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Tripadvisor Ranks Dollywood One of the Best in the World

At Dollywood Parks and Resorts, our whole purpose is to help families create lasting memories that they want to come back and repeat time and time again. Whether you are riding a coaster at Dollywood, lounging in the lazy river at Dollywood’s Splash Country, listening to bedtime stories at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa or rocking in a chair on the deck of one of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins—we want your family to cherish your time together.

While we don’t do what we do for the accolades or awards, it is rewarding and humbling to know that our guests and others in the theme park and tourism industries believe that our parks and lodging properties are among the best when it comes to places where families want to spend time together. Our properties recently ranked as some of the best not only in the country, but in the world.

I am so excited to tell you that Dollywood was recently recognized by one of the most well-known sites for travel reviews. Tripadvisor included the park in the top-10 of its “Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards” for worldwide theme parks.

Dollywood ranked number eight in the Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Amusement Parks in the world list and placed number six on the Travelers’ Choice Top 25 United States Amusement Parks. Our beloved theme park ranked highly with Tripadvisor users, with many reviews recognizing the friendliness of our Hosts, unique and thrilling rides and attractions, high-caliber entertainment, and Southern-focused cuisine. Dollywood also is “traveler ranked” as the number one thing to do while in Pigeon Forge. According to Tripadvisor, traveler ranking illustrates the “highest rated places of interest or tour operators based on traveler reviews.”

On the list for top worldwide parks, Dollywood is the first American park on the list that is not part of the Disney or Universal families. American parks hold 12 of the 25 spots on the worldwide list. The worldwide top-10 is:

  1. Disney’s Magic Kingdom (Orlando, Florida)
  2. Puy du Fou (Les Epesses, France)
  3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando, Florida)
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Orlando, Florida)
  5. Universal Studios Florida (Orlando, Florida)
  6. Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles, California)
  7. Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  8. Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  9. Europa-Park (Rust, Germany)
  10. Paultons Park (Romsey, United Kingdom)

The United States-only top-10 is:

  1. Disney’s Magic Kingdom (Orlando, Florida)
  2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando, Florida)
  3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Orlando, Florida)
  4. Universal Studios Florida (Orlando, Florida)
  5. Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles, California)
  6. Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  7. Disneyland (Anaheim, California)
  8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando, Florida)
  9. Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri)
  10. Disney California Adventure (Anaheim, California)

To see the full rankings, please visit tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions

Dollywood’s DreamMore and Spa also recently received exciting recognition. Travel & Leisure included Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa on its “World’s Best Awards” survey as one of the “Top-15 Resort Hotels in the South.” According to Travel & Leisure, “Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T&L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe…Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value.” Travel & Leisure also named our beautiful resort as one of the “25 Resorts in the U.S. that are perfect for families.

Other recent notable mentions include USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. USA Today polls its panel of theme park experts to provide readers and users with information on the top restaurants, attractions and destinations around the United States and the world. According to 10best.com, the USA Today Travel Media Group is ranked among the top 10 most visited travel sites in North America.

  • Best Amusement Park in America, Dollywood ranked #6
  • Best Amusement Park Hotel, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa ranked #3
  • Best Amusement Park Restaurant, Dollywood’s Aunt Granny’s Restaurant ranked #2
  • Best Amusement Park Entertainment, Dollywood’s Dreamland Drive-in ranked #4
  • Best Roller Coaster, Dollywood’s Lightning Rod ranked #7
  • Best Outdoor Water Park, Dollywood’s Splash Country ranked #4

Like I said before, awards are not why we do what we do. However, we are so grateful and honored that people love our parks and resorts as much as we do and think that we’re not just one of the best attractions in the Smokies but in the country! Thank you for letting us be a part of your things to do this summer, vacations, day trips and beautiful family memories.

By | 2021-08-19T14:22:47+00:00 August 3rd, 2020|Trip Planning|0 Comments

About the Author:

Born right here in Pigeon Forge, Jennifer Webb has been visiting Dollywood since before she can remember. Many weekends were spent enjoying berries n’ cream sundaes and riding her favorite ride, Daredevil Falls. Jennifer’s love of reading and writing started early with the help of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. In 1995 Jennifer was part of the first group of Sevier County kids to receive a book from the program. While in elementary school, life took Jennifer’s family to Knoxville where she still calls home. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and an avid Vol fan. Read More!
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