Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on March 26, 2019
Dollywood has been open for a couple of weeks now, so chances are that if you're reading this, you probably haven't made your first pilgrimage of the year yet. If that's true, then read on and discover just a few examples of what's in store if you decide to visit the long-running Pigeon Forge theme park in 2019.
This new section of Dollywood represents that park's largest additional investment in the past thirty-plus years. It's designed to help families explore, play and imagine together in a way that Dollywood visitors haven't previously experienced. Within the section, which is designed to look like a hidden magical village, are several new rides and attractions intended to appeal to a wide range of ages.
For example, the Dragonflier is a small-scale coaster that mimics the flight of dragonflies as it speeds along an unpredictable path. The TreeTop Tower lets guests soar through the air, 'round and 'round, under a lofty tree canopy before drifting down to the forest floor. In the heart of Wildwood Groves is the Wildwood Tree, which is adorned with dozens of colorful butterflies, and at night, the tree lights up in spectacular beauty. There's also Hidden Hollow, an area packed with kid-friendly activities that are designed for participatory play.
Dollywood is known for enhancing its guest experience throughout the season with a wide variety of themed festival events. Right now, the Festival of Nations is taking place, and it will continue through April 14. During this event, cultures from around the globe come together to share their traditional music, dance, food and art. Headliners this year include Cuba Vibra!, Drumstruck, Atahaualpa and the Invaders Steel Orchestra. Other festivals coming to Dollywood in 2019 include Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 24 through June 2), Dollywood Summer (June 22 through August 4), Dollywood's Harvest Festival (September 27 through November 2) and Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas (November 9 through January 4, 2020).
Over the past 20 years, Dollywood has gradually gained a reputation for having some pretty cool roller coasters. From smooth but loopy steel coasters to rickety and rambling wooden coasters, Dollywood has it all. Look for rides like Thunderhead, Lightning Rod, FireChaser and Wild Eagle as some of the must-ride attractions when you're at the park.
Memorial Day weekend will be opening day for Dollywood's Splash Country, a 35-acre water park adjacent to the main theme park. Splash Country features a variety of water slides and attractions ranging from mild to wild. In addition to slides like the six-lane TailSpin Racer and RiverRush, the state's first and only water coaster, Splash Country features a lagoon-style leisure pool, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a lazy river ride and an interactive children's play area. The park also offers food vendors, merchandise and private riverside cabana rentals.
Of course, what we've shared today is just the tip of the iceberg at Dollywood. There's a lot more waiting behind the front gates, including water rides, kid-friendly rides, exhibits that tell Dolly's life story, tons of music shows, talented craftsmen, shops and food vendors serving up plenty of down-home dishes.
And Dollywood is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you'll find in Pigeon Forge in 2019. At Smoky Mountain Ziplines, our season is already going strong, and as the weather gradually warms up for spring, we're seeing larger and larger crowds each week. We have one of the longest and most thrilling tours of ziplines Pigeon Forge, TN that you'll find. We hope to see you here in 2019 as well!