just minutes away from the Smokey Mountains, Dollywood has rides appropriate for all ages and all tastes of adventure. There is an aura of festivity in Dollywood. You can’t help but get sucked in once you enter.
With the Big Bear Mountain Roller Coaster opening this May, there will be a total of 9 unique roller coasters at Dollywood. There is a traditional wood roller coaster, single car coasters, roller coasters that flip upside down and the Wild Eagle that has the riders practically flying alongside the track, not on the track-in other words Dollywood is Roller Coaster heaven. It’s no wonder that my roller coaster loving teens speak about Dollywood with longing.
Don’t think Dollywood is not for you if you do not like roller coasters. There is really something for every type of rider. I watched a teen trying all the rides that were calm and appropriate for little kids, and there were many for him to try. Hidden Hollow is also a popular place for families to hang out. Located inside an air-conditioned building, there are many climbing structures, slides and more with a separate toddler area. It is a great place for adults to relax, cool off and watch the children have a great time.
Dollywood has two fun water rides within the theme park; Smoky Mountain River Rampage is a water ride that takes riders on a multi person raft and Daredevil Falls-a steep log flume ride. Wildwood Creak sprinkler park is another great place to cool off.
There are so many other rides to enjoy-I can’t name them all. Some of our family favorites (aside for the roller coasters and water rides) included Lumberjack Lifts, The Black Bear Trail and the Dollywood Express Train Depot. The Dollywood Express is an authentic steam engine train that takes passengers on a five-mile, 20-minute ride through nature around the park and back.
Dollywood definitely earned their title as #1 Theme Park in the United Stated fair and square.
Posted: May 2, 2023
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