The entrance sign to Dollywood's newest wooden coaster, Lightning Rod

7 Big Reasons to Visit Dollywood in 2017

Spring has sprung and that means Dollywood is open for business and back with new attractions along with signature favorites.

Dollywood is not only the No. 1 ticketed attraction in the state of Tennessee, it’s also been named “Friendliest Park” by Amusement Today five years in a row.

This year Dollywood’s focus is “The Year of the Family,” so bring yours to White Oak Lodge and Resort and plan a day trip to Pigeon Forge!

Drop Line

Coming this summer, the Drop Line is Dollywood’s newest thrill ride. The 200-foot tall free-fall experience towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. You’ll be lifted nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, and enjoy that view because soon you’ll go plummeting back to the ground in a thrilling rush.

Riders at the top of Dollywood's Drop Line free fall tower
Plummet 200 feet on Dollywood’s newest ride, coming Summer 2017. Photo courtesy of Dollywood

Lighting Rod

Practically brand new to Dollywood, Lighting Rod opened last year and is the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster. Your adventure goes from zero to 45 mph with a mix of twists, turns and drops that build to a near-vertical 165-foot drop, and zooms along its 3,800-foot track at a top speed of 73 mph.

Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

As you soar to new heights on Lightning Rod, you may spot some of the residents of the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, the largest aviary dedicated to eagles in the United States. It is a natural outdoor home for more than a dozen non-releasable bald eagles.

Take in a birds of prey show at the Wings of America theater, featuring hawks, falcons, vultures, owls and eagles – some in free flight.

Dollywood technician holds a bald eagle on his arm while audiences watch up-close.
See American eagles up close and learn all about this endangered species. Photo courtesy of Dollywood

Sky Zip

You’ll spend plenty of time zipping through Dollywood, so why not zip over it? Sky Zip zip line adventure gives you a whole new view of Dollywood and the majestic Great Smoky Mountains. Four different lines ranging in length let you actually test your wings.

Mountain Crafts

There’s nothing more representative of Great Smoky Mountain culture like the rich arts and crafts community. In Craftsman’s Valley, you can watch master artisans perform jobs and create the things that were vital to life in the late 1800s. Watch the forging of steel, dipping of candles, carving of wood, blowing of glass and much more.

A woman artisan puts the finishing touches on an ornate candle in Dollywood's Craftsman's Valley
From candle dipping to glass blowing, artisans in Craftsman’s Valley show off forgotten skills. Photo courtesy of Dollywood

Southern Comfort Food

If you’re from the north, like me, you don’t get this good authentic experience often. Indulge in the buffets at Miss Lillian’s Chicken House and Aunt Granny’s or opt for Southern barbecue at Granny Ogle’s Ham n’ Beans. The homemade cinnamon bread and 3-lb. apple pie slices from the Grist Mill have legendary dessert status.

A plate of shredded pork, cole slaw and sides of beans and cornbread at Dollywood's Granny Ogle's restaurant
Granny Ogle’s serves up authentic Southern comfort food. Photo courtesy of Dollywood

Chasing Rainbows

Dolly Parton fans, listen up! The Chasing Rainbows state-of-the-art interactive museum pays ultimate homage to Dolly, filled with her awards, costumes and meaningful artifacts like a replica of the Coat of Many Colors. Listen to Dolly’s music, try on her wigs virtually and hop on her former tour bus, located in front of the museum.

That’s just a smattering of what you can enjoy at Dollywood. And in the summer, hit up Splash Country for a cool adventure.

Have you been to Dollywood during a White Oak Lodge and Resort visit? What was your favorite attraction?

Lightning Rod image courtesy of Dollywood.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.

2 thoughts on “7 Big Reasons to Visit Dollywood in 2017

  1. when will the adventure park be open. we are coming to white oak april 2-9 and am wondering if it will be open yet.

    1. Hi Denny. Are you referring to the Anakeesta Adventure Park? As of now, that is slated to open late June/early July.

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