The world is about to be a little bit dimmer.
Okay, that’s dramatic. But it’s true—Dollywood’s 2017 season is almost in the books and it will be 72 days before the park opens for more fun in 2018. 72 days without Dollywood!
Before I send you into a seasonal depression, let’s consider all the things you can do to tide yourself over in the off-season.
Visit Dollywood by Jan. 3 to breathe in the ambiance. Dollywood is a special place. Hard as you may look, you’re not going to find a theme park nestled into the foothills surrounding a national park anywhere else. I encourage you to slow down and savor the culture: stroll without purpose, chat with our friendly hosts, and wave to the train as it rolls by.
Take advantage of Dollywood’s award-winning entertainment before the season ends. Once you get through the turnstiles, there is so much value to be found in one day spent at Dolly Parton’s theme park. During the Christmas season, there are seven holiday shows to keep everyone in the family entertained. And, as their trophy case alludes to, Dollywood’s casts of performers are quite talented. Where else can you enjoy so many live shows on one ticket? Even if you don’t sit inside a theater, you’ll want to catch some tunes as you pass by an open-air theater or pause to enjoy some of the roving entertainment.
As you plan your visit, don’t miss the seasonal offerings during Smoky Mountain Christmas. Dollywood is fantastic in every season, so look for what’s available for a limited time. During Christmas you have the opportunity to visit with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Holly Jolly Junction. I love that spot. Don’t miss it! There are lots of picture opportunities, cookie-decorating, and games. There are also seasonal treats that if you miss, you’ll have to wait until November of next year to enjoy, so go ahead and get it now! Christmas is the only season you will see four million lights and a nightly parade. Plus, the shows you can only see during this season. I mentioned our entertainment already, but they’re worth mentioning again.
Act with urgency as the season ends and just do it! Have you been eyeing Drop Line all season, thinking maybe the next time you come, you’ll get up the courage to hop on? Do it now! The season is ending and this is your last chance to say you rode it in its inaugural year. For anything you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t been able to, use this opportunity to check it off the list.
The last thing I would encourage you to do to get through the off-season is to go ahead and buy your 2018 Season Pass now. This is the time to buy because you’ll get the guaranteed lowest price and it’s a gift you’ll get to open again and again. That will make the wait until March 16 a little easier.