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Old 02-12-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Love Disney- Will I like the Dollywood amusement park in TN?

Thinking about going in early April. Two adults in their 50’s, who do not enjoy thrill rides anymore. Website says Festival of Nations will be going on at that time. We do enjoy history and crafters. Will there be enough to justify the 100.00 to get in.
Thanks for any input you can give
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:55 AM   #2
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Great thread. We are headed there this summer with two teens and we all do like the thrill rides.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:06 AM   #3
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I love Disney and I did enjoy Dollywood when DH and I went a few years ago. We didn't care about many of the rides, but found plenty to keep us interested and enjoying the park.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:06 AM   #4
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Yes you will. I could spend most of the day just watching the craftspeople, riding the train and watching the eagles.

On your first day, if you go after 3PM, you get the next day free! A great way to get a little extra time for no cost.

I am hoping to amke it there soemday for the Festival of Nations. Post back how it was. Have a great trip!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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Dollywood is different from Disney World. I really enjoy it but have to understand that there isn't the loud up to date technology stimulating your senses every minute of the day while in the park.

There are great song and dance shows to see and beautiful nature including the eagle show. If you can appreciate the gorgeous Smoky Mountains, the train ride is nice but don't expect it to warp into a 3D show or anything. It's just a big old coal train that takes you around the parks and through the mountains.

All I can say is the place is wholesome and alot would say cheesy. We don't do alot of rides when we go because I want to watch the old time craft makers and just sit and rock in the big rocking chairs. The festival of nations is neat to see either songs and dances from other countries and their own special crafts but it is in no way Epcot.

I think getting a discount like going after 3pm and getting in free the next day is a great way to see the park. You get an idea on the first day of what you would like and a lay of the land and then the next day can tour according to you see fit.

Wear comfortable shoes as there are lots of hills!
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I think you will enjoy it. We have been several times and we have always liked it. The shows are great, but from what I remember all of them are not going on every single day so I believe you should check the website for those to see if something that you want to see will be open that day. I didnt know to do this, but I do believe that the times are available online.

The rides are OK. My kids like them, but it's not Disney. It's not Six Flags either, but something in between. The park is clean, much cleaner than Six Flags. The people who work there seem friendly. The food is pretty good for a theme park. It's a cute place. I will warn you that it's kind of hilly, so wear comfortable shoes.

I think there is plenty to see and do and I have never left thinking it was a waste of money if that helps. Actually, I find it to be a bargain because you can see and do more there for less money than paying for single shows, putt-putt and go cart rides around that area.

There is also a water park if you would enjoy that. We have never been so I cant advise on that.

Also, check around because I think you can get discounts on tickets either in a book or sometimes McDonald's will offer them if you buy a large drink. We did that once and saved $10.00 on each ticket.

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Great thread. We are headed there this summer with two teens and we all do like the thrill rides.
Are you doing both parks? The water park and the theme park? If your family is just into thrill rides, I don't know that it will be the best fit personally. There are lots of song and dance family friendly shows and to me the whole place just shouts slow down. I find that at Disney you go and go and go.

Dollywood makes you slow down and see what people are making/cooking/sewing/instrument playing. Again the mountains are beautiful but the theme park certainly isn't adrenaline charged.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #8
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As my family has never chosen to do DollyWood we have been from the NC to Tn side of those mtns cause its our fave destination If you have teens I would check out the upside down WonderWorks mine love the tightrope challenge!! They are excited to try DQ next month as they are hoping it one ups lol-Y'all will enjoy the region no matter where you spend your days
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:42 AM   #9
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I tend to agree with most. We went about five years ago. We enjoyed it. It's a good, clean park. Had a definite feel that they wanted to be like a Disney park.

I also agree that we enjoyed it more than Six Flags, but it still is no Disney.

Nevertheless, a fun and beautiful time in the mountains.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:51 AM   #10
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Are you doing both parks? The water park and the theme park? If your family is just into thrill rides, I don't know that it will be the best fit personally. There are lots of song and dance family friendly shows and to me the whole place just shouts slow down. I find that at Disney you go and go and go.

Dollywood makes you slow down and see what people are making/cooking/sewing/instrument playing. Again the mountains are beautiful but the theme park certainly isn't adrenaline charged.
We like the rides, but also shows. Love bird shows, husband is a Wildlife Biologist. The DH and kids love water parks too. We like it all!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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Dollywood is a park you can do in a day or two (depending on if you care for the water parks or not). The real perk to Dollywood in my opinion is where it's located. You can enjoy yourself in Dollywood one day, have a hike and a picnic in the Smokies the next, and then back to the park for another day. It's great if you enjoy the outdoors.
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