Dollywood is a magical place, but a fair amount of effort can go into planning even a brief visit to this beloved theme park. From dining to strollers, the logistics may seem hopelessly confusing to the uninitiated. We’re here to help; below, we’ve highlighted a few of the most common questions about visiting the park, along with easy-to-understand answers.
1. Can I bring food into Dollywood?
Dollywood does not permit visitors to bring food or drinks into the park, although attendees are welcome to leave to eat elsewhere and return that same day. Otherwise, a variety of excellent options for dining and snacks are available onsite. Hydration is important, of course, so cups of water are provided free of charge at all onsite restaurants. Additionally, several water fountains can be found throughout the park. Bottled water is available for purchase at several locations.
2. What are the best days/times of year to go to Dollywood?
The best days to visit depend largely on the time of year. Weekdays are nearly always less crowded than weekends, with Wednesday and Thursdays proving most favorable during the spring and summer.
Personal preference can play a huge role in seasonal visits. Autumn theme park adventures are a delight, thanks to Dollywood’s special harvest events and cooler weather. The holiday season is especially magical, but huge crowds can be expected.
3. Are there any discounts for Dollywood?
Select discounts can dramatically reduce the cost of attendance. Dollywood’s military discounts are especially impressive, with service members and their families enjoying a full 30 percent off each one-day pass. What’s more, further military discounts are available for those who opt for season passes. AAA discounts are not available, but some AAA chapters sell Dollywood tickets.
If you’re not eligible for military discounts or cannot purchase tickets from your local AAA chapter, consider investing in the two or three-day flex option, which provides multiple days of entertainment at a cost just slightly higher than the standard one-day pass. Season passes are ideal for those who intend to visit more than three times in a single season.
4. Are Dollywood tickets cheaper online or at the gate?
Dollywood tickets cost the same online and at the gate, but online purchases allow visitors to save time at the park entrance. Online tickets also make it easier to plan in advance for two or three-day visits. Additionally, military discounts only apply when tickets are purchased at the gate while presenting valid military personnel IDs.
5. Are pets allowed at Dollywood?
Pets are not allowed at Dollywood, but a care facility known as ‘Doggywood’ is available for those seeking boarding as they explore the park. Reservations are highly recommended, so don’t hesitate to lock down your pup’s spot in advance. Service animals are allowed to enter the park but cannot participate in rides and other attractions.
6. What are the best cheap dining options inside Dollywood?
Dining is surprisingly affordable at Dollywood, where you can enjoy high-quality, delicious food at prices far lower than most theme parks. That being said, some options are decidedly more affordable than others.
The Grist Mill is a clear favorite for those looking to enjoy the best flavors on the lowest budget; its iconic cinnamon bread is not to be missed. Select dishes at Granny Ogle’s are also quite affordable, especially as every table is treated to complimentary cornbread. If you’re especially famished, you may find the best value at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, where the all-you-can-eat buffet provides a range of delicious options at a reasonable price.
7. Can I bring a stroller into Dollywood?
Parents are welcome to bring their own strollers to Dollywood. The park also offers single and double strollers for rent on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to abide by park rules regarding designated stroller parking areas.
8. Are wheelchairs available?
Dollywood is highly accessible to visitors with disabilities. A limited number of wheelchair and Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) rentals are offered onsite. A few of these are available for advance booking, while the rest must be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.
9. Is Dollywood worth the cost?
The simple answer: yes! The entrance price at Dollywood covers such a wide range of rides, shows, and other activities, that virtually anybody can enjoy themselves. While the up-front cost may seem steep, the park’s all-inclusive nature prevents you from feeling nickel and dimed; you can simply relax and enjoy the experience.
10. How long does it take to see everything at Dollywood?
The answer to this question depends largely on your priorities and when you visit. If you truly want to see everything at Dollywood and savor the experience, you will need to set aside more than one day. This is especially true during peak season, when ride waits can be extensive. Multi-day tickets and season passes are available for those who desire to return at a reduced price. If you are only able to spend one day at the park, you’ll want to prioritize between various rides and shows. Early arrival will make it easier to hit top roller coasters before the lines grow excessively long, thereby cutting down on the total time spent in the park.
Ultimately, Dollywood’s rules and regulations are meant to make the park a more hospitable place for all who visit. With a little planning and a lot of enthusiasm, you and your loved ones can have a wonderful time at this must-see attraction.