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Day vs Night: Dollywood during Harvest Festival

I’ve spent a lot of time writing about the daytime experiences of our Harvest Festival presented by Humana (see the posts about our colossal pumpkins, the new zones of color, the festival atmosphere and the craftsmen) but it would be a failure on my part to not dedicate a blog to the fun that sunset brings. While the park hums with excitement during the day, it truly glows to life at night. Especially when you visit Dollywood during Harvest Festival, you truly need to plan to spend a full day (or more!) so you can enjoy the bounty of all our offerings.

People who are planning on things to do this fall often ask if our Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a separately-ticketed event. It’s not! Great Pumpkin LumiNights is what happens at night during Harvest Festival. It’s included with your admission. You get to enjoy all of our pumpkins and have access to everything else!

If I could help you plan your day, I would tell you to be sure to come early in the day to enjoy the rides, shows, crafts and festival food—but do not forget to walk through the upper half of the park (the top of Craftsman’s Valley, Wilderness Pass— and The Plaza at Wilderness Pass! —Wildwood Grove and Timber Canyon). THEN, be ready to go back through the portal in Craftsman’s Valley again by 7:15 p.m. or so. You will be AMAZED at how different the very same vignettes look after the sun has set.

Suddenly, you will notice the pumpkins have unique personalities that beckon you to continue discovering new surprises around each corner. *Remember, we’re a family-friendly theme park. There may be some spooky but not scary elements. *

You’ll see that at night, the giant pumpkin guitar is now playing a recognizable tune: Dolly Parton’s “My Tennessee Mountain Home.”

Where you may have passed through earlier without thinking much about it has become an enchanted walkway.

White spiderwebs have a new look with a blacklight you didn’t see in the daylight hours.

The Plaza at Wilderness Pass is such a fun spot to enjoy at night. Not only does the giant pumpkin tree show off with beautiful color, there are great gobo lights (that it, a stencil is placed inside lights to cast fun designs) that decorate the ground and even the Mystery Mine ride building!

Seeing Wildwood Grove during the day doesn’t give you the whole story. You really need to experience this new land at night. From the Wildwood Grove sign to the lighted butterfly and the sunflower field to Dolly Parton’s narration during the Wildwood Tree nighttime experience, spending time in the grove after sunset will give you a new appreciation for what Harvest means at Dollywood.

And, while you may have been distracted by the pumpkins, you may not have noticed the owls in the trees or perhaps the disco ball at the pumpkin dance party as you wind your way to the end.

If all of this hasn’t convinced you that you need to see our park at day AND night, then watch this video and I’m pretty sure you’ll be packing your bag. We look forward to your visit!

By | 2021-05-13T02:22:36+00:00 October 16th, 2020|Festivals|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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