As a fan of theme parks, roller coasters, and Dolly Parton, loving Dollywood comes naturally for me. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take my family to the park on our recent trip to the Smoky Mountains. I received free tickets to the park to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own. I love Dollywood because it is family friendly, family focused, and has a little something for everyone. Read on to find out how our trip went with two toddlers and how to enter to win a trip to Dollywood for your family.
Can you take small children to a theme park and have a great day? Yes, absolutely. I don’t know about every theme park, but it is possible at Dollywood. We took the Bear to the centralized measuring station to get a bracelet telling us which rides he could do, and it was so helpful. He could ride all of the kiddie rides, and he loved it. The Pearl Girl got to ride the carousel and the Dollywood Express and she had a blast. For the big coasters and thrill rides, parents can ride swap so all the adults get to ride.
The Dollywood Express was our favorite part of the day. The train departs the station at scheduled times, and returns to the same spot after taking a scenic route through the park and the surrounding mountains. Our whole family loved the train ride, especially Bear. Check the schedule when you arrive at the park to make sure you are able to time it right to ride the train. The daily schedule also contains information about all of the shows happening throughout the park. All of the shows are included in your admission price, as well as the rides.
For the littlest guests, Dollywood has nursing and changing stations around the park. There are also two fabulous playgrounds and a fun splash pad that my little early walker could conquer. The park is very stroller friendly, so it was easy to take her around. I loved letting her run free on the playgrounds. She could climb and slide safely and had so much fun.
I’m a little bit of a coaster fanatic, so it was a dream come true to take Bear on his first roller coaster at Dollywood. It was the perfect size for him and we loved the experience. It was a mama moment I’ll never forget. Jed doesn’t like thrill rides, so there will be lots more of this in the future for the kids and me. I can’t wait!
Besides rides and shows and fantastic food, Dollywood also has the Chasing Rainbows Museum dedicated to the career of Dolly Parton. I love her eternally, and her costumes and life story are well worth the visit. You can also see a replica of the tiny mountain cabin where she grew up with her family. I love that she brought Dollywood back to her hometown to be an economic boost to the area. It really is a fabulous park for families and folks of all ages. When you plan your visit, be sure to follow Dollywood on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to hear about the latest deals and events.
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