Dollywood is a theme park owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Dollywood is organized into ten themed areas. The Showstreet, Rivertown Junction, Craftsmen’s Valley, Village, Country Fair, Timber Canyon, and Jukebox Junction areas reflect the historical eras and culture of east Tennessee, while the Dreamland Forest and Adventures in Imagination areas explore Dolly Parton’s life and imagination. Many attractions focus on the history and culture of the Southern Appalachian region.
Dollywood features a full-size steam train, one of the park’s signature attractions.
Showstreet – Attractions include The Showstreet Palace Theater, Friendship Gardens, The Celebrity Theater, and The Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
Rivertown Junction – Attractions include The Tennessee Mountain Home, The Back Porch Theater, and the Smoky Mountain River Rampage whitewater rafting ride.
Craftsmen’s Valley – Attractions include The Dollywood Grist Mill, The Valley Theater, Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, Wings of America Theater, Robert F. Thomas Chapel, Calico Falls Schoolhouse, the Tennessee Tornado coaster, Blazing Fury coaster, Daredevil Falls flume ride, and craft exhibits.
The Village – Attractions include The 3 ft narrow gauge Dollywood Express steam train, Heartsong, a carousel, and the Magic Laughmaker.
The Country Fair – Rides include The Dizzy Disk, the Amazing Flying Elephants, Lemon Twist, Shooting Star, Sky Rider, Veggietales Sideshow Spin Kid’s Rollercoaster, Waltzing Swinger, Piggy Parade, Busy Bees, Lucky Ducky, Dolly’s Demolition Derby, The Scrambler, and the Wonder Wheel.
Timber Canyon – Attractions include the Mystery Mine coaster, the Thunderhead coaster, and Lumberjack Lifts.
Jukebox Junction – Attractions include the Rockin’ Roadway car ride and The Pines Theater.
Owen’s Farm – Attractions include the Mountain Slidewinder water-toboggan ride, The Barnstormer, a barn and plane styled Giant Swing attraction. It will also include soft pigs, planes and other things for the visitor’s enjoyment.
Adventures in Imagination – Attractions include the Dolly Parton’s My People! show and the “Chasing Rainbows” Dolly Parton museum.
Wilderness Pass – Attractions include the River Battle water ride, the SkyZip zip line attraction, and Wild Eagle, America’s first winged coaster. It will also include FireChaser Express (opening in 2014), a dual-launch coaster that launches forward and backward.
Dollywood also owns the adjacent Dollywood’s Splash Country, and the chain of Dixie Stampede dinner theaters. The park hosts a number of concerts and musical events each year, including appearances by Parton and her family, as well as other national and local musical acts.
Dollywood is also the site of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Southern Gospel Music Association, an independent non-profit corporation.