New Attraction Coming to Dollywood in 2023
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Have you heard the news? There are big plans at Dollywood for an expansion as part of a $500 million investment. Part of this expansion includes a record-breaking new attraction at the world-class theme park! We’ll keep you updated as more details are released, but here’s everything we know about the new addition to Dollywood in 2023 so far:
What is the New Attraction at Dollywood?
In the fall of 2021, the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission approved a 20-acre site plan for what’s being called a “family attraction” at Dollywood. The site plan that was submitted included a track, a load station and a que tent, a maintenance building, and a food area. While details about where and what the attraction will actually be have yet to be officially released from the park, visitors can see construction happening near the large clearing behind Wildwood Grove, suggesting this is where the new attraction will be. Although no announcement has been made, it’s rumored to be a roller coaster! This is all we know so far about the new attraction at Dollywood, but as construction starts, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on new developments!
About Wildwood Grove
Wildwood Grove opened in 2019 as part of a big $35 million expansion at Dollywood. This area is recognized for all of its family-friendly fun and adventure. When you enter Wildwood Grove, you’ll be entering a land of curiosity and wonder. It is home to the beautiful Wildwood Tree, a tree decorated with butterflies and musical instruments, as well as Wildwood Creek, a scenic creek that you can splash in and cool off. There’s also Hidden Hollow, a secret play area with kid-friendly activities, as well as family-friendly rides like Black Bear Trail, Dragonflier, and Giant Tree Swing.
More Things to Do at Dollywood
Wildwood Grove isn’t the only family-friendly area in Dollywood. The world-class theme park is overflowing with things to do for people of all ages, from kids to adults. Not only can you experience the most thrilling rides in town, but there are also shows, shops, dining, and more for visitors to enjoy! Here are some of our favorite things to do at Dollywood:
Enjoy a Festival
There’s always something happening at Dollywood, and some of visitors’ favorite times to visit are when the festivals are happening! Popular festivals at Dollywood are the Flower & Food Festival, Summer Celebration, Harvest Festival, and Smoky Mountain Christmas. There are even new additions to the festivals this year, including more drones during Dollywood’s Sweet Summer Nights drone show and Hoot Owl Hollow during the Harvest Festival.
Experience the Rides
Whether you’re looking for a thrill or a scenic ride through the foothills of the Smokies, you can do it all at Dollywood. Some of the best thrilling rides include Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine, and some of the best family rides are the Dollywood Express and the Sky Rider! Other popular rides include Thunderhead, FireChaser Express, Drop Line, and Tennessee Tornado.
Enjoy the Food
There are so many delicious places to eat at Dollywood! Whether you want to grab a quick bite or sit down and enjoy a full meal with your family, you can do it all at Dollywood. Visit Aunt Granny’s for an all-you-can-eat meal of fried chicken and fish, cornbread and biscuits, and more. Or, you can stop by the new food truck park for everything from Greek food, to chicken tenders, to sweets. Other popular restaurants are Red’s Diner, Hickory House BBQ, and Granny Ogles Ham ‘n’ Beans.
See a Show
We can never say no to live entertainment! Dollywood hosts a variety of shows throughout the year that will capture the hearts of everyone who watches. Whether you’re in the mood for an incredible musical performance or to see birds of prey, there’s a show for you at Dollywood. Popular performances are Wings of America, Birds of Prey, Smoky Mountain String Band, and more.
Grab a Souvenir
One thing you have to do before you leave Dollywood — shop! Browse through the many shops to find the perfect souvenir. From t-shirts, to stuffed animals, to home decor, you can find it all at Dollywood. Some of the best shops to visit are Dollywood Emporium, The Grist Mill, and The Southern Pantry.
Learn More About Dollywood
We will update you with more details about the new attraction coming to Dollywood in 2023 as soon as we get them! In the meantime, learn more about Dollywood and start planning your visit to the fun-filled theme park.