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Dollywood Christmas Festival

Dollywood: I was wanting to get some advice on the Christams festival at Dollywood.

From billy parsons
Posted October 28, 2006 at 8:20 PM
I was wanting to get some advice on the Christams festival at Dollywood. How crowded will it be? Are the rides open? Is one day plenty of time or should I plan for 2 days? plus any other ideas or tips? We are going to Gatlinburg on Dec 7th till the 11th...So we will have a Fri, sat and sun. at the park....which day would be best?...thanks for any help?


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From Erik Yates
Posted October 29, 2006 at 7:45 AM
I've never been to Dollywood, but I will make some educated guesses. I would imagine that some of the less complicated rides would be open, nothing like Timber Tower or any coasters, especially since winter is already settling in the northeast. I would imagine that its going to be a little crowded.

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted October 29, 2006 at 7:23 PM
We have annual passes so I can tell you some things. Yes the coasters and most of the other rides are running, of course not the ones to do with water. Nothing like a 50 mile an hour coaster in 29 degree weather. Also, I would suggest Sunday as the best day simply because most people go home on Sundays so it should be less crowded. I would suggest riding the train at night, its a beautiful ride. It gets exremely cold at night so be sure to layer your clothes. The main show, in Celebrity Theater is new this year so that may be one you would like to catch especially. Be warned, they aren't using tickets this year to get in (they were free) so now its first in line first to get in. They will be using q-bot, but personelly I think it just cost to much to use it, I would just get to the theater early and wait in line. Pick up a show schedule the first thing when you enter so you know the show times and which you would like to see. If you don't use q-bot, get to the theater at LEAST 45-60 mintues early. Lines form fast and theres only so many seats. You could do 2 days but we've never had a problem with getting every thing saw in 1. Also the Carol of the Trees is a very pretty show in the lake in the middle of the park. Theres plenty of shops and even speacialty Christmas stores set up. Theres seasonal food offered, like egg nog, hot chocolate ect. I would actually suggest having your main dinner outside the park and maybe buying snacks inside, the flat bread sandwiches are excellent aka faghitas. But the set down restaurants just aren't very good and they can be pricey. We were the last week end and ate at the Backsyage restaurant and it was terrible and cost over $30 for 2 people with a gold pass which gave us a disacount. Like I said rides are open but can be very cold to ride in the winter. If you need more info I can try an answere your questions either here or you can e-mail me from this forum. We always go the weekend of Thanksgiving. Boy howdy is it crowded. :)

From Betty Rohrer
Posted October 29, 2006 at 8:29 PM
my family has been for a number of years. as earlier post said both Thunderhead and tornado coasters are open do not know if timber tower is to be open. i would go on friday and sunday if i had to pick 2 days from the weekend. Dollywood can get busyon weekends and is crazy over Thankgiving weekend. my family enjoys eating at Aunt Grannys which is buffet and around $10 per adult last time we were there. email me if i can help with ant questions.

From billy parsons
Posted November 3, 2006 at 12:08 PM
thank you...I have a lot of things swirling in my head about the park..what day? plan of atatck? must rides? muse sees? hints? etc etc...We are annual visitors to Disneyworld and I didnt think planning a trip to Dollywood would be that hard...We are having a tough time with finding a hotel...I think we are staying at the Holiday inn Sunspree in gatlinburg...anybod know anything about this hotel?? or advice on any others on a moderate budget

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted November 3, 2006 at 3:31 PM
The Holiday Inn Sunspree isn't a bad place but be warned walking to town is quiet a hoof. And its up hill coming back. Have you tried Gatlinburg.com? They have lots of hotels/motels to contact. One of our favories is called Jack Huffs Motor Lodge. Its in the middle of town right behind the Village. Very reasonable. Very nice rooms, newly remodeled, and very freindly people. Reagan Resorts also in the middle of town isn't to expensive. Econo Lodge and Suites isn't a bad place and its about 100 feet off the parkway. Gillette is a nice place and its about 2 blocks off the parkway, still much much closer than the Holiday Inn. Where we stay at Thanksgiving and is very resonable is called Mountain Heritage Inn. We (my husband and parents) rent one of the Rondetts (cottages). It is a round cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, kitchen, living room. It has 2 twin beds and a queen with a queen pull out couch. Very clean, very cozy. We pay right at $120/ night plus tax. We split the costs so its about $60 each. Great for families. Easy walk to the parkway. It sits on River Road behind town. Thats where we are staying again this year. River Terrace is very nice but you need to check pricing, it goes up and down quiet a bit. Again easy walk to middle of town and very close to the aquarium. Royal Townhouse has nice rooms. nothing fancy, just beds and a bath, but its very clean and in town also.

Depending on the size of your family I would rank them this way for convience and not to expensive.

1. Mountain Heritage Inn
2. Jack Huffs Motor Lodge
3. Reagan Resorts
4. River Terrace
5. Royal Townhouse
6.Econo Lodge and Suites.

Like I said the Sunspree is nice, has an indoor pool, but the walk to town is very, very long and coming back is up hill all the way.
If you need more info, email me. Again, try gatlinburg.com it lists most all the hotels/motels and have their email adresses and phone #'s. Good luck. I know getting a room at that time of year can be hard. We have had our reservation since January of this year.

Oh. one more thing, if your family likes pizza let me tell you where to go. Its called Best Italian. Brother its the BEST BEST pizza in town and they are huge. Its located in Elks Plaza up close to Howards restaurant. It sits back off the side walk but anyone can tell you where its at. Also they have calozones the size of footballs. Not exagerating, I promise. My husband and I make the pizza our first night meal everytime we go which is about twice a month.

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