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Dollywood: First time poster with some questions.

From Amye Smith
Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Hi Everyone. This is my very first post. I will soon be visiting DW with my hubby and our two sons, 8 and 5. The 8yo is an adrenaline junkie and at just over 50 inches, should be able to ride everything. The little one would like to do everything his brother does, but is definitely not ready for the big coasters and plus, he's only about 46 inches.

My questions are these:
1. Will there be enough for my kids to do? Even the little one?

2. I can't see them being interested in seeing any shows. We will probably stick with rides, rides, rides. Is there any one show that is a must-see?

3. Is the Q-Bot (not sure about the name) worth it? even without seeing shows?

4. Is three days enough to do DW and Splash Country?

Thanks in advance for your help,

From James Rao
Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Welcome to the site!

I went to Dollywood with my family last year for about a day and a half (actually spent more time driving than in the park). After that whirlwind trip I posted a trip report that should answer some of your questions. I leave it to others on this site to fill in the blanks.

I will say this much: we did not visit the water park, so I can't help you there. And sadly, Adventure Mountain, which I spoke of very highly in my trip report, is no more. *sigh*

From Tim Chatlos
Posted June 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM
Dollywood is a wonderful place, perhaps one of the best regional parks out there (along with its sister park Silver Dollar City).

While each kid and family is different, I would think most kids of any age would enjoy the park. There is the usual assortment of classic amusement park rides (including a solid selection of kiddie rides in the Country Fair area) along with unique attractions like Blazing Fury and the Dollywood Express.

The shows are Dollywood are generally solid, although their appeal may vary on what your family's level of interest. One of my personal favorites is Dreamland Drive-In, a fully-produced musical production featuring a large cast, a live band, and a surprisingly touching story. That said, its running time is just under an hour so it might test the patience of uninterested parties. You could probably float by one of the open air theaters and catch some of the other live musical shows without having to worry about seeing any of them in their entirety.

Dollywood's line management system is called Q2Q. Like most parks with such services Q2Q is most "worth it" on busy days. Generally speaking you can have a perfectly fine time with it on most park days following the usual tips of getting there when the park opens, riding at off-times, etc. We've never had a problem outside of busy periods like weekends and when major events are occurring in the park and/or Pigeon Forge.

Three days would be plenty of time to experience both parks. Again, this all depends on how leisurely you would like your pace to be. Dollywood is a park that is best experienced by slowing down and soaking in the atmosphere and pleasant vibe of the place.

It is worth noting that Dollywood's Christmas event, Smoky Mountain Christmas, is one of the best holiday park events out there.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions let me know!

From Betty Rohrer
Posted June 24, 2013 at 4:14 AM
there will be rides that include the younger boy but you may run into the problem we have with our younger who does not make height and wants to ride like brother. would not count out the shows esp in hot weather. to sit in air conditioning for 45 minutes to an hour can be welcomed break. to spend a day at the water park can be fun. there will be a lot of fun for both boys with the younger being able to most. tubes are free but wait at some slides can take a little wait at busy times of day. we are heading down mid july. enjoy your trip

From Brian Emery
Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:13 AM
I have nothing to say since I have never been to DW, But a big Welcome to this site...

From Mike Bianucci
Posted July 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Dollywood is one of the best theme parks for all ages. Those ages will probably spend a lot of time in the Country Fair for the various rides. THe water rides are fantastic for the entire family on a hot day, although the lines for those will get lengthy after lunch. The strategy I have used is to hit those first and then go to the big rides later in the day. There are many shows at Dollywood that are also very good and you should be able to hit a couple of those just to get off your feet and sit down and relax, My favorite (as my family's) is the Dreamland Drive in. Don't miss the Gemtones outside also. The only item lacking at DW is a entry level coaster, unless you consider the Mystery Mine one. Have a great time there.

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