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Needless to say, things look a little different right now. We’re all trying to navigate a new world and we’re relearning how to do things in an ever-changing environment. All of us are having to make decisions we never dreamed we would face.

Like many of you, my wife and I have to consider what my daughter—who was supposed to start preschool this fall—will do for schooling. I have friends that have had to make tough decisions about visiting aging parents and grandparents. Some of my friends no longer have the jobs they did six months ago.

In a world where each and every one of us is faced with these serious situations and decisions, it can be difficult to allow yourself to stop and reflect on the good times or be appreciative of the good you find in each moment. But that is exactly what we all need to remind ourselves to do—and what I’m asking you to do—if even for just a minute.

In that context, let me say, I’m proud of where I work (And yes, the following will sound cliché, but it is so incredibly true).

Our operating teams have dedicated countless hours to introduce plans that have allowed us to open the park while keeping the health and safety of our guests a top priority. Our teams are doing a phenomenal job providing the greatest experience possible for our guests. I can tell you there have been a number of challenges and difficult tests faced along the way, but those have created opportunities and learnings that will help us grow now and in the years to come.

For so many people, Dollywood feels like home. It’s somewhere you can enjoy time with family and friends and try to escape from the world outside. Remember, every person you meet is dealing with the pandemic in their own way. While it does look different right now, Dollywood is a place many people want to visit to experience and make more of those same fond memories they hold so close. I’m glad to say we’ve been able to create an environment to allow those who want to visit the opportunity to do just that.

I’m even more happy to say that many guests who have visited since we reopened in June are validating what we are doing. Here is some of the feedback we’ve received:

Everything about this theme park is top notch! The friendly staff, the delicious food, the park cleanliness, the atmosphere and the rides. This was quite possibly the most relaxing vacation we’ve ever had. Thank God for Dollywood! It’s just a gorgeous park and I can’t recommend visiting enough.

Google Review (July 20, 2020)

Dollywood is a wonderful family theme park. The park is always clean, big plus!!! In the middle of Covid19, Dollywood stepped up and added extra precautions to make guests feel safe and comfortable. P.S. I love all the trees for shade on those hot summer days.

Google Review (July 18, 2020)

Dollywood is taking all the appropriate steps to prevent virus transmission while still providing an incredible experience. The indoor theaters are closed, but the rides are open. Staff wipes down each seat after each outdoor performance. Same with the rides. People are working very hard to ensure a safe, yet still memorable, experience.

Google Review (July 9, 2020)

The staff is so friendly and helpful, everyone is being very cautious and safe, the prices are surprisingly reasonable and rides are awesome! It’s like a bit of Southern hospitality mixed with excitement and fun.

Google Review (July 3, 2020)

So impressed with the safety measures and staff at Dollywood today! Temperature checks before entering, masks required on all guests and staff, staff was constantly cleaning/sanitizing, given a pump of hand sanitizer at every ride, hand washing stations- it was a great day to enjoy my family and feel as safe as possible. Thank you!

Facebook Review (July 2, 2020)

We were hesitant to visit a theme park during a pandemic, but the steps they took to keep everyone safe was noticed. From requiring face masks to temperature checks to limiting the number of people allowed in the park. They did a great handling the situation. The park was clean and the staff very nice and helpful.

TripAdvisor Review (June 30, 2020)

While none of us truly knows how the pandemic will continue to affect us, please allow yourself an opportunity to pause and enjoy the positives in your life. If spending time with family and friends is what you need, we want you to know we’re here to help you take a break and enjoy your time with us.

By | 2020-07-23T16:41:59+00:00 July 23rd, 2020|Family Visits|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), Wes 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 Wes 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 children. 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 Wes 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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