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About Pete Owens

From Omaha, Nebraska and educated at the University of Kansas, Owens spent half of his 30 year career in broadcast television before moving to Dollywood where he is the Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for the Dollywood branded parks and attractions. He also provides PR direction for our Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, Dolly Parton’s dinner theaters, and Pirates Voyage brands. Owens lives in Seymour, Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and two dogs. He is a  lover of good food, fine spirits and college basketball.
3 August 2018

Dollywood’s New Land Offers Attractions, Experiences

By | 2018-08-20T09:04:45+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Attractions|0 Comments

When it comes to Dollywood’s largest expansion – Wildwood Grove – you might expect that I would be most excited about the 11 new experiences or the increased amount of space that the area is going to provide to the families who visit Dollywood every year. I am, however, most excited about the expansion [...]

31 May 2018

My Barbeque Eating Strategy

By | 2018-05-31T17:41:50+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

Eating barbeque (or BBQ depending on where you are from) is a serious business.  When the calendar turns to Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival Presented By BUSH’S® every year I know I am going to hear some of the best bluegrass music played anywhere and, quite possibly, I might lose another belt hole. Let’s [...]

6 October 2017

This Fall, Dollywood Is A Pumpkin Spice World!

By | 2017-10-06T13:57:08+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Dining|0 Comments

I’m not one of those people who spends the entire fall in a pumpkin spiced haze, but the allure of fall food has always drawn me to the dinner table on a cool crisp autumn evening. This year, Dollywood is introducing a new event to its already award-winning Harvest Celebration and Southern Gospel Jubilee [...]

11 September 2017

Dollywood Earns Four Golden Ticket Awards

By | 2018-02-28T13:42:03+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, recognition by one’s peers is a close second. For nearly 20 years, Amusement Today, the amusement industry’s go-to publication for the news within the industry, has been producing the Golden Ticket Awards. The so-called Oscars of the Industry surveys a panel of highly knowledgeable theme and [...]

4 September 2017

Don’t Miss Our Cinnamon Bread

By | 2018-02-28T13:41:43+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Dining|0 Comments

Dollywood has been known for its unique food offerings steeped in southern flair. Its signature item isn’t traditionally savory like some southern dishes but it is slap your mama good. What am I talking about? The four sections of pull apart gooey goodness that makes people flock to the Dollywood’s Grist Mill. Dollywood’s Cinnamon [...]

24 July 2017

Behind the Scenes: Wild Eagle

By | 2017-07-27T17:20:58+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Rides|0 Comments

  Editor’s Note: In the spirit of celebration of our country’s birthday this month, we thought it would be fun to take a closer look at one of our most popular attractions—Wild Eagle—because it represents one of our nation’s beloved symbols. This article by Pete Owens was originally published in Roller Coaster Magazine in [...]

1 June 2017

Come Back to the Smokies

By | 2017-07-27T17:28:30+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Recovery. It’s the process of getting back to normal. In all things, God has a plan and that plan is beautifully illustrated in a new message from Dolly Parton. I was lucky enough to be in the studio the day Dolly sat down to communicate her heartfelt thoughts about the November fires in the [...]

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