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What's Coming to Dollywood in 2024

Everything You Need to Know About What’s Coming to Dollywood in 2024

If you are planning on visiting the Smoky Mountains in 2024, you won’t want to miss all the exciting updates and new things to do at Dollywood! The renowned theme park is constantly adding new experiences and making changes to existing ones in order to keep things fresh and exciting each time you visit. We have compiled everything you need to know about updates and new things to do at Dollywood in 2024, simply read on to find out all the details!

Dollywood Opening Showcase

Dollywood opened for season pass holders on March 8th! Watch as they kick off their 2024 season LIVE:

The Dolly Parton Experience

One of the most significant new things to do at Dollywood in 2024 will be the Dolly Parton Experience, a brand new attraction that takes visitors through Dolly’s rise to fame. With special features and interactive displays located across several different buildings, this is a must-visit attraction for anyone who is a fan of the beloved Southern icon. The Dolly Parton Experience is expected to open in May 2024, so plan accordingly!

Lightning Rod Updates

lightning rod roller coaster at dollywoodAnother update coming to Dollywood in 2024 is the renovation that is occurring on the Lightning Rod roller coaster. This renovation will add a new, high-speed chain lift that is expected to make the ride experience more consistent. But if you are a fan of the Lightning Rod the way it is, you don’t have to worry! After the first drop, the ride will remain identical to its current format.

Expanded “I Will Always Love You” Festival

After an extremely popular run in 2023, the “I Will Always Love You” Music Festival will return to Dollywood in 2024 with new additions and updates. These updates include a new version of Paradise Road, a brand new show called “Trio, Again,” an interactive singalong show, and plenty more! This festival will take place from March 9-April 14, kicking off Dollywood’s season with lots of musical fun.

More Operating Days

Dollywood butterfly signWhat could possibly make Dollywood better than everything else we have mentioned here? That’s right — more time to enjoy it all! In 2024, Dollywood will open for passholders on March 8, which is the earliest the park has ever opened for the year. It will open to the public on March 9. In total, there will be 23 more operating days for the park in 2024 when compared to 2023, allowing you even more chances to stop by and see the magic for yourself!

New Shows

Dollywood is constantly looking for new ways to entertain its visitors. We’ve mentioned that a new show called “Trio, Again,” will debut at the park, but that’s not the only new show coming this season! Dollywood will debut four new shows total at the park. One will be a part of the Dolly Parton Experience, written by Parton and featuring her niece, Heidi. There will also be a sing-along show and a production called “From the Heart.”

New Food Options

pickled deviled eggsYou’re bound to work up an appetite when visiting Dollywood, so you’ll be glad to hear that the park is welcoming more flavorful food options in its new season! Here are the new dishes and desserts you can expect: white chocolate cranberry bread pudding, Mason jar Goo Goo Cluster cheesecake, The Pines Theater garden salad, pickled deviled eggs, smoky corn chowder, fried green tomato and mozzarella, spicy BBQ pork rinds, smoked Memphis bar-b-q ribs, Honey garlic chicken, DragonFly Lemonade with mango and dragon fruit boba, and hot cranberry tea.

Now that you know about the exciting updates and new things to do at Dollywood in 2024, you are one step closer to enjoying a fantastic time at this popular family destination. Learn more about Dollywood, purchase your tickets today, and get ready to make special memories with friends and family!