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What Dollywood Offers During Summer Celebration

Looking for the perfect excuse to spend more time enjoying the great fun of Dollywood this summer? Well, we’ve got you covered during our Summer Celebration (June 16- Aug. 5). Park hours are extended every day—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — so there is more time to experience all the great entertainment options available this summer. And let me tell you, Dollywood is even more fun after dark!

First, the entertainment we have ready for you this summer is top notch—we’re talking international touring shows, people! Check out all of these great acts taking the stage:

DRUMLine LIVE visits the park June 16-July 4 with riveting rhythms, bold beats and endless energy. Developed by the consultants of the hit 2002 movie Drumline, the band featured in this exhilarating show creates a synchronized musical masterpiece for guests, but I guarantee it’s more than just the typical halftime performance! Don Roberts, the CEO and Director of DRUMLine Live, explained the groups’ excitement about visiting Dollywood. “Dollywood is the ultimate family theme park, and DRUMLine Live is the ultimate family show. We promise to offer the same excitement, energy and exhilarating entertainment as any roller coaster in the park. I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like DRUMLine LIVE. We will have you on your feet by halftime.”

iLuminate, finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2011, bring their electrified glow-in-the-dark costumes to DP’s Celebrity Theater to perform dynamic dance routines and illusions to thrill guests. iLuminate performs July 7-21. In addition to their third place result on AGT, iLuminate has toured the world from Egypt to Malaysia and has appeared on shows like Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, Good Morning America and Ellen. “We will be featuring new light suits and dances that have never been seen before, while bringing back some audience favorites. Get ready for energetic and mesmerizing performances that you and your family will remember for years to come,” said Miral Kotb, iLuminate creator.

Speed painter Ricardo Barazza astonishes Dollywood guests during his show PaintJam, an innovative and mesmerizing show which runs the entirety of Summer Celebration. Barazza creates stunning works of art on a spinning 360-degree canvas, while he dances and moves throughout the performance.

A new evening show called Nighttime Experience gives guests reason to rock well into the night. Some of Dollywood’s best daytime performers offer a fresh new show highlighted by their interpretations of today’s hottest hits! Guests shouldn’t miss these 13 singer/dancers and five live musicians as they put on a concert for the ages! The show takes place July 25- Aug. 5.

Every Summer Celebration evening ends with Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, a thrilling fireworks extravaganza synchronized to music.

It’s story time again as The Little Engine Playhouse showcases three favorite books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, including Coat of Many Colors, based on Dolly’s newest children’s book. Coat of Many Colors and Pretend, by Jennifer Plecas, feature sing-along songs that kids of all ages will enjoy. Everyone’s favorite, The Little Engine That Could, comes to the stage with a delightful reminder of what can happen with just a little bit of determination.

While you’ll have an amazing amount of entertainment options to enjoy during your visit, you also can experience our award-winning rides in a completely different environment. Once the sun sets, trademark attractions, like Wild Eagle, Lightning Rod and Thunderhead, provide a unique experience as you climb aboard. These rides are so thrilling because you’re racing through the summer night with no idea which way the track will turn next!

By | 2018-08-20T09:03:52+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Festivals|0 Comments

About the Author:

While he is originally from Gate City, Virginia, Wes Ramey has long considered Dollywood and the Smoky Mountains region his second home. Many weekends of the year, he would travel with his parents and grandparents to the Smokies to enjoy some his favorite attractions in the area, including the Space Needle, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, go karts, and of course, Dollywood. Based on his love as a three-year-old for Dollywood’s Convoy ride (there is a picture on his desk), he first told his parents he wanted to become a truck driver when he grew up. He also enjoyed the Flooded Mine because: A.) it was the only ride his mamaw was brave enough to ride, and B.) she was usually scared halfway through! When he isn’t working to tell people about the awesome things you can do at Dollywood with your family (scaring your grandparents doesn’t count), he enjoys spending time with his wife Lyndsey and young daughter. Most of his days are filled with reading Imagination Library books and baking imaginary cupcakes for tea parties, but when he has time, he enjoys anything with wheels and an engine. While he doesn’t own his own race car (yet), he does enjoy watching the professionals do their thing each week. For now, he fulfills his need for speed on Lightning Rod, Thunderhead, Wild Eagle and the Rockin’ Roadway!
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