It happens in an instant. You close your eyes while a rush of air comes across as you fly down a hill. As you open your eyes and see the descent below, butterflies fill your stomach with pure excitement. Before you can even catch your breath, a huge smile instantly appears and you feel absolute delight and thrill beyond your wildest imagination. This is what you’ve been looking for - this is what vacation looks like!
The best getaways are the ones where family and adventure merge in a world of fun away from the stress of the world; where you can disconnect and reconnect with the ones you love. Close your eyes and imagine an exciting family getaway, just a few short hours away from Atlanta, tucked in a valley in the gorgeous foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Open your eyes and you have arrived at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Dollywood is more than just a theme park. It’s a family vacation experience filled with world-class rides, gorgeous scenery, delicious southern-style food, and hospitality that is unmatched at any other vacation destination.
Thrills abound around every corner with over 40 popular rides and attractions like Wild Eagle (America’s first winged coaster) and Lightning Rod (the world’s fastest wooden coaster and the only launched wooden coaster). For a more relaxing excursion, jump aboard a real, coal-fired, steam train that will take you on a five-mile trip around the park and up into the woods. The scenery is stunning and will help you feel 100% unplugged during your vacation getaway. There are also interactive experiences throughout the park such as blacksmithing, glass blowing, candy making and more. There is indeed something for every person in your family no matter their age. The best part is that Dollywood offers Wi-Fi and an app that will guide you easily throughout the park so you don’t miss a thing!
If you want to be wowed by talent, Dollywood has a variety of shows and entertainment that will delight the entire family. Right now, you can enjoy Dollywood’s annual Festival of Nations featuring show-stopping and world-renowned talent immersed in the festive fun. This celebration takes place through April 9 and showcases expressive dance, music, crafts, food and colorful costumes from around the world. In fact, for a decade, Dollywood has been awarded Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for the best shows at any theme park in America.
One of the best parts about visiting Dollywood is the food. The mouth-watering aromas fill the park, especially as you get close to Aunt Granny’s Restaurant (formerly Aunt Granny’s All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet). This stop is the perfect destination to slow down from the thrills of the day and enjoy a family meal together. New offerings include Southwestern herb baked chicken, country chicken & dumplings, roasted red-skinned potatoes with cheddar cheese bacon, apple cobbler, and brownies. Is your mouth watering yet?
If you need a place to stay, look no further than four-star Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa (a top three resort in Tennessee by US News and Trip Advisor) or a luxurious mountain oasis like Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. In fact, two and three-day theme park tickets are more affordable than you think so you can extend the experience and stay overnight at one of these family-friendly (and Dolly Parton approved) locations.
There has never been a better time to visit Dollywood during Spring Break or to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass. With all the new entertainment options (all included with park admission), you will certainly want to make return visits in 2018.
To learn more about Dollywood and their world-class attractions, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.