Dollywood’s Summer Celebration has officially kicked off, and that means our 13th annual Thrills in the Hills is just around the corner! Buying a ticket to this behind-the-scenes-event grants you theme park admission for two days PLUS extras like exclusive rides, a tour of Blazing Fury (and riding with the lights on!), a meal, snacks and swag. Want to know more? Here’s the 2021 tentative plan for what Thrills in the Hills participants can expect!
Friday, July 9
7-8 p.m. Check-In
8:30-9 p.m. Snack (pork rinds and kettle korn)
9:30-10:30 p.m. Park Closed – EXCLUSIVE Ride Time on Lightning Rod
Saturday, July 10
7:30-8 am. Check-In
8:15-9 a.m. Blazing Fury behind-the-scenes tour
9-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30-10 a.m. EXCLUSIVE Ride Time on Blazing Fury with lights inside the ride turned on
10 a.m.-Noon Free Time in the park
1-9 p.m. Free Time in the park
8:45-9:40 p.m. Interactive Dance Parties in Wildwood Grove
9-9:30 p.m. Snack (cinnamon bread!!)
9:40-9:5 p.m. Sweet Summer Nights fireworks & 3D drone light show in Wildwood Grove
9:45-10:45 p.m. Park Closed- EXCLUSIVE ride Time on Mystery Mine
Here are a few notes you may find helpful:
I am so excited to take participants behind-the-scenes of one of the most nostalgic rides in Dollywood, Blazing Fury. This dark, indoor coaster has been a family-
favorite for generations since it’s opening during the park’s Silver Dollar City, Tennessee days in 1978. After our Operations team takes you behind-the-scenes, you will have the opportunity to do something not many have done before–ride Blazing Fury with the lights on!
Notice that after lunch, you will have free time in the park to enjoy what you wish at your leisure. We’ll meet back up for a snack and ride at the end of the night.
Both Friday and Saturday nights have EXCLUSIVE Ride Times, Lightning Rod and Mystery Mine respectively. While the Sweet Summer Nights fireworks and 3D drone show happens every night at 9:40 p.m. (weather permitting) during Summer Celebration, it will be more convenient for participants to enjoy the show Saturday night. The drones can only be seen from Wildwood Grove, which is a short walk to Saturday’s EXCLUSIVE Ride Time at Mystery Mine. You also may choose to take part in the nightly interactive dance parties in Wildwood Grove starting at 8:45 and 9:15 p.m. Come join us for this incredible event that allows you exclusive rides on two of your favorite (and recently re-tracked!) coasters, a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of a classic Dollywood ride and many, many memorable moments!
Visit our Thrills in the Hills event page for more information and to purchase your ticket.