Planning a trip to Dollywood? Before you hit the road, make sure you read this Dollywood Vacation guide featuring Dollywood hacks that will save you time, money and stress!
No matter how often you visit Dollywood or if this is your first time, it’s always beneficial to plan ahead and do your research. That way, you can make the most of your day and create lasting memories. Keep reading for tips and tricks that will help you enjoy your trip to Dollywood.
If you’re looking for a fun day trip, Dollywood is definitely worth checking out! There are plenty of top-notch rides and attractions that are dun for the whole family. Visiting the park can get a little bit stressful too, especially if you don’t have a plan in mind.
Lucky for you we’ve come up with a list of Dollywood hacks to make your trip more enjoyable! Check them out!
How Can I Get The Most Out Of Dollywood?
There are a few things you can do to get the most out of your visit to Dollywood. First, be sure to check the park’s calendar and plan your visit around one of their special events or concerts.
Second, purchase a Dollywood season pass if you plan to visit more than once during the year. Finally, take advantage of the various discounts and promotions that the park offers throughout the year.
If you’re looking to step up your game for your trip to Dollywood, there are lots of tricks for making the most of your time and money while in the park. Read on to find out!
Here are some amazing Dollywood hacks to help you plan your best vacation yet.
- Download The Dollywood App
Download the Dollywood app now for free on the App store to help make your visit to the park even more enjoyable. With this app, you can easily find rides, shops, and restaurants, so you never have to waste time wandering around aimlessly.
2. Get Dollywood Season Passes
Dollywood season passes are a great deal if you plan on visiting more than twice a year. With the pass, you’ll also receive bonus benefits such as free bring-a-friend tickets and discounts on additional tickets for friends and family members! You can also spread out payments over several months with Dollywood’s convenient payment plan!
To Learn more read our post on, How Much Are Tickets To Dollywood?
3. Don’t Skip The Centralized Measuring Station
If you are standing inside the park facing the Dollywood Emporium, you can find the Centralized Measuring Station on the right. Getting your kids’ height measured means they don’t have to be measured every single time they go on rides.
Your child will be given a color-coded wristband to display their current height. The colors of the wristbands let us know which rides your child can safely enjoy.
Note: Children who are 52 inches or taller do not need to be measured. They are tall enough to ride everything.
4. Arrive Early
If you would like to be one of the first people in line, arrive at the park 45 minutes to an hour before it opens. Even though the rides won’t be operational yet, the gates will usually open 30 minutes early.
5. Start On the Left
Go against the flow and start your Dollywood adventure on the left and work your way around. Most visitors start on the right so going in the opposite direction means less crowd especially when you start early in the day.
6. Get Free Water
Dollywood offers free ice water at all culinary locations to help keep you hydrated throughout the day. All you need to do is ask. In addition, there are water bottle refill stations scattered around the park so that you don’t have to wait in line at a food location to get a drink of water.
Visitors are allowed to bring their strollers inside the park. If you’re bringing a stroller with you on your trip and plan to use the tram from the parking lot, remember that you’ll have to fold it and hold it in your seat. Something easily transportable would be best in this case.
Dollywood also offers stroller rentals for visitors who need them on a first-come, first-served basis.
8. Free Parking
Dollywood parking costs $25 per day. You can get free parking by purchasing a Gold or Diamond Season Pass. Only one person in your group needs to have a God or Diamond Pass for this deal.
9. Dollywood Refillable Mugs
Dollywood’s refillable mugs are the way to go if your family enjoys frozen drinks, sodas, or coffee. The mug is yours to keep after you purchase it, and you can refill it with any fountain drink for 0.99 or a hot or frozen drink for 1.99. Here’s the best part: you can use your mug over and over again throughout the season.
10. Share Meals
The park has plenty of great places to eat, and the portions are large enough for two people—especially if you have small children. This is a great way to save money on food.
Read our post on the Best Restaurants in Dollywood for our top recommendations on places to eat.
11. Time Saver Pass
You can get either the regular Time Saver pass, which gives you eight expedited entrances to selected rides, or the TimeSaver Unlimited pass, which lets you have unlimited expedited access at any participating TimeSaver attraction.
Weigh your options before you decide on the Time Saver pass- if you’re wanting to do everything in one day and going on the peak season, then it might be worth it, but otherwise, there are certain times when using the pass isn’t necessary.
12. Take The Trolley
The trolley is one of the best ways to get to Dollywood if you’re not planning on driving. It’s a very affordable option, and it’ll save you from having to pay the parking fee at the amusement park.
The trolley will also drop you off right in front of the front gate, and it’ll pick you up at the end of the day and take you back into Pigeon Forge.
13. Try the Cinnamon Bread
Dollywood’s Cinnamon bread is a fan favorite, and for good reason! You can find this delectable dish at Grist Mill in Craftsman Valley. Even though the lines are often long, it’s definitely worth the wait. If you’re short on time, you can also buy the same bread at Dollywood’s Spotlight bakery or DreamMore Resort.
14. Visiting with Dogs
While pets are not allowed inside the park(except for service animals), they offer accommodations for dogs at Doggywood. This kennel facility offers boarding for dogs, so they can stay with you while you enjoy the park. Each pup gets their own room, either in a cute little kennel or a swankier cottage.
The cottages offer more room and fancier accommodations, but they are limited in number, so it’s important to call ahead for reservations.
15. When to Eat
Plan your meals as you would plan your travels- with strategy. The busiest time for restaurants is usually from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m., which often results in long lines and grumpy customers…including toddlers or fussy babies. One way to avoid this is to eat earlier or weigh your other options.
16. Which To Ride First
No one likes waiting in line, especially at an amusement park. If you want to avoid long lines, we recommend you follow this order for what rides to go on: as soon as the park opens, head towards Lightning road and then Fire Chaser Ride. After those two rides, make your way over to Mystery Mine and Dragon Flyer.
The Dollywood Express is often less crowded during the first and last runs of the day. If you’re heading to Country Fair, it’s best to go later in the day when most young families have already come and gone.
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