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Dollywood Earns 2019 Thea Classic Award

Dollywood has been named the recipient of the 2019 Thea Classic Award! This award is a top industry honor, reserved for a theme park or visitor attraction that has “stood the test of time.” We’ve got all the details on Dollywood’s Thea Classic Award and what you can expect at Dollywood this year!

Dollywood 2019 Thea Classic Award

Dollywood entrance signThe Themed Entertainment Association’s Thea Classic Award is given only to the most outstanding theme parks and attractions, and Dollywood is the winner of the 2019 award! Dollywood joins past Thea Classic recipients like Disney’s Epcot and the San Diego Zoo. The Smoky Mountain theme park will be celebrated at TEA’s big industry weekend in Anaheim, CA April 11-13. Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at The Dollywood Company Pete Owens will be a featured speaker at TEA’s industry weekend, where he will talk about the importance of the culture, story, and authenticity of the Dollywood guest experience.

The TEA Thea Awards Gala will be held on April 13, when Craig Ross, the president of the Dollywood Company, will accept Dollywood’s Thea Classic Award. The awards gala brings together hundreds of entertainment professionals and celebrates the excellence in the industry.

Why You Should Visit Dollywood in 2019

Dollywood is being recognized for a well deserved top industry honor, and it’s not hard to understand why. Visitors from across the country and around the world come to Dollywood to experience everything this popular theme park has to offer! To help you learn more about what makes Dollywood so special, we’ve made a list of reasons you should visit in 2019.

Wildwood Grove

Dollywood sign in the parkOpening in May, visitors can experience Dollywood’s largest expansion ever — Wildwood Grove! Wildwood Grove is an area in the park where imaginations can run wild and families can make memories that will last forever. It will feature new family-friendly rides and entertainment, and so much more! At the heart of Wildwood Grove is the Wildwood Tree, which is a 55-foot tree decorated with a collection of butterflies and oversized musical instruments carved into the bark. The tree will serve as a platform for nighttime shows and concerts throughout the summer.


Dollywood holds a number of popular festivals throughout the year for visitors to enjoy. You can celebrate cultures from around the world at the Festival of Nations, or enjoy delicious barbeque and performances from the biggest names in bluegrass at the Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. And be sure not to miss out on Smoky Mountain Christmas, which features spectacular light displays, award-winning Christmas shows, and a Christmas parade!

Rides & Entertainment

dollywood firechaser express rideWe can’t forget to mention all the incredible rides and entertainment at Dollywood! Dollywood is home to more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining, and more. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling coaster or a scenic train ride through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, you can find it all at Dollywood. Try some of the world famous cinnamon bread from the Grist Mill, or satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with a slice from a 25-pound apple pie! There are also opportunities to catch family-friendly performances throughout the year, from concerts to plays. Whether it’s the rides, food, or shows that draw you in, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience at Dollywood.

Get Your Dollywood Tickets Today

Don’t miss your chance to visit this award-winning theme park! When you get your tickets through us at Visit My Smokies, you’ll receive free cancellation up to a certain date. Buy your Dollywood tickets today and start planning your visit!