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Ultimate Itinerary for a Day at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge

If you’re planning on spending a day in Dollywood there are certain spots you can’t miss. We have a few recommendations on how to spend an awesome day exploring everything Dollywood has to offer. From rides to food and shows, there is something for everyone. Here is the ultimate itinerary for a day at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge:

1. Hit the Best Rides Early

wild eagleAs soon as the gates open at 10 a.m., we recommend heading towards the back of the park to hit the big roller coasters. The lines back up quickly and you don’t want to be waiting for hours for your turn on the ride. By starting your day with the best rides, you can get your adrenaline rush early without having to waste time. Check out roller coasters like Thunderhead, the Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine early in the day so you can spend time exploring the rest of the park later. To save even more time, purchase the 2021 TimeSaver Unlimited Pass to get expedited entrances throughout the day at your choice of TimeSaver attractions!

2. Grab Lunch at Red’s Drive-In

When you start to get hungry, head down to Jukebox Junction and stop at Red’s Drive-In! Their menu features classics straight from the 1950’s, including juicy cheeseburgers and fries, yummy hotdogs and thick milkshakes. Red’s has options the whole family will enjoy and is in the perfect spot to take your lunch break. Watch the vintage cars go by at Rockin’ Roadway or listen to the riders on Lightnin’ Rod. After you’re done eating, head over to Pines Theater to see a show.

3. Don’t Miss the Amazing Shows

pines theaterDollywood in Pigeon Forge is known worldwide for their award-winning shows! Visit any of the theaters in the park and witness some of the best performances in show business. We recommend visiting the Smoky Mountain String Band, Wings of America Birds of Prey or Heartsong. Any of these shows are perfect for a post-lunch activity. Dollywood also features tons of seasonal and holiday shows that you won’t want to miss! During the summer months, check out the Wild Roots Band or the Dreamland Drive-In. Once the holiday season kicks in, reserve tickets for Christmas in the Smokies or O’ Holy Night.

4. Stop By Aunt Granny’s For Dinner

Your time in Dollywood won’t be complete without capping off the day at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant! Take advantage of this amazing all-you-can-eat, family style spot and order dishes for the whole family. Pick 2 or 3 meats and then all the sides you want. Try their fried chicken with sides of mac and cheese, brussels sprouts and buttered corn. All these Southern specialties will rival even mama’s cooking. Make sure you save room for dessert and try one of their cobblers or pies to finish off your fantastic meal.

Now that you have the ultimate itinerary for a day at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, you can start planning your next trip. Looking for other fun attractions in the Smokies area? Search all the fun things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and make your way to the Smoky Mountains today!