Dollywood - An article by Gary Ownsby

Bluegrass Country

Here's an introduction to Dollywood by Gary Ownsby. See the file "Pigeon Forge" for another take on this great spot to visit -


Dollywood website
1020 Dollywood Lane
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Dollywood is billed as the Entertainment Capital of the Smokies and is owned and managed by Dolly Parton, the well-known star of country music, films, and television. A visit to Dollywood will bring that "Smokies Spirit" alive through genuinely friendly people, upbeat entertainment, crafts, rides and shops. These things are all surrounded with country charm and back-dropped against a rustic mountain setting. There are about 45 musical performances per day featuring everything from contemporary to country, gospel to bluegrass. There is a humorous magic show that will delight everyone. A full-color brochure with complete info is available by calling.

Dollywood has a 110-ton coal-fired steam train that will take you on a 5-mile ride through the mountains. A museum displays the "rags to riches" story of Dolly Parton complete with childhood and personal mementos. Dollywood has an authentic handcarved Dentzel Carousel for you to enjoy. There are about 20 craft shops open every day, staffed by expert craftsmen.

There are several water rides at Dollywood including the "Smoky Mountain Rampage." Riders sit in a large inner tube shaped "boat" that floats and spins its way down the rapids. You will get wet. A log flume ride is also nearby that is sure to splash those in the front seats. Dollywood has established an eagle sanctuary called Eagle Mountain. It contains 1.5 million cubic feet of natural terrain for non-releasable eagles to enjoy and be viewed by visitors. As the seasons change, the park changes in decor and in musical taste. The Christmas season brings the addition of millions of lights, decorations, and musical shows that will make you reminisce about your childhood Christmas days.

Generally, the best days to visit are on Monday and Friday in the spring and fall, and Monday and Thursday during the summer. Though Dollywood is a very popular park, overcrowding is seldom a major problem. Season tickets are the best buys and offer free parking.

Dollywood has something for every age visitor and a whole section of the park for the very young. Shopping is best in Craftsman's Valley and prices are reasonable.

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