Dollywood Tips
We spent another day of our trip to the mountains at Dollywood.  The park opened at 10am on the day we went.  It took us a little while to get our act together and figure out what we wanted to do that day and didn’t get there until around 11am.  #amateurmistake  I wish we had gotten there a little sooner but we still managed to pack a lot into our day.
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We bought the overpriced picture of the whole group when we entered the park because the odds of getting this crowd back together in an amusement park anytime soon are pretty slim…not that we didn’t have an awesome time…we just don’t get the opportunity to travel together a lot.
Here’s about 100 more pictures from our day at Dollywood.

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The girls suckered me into getting their faces painted instead of letting them get a souveneir.  At $8.99 a pop I’m not sure that I saved that much money but at least there’s not another random toy junking up the playroom.
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On the teacups…

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and the carousel…
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And hanging out waiting for the big kids to get off a rollercoaster…

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For the water rides, the people who don’t ride can pay a quarter and squirt water guns at the people as they pass by.  The girls were all over that!  They did ride the white water rapids ride (along with my 79 year old granny…who got soaked)!
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You can try out the seat of the rollercoaster before you wait in line to see if you fit without waiting.  Miss A was a little too small for this one.

Tips if you go…

  • Although the pictures don’t reflect it, Dollywood actually has more rollercoasters than I expected.  The new Wild Eagle ride was awesome!  We rode until closing time!  So don’t hesitate to bring the older kids.  It has good mix of rollercoasters and rides for the little ones.
  • Dollywood also has a Splash Country (which I love as much as Dollywood).  If you have time, consider buying a ticket that will let you do both parks!
  • If you are going you may want to consider buying a season pass.  It was only $33 more than a 1 day ticket when we went for an adult!  Season passholders also receive additional discounts on food and merchandise.
  • If you love Dolly, are lots of things you can do in the park to learn more about her.  You can tour her old tour bus, visit a replica of the home she grew up in or walk through a Dolly Museum filled with memorabilia from her career.
  • Get there when it opens to squeeze in as much time as possible.  It’s a large amusement park and it would be tough to fit it all into one day.
  • They’ve recently opened a hotel onsite if you want to be fully immersed in the Dollywood experience!

Have you been to Dollywood?  Leave your tips in the comments!

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