Myth Buster: Are Holidays Busier for Dollywood?

There’s a common misconception that holidays at Dollywood are extra busy. Aren’t you glad you have me to set the record straight? With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, I wanted to give you confidence before you finalize your plans.

In the theme park world, big crowds usually follow good weather—not a specific date on a calendar. Historically speaking, you may see more traffic on the road during the big three summer holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day), but they’re not all traveling to Dollywood! So, here’s my pitch to you: seize the opportunity to enjoy world-class rides, shows and food with a smaller [than expected] crowd.

Perhaps, because Labor Day is often viewed as the unofficial end of summer, people make plans to do things they won’t be able to do in the weeks beyond. For that reason, I do urge you to get to Dollywood’s Splash Country. I mean, it’s the Smokies’ most-trusted water park—not to mention it’s gorgeous. If you enjoy seasonal rhythm and want to send off the summer with a splash, then, by all means, enjoy the pools at our water park before the season ends Sept. 7.

Taking a look at Dollywood, we anticipate moderate crowds for Labor Day weekend. Provided the weather is pleasant, the days leading up to the holiday are weekend days, so they tend to be busier than Labor Day itself. With that in mind, visiting on Monday is a great strategy.

Because we are limiting our capacity, we keep a close watch on the numbers coming into our parks. Guests tell us, the elbow room they’re finding has been one of the greatest perks of 2020. We’ve received great feedback about how safe our visitors feel when they’re with us. You can read some of those comments in this blog.

If you’re ready to do something this weekend, we’ll be ready to host you. And, it doesn’t hurt that we have some really great offers for you to enjoy. Check out your options for lodging deals, free water park tickets, theme park discounts and more!


By | 2020-09-14T16:14:40+00:00 August 31st, 2020|Trip Planning|0 Comments

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Amber Davis is in the thick of navigating life as a working mom. She regularly balances meetings and tantrums —from her children, not coworkers. Growing up in Knoxville, Amber visited Dollywood and Sevier County often and now loves to share the same experiences with her own young family. Read More!
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