Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Officially Re-Opens for Guests: What to Know About the New Attractions, Events

by Halle Ames

Today is a big day, my friends! Dollywood is open for business this 2021 season, so forget the ‘9-5’ because ‘Here You Come Again’.

That’s right, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is kicking off its 36th season with some big changes. Here is what to expect.

A Dollywood Doll-iday

If you are a thrill seeker and looking for something new at the county music artist’s paradise, you should look toward the roller coasters.

Engineers worked tirelessly during the off-season to re-track a few coasters. They include Lightning Rod, Thunderhead, Mystery Mine, and Blazing Fury.

If you are more of a theater person, Dollywood has got what you need. The park has added three brand-new shows that will be performed throughout the year.

Maybe you are a foodie like us. The Dollywood Blog’s website highlights all the new delicious menu items you need to treat your taste buds.

“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.”

Dolly Parton’s park also has a Flower & Food Festival, which combines two of my favorite things in the world, so I would recommend attending this attraction. The Festival will also feature a daily chalk artist and a new concert series called, Melodies of Spring.

Summer Celebration

One of the biggest new attractions at Dollywood will include a “groundbreaking, multi-sensory experience that will paint the night sky” for the park’s Summer Celebration. The site hyped up the Summer Celebration, saying the drone and firework display, costing nearly half-a-million dollars, will be well worth your time.

“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. (Season Passholders, be SURE your passes are extended through the end of 2021 to see this!)”

COVID Regulations

Although Dollywood is open, that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. Masks are still required throughout most of the park, and it’s operating at a limited capacity, so reservations are encouraged. Also, signs throughout Dollywood will remind patrons to social distance.

However, a few attractions will remain closed like Dolly’s Home on Wheels, Lumberjack Lifts, and children’s free-play areas. The Chasing Rainbow Museum in the indoor entertainment area is open to the public.

Be sure to get your tickets and get your ‘Rockin’ Years’ going with a trip to Dollywood!