Editor’s Note: This blog post was published Nov. 1, 2021. The earlier you purchase Dollywood Season Passes, the more entitlements you receive. Some entitlements are only offered for a limited time. To see what the current offer includes please check this page.
Dollywood’s 2022 Season Passes are officially on sale, and as always, the earlier you buy, the better value you enjoy! While that’s not new, the options ARE. Allow me to explain the new tiers so you are well-armed with knowledge as you purchase what’s best for your family.
Here are my Cliff’s Notes® on what’s available:
The Pass Types
Silver is the most economical pass. It offers unlimited Dollywood visits, two Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets (BAFF) per pass, a $5 discount on One-Day Dollywood tickets and a discount on Dollywood’s lodging properties (subject to availability and blackouts: 10% off per night at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa and 20% off a two-night Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabin stay). This pass can be upgraded to a Two-Park Pass.
Gold is the best value. It offers unlimited Dollywood visits, access to Saturday morning early entry/sneak peek events/Golden Hours (This is brand new! See note below for more information!), four BAFF tickets per pass, free parking all season, free One-Day Refillable Souvenir Mug (free drinks the first day you use it and then $.99 refills the rest of the season), lots of discounts including 15% off Dollywood food and merchandise, $10 discount on One-Day Dollywood tickets and a discount on Dollywood’s lodging properties (subject to availability and blackouts: 15% off per night at our resort and 20% off a two-night cabin stay). This pass can be upgraded to a Two-Park Pass.
Diamond Passes are for the biggest Dollywood fans. It includes unlimited visits to both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, access to Saturday morning early entry/sneak peek events/Golden Hours, six BAFF tickets per pass, free parking all season (including one free Preferred Parking voucher per Diamond Pass), free All-Season Refillable Mug (free drinks all season), the best discounts including 20% off Dollywood food and merchandise, a $15 discount on One-Day Dollywood tickets and a discount on Dollywood’s lodging properties (subject to availability and blackouts: 20% off per night at our resort and 20% off a two-night cabin stay).
Why Go Gold
Now that you’ve studied the pass types, I’ll share what I’m telling all my friends: go Gold.
It’s more affordable than ever to upgrade to a Gold Pass—only $55 compared to the $85 upgrade it took last year!
You already love Gold for the free parking, food/merch discounts and the extra BAFF tickets. Everyone 4 and older needs his own Gold Pass to participate in all the added perks. Mom’s pass won’t cover anyone but mom when it comes to sneak peek events, Saturday early entry and Golden Hours.
And, remember, every Gold Pass also gets a One-Day Refillable Souvenir Mug to use for $.99 refills all season. That’s a great value in itself!
Pssst! If you want the best-of-the-best discount, I advise you to have at least one Diamond Pass in the family.
Why Buy Now
If you purchase now, all pass types are eligible for an eight-month payment plan. Stretch your dollar with this interest-free option to pay as you go. As long as you’re current on your payments, you can enjoy all your Season Pass has to offer.
Plus, people who buy now receive one extra BAFF ticket to use this Christmas season! This offer ends Dec. 5!
If you are still looking for a good reason to pull the trigger, here you go—everyone is saying we need to check off that Christmas list earlier this year. Great. This is something that won’t be late, and Dollywood is a gift you will enjoy all year.