7 Reasons to Go Back to Dollywood

///7 Reasons to Go Back to Dollywood

7 Reasons to Go Back to Dollywood

Haven’t been to Dollywood in a while?  It’s time to go back! There are fabulous things to do at Dollywood that may surprise you, including the spectacular new Dollywood Resort, DreamMore!

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Hi guys!

I had such a great time at Dollywood this past weekend.  I had been to Dollywood when I was a kid and once as part of a One Day Wunder (my travel series at WLOS), but never to just enjoy the park as an adult.  The Hubs had never been at all!  So when Dollywood invited me to see the park and share it with you, I couldn’t resist.  I’m so glad I went this past weekend because the Hubs and I had a wonderful trip.  We both agreed that this park is a gem in the Smoky Mountains.

I loved the way the park is tucked into the mountains with shade trees and pretty landscaping.  It feels so much more inviting than some amusement parks that are basically concrete jungles. I also liked the combination of thrills and stuff to do for folks that aren’t coaster fans.  I honestly just enjoyed walking around and people watching for part of the day!

As part of our weekend we checked out all the things to do at Dollywood and stayed at the new Dollywood Resort, DreamMore!   I thought I’d share some of those highlights with you today.

Things to Do at Dollywood

DreamMore Resort & Spa

The new Dollywood resort, DreamMore is so very nice!  From the moment you walk in it feels incredibly grand, yet homey.  The kind of place you want to spend a week relaxing.

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There are the perfect amount of Dolly touches everywhere, without it being overwhelming.  Her signature butterflies are on the curtains and carpets.  You can even get some of her homemade pink lemonade around check-in!

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The rooms are perfect for a couple traveling or even a family!  They have regular beds AND bunk beds for the little ones.  The hubs and I didn’t feel out of place though.

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The decor was country, yet polished and so charming!  We even got a welcome note from Dolly herself.

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One of the highlights is a pretty impressive resort style pool, nestled into the gorgeous mountains.  It is great for adults, but has everything a kid could want including a splash pad for the little ones.  We noticed planned activities for the kids.

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For the cooler months, there is a stunning indoor pool!  Can’t you just imagine being in this on a blustery, snowy winter day?

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They have grab and go snacks (with healthy choices!,) plus a charming country style restaurant called Song & Hearth.   The breakfast buffet is LEGIT with pancakes galore including flavors like birthday cake, double chocolate brownie AND cinnamon bun.  I’m going back in my sugar coma just reading that!

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The calming mountain touches are everywhere including white rocking chairs…

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… and rock filled water ways.  There is also a spa <— must go back!


There are fire pits, outdoor games and even pretty butterfly inspired gardens.  I’ve always adored butterflies… so I was in awe.

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And of course, some great country music was playing the hallways!

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One of the benefits of staying at the resort is you get two days of Dollywood admission for the price of one.  So you can stay one or two nights and go to the park two days!  There is also a really easy and convenient shuttle from the resort to the park, which eliminates the traffic hassles!  You also get a free TimeSaver pass, which is really nice (I’ll explain more about that below!)  All those extras really makes staying at DreamMore a wise choice!

Stay at DreamMore for 25% off right now in September!  And if you are a planner, they already have some deals for Christmas.

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The Hubs and I were so impressed with the DreamMore Resort!  If you are heading to Dollywood or the Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge area I highly recommend staying there!

New Lightning Rod Coaster

Another reason to go back to Dollywood is their new Lightning Rod coaster.  Holy smokies guys!!!  This is the fastest wooden coast IN THE WORLD!  The Hubs and I rode it once and we both were blown away.


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If you are coaster fan, you must add this one to your list!  It’s fast and fierce.

I’ve got to admit, I’m still a fan of the Wild Eagle!  It is smooth and feels like you are flying.  This one has been open for a few years, but it’s still spectacular!  I did a One Day Wunder on it when it first opened.


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We also tackled the Tennessee Tornado, which was also a lot of fun!


Somewhere along the line I got old and don’t have the ability to ride back to back coasters anymore.  So we had to split up our day of coaster rides with some shows!

I loved the country music reviews AND the bird show!

Look at this cutie!!!

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I also spent a long time walking through the craft area and watching the demonstrations.  Yes, I’ve officially turned into my parents and I’m ok with that!  It was so much fun.

So even if you aren’t a coaster fan, there is plenty to do at Dollywood!

TimeSaver Pass

So why didn’t things like the TimeSaver pass exist when I was a kid?!?!?

The TimeSaver pass, which you get free for staying at the resort basically lets you skip the lines for the more popular rides. The day we were there was pretty slow, but in summer this would have been a huge deal!

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The actual pass is hanging off the Hubs shorts in this photo.  It was easy and fun to use!  Perfect for two adults who have the patience of toddlers :-).

Country Music Memorabilia

I have to tell you guys, I am a HUGE Dolly Parton fan.  My Mom’s family lived in East Tennessee for most of their lives, so her music was always on.  As I got older I learned to appreciate her for her positive attitude towards life and wise sayings, many about creating, designing and living your dreams.  I also love and respect the way she has done so much for the community she came from.

She’s such a brilliant song writer too.  She’s a person worth learning more about because she is so much more than that famous image.  Since I’m such a fan I loved seeing some of her memorabilia on display at Dollywood and DreamMore.

This is a song she wrote in a time capsule to be released on her 100th birthday!  I’m sure it’s absolutely brilliant.  It’s on display at the resort.

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Dollywood has a big museum of Dolly memorabilia including the Coat of Many Colors, from her famous song.

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She also has on display her actual tour bus she took around the country!  Pretty cool.

Dolly Inspiration

I mentioned one of the reasons I love Dolly Parton is how inspiring she is!

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The resort was filled with reminders to live life to the fullest.

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I just love this quote!

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I felt pretty inspired after just one night here!

Light the Way 5K

This one is just for my fitness buddies!  Dollywood is hosting a holiday themed 5K this November.   The Light the Way 5K is an incredible run through the park with four million Christmas lights! It’s November 11 beginning at 11 PM.  You can run or walk it and it’s really a one of kind event to be able to see Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival lights at night.  Proceeds benefit charity, so it’s a great way to give back too!

I have a scheduling conflict this year, but I would LOVE to do this race sometime.  Doesn’t it sound like the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit?

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So, in a nut shell.  I had a lovely weekend at Dollywood.  September turned out to be a great time to go because it was still warm but not very crowded.  The Hubs and I will definitely be back!

Right now they have a deal where you can get a 3-day ticket for $33 per day.  The other special is if you arrive after 3, the next day is free!  


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Dollywood hosted us for this trip, but all information and opinions in the post are my own.  Thank you so much for supporting Running in a Skirt and allowing me to share new travel destinations like this with you.  You guys are the best!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m celebrating Fall’s arrival tomorrow with a savory pumpkin pasta recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make!

I’m linking up with Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

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Have you ever been to Dollywood?

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  1. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. September 25, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I haven’t been to Dollywood but I Just moved to TN and it’s SO close so I feel a trip is in order soon!
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  2. kimmythevegan September 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Ah! Dollywood. This sounds AMAZING! I grew up on Dolly and all country music. My dad listened to it and I wasn’t really into it until he took us on a family vacation to Nashville and I fell in love with it all – especially Dolly =)
    This sounds like a great vacation, I would love to check it out sometime. I am a huge butterfly fan – it’s really my thing so that in itself appeals to me. But the music, the park, everything sounds so wonderful.

  3. Edye September 23, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I’ve been to Dollywood when I was super young and only remember bits and pieces. Now I would love to go back! The spa looks like heaven on earth 😀
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    • JulieWunder October 2, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Hi Edye! Me too! It was so nice to go back. Lots to enjoy as an adult.

  4. Elizabeth O September 23, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I’m a fan of Dolly and would love to visit Dollywood someday. It would be such fun to walk around and hang out all day.

  5. Esther September 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    That is so cool! I loved following your stories on insta! The pools look fantastic! I have not been to that part of TN for almost 25 years! Need to get back asap!

    • JulieWunder October 2, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Esther! It’s a beautiful place. I’m so glad you enjoyed the instas!

  6. Emily September 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to go there! I love Dolly!! You made it seem even beautiful in your post!

  7. Emily September 22, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    OK wow, this was beautiful; it’s so neat that you got to go and give us a virtual recap of such a beautiful resort; it looks like my favorite kind of resort; I’m really a mountain gal, and it’s SO beautiful to see that huge pool nestled into the trees.

    And wooden coasters are wild! That would be fun to do.
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  8. Andrea September 22, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never been to Dollywood- maybe someday.
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  9. Abbey September 22, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    This looks like the perfect getaway! I’ve added it to my list of places to visit!
    Thanks for sharing

  10. jill conyers September 22, 2016 at 4:48 am - Reply

    The resort & spa is beautiful. The large portrait of Dolly made me laugh. Totally what I would expect. Ha!
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  11. Michele September 22, 2016 at 1:46 am - Reply

    No, I have never been to Dollywood. I won’t get on a roller coaster–no way! But there seems to be a lot I would totally enjoy there. And yes, I have always loved Dolly Parton!
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  12. zee September 22, 2016 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Nice place!….that I’ve never heard of (I’m South African). I love their decor though a lot. You also did a good job capturing the images.
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  13. adriana lopez September 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Great tips for first timers considering Dollyhwood. Believe it or not I have never been I guess this one goes to the list of must do =)

  14. Farrah September 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been to Dollywood but I’ve heard great things! (That sky looks gorgeous!) That resort looks awesome and I want in on that breakfast buffet! <3

    I love Christmas lights, so that 5K sounds kinda awesome. <3 Perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! :D!

  15. Cassi September 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been to Dollywood but I’ve had it on my maybe list of places to visit.

  16. valmg @ Mom Knows It All September 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    My Dad is a big country fan and loves Dolly Parton. He did get to visit Dollywood once I thin, and if I recall he loved it.

  17. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands September 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Looks like fun! I’ve never been but I’ll have to add it to my list for when we’re in the area!

  18. carmy September 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Dollywood looks like so much fun! I’ve never been but have always wanted to visit 🙂
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  19. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    I’ve never been there! I love the charming look of the decor and that pool looks amazing. Fun place for an easy get away.
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  20. Neely September 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Dollywood is for sure on my list of places to visit. I’ve never been to it but I’ve driven near it!

  21. Liz Mays September 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Ok, you’ve convinced me that’s where I need to stay if I go there. And I’m going there. I HAVE TO!
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  22. Diane norris September 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Looks gorgeous ! Have to make it there sometime soon !

  23. Audrey September 21, 2016 at 11:00 am - Reply

    What an amazing place to visit!!! I know my whole family would love to visit this Dollywood resort!
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  24. Nellwyn September 21, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to Dollywood but the place you’d stayed looks so lovely and cozy!
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  25. Shelley Marcy September 21, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

    We went with several other couples at Christmas time years ago. We enjoyed the lights and the brisk mountain air while taking in all the Dollywood sights. Best part…..Dolly herself was there in concert and we got to see her and be part of her family for a few hours. She makes everyone feel so comfortable….like you’ve known each other forever.

  26. [email protected] September 21, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I have never been to Dollywood but my sister always wanted to go there when we were younger. So u da like a gray place to go when your older too. And that breakfast buffet sounds awesome! I love pancakes.
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  27. Blane Sherer September 21, 2016 at 5:21 am - Reply

    I’m glad Dollywood chose you for this Julie.
    I hope you get the opportunity to do more
    posts like this. You are the ideal travel guide.

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