Dollywood 2016 Schedule and Guide
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN has grown to become one of the world’s most loved and awarded theme parks with its mix of southern charm, thrill rides, shows filled with talent, delicious food, and loads of fun for the whole family. This Dollywood Ultimate Guide contains all sorts of info including what’s new at Dollywood for 2016, the Dollywood 2016 schedule and hours, where to find Dollywood coupons and discount tickets, and more! Be sure to bookmark, share, like, pin, etc this page to spread the word and stay informed as we add new information!
2016 Dollywood Opening Date
By now you are probably when does Dollywood open in 2016! Well mark your calendar for March 19 as that is the first official day that Dollywood opens in 2016 according to their most recent Dollywood schedule posted on their website and shown below. While their opening day hardly ever changes once announced, we still always recommend to check with Dollywood before you make your vacation plans and reservations just in case!
New for 2016!
New Roller Coaster!
Dollywood will launch the world’s fastest roller coaster this year! The new coaster called “Lightning Rod” is so incredible that we created a separate article showcasing the details, photos, videos, and more so be sure to check out our article to see what this amazing new ride will be like!
IMPORTANT UPDATE added March 15, 2016
Dollywood has announced that Lightning Rod will NOT be open for Dollywood’s Grand Opening on March 19 and no date has been decided yet when to open Lightning Rod. Here is the official announcement from Dollywood:
Lightning Rod will not be open for Grand Opening weekend. Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never used on a wooden coaster. The ride manufacturer asked for additional time to commission the ride. Progress is being made daily. Please check dollywood.com for future updates.
1) Why is it not ready, didn’t you start construction last summer?
A) This an innovative ride featuring technology never before used on a wooden coaster. At the ride manufacturer’s request ride commissioning has been extended to ensure the best possible ride experience for our guests this season.
2) Is it safe?
A) Yes! Safety is our number one priority at Dollywood and we work hard every day to keep our guests as safe as possible.
3) When do you expect it to open?
A) We will open when the ride is fully commissioned and we are comfortable the ride is the best it can be. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide a date.
4) When is Dolly visiting?
A) Dolly’s schedule is very full this year with a tour, a new album etc. She will, however, be on park March 24. She will also be in Pigeon Forge on Friday, May 6th for the parade on the Parkway.
Mother Africa March 19 – April 18
Mother Africa returns to Dollywood with an all-new show which takes guests to “Khayelitsha,” one of the largest townships in South Africa. The world-renowned show combines skillful acrobatics, live music and traditional and modern dance to delight audiences through a fascinating celebration of Africa’s diverse traditions. Be sure to check this show out during Dollywood’s Festival of Nations!
Brad Ross’ Unbelievable June 11 – July 10
Award-winning, International Star illusionist Brad Ross takes audiences on an inspirational journey into a world of fun and magic where anything is possible. Along the way, children learn to discover the magic all around them. Each show features unbelievable magic, world-class illusions, hysterical comedy and audience interaction. It’s an awe-inspiring show that is fresh and fun for both kids and adults.
Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience July 13 – August 7
The high-flying antics of Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show will leave audiences begging for more. Talented animal trainers work with these performing pooches to create a high-energy show with amazing tricks and eye-popping special effects. All of the dogs in Perondi’s show are adopted from pounds and shelters from across the country. Perondi’s stunt dogs have been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
It’s a Wonderful Life November 5 – January 1
New this Season! Dollywood brings a Christmas classic to life. Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, audiences will love the newest addition to Dollywood’s Christmas in the Smokies!
Festivals at Dollywood in 2016
Dollywood has some fantastic festivals that seem to get bigger and better each year. Here are the dates for the festivals that Dollywood has planned for 2016.
- March 19 – April 18 Festival of Nations
- May 13 – May 22 Barbecue & Bluegrass
- June 11 – August 07 Great American Summer
- September 30 – October 29 National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
- November 05 – January 01 Smoky Mountain Christmas
For full details on any of their festivals, check out the official Dollywood website for the latest updates.
Dollywood Hours 2016 and Schedule
The 2016 Dollywood schedule is shown below which shows the dates and Dollywood hours of operation. This 2016 Dollywood calendar may change slightly from time to time and we’ll work to keep it updated as it does. You can also visit the Dollywood website by clicking here to view the most current 2016 Dollywood hours with their operating dates.
Skip the Lines and get Dollywood Tickets Online!
One of the first things you’ll see when you arrive to the front gates of Dollywood is long lines at the ticket offices. Waiting in these lines can eat up a large chunk of time and will save you no money at all. Our first and biggest suggestion is to purchase your tickets online now and SKIP those lines when you arrive! You can easily purchase Dollywood tickets online in the link below and the BEST part about purchasing tickets from this link is you can cancel your tickets for a FULL REFUND if you are unable to go to Dollywood for any reason! The tickets can be printed immediately, so you can use them right away or you can have them mailed to you. It’s the best, easiest, and completely stress-free way to purchase Dollywood tickets from anywhere. Grab these fantastic Dollywood tickets by clicking below!
New Security and Bag Searches added
For the first time in the park’s history, they are adding security and bag searches at the entrance. This is sure to surprise a lot of people who are not aware of this new policy, so be prepared when you arrive! This will most likely cause some added congestion getting into the park, so make sure you account for it if you are rushing to a show or something time-sensitive. This is the sign at the security checkpoint showing they do not allow drones, weapons, nor alcohol in the park. Make sure you leave such items in your vehicle before heading to the entry gates.
Also, costumes are now prohibited for people ages 14 and older.
They also say that “Proper attire is required”. This is somewhat vague and left to interpretation…but they have had to enforce this more than ever the past few years. Here is Dollywood’s policy on clothing taken directly from their FAQ:
To preserve our family atmosphere proper clothing is required including shirts and shoes (sandals or flip-flops are acceptable). Clothing with distracting words and/or pictures will not be permitted inside the park. Guests may not wear character type costumes on park. Male guests must wear t-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops or opaque shirts buttoned at least 2/3 of the way up from the waist, and must wear slacks or shorts that completely cover the buttocks. Female guests must wear t-shirts, tank tops, halter-tops, opaque shirts, blouses, or dresses that are buttoned at least 2/3 of the way up from the waist, and must wear slacks, skirts, dresses, or shorts that completely cover the buttocks. Any clothing in violation of the Tennessee Code on indecent exposure will require additional cover-up. Dollywood reserves the right to require additional or different attire where we deem appropriate. Should a guest refuse to comply with our requests, the guest will be politely asked to leave the property.
Where is Dollywood Located
If you have never visited Dollywood and happen to be wondering where is Dollywood located, here is the address, directions, and map to help you find it when you visit.
Dollywood’s mailing address is:
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
However, their mailing address may not show the correct location of the Dollywood entrance, so they advise to use the following address if you will be using a GPS navigation device.
1198 McCarter Hollow Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37862
If you will be driving down the parkway in Pigeon Forge to get to Dollywood, simply turn at traffic light #8 and follow the signs to the Dollywood entrance.
Dollywood Season Passes
Dollywood season passes are available year-round, and there are numerous benefits of owning a Dollywood season pass. If you plan to visit more than once in a year it will save you money!
Click on the link below to learn more about the Dollywood season pass
Dollywood Coupons and Discount Tickets
If you plan to visit Dollywood only one time and still want to save money, we can show you how! Our Dollywood coupon and discount ticket guide will show you numerous ways to save money on Dollywood tickets, parking, food, and more! Definitely be sure to check it out before you plan your visit!
Final Thoughts about Dollywood in 2016
We’ll be adding onto this ultimate guide so be sure to like it, share, pin it, etc to let other know about it as we want to help everyone have the best visit possible to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN! If you have other tips for visiting Dollywood whether it’s a favorite ride, restaurant, shop, etc be sure to share them in the comments below!