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Dollywood Early Ride Times 2021

There are lots of reasons to purchase a Dollywood Season Pass. Usually those reasons fall into one of two categories: the money-saving, pragmatic reasons or the fun benefits reasons. Because I think the financials speak for themselves, today, I want to focus on a key benefit Season Passholders enjoy: Early Ride Time, or ERT.

On Saturdays during Dollywood’s operational season, the park opens an hour early just for Season Passholders and Dollywood lodging guests. Each time, there’s an attraction (or an area!) that is open specifically for our most-loyal guests to enjoy. Dollywood’s Splash Country does this, too! I’ll share that schedule with you as we get closer to the water park’s opening, but right now let’s take a look at Dollywood’s schedule and help you build that list of things to do this summer.

Remember, Passholders (and lodging guests) get the whole park to themselves for a season preview on March 12. When Dollywood opens to the general public on March 13, the first hour (from 9 – 10 a.m.) is reserved for Passholders. For an hour, they get the run of Wildwood Grove including Dragonflier and five other attractions before the rope drops for everyone else!

This perk should appeal to everyone because it really gives you the opportunity to ride (and re-ride) your favorites without waiting as you would during regular park hours. If you take advantage of Dollywood’s Early Ride Time, you can ride high-thrill attractions like Lightning Rod (April 17, May 15, June 19, July 24, Sept. 4, Oct. 9) and/or family attractions like Smoky Mountain River Rampage (May 29 and July 17).

I love when you can take advantage of an entire land like Wildwood Grove (March 13, July 3, Aug. 21, Sept. 25) and Country Fair (April 24 and Oct. 2). Even Rockin’ Roadway (May 1) is on the schedule this year!

And, notice that when your family is split with people who want to ride the attractions that give you the adrenaline rush (ahem, my husband) and people who don’t (my kindergartner, preschooler and me!) we could come enjoy both Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser (June 5).

We’re still working on the Christmas schedule, but go ahead and take a look at March through October now and make your plans to arrive early!

Dollywood Early Ride Time Schedule 2021

March 13            Wildwood Grove
March 20            Tennessee Tornado
March 27            FireChaser Express
April 3                 Wild Eagle
April 10               Thunderhead
April 17               Lightning Rod
April 24               Country Fair
May 1                  Rockin’ Roadway
May 8                  FireChaser Express
May 15                Lightning Rod
May 22                Blazing Fury
May 29                Smoky Mountain River Rampage
June 5                 Drop Line & Whistle Punk Chaser
June 12               Mystery Mine
June 19               Lightning Rod
June 26               Wild Eagle
July 3                   Wildwood Grove
July 10                 Tennessee Tornado
July 17                 Smoky Mountain River Rampage
July 24                 Lightning Rod
July 31                 Mystery Mine
Aug. 7                  FireChaser Express
Aug. 14               Thunderhead
Aug. 21               Wildwood Grove
Aug. 28               Wild Eagle
Sept. 4                Lightning Rod
Sept. 11              FireChaser Express
Sept. 18              Tennessee Tornado
Sept. 25              Wildwood Grove
Oct. 2                  Country Fair
Oct. 9                  Lightning Rod
Oct. 16                Mystery Mine
Oct. 23                Wildwood Grove
Oct. 30                Blazing Fury

Download the printable version HERE. Please note, that due to unforeseen maintenance issues that may arise, this schedule is subject to change.

By | 2021-04-19T14:35:32+00:00 March 1st, 2021|Attractions, 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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