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.

Stampede Dinner Attractions operate in two popular vacation destinations: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. They also operate Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

766 Reviews
Alfred Pate
Graceville, FL
3 Reviews
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"Great food"
July 2019 NEW
Food is great. Show is a plus, this is the reason we go every year.
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Tip: Just go and enjoy.

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Pigeon Forge Customer
Merrill, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
July 2019 NEW
Took my family of seven out to the Stampede while visiting Pigeon Forge. I initially thought it was pretty pricey, but it was definitely worth it! Very entertaining, great atmosphere, and the food was delicious! WARNING...go with a very empty stomach because they serve a ton of food!!!
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Tip: They do take pictures of your family at the very beginning and will approach you later to purchase the photos. It was great memorabilia so I did purchase the entire package for $60. After the show, they do escort you out but you pass through the gift shop. Put the blinders on the kiddos!!! Lots of fun stuff they will want.

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Cynthia Schmutzler
Lebanon, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Dolly Parton’s stampede dinner theater"
July 2019 NEW
We enjoyed every thing about it! The tickets were easy to get and everyone there was pleasant and made our evening memorable! We had great seats and a wonderful server. I would recommend it to anyone!
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Tip: Don’t eat before you get there, there is plenty of food!

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Terri Hardy
Davenport, IA
1 Review
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"Dolly Parton Stampede"
July 2019 NEW
We had a wonderful time at the Stampede. The process of making reservations was extremely easy. We had a group of 6 people with ages ranging from 14 to 68. All of us loved the Stampede and would go back again.
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Sidney M.
1 Review
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"Loved stampede"
July 2019 NEW
We love dolly Parton's stampede dinner and attraction. Show changes everytime, which is nice.
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Carolyn Cordeiro
Greenville, SC
2 Reviews
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"Loved it!!"
July 2019 NEW
My entire family had so much fun at the Dixie Stampede... Even my little 8 month old grandson.
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Tip: Go early to catch the pre-show and if you bring a small child make sure you purchase a seat cuz you cannot bring in a stroller or a car seat.

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Robert Jenkins
Culpeper, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
July 2019 NEW
Great meal and show, won't leave hungry or disappointed.
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Tip: Prepare for lines and congested parking

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Ricky Ward
Waldron, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good Time"
July 2019 NEW
Ising Tripster was such a breeze. Walking up and having tickets in hand cut so much time off.
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Tip: Easy to use. Very convenient

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Everything was great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
The show was awesome, the food was delicious, and our server, Damien, was funny and attentive throughout the whole show. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
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Ohio, United States
"Highlight of the trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
I have been wanting to experience Dolly's Stampede for a while now. It did not disappoint. We arrived early enough to see the beautiful horses before picking up our tickets at will call. We then found seats in the saloon for the pre-show, which was very good. They also take your picture at this time. I thought the picture packages were a little expensive ($40) so we didn't buy ours. The show itself is astounding. The performers (humans and animals) were top notch. Everyone receives the same meal here, but they can do substitutions for gluten free or vegetarian. I was very pleased with the gluten free options. I received a fruit bowl instead of the cream soup, and a gluten free dinner roll. At the end, I had a brownie in place of the apple turnover. It was warm and very good. I would absolutely visit here again!
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Tammy W
"Fun time & amazing show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
Our entire family enjoyed our journey to the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner attraction. The show/performers are very talented and did an amazing job. The food was delicious & service was amazing. This is a great venue for the young, old and everyone in between.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
"Family fun, plenty of food, and entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
We did this on a spur of the moment decision. They got us seating at the top tier, but it gave us a great view of the entire show. I'd say there probably wasn't a bad seat in the entire place. The waitstaff was friendly and they kept the glasses full and the food coming. The show and specatacles were entertaining. Still not sure how they did that magic trick. The pricing was a little high for everything in my opinion.
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"Our Favorite Dinner Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
We love the entire show, from the pre show to the meeting the cast afterwards we can’t think of a single downfall besides the picture people interrupting the show- this was the first trip we bought photos and we had 4 packs. I felt like we missed a good 20 mins of the beginning of the show. Our server Josh was hands down the best we have had out of all our trips there!
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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.