Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN

Dolly Parton's Stampede3849 ParkwayPigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Guests of all ages can enjoy Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offering an exciting live performance paired with delicious homestyle cuisine. The dinner show features jaw-dropping horse-riding stunts, extravagant special effects, lively musical productions and a four-course feast that’s sure to please any palate.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Pigeon Forge Travel Experts
  • Dinner is meant to be eaten with your hands.
  • Silverware is not provided; bring your own if preferred.
  • Arrive up to an hour early for the pre-show.
  • Children under the age of 3 are free only if they sit in a parent's lap and eat from their plate.
  • Leftovers from the four-course feast can be taken to-go.
  • Vegetarian meals available upon request.
  • Bring cash to tip waiters and purchase souvenir photo.
  • Innovative new lighting technology bringing the main arena backdrop to life and featuring a stunning tribute to the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Joan B.

Always fun and entertaining - The horses and riders are amazing! Arrive at least 50 minutes early to see the horses along the horse walk and catch the pre-show entertainment with the in-house country and bluegrass band. Come hungry and enjoy great food in the main arena, utensils are not provided - you eat with your hands!


from Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction
Join Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for high-spirited adventure! Celebrating its 33rd season, Dolly Parton’s Stampede provides a family feast and fantastic show that’s fun for all ages.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede is filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course feast complete with a delicious dessert!

Remember, the excitement begins before you even set foot in the door! Take a stroll down the Horse Walk and get an up-close look at the stars of the show, our beautiful variety of horse breeds. Head inside the two-story saloon for a mix of music and comedy from our very own Mountain Ruckus! You’ll laugh along at the humor as you clap along to the incredible bluegrass and country tunes – it’s all included in your visit!

Be sure to arrive early as you get ready for the High Spirited Adventure at The Smokies Most Fun Place to Eat!™

The Four Course Feast includes:
  • Whole Rotisserie Chicken

  • Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin

  • Stampede's Original Creamy Vegetable Soup

  • Scrumptious Homemade Biscuit

  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob

  • Tasty Herb-basted Potato

  • Stampede's very own Specialty Dessert

  • Unlimited Coca-Cola, tea or coffee

In November and December, Dolly Parton’s Stampede transforms into a holiday celebration including a live Nativity, with three kings atop camels, holiday music, a visit from Santa and a four-course yuletide feast.

Tripster Customer Reviews

812 Reviews
Kristin M.
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fabulous Dinner Show"
February 2020
Dolly's Stampede Dinner Show is at the top of my list. The food is always cooked to perfection and served at proper temperatures. The wait staff is friendly and excellent, their service is remarkable considering how fast they move throughout the show, how many people they serve and the overall amount they do. The show is wonderful, great for all ages. The horse & riders are amazing and so neat to watch do their tricks. The comedy side is funny entertainment for all. The show is very well done and there is so much going on, it keeps you engaged the entire time you are there. I highly recommend this as a MUST SEE! You will not regret it and it will be at the top of your favorites list for sure!
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Tip: If you have allergies to horses or hay...either take meds or do not attend

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Terri Miles
Gulfport, MS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas Show"
January 2020
The show was great and the employees were wonderful. Very professional and on spot. I was amazed at the show and the entertainment. They got the people involved and made the experience so much fun. Great price thru Tripster. I will use you again. Thanks
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Tip: Be ready to be entertained !!!!

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Brandon Drake
Louisville, KY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Good Time"
December 2019
Took my 3 and 4 yr old daughters. They enjoyed the show. Great show to get in Christmas spirit.
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Tip: No alcohol.

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Kelly Yelton
Bostic, NC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Christmas weekend"
December 2019
We have been many times and they have not disappointed us yet. We love the Christmas show. And, the food is always great. My wife has a gluten allergy and they go out of their way to have her an appetizer and dessert.
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Tip: Get the frozen boot mug for a great souvenir.

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Cindy Anderson
Palmer, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Dolly Dixie stampede"
December 2019
It was a awesome enjoyable show. Good services!
Good valuable price thur Tripster.
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Tip: To go enough time and be hunrgy!

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Kara Dillard
Cleveland, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Loved It!"
December 2019
Enjoyed every moment of this attraction.
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Tip: Be prepared to eat and take in the entertainment

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Kazuo Murata
Peachtree City, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic show, always"
December 2019
We are repeaters, and the show, food, and the pre-show have always impressed us so much. The quality of the show, foods, and the servers has never betrayed us. We thoroughly enjoyed everything.
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Tip: Get ready for a great time.

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Melissa Marlowe
Union Hall, VA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Time"
December 2019
Everything was absolutely great. We had loads of fun.
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Tip: Definitely go with tipster to bundle the deals

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Boston, Massachusetts
"A classic when you’re in the area"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2020 NEW
It’s fine! Definitely a place to visit on a rainy day. Feels like something you have to do at least once while you’re visiting.
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"Good show but........"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2020
The show wasn't bad. Dinner was so so. Wasn't given any choices. But, I had bought and paid for our photos, but accidently left them on our seat when leaving. We had to leave town that night due to losing a family member up north. I immediately called them, gave them my seating info and they said they would mail them to me. When I returned home to FL a couple weeks later I still didn't have the photos. I called them explaining our situation, they said they would send them. I never got them. A few weeks later I called again, was told the same thing. Still no pictures! 2 months later and I still haven't seen my photos. We stop in Pigeon Forge several times a year and always go to Dollys dinner shows and buy our photos. But I think this has stopped us from ever doing that or recommending it to our friends.
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"The little kid inside of me!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2020
The Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction is so much fun! Not just for the kids but for the adults as well. Everything they do during the show keeps you wondering what they are going to do next! The performers are very talented, the horses are beautiful and well trained, and the food is excellent and big portions. I would definitely recommend this dinner and attraction to anyone wanting to have a great time. It brings out the kid in us all. Take your family, your kids, your parents, and even your grandparents! It's fun for everyone!
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Shelburn, Indiana
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020
First time here. Did not care for the pre-show. I think they do this to get you to buy something to snack on and a drink, which were expensive. The ticket lady was super nice and friendly and showed us to our seats in a very quick and orderly way. Don't think there is a bad seat in the place. Servers were nice, and very efficient. We thought the food was very good. Was hot, fresh, and our server kept our drinks filled. The show was entertaining, but a little corny, and pretty dated. But all in all, was worth the price of the tickets.
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"I never write bad reviews, but this time I had to"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2020
We bought tickets for this show expecting it to be really cheesy, but still a fun show. Unfortunately, the entire show and dinner was disappointing. The employees were the best part of the experience. They were actually really great! The ticket lady was the most friendly woman you could ever meet. The woman that took our stampede photos had so much fun energy. The employees positioned at entrance points were so helpful and gave great directions. The only other thing I enjoyed from the experience was the pre show. The three guys on stage were so much fun and I thought they were pretty talented as well! They played fun music and they got the children involved. I would pay to watch them perform again. Although the experience of the pre show itself was fun, they kept trying to get us to spend more money. My family of 4 spent around $200 for this dinner and show. We get to the pre show area and they have a menu on the table with items to order, but the prices were not listed on the menu itself. Also, while we’re trying to watch the show there are people coming around trying to sell you pictures (the pictures they took of us as we came in) and keychains. They already have the picture printed out and put in a booklet. It was around $30 for the picture. We took 3 sets of pictures: one with the family, one with the kids, and one with the parents. It would have been $90 to get them all (plus an extra $10 per set to get keychains). On our way to the show, we were offered some free popcorn of the stuff they didn’t sell. We refused because we were going to the “4-course meal” and show. I really regret not taking the popcorn, because the food was really disappointing. They give each person the whole small chicken, but they don’t give you a knife to cut it with. They also served soup but didn’t give a spoon. A woman sitting next to us asked for a spoon and she never got one. They ONLY provided a fork for each person. I, luckily didn’t have to deal with trying to tear apart the chicken because I eat vegetarian. When looking online, I was so excited that they had a vegetarian option and that their soup was still a part of it. However, when we got there I was told that the soup was actually made with chicken broth and was offered a fruit cup instead. The vegetarian meal also came with half-cooked, very unseasoned vegetables. My mom didn’t enjoy her non-vegetarian meal either. The corncob was soggy, and they advertised a homemade biscuit that tasted far from homemade. The food definitely was not worth the price we paid. Online they advertised receiving your meal being a part of the show. Basically, the announcer started singing or rambling about something while the waiter or waitress grabbed partial corncobs out of a bucket and put on your plate. They made it sound like a huge meal, but we were still hungry when we left. The show itself was both cool and awful. I was impressed by the horses and the horse riders. They both had great skill. However, maybe I’m just sensitive, but I felt sad for a lot of the animals in the show. Two horses were forced to jump through a hoop of flames while the horse rider balanced with one foot on each horse. They also sent in like 4 or 5 bison, I believe, and they then had the actors herd them back out. To me, they seemed very confused and uncomfortable. The show itself was far cheesier than I expected and by the end I was very annoyed. The first half told a story that included the colonization on the America’s that had inaccuracies about the Native Americans. The second half was just a competition between the “north and the south” that included kids from the audience chasing chickens and men from the audience throwing toilet seats like horse shoes. Finally, the show came to a finish and we were escorted out.. STRAIGHT into the gift shop. Over priced show, over priced photos to take home, everyone had a tip jar, and then we have to go through the overpriced gift shop to leave. The food was gross and the show was annoying. Overall very disappointed, but at least the employees were nice and the pre show didn’t suck.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction

What is the seating for this show?
The theater will assign your row as best available in the general section. This does not include the preferred seating.

Is there a pre-show guests should be aware of at the Stampede?
Yes. There is pre-show entertainment 50 minutes before the Stampede show extravaganza. The musical and comedy talent of Bluegrass and Country band, Mountain Ruckus, are the scheduled performers.

Are visitors allowed to meet & greet the performers at the Stampede Show?
Riders & horses stay at the rail after the show to greet guests and sign autographs. The horses are also available throughout the day at the Stampede Horsewalk.

Are cameras, audio or video recording allowed at the show?
No, none of the above items are allowed. The Stampede has a team of professional photographers on-site though, and they take your group’s photo at the beginning of your Stampede experience.

What type of meal is served at the Stampede Show?
The fabulous four-course feast includes a homemade biscuit, original creamy vegetable soup, whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato wedges, apple turnover for dessert, plus all the coffee, tea, or Coca-Cola you like.

Vegetarian meals are available by special request, given advanced notice. The Vegetarian meal includes garden vegetable pasta, original creamy vegetable soup, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato wedge, homemade biscuit, and dessert.

What is the length of your intermission?
There is no intermission at the Stampede Dinner & Show. However, there is a 15-minute break between the pre-show & the main arena spectacular.

What is the size of the Stampede Theater?
The theater is 35,000 square feet and seats 1100 people.

How many rows constitute the Stampede Theater?
The theater’s arena is horseshoe-shaped and has 5 rows.

Approximately how long is the Stampede Show?
The show is approximately 2 ½ hours long including the pre-show entertainment.

Is preferred seating available?
In order to reserve preferred seating, you must contact the show directly.

If my child is 2 years or younger and is considered a lap child do they get a plate of food?
No.  For a child to reserve their own food a child's ticket must be purchased.

Where is Stampede located on the Parkway? Is it near a Traffic Light?
The Stampede in Pigeon Forge is located near Traffic Light #8.

What type of parking do you have?
The parking is all level. Group drop off, motorcoach & handicapped parking is located right up front. General parking allows guests to stroll the beautiful horsewalk and meet the 4-legged stars of the show.

What type of handicap seating/accessibility do you have?
Level handicap seating is available near our restrooms.  The handicap seating is located on the top row of the theater to allow easy access to restroom facilities and seating with no stairs.  Wireless headsets and ASL interpreters are available for hearing impaired guests. Advance notice is required.

Does Dolly Parton visit the Stampede?
Yes, she does visit, although her visits are somewhat sporadic. Don’t count on seeing Dolly when you visit, but if you do see her, feel extra special that you did!

Are booster seats available?
Yes, booster seats are available free of charge but a child's ticket must be purchased to use one.