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, TN for a family feast and fantastic show fun for all ages. Celebrating over 30 years of providing quality family entertainment.

Back by popular demand, the impressive Longhorns make an appearance during the show as the pioneering settlers move west in search of new lands. For most guests, this is the closest they will come to these magnificent animals.

Stampede offers two shows in one – one-of-a-kind pre-show entertainment and a full-scale arena spectacular with a talented cast of performers, costumed servers, singing and dancing, trick riding with an impressive stable of 32 horses, and the spectacular “Roman Ride of Fire!” Guests are expected to bring a hearty appetite with them as they will be served Stampede’s traditional four-course feast.

Innovative new lighting technology brings the main arena backdrop to life and features a stunning tribute to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Please arrive an hour before show time to stroll the beautiful horsewalk, and enjoy the side-splitting comedy and bluegrass and country music of Stampede’s house band during the pre-show.

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

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Kimberly Mitchell-Glenn
Cambridge Springs, PA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very Disappointed"
November 2019 NEW
We were very disappointed in this show. First off, when I purchased the tickets it showed online and on my voucher as the regular Stampede show. When we arrived, we discovered it was the Christmas show. It wasn't even Halloween yet and we weren't in the spirit for Christmas yet. The pre-show entertainment was good, but very hard to see from the seats we had. The seats for the main show were even worse. We watched the back of the Emcee the whole time. I was expecting the show to be mostly horse performers, but there was about half the time "The Stampede" was actually riders. The rest of the time was spent with the emcee singing or talking and skits with actors/characters. There was a live nativity, but it consisted of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. Then some shepherds and a bunch of goats entered the arena. The 3 wisemen did arrive on camels which was cool, but there wasn't really what I would call a live nativity. There was a stage that dropped down from the ceiling with live toys. But we couldn't really see what was going on. This show did not live up to what I would expect to have Dolly's name on it. w years ago we saw Dolly Parton's Smokey Mountain Christmas and it was way better than this one. We would definitely go to that show again. Unfortunately they replaced that with Dolly's Pirate show. We wanted to see that show but it was closed the week we were there. We will not go to the Stampede again.
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Tip: Don't bother

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Lindsay Jackson
Raleigh, NC
4 Reviews
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"Great Dinner & Show"
November 2019 NEW
Great show, fun for the kids, great food!!
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Tip: The soup is super hot, let it cool and dont burn your mouth like we did.

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maryelaine bowman
salem, OH
1 Review
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"how to have an awesome time"
November 2019 NEW
I purchased tickets online(which made me quite nervous) but i worried for nothing. seats were excellent. we had a wonderful time. thank you tripster
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Tip: relax and trust tripster to do the work

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Shannon Craig
Indian trail, NC
3 Reviews
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"Family fun"
October 2019 NEW
My kids are 8&7 and they absolutely loved this show! The food was great and a lot of it, great service and great entertainment! The whole family had a wonderful time.
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Tip: People line up to get in really, really early.

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Tripster Customer
Canal Winchester, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"It's OK"
October 2019 NEW
A good show but a little underwhelmed. Food is good but not great. Show is fine but our seats were near the entrance where the performers enter & felt like we missed some of the action down at the other end. A little pricey in my opinion.
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Tip: Go early, visit show horses & tour gift shop. Be sure to go to Saloon Show which starts about 45 min before main event.

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Tammy Graham
Bowling green, KY
1 Review
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"Great show"
October 2019 NEW
The whole family really enjoyed it tipster had the best price thanks
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Tip: They offer great cancellation policy

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Patricia Daniels
Surveyor, WV
2 Reviews
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October 2019 NEW
A very good family show .very entertaining for all ages
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Tip: very friendly staff .very good food

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debra walden
1 Review
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"Mountains Dolly Parton stampede dinner attraction"
October 2019 NEW
The show and the food was great.
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Columbus, Georgia
"Great Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
I do NOT regret this show AT ALL. Well worth the price. The show was funny, beautiful, and a lot of fun. The Christmas feast was delicious!
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"Couldn’t get over the funky smell in the arena....made eating almost impossible"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
I’ve been to this type of show before, specifically Medival Times 3 times so I was shocked when that funky smell hit me. Maybe it’s because they have horses AND goats AND pigs AnD camels. It was nauseating to say the least. I also couldn’t believe how we were crammed in there. Couldn’t get comfortable at all—I don’t know how large folks were handling it. Food looked good and the show was adorable—you could see Dolly touches all over it. I’d advise against this if you have a weak stomach.
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Dawn J
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2019 NEW
I had been to The Stampede many times when I was young. I wanted my 8 yr old to experience the show, and we visited the Stampede in Pigeon Forge while vacationing nearby. I had never seen the Christmas show as we had always visited in the summer. It was fantastic! The costumes are beautiful. The food was everything that I remembered from my previous visits. My husband was on a knee scooter due to a broken foot, and the staff was so accommodating. From the first phone call I made to ensure that we chose the right seats for his needs, to the customer service that was provided at the venue, everything was PERFECT.
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Chance J
"Not impressed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2019 NEW
To me the food was not very good The show was ok i thought it would have been different i was eating and trying to watch the show
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"Fun night!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
After a little confusion at the entrance, the rest of the Stampede experience was a grand one. Highly entertaining, and fun! The entire experience was super. Grand entertainment, super show, and if you go away hungry, it is not their fault. I recommend thr show!
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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.