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“Family Fun with Teenagers”
Review of Dollywood

Dollywood
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Owner description: The 2010 Applause Award winner, Dollywood is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres and located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Thunderhead wooden coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies, 20, than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage. Guests visiting the Great Smoky Mountains can stay just a stone’s throw away from Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country at Dollywood Cabins. Accommodations range from quaint spaces just for two to sprawling floor plans that sleep up to 30 people. Guests are treated to sweeping mountain views while some cabins actually overlook Dolllywood’s popular Craftsman’s Valley area. Cabin guests receive exclusives such as free reserved parking at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country and complimentary admission to Dollywood’s Splash Country.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Apex, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Family Fun with Teenagers”
Reviewed September 18, 2011

Dollywood was a fun experience with all four of my teenagers. If they love roller coasters, they'll like this park. Some of the roller coaster were a bit rough for us "older" folks and tossed you around a bit but the kids seem to love it. The best part was if you arrived after 3:30pm, you got to revisit the park the following day for no extra charge! Loved that! We went at 4 and walked around til 7 and then returned in the morning to ride the rides we had already scoped out. The Eagle/bird presentation was awesome. The birds were tame and a joy to watch. The teenagers really enjoyed the show.... and believe me, they do not like too many shows.

Visited July 2011
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Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“More shows than rides”
Reviewed September 18, 2011

Dollywood is one of the prettier parks you will ever visit. It's definitely worth spending a day here, but maybe plan things out early. There seem to be more shows here than rides but they are all in the front of the park & they all end early.

If you have non-riders in your family you will either constantly be walking back & forth to meet up with them to ride some rides as a family, or be waiting around for someone to finish. It seems they could have scattered the theaters throughout the park to accomodate that sort of thing. Also, having all the shows end a couple hours before the park closes doesn't seem to make sense.

Only other complaint we had was with the Dolly museum. It seemed more dedicated to the people early in her career than to her personally. The photos & notes on the wall of the 1st floor were pretty fun. You can never go wrong looking at her amazing gowns, but it would have nice to see different awards she has won & track her career.

Visited June 2011
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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251 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Quick weekend getaway”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

We often visit Dollywood since we have season passes. We have young children (5 and 6). We have been going regularly (4+ times per year...more now that they are able to ride more rides) since they were able to sit in the toddler rides. Dollywood is so gracious and helpful when purchasing tickets. If you have a 3 year old or younger...you do NOT need to purchase tickets for them. Only one person in your group needs to get the Gold Pass if you are thinking about that....it allows parking and 20% off food as well as some other discounts. We think Dollywood is GREAT for children 42" and taller. They can ride so many things. We enjoy it...and often!

Visited September 2011
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Elk Park, North Carolina
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice Place!”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Good attraction to visit with a family. Various rides for different age groups. Friendly service and staff. Love to visit often.

Visited August 2011
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Beaufort, North Carolina
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“The second time we went this year!”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

I went to Dollywood first back in May with my husband. We could not believe how nice, clean and how much fun everything was. We were amazed at how nice and helpful the staff was. No matter what we needed or what our questions were they were all so eager to help us and happy to be at work. I live in a tourist area and the attitude at Dollywood is a rarity. We didn't ride any of the rides but figured people with kids would love this place.

I took my mother back in the end of August. They were having the bluegrass and BBQ festival. Everything was so good, the food and entertainment. We rented the scooter for her and we were there everyday they were open and stayed almost until closing everyday. She was so happy and everyone was so helpful and nice. I can whole heartedly recommend Dollywood to EVERYONE!!! If you are going for more than a few days get the gold pass. We saved what the gold pass cost us, it was worth the upgrade. We have been looking for rooms so we can go back during the Christmas festival.

Visited August 2011
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