The 2010 Applause Award winner, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 160 acres and located near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood offers more than 50 rides and attractions, including Lightning Rod, Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster; FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster; as well as Thunderhead wooden coaster and the steel thriller Mystery Mine. Other popular attractions include the Dollywood Express, a 110-ton coal-fired steam engine. Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion in park history, opened in 2019 and provides 11 thrilling new experiences for families to enjoy. Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage with everything from hand-blown glass to blacksmithing. In addition to mouth-watering Southern-style food offered thr...oughout the park, Dollywood hosts several of the South’s largest festivals throughout the year with special performing groups and concerts to celebrate each season. Dollywood operates from mid-March through early January. Operating days and hours vary; for more information visit Dollywood.com.