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Dollywood: General advice needed

From Wendy Purdy
Posted September 15, 2006 at 5:50 PM
My family will be renting a cabin in the Pigeon Forge area and planning to visit Dollywood probably at least three times from Oct. 4-11.

I am just looking for any general tips, things to avoid, must-see items, etc. that anyone has to offer. No member of our party has ever been to Dollywood before.

Our group consists of two 50/60-somethings, two 30-somethings, a three-year-old and a 15-month-old (who is walking).

Thanks for any and all advice!


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From Christy Shuman
Posted September 16, 2006 at 7:40 AM
I'll have to say Dollywood is a good family park, I think they are a bit expensive tho. And if you are there for thrills or coasters there's not a whole lot there. Tenesse tornado was ok but left me dizzy as hell feeling. But its a good park for families and kids, has alot of kids rides and family rides too, sorry I couldnt help you anymore but I hope u have a great time!!!

From Wendy Purdy
Posted September 16, 2006 at 1:35 PM
Thanks Christy! A good family park is just what we are looking for at this time. I do love the thrills...and I'm really looking forward to Thunderhead...but I'm also excited to watch my three-year-old on her rides. We took her to BGE back in July..she had a cast on one arm and still had a great time..so I'm sure this will be even better. Since we plan to go several times during our stay (since my dad will want to go to lots of things associated with the Southern Gospel Music Festival) I think we will buy season passes. Both kids still get in free, though, which is great!

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted September 16, 2006 at 5:06 PM
Well I remember going, back when I was like 15 or 16 but we got up to the front entrance & my parents are tight-wads & it was only like $15 to get in at the time but since that was "just toooo high" we had to leave w/o going in BUT from what we saw of the park from the parking lot & from driving by, it really looked like a great family park to visit. They even had (I'm sure they still do) trams to take you from the parking lot to the entrance. Although that was umpteen years ago when we were there, I'm sure they've only gotten better over the years. They may be lacking in coaster thrills but they DO have other things to do there. I even had a childhood friend that worked there before too & she just loved it. Why don't you look the park up online, I'm sure they have a website. You may even get discounted tickets online too, most of the parks have discounts online. I think y'all will have a great time.

From Wendy Purdy
Posted September 17, 2006 at 4:20 AM
Thanks for the info., Adrienne! I've been to the website and I'm hoping someone can give me some "insider tips,"...if any are out there or even needed for Dollywood. :-) For example, I noticed several of the website ride descriptions say "You will get wet." Does anyone know if these rides even operate in October...or which are "soaking wet" versus "slight sprinkle." I'm not sure I want to be soaking wet in Tennessee in October. :-) From what I could tell online, for what we want to do, the season ticket is the best deal. But if anyone knows of discounts available in the Tennessee area that we might not be able to get here in Northern Virginia, I would love to hear. Thanks!

From Christy Shuman
Posted September 17, 2006 at 6:46 AM
I'm not sure about Dollywood but I know at kings dominion, I went on sept 10th and the white water canyon(which u get soaked on) was already closed, they closed it after labor day but the log flume was still open. U dont get terribly wet on the log flume thats probably why it was still open. But imagine those rides u get soaked on will be closed in october.

From Douglas Motter
Posted September 18, 2006 at 1:46 PM
Dollywood is a nice family park. We visited there in July (we being my wife, myself and four children). It should be named Dollyhill as it feels like unending hill sides, but in October those will not be as challenging as July.
Hope you have fun.

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted September 19, 2006 at 11:34 AM
We have passes and visit often, so I can tell you some. The county fair area is a good place to spend some time with the small children. There are some very nice rides rides you can ride with your baby. For thrill seekers there are the 2 coasters. Tenn. Tornado and Thunderhead. Both are pretty rough. Blazing Fury is kinda a coaster, kinda a water ride. But its inside and you get more sprinkled than anything. Not a bad ride. DareDevil Falls sends riders down a steep water fall and you can get pretty wet on it. The River Rampage is a white water ride and you will get SOAKED. Not very comfortable almost anytime of the year, but especially October. The new ride Timber Tower is ok. I find it somewhat boring, in the right seat or wrong seat depending on how you look at it, you can get soaked. It all depends on which seat they put you in. There are several shows your family may enjoy, the Southeren Gospel quartet, The Kingdomaires perform daily. There are many "family rides" to enjoy no matter what age you are. Theres no low supply of food or types of food. As one poster pointed out, you are pretty much climbing uphill in any direction. Lets see, the Southeren Gospel Music museum is located in the park, if any of your family has an interest. Its loaded with Gospel music memrobilia. Theres loads of craftsmen with demostrations throughout the park. Lots of gift shops to explore, a HUGE candy and ice cream shop. In brief, there is a lot to see and do that should cover all the age groups in your family. If you enter the park after 3pm the next day is free. I'm not sure the price of tickets but you can find that out at dollywood.com. If there is anything I can answere for you, I'll be happy to try. Oh and pardon the terrible spelling, I'm typing in a hurry.

From Betty Rohrer
Posted September 19, 2006 at 7:12 PM
i was just a Dollywood this past weekend. in my group we had a 60 plus, a 50 plus, 2 30 year old, a mid 20, a 5year old and a 21 month old. all had a great time. the fair area was a big hit with the boys. the little one will have to walk on to te rides. the little one loves the steam train but his older brother says it too loud. your trip comes at gospel music time in park, so shows are busier than normal. also the park is closed on Thursdays in Oct. if your are planing to rent stroller at park bring a heavy blanket for padding as the plastic get very hard. i have found when eating in park, it usualy ends up cheaper to at a sit down restraunt that getting a burger and fries. also buy a mug or two, if you have soda drinkers and share. refills run about $2.00 plus tax. most sodas run more. if you have mugs from another visit take them along. let me know if i can answer anything else for you.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted September 19, 2006 at 8:33 PM
I'm sorry I couldn't be more help to you but I did think of one thing, sometimes the visitor centers like at the major rest areas or sometimes they have them just inside city limits, well some of them have coupons to print out for different tourist attractions. At least they did back then. You may want to contact a visitor's bureau & ask them about any discounts they may offer too.

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