It’s January. The trams are parked. The lots are empty.
The only greeting you’ll get is a “Sorry, we’re closed” sign. Nothing happens at Dollywood in January.
I’m being facetious, of course.
We have 67 days (25 days in January, 28 days in February, and 14 days in March—but who’s counting?) to get all the maintenance punch lists checked off. That’s no small task.
While Christmas décor comes down, every department is in the midst of cleaning, inventory checks, budget planning, 2019 strategizing, and hiring for the up-coming season.
But, I know you really don’t want to read a blog about all that.
You want to know what will be new when you return in March. Well, from minor repairs to big jobs, the maintenance team has a lot to do before we re-open.
Every year we look for ways to improve our guests’ experience. So, you can look for newly-paved and upgraded walkways; upgraded lighting; new air and heat units (as well as fans); new food equipment; and upgraded restrooms.
Our crews paint EVERYTHING waist high and below. And common guest areas aren’t the only spots that receive attention—we repaint all kitchens and food prep areas across the park.
Right now, Dollywood has three people who focus on painting. Think: all bathrooms, all queue lines, all perimeter fences. They just finished painting the green hand rails in Country Fair. It took 10.5 gallons of paint—for the handrails!
Even the train engine that sits by Traffic Light #8 at our information building received some off-season love and got a new paint job!
Our carpentry team stays quite busy, too—as they replace about five MILES worth of lumber every off- season. Be sure to check out the walkway that takes you under the train trestle between Country Fair and Rivertown Junction. It’s brand new!
We want everything to sparkle and shine come March 15—that’s our Preview Day for Season Passholders. March 16 is the first official day of the 2019 season.
Oh, and there’s another small project worth mentioning. We’re opening a brand new land this spring. Have you heard of it? It’s called Wildwood Grove and so far, so good! Let’s hope for a quiet winter (weather-wise) so the plan stays on track. We’ll be sharing an update on construction progress soon!