I was eager to visit the Pigeon Forge area. I knew a lot about the different Pigeon Forge shows, such as Country Tonite, and Pigeon Forge attractions, but had never visited Dollywood. Once I did, I realized why so many people enjoy the park and its many amusements.
Like any other theme park, it aims to please families. Dollywood does a great job of pleasing every member of the clan by providing elements uniquely designed for each. I visited during the Festival of Nations, a celebration of the different cultures of the world. There were great exhibits featuring Ireland, Latin America, Russia and others. The food featured was also delicious and showcased the flavors of the world.
I love roller coasters, so of course, they were my main priority. The Tennessee Tornado was my first experience of Dollywood rides, and it definitely made good on its tornado like spins! It was a great ride featuring twists, turns, spins and upside down maneuvers sure to please any thrill seeker.
While walking through the park to the next tempting ride, I enjoyed the shops and crafts displayed throughout. Smoky Mountain heritage is present in the craft-making, which includes glass blowing, woodcarving, a grist mill, and wagon makers among many others. There were also a lot of sweet shoppes, offering tasty treats like taffy, ice cream and baked goods.
I went on two other Dollywood roller coasters. The Mystery Mine and Thunderhead were both a lot of fun, with Mystery Mine being my favorite out of the two. It is a unique ride, as it features a cart holding 8 people, instead of a standard roller coaster cart which can hold upwards of 30 plus. The smaller cart made the twists and turns even more thrilling and added to the mine aspect of the ride. I also like Thunderhead. It is very fast, which is a bonus, but more turbulent than the other coasters.
It was a little too cool for me to try any water rides, but they were certainly busy with other riders. I would like to try the Smoky Mountain River Rampage and Daredevil Falls when I visit again. The all new River Battle had just opened when I visited, and it looked like it came straight out of a cartoon. I thought the interactive features of the ride made it all the more fun for friends and families and I will be on that ride as well when I return (in warmer weather)!
Throughout the Dollywood park, the rides, attractions and shops are combined with the scenery to create a Smoky Mountain paradise. The way they blended the commercial aspects of the park with the natural aspects was very impressive. An Eagle Sanctuary was also at the park, and the view of the eagles was spectacular.
I think Dollywood is a perfect fit for families and friends. Everything from the atmosphere to the entertainment to the thrilling rides was on point.
Dollywood is also situated very near to the Parkway in Pigeon Forge making it easy for visitors to get there from their hotel. Hotels near Dollywood include RiverStone Resort, EconoLodge Riverside Pigeon Forge, Grand Resort Hotel and Red Roof Inn. Cabins in Pigeon Forge Tennessee are also available at great prices. They are a great choice for larger families and guests who prefer the extra space provided.
After you’ve had your share of Dollywood fun, be sure to check out the other great attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The entire town is full of activities fun for the whole family.