When you live in the Great Smoky Mountains, you get used to the spectacular sights from Mother Nature. But this time, she’s outdoing herself.
On August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible through a wide area of the United States, including East Tennessee. How does this happen? It’s when the moon gets right in the path of the sun as the moon is orbiting the Earth. When it does this, the moon completely obscures the sun and its light from view.
Because an eclipse like this won’t be seen in our area again for another several decades, lots of events and activities are being planned to celebrate and view this unique astrological happening. And that includes Dollywood and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa!
At the theme park, the first 4,000 guests through the gate will receive complimentary eclipse viewing glasses. There will be limited edition 2017 solar eclipse t-shirts for purchase and a special sound track will play throughout Dollywood. Meanwhile, Frances, Dollywood’s resident science nerd, will educate and enchant guests about the celestial event at Market Square.
Guests at the resort will receive four special viewing glasses to better see and experience the eclipse, and they’ll also receive an information book explaining this unique phenomenon. And the resort’s Camp DW is planning eclipse-themed crafts and activities for the kids during the special day.
There is a large part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that will be in “totality” during the eclipse; that means the moon will completely cover the sun for a total eclipse—not partial. Several areas in the park designated for great viewing are Clingman’s Dome, Cades Cove and Oconaluftee.
Want to know more about the solar eclipse on August 21? Check out these websites: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/tennessee/ and https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how. And, make your reservations at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort for this special day that promises a once-in-a-lifetime memory-making experience.