The Smoky Mountains are gearing up for a spring filled with events and activities that locals and vacationers can enjoy throughout the season. Though there is no shortage of things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, there’s little more exciting than a visit to Tennessee’s top theme park, Dollywood.
After closing in January to prepare for the 2014 season, Pigeon Forge attraction Dollywood will be opening on March 22. Since transitioning from Silver Dollar City to Dollywood, the attraction has had 27 successful seasons, and 2014 is looking no different.
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Since 1986, the 130 acre theme park has expanded by opening new rides and restaurants each year. The property has more than 40 rides and nearly 25 restaurants, not to mention the entertainment and shows that are spread throughout the park.
Each year, Dollywood hosts five festivals that run through the entire season, beginning with the Festival of Nations.
Festival of Nations March 22-April 21
Barbeque and Bluegrass May 24-June 8
Great American Summer June 14-August 3
National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration September 22-November 1
Smoky Mountain Christmas November 8-January 3
On opening day this year, FireChaser Express, the theme park’s newest addition, will open to guests. The FireChaser was developed to honor those Smoky Mountain heroes who have pledged to protect as firemen in the area. It is the country’s first dual-launch coaster, launching riders both forward and back in one ride.
The park is open everyday except Thursday. Hours and ticket prices are listed below.
Sunday – Monday 10:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday – Friday 10:00am-7:00pm
Regular ages 12-59 $58.00
Children ages 4-11 $46.00
Senior ages 60+ $53.00
Whether you love a thrilling ride or a peaceful walk beside the pond, this Pigeon Forge attraction gives families, couples and groups the trip of their dreams, from the entrance to you buckling an exhausted and happy toddler into his carseat.
Looking for a relaxing day after splashing and laughing at Dollywood? Stony Brook Lodging offers Dollywood explorers a variety of luxurious and spacious cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge. To begin planning your next stay in the Smoky Mountains, call us today at (800) 633-5652.