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Oh God, anything but the GAC show. If this is anything like the SDC one, which I'm going out on a limb to say it is, stay away. They ran the show starting 15 minutes after park closing in a 10% full amphitheater. I love country music, but even I couldn't sit through the almost hour long show full of covers. Not what I was hoping they were going to announce, but I suppose it'll have its audience.

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I wonder if Dollywood has ever considered doing a Halloween event? I know it doesn't fit the audience of the park all that well, but I would imagine that if they did one it would attract decent crowds. I can only imagine how awesome that park would be after dark with a little bit of the "Haunt" atmosphere built into it.

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^That would make the most sense for Dollywood. A show or attraction based on local legend or superstition would be good, too.


I bet they could come up with some outstanding Halloween baked goodies, too.

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^Oh Yeah, a local "Superstition" themed show or attraction could be really cool.


I'd love to see Dollywood do some version of a spooky "Ghost Train" with their existing train ride which is by far one of the best around. Riding that thing at night is creepy enough alone, throw in some a new "show" on top of the hill and some decorations and it could be a lot of spooky not scary fun!

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Dollywood has sent us their official press release and video regarding their announcements for the 2013 season!


Fresh off a fourth consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, Dollywood announces new shows, festival headliners, a fireworks finale and summer-long celebration that span the 2013 season (http://www.DollywoodNewin2013.com).


"Of course I'm really proud of our four Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows," Dolly Parton said. "Who wouldn't be? But I truly want to celebrate and share this great honor with our guests all season long in 2013 with all kinds of new entertainment and incredible shows from the stage all the way into the sky!"


Festival of Nations


From the coast of China, Dollywood welcomes for the first time Cirque Shanghai, the festival’s headliner. Cirque Shanghai boasts a cast of world-class acrobats who delight audiences with dramatic tumbling, juggling, balancing acts, hoop diving along with a variety of amazing feats. Cirque Shanghai celebrates the ancient traditions of the Far East amid the monthlong Festival of Nations (March 23-April 22) in which 20 countries are represented. Guests also are invited to Mystic India where professional dancers, vibrant costumes and the dynamic music of Bollywood cinema combine in an explosion of colors and energy in this breathtaking show that fuses fast-paced dance, theater and visual effects.


Festival of Nations encompasses multicultural music, dance, food and art from all corners of the world, including:

  • Poland’s premiere glass harp duo;
  • Australia’s Swoon, an aerial ballet act atop 15-foot flexible sway poles;
  • Ecuador’s melodious Atahualpa
  • the a capella Zambian Vocal Group
  • China’s amazing “rolla bolla” balance board performer
  • Germany’s vibrantly costumed Zebra Stelzentheatre stilt act
  • Uganda’s heartwarming children's choirs, Ugandan Thunder and Suubi Tribe, each performing week-long engagements;
  • Mexico’s all-female Mariachi Divas;
  • United Kingdom’s interactive roving puppetry characters;
  • France’s unique hang drum and folk music performers;
  • a traditional Scottish bagpiper.

The festive international flair spills into Dollywood's many restaurants with the new Passport to Food. For an additional fee, Guests are invited to take a 'round the world culinary tour of signature specialty dishes from a variety of countries. Also on tap is a daily One World Celebration that invites park guests to join dozens of visiting international performers attired in their native costumes for a festive afternoon celebration of world harmony and friendship, complete with music, dance and audience participation.


The Great American Country Show


Country music takes the spotlight as Dollywood presents an all-new Great American Country Show in DP's Celebrity Theatre May 10-Oct. 26. GACTV and Dollywood join forces to present today's most popular country music live on stage. GAC's leading on-air personalities appear in the show via video presentations. Each 40-minute show, performed by six singers and backed by a six-piece band, also features a special appearance by one of country music's legendary performers.


The Great American Summer


Beginning June 22, Dollywood celebrates The Great American Summer with six weeks of extended park operating hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each day begins with a live performance of the national anthem sung during a flag raising ceremony. At night, a daily fireworks extravaganza entitled Dolly's Nights of Many Colors paints the evening sky with an explosive, colorful display synchronized to music. The Great American Summer continues through Aug. 4.


Smoky Mountain Christmas


Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival opens Nov. 9 with the new headliner show Dollywood’s Christmas Carol. Based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the three spirits of Christmas visit stodgy Ebenezer Scrooge in this inspiring story of redemption told through song and story. The original musical adaptation entertains audiences with a 15-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks, Victorian scenery and period costuming. Dollywood’s Christmas Carol joins the five-time Golden Ticket Award-winning Best Christmas Event's entertainment lineup. The festival continues through Jan. 4, 2014.


In 2012, Dollywood opened Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. The 3,127-foot steel coaster won the amusement industry’s Golden Ticket Award for best new ride. In 2013, Dollywood’s Splash Country debuts RiverRush, the first water coaster in Tennessee. RiverRush blends all of the climbs, twists and turns of a traditional land coaster with a splash of water. Set to race through the trees four stories in the air, RiverRush opens in May 2013. For more information, visit RiverRush2013.com.


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^^I like the "spooky train" idea, too. They already have some creepy looking buildings up there, and there's pleny of room for scareactors.


They wouldn't even need make-up either. After a night standing near that train they'd be so covered in coal dust they'd be invisible from 3 feet away.

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Last year I was told by operators that

-Coasters open when the temperature is above 40 degrees

-Coasters close when the temperature drops below 36 degrees

-Flats (or at least the Screamin' Swing) close when the temperature is below 32 degrees.


All rides should be open except the water rides, and Adventure Mountain closes at dusk. I went twice last year, and could get plenty of rides in and then switch to shows when it got chillier and the coasters closed. You should have a blast!


Thanks for this! This is gonna be my first time ever at Dollywood, so I'm hoping nothing gets shut down before I get a chance to ride, haha.

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I have a four day/three night vacation package I have to cash in on by the end of the year, and I am trying to decide the best time to go to Dollywood. I want to make sure I go when at least Wild Eagle and Thunderhead stand the best chance of being open, and trying to determine when that would be. I am thinking mid-late November, but also considering around Dec. 10th. It would be awesome to have some idea of an extended forecast to know what temps will be like!

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I wonder if Dollywood has ever considered doing a Halloween event? I know it doesn't fit the audience of the park all that well, but I would imagine that if they did one it would attract decent crowds. I can only imagine how awesome that park would be after dark with a little bit of the "Haunt" atmosphere built into it.


I was thinking about this over the weekend. I just don't see why Dollywood would do a Halloween event at this time. Why? Because they don't need to.


Halloween events are a very successful way for parks to expand their operating season and bring in heavy crowds when the parks might otherwise be light or the park would be closed. Since Dollywood already has a proven way to bring in crowds at this time, a Halloween event is not necessary. I agree it would be cool but don't see it happening.

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I think a haunt event in Timber Canyon/Wilderness Pass would be an amazing way to bring in more visitors. Yes the other side of the park has the Gospel and Harvest celebration but on the side I mentioned it doesn't. Not to mention aside from River Battle and Adventure Mt. most of the attractions in that area are geared towards the right age group.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg is supposed to be jumping on the "Food & Wine" bandwagon, too. They "sort of" announced this at their Passholder Appreciation Weekend, which took place while I was away, but they haven't firmed up their plans yet.


Dollywood should do very well with this kind of event--their food offerings are already great.

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