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What to Expect for Dollywood’s 2021 Season

Dollywood’s 36th season kicked off today with our Passholder Preview Day at the park. The year holds lots of promise. What should you expect when you visit Dollywood in 2021?

Let’s dive right in with what you want to know.

What’s New

Whatever your driving motivation for going to Dollywood, you’re going to enjoy something new.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and you can’t get enough of our coasters, you’re going to LOVE all the time our crews spent in the off-season re-tracking Lightning Rod, Thunderhead, Mystery Mine and Blazing Fury.

If our showstopping entertainment is your thing, not only will there be new shows throughout the year, we are opening the season with three brand-new shows.

If you come for the food, there are old favorites and new menu items alike. I’m particularly excited about all the new creations at Front Porch Café, the new fries at Hickory House and the new festival menu offerings throughout the season. Also, check out the new space to enjoy your food across from Dogs N Taters and next to Hickory House.

Our Flower & Food Festival is a do-not-miss. There will be even more to take in with a daily chalk artist and a new concert series, Melodies of Spring, we are offering this year.

And, now I’m excited to tell you about our groundbreaking, multi-sensory experience that will paint the night sky during our Summer Celebration! We’re introducing stunning 3d animations that tell a dynamic story with drones—accented by a musically-choreographed fireworks show. This half-a-million-dollar production will include a DJ and energetic dancers that bring the fun to the streets of Wildwood Grove. This is sure to be one of your favorite memories from your Dollywood visit. It’s a must-add to your list of things to do this summer! (Season Passholders, be SURE your passes are extended through the end of 2021 to see this!)

Of course, our fall and Christmas seasons are nothing short of incredible. Every year we surprise guests with new offerings. This year be on the lookout for new entertainment and other extras that top off your Dollywood day with memories you’ll cherish.

COVID-19 Procedures

Also, I understand you want to know what to expect when it comes to how we are continuing to manage our park in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. I’m grateful that Dollywood is still an option for your family to get away together. We remain committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe work environment for our hosts and a safe escape for our guests. Our leaders are intently watching conditions unfold and are ready to pull the trigger for changes when warranted. With that said, here’s what to expect for the time being:


Face coverings are still required and there are still mask-free zones for you to enjoy when you need a break. I know there are lots of what-about-my-situation-type questions.


Like last season, we will continue to limit capacity. Reservations are not needed for those who are purchasing tickets because that dated ticket serves as a reservation. For Season Passholders, reservations are not required, but they are encouraged. If you arrive without a dated ticket or a reservation and the park is at capacity, you may be turned away.


You’re going to see more signage as a reminder to respect your fellow park-goers. Especially in queue lines, we’re asking you to give your neighbors space. Who doesn’t like elbow room?

What’s Open

I’m pleased to tell you that indoor entertainment is back—as is Chasing Rainbows Museum. There are still a few attractions that will be closed for now including Dolly’s Home on Wheels, Lumberjack Lifts and children’s free-play areas.

I’ve also heard questions about the Dollywood Express. Last season, our team had to pivot and create tickets to help guests reserve a seat on the train after we had to limit capacity. By the end of the year, our team was able to install dividers between each row, so capacity wasn’t as much of a challenge. You do not need a ticket to ride our steam train this season.

This season, Dollywood is back with more of what you love: more music, more indoor entertainment, more food options and more ride time with our TimeSavers. With so much excitement planned for 2021, allow me to give you a tip: you’re going to want Season Passes. They currently are offered at special pre-season pricing. BUT, prices go up after Sunday, March 14, so now is the time to purchase. For 2020 Season Passholders who have yet to extend their passes beyond the June 15 expiration date, a special extension price currently is available as well, but that price goes away after March 14!

By | 2021-06-10T11:00:44+00:00 March 12th, 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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