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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.