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 2015, the Dollywood 2015 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!
30 Big Announcements for Dollywood in 2015
2015 will be an exciting year at Dollywood as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and plan to introduce or announce 30 new additions throughout the year! So far they have announced improvements to the parking & transportation shuttles. They announced a brand new event called Rock the Smokies, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Rock the Smokies is a Christian Music Festival, featuring Third Day, For King & Country, and more artists that will be announced later. Dollywood has a special website setup at http://rockthesmokies.com/ that has more details, tickets for purchase, and more!
The biggest addition to Dollywood this year is the opening of the DreamMore Resort later in the summer. This gorgeous new resort will offer Dolly’s unique flair on a vacation to the Smoky Mountains. We’ve got a whole article full of photos of the new Dollywood Resort hotel that you can view by clicking here.
Another huge announcement they recently made is that they are bringing back the Showcase of Stars concert series, which will kick off with Dolly Parton herself performing 2 concerts a day on August 8 & 9, 2015! This will be the first time Dolly has performed a concert at Dollywood in over 10 years. They will announce other performers and dates throughout the season, so check Dollywood’s official page for more details. There will be tickets sold separately for these special concerts and proceed will benefit Dolly’s Imagination Library.
Dolly also threw out some pretty big hints for some announcements coming late summer about more expansions. She said, “We’ve got more land, and we’ve got more space, and we’ve got more dreams…We’ll be announcing a few more things we’re going to do in expansion.” We’ve heard a pretty amazing rumor of what the big announcement will be, and if it holds true then trust us…it will be BIG. I don’t want to give it away, but inside sources tell us that it will be in the price range of the Wild Eagle, which puts it around $20 million! They’ve also said, that it will be “one of the biggest single attraction additions in our 30-year history for 2016.” So yeah, 2015 is full of great announcements, but 2016 sounds like it will be incredible!
UPDATE: We’ve pieced together some clues and our original sources sound to be spot-on! We’ve uncovered a trademark filing for the phrase “SHOT ROD”, which has been registered by Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (they own Dollywood). The trademark filing states that it is “Entertainment services in the nature of an amusement park ride, namely, a roller coaster with a classic car theme”. We already know that construction is being done in the 50’s section at Dollywood and there is a rumor that the Rockin’ Roadway (classic cars popular with children) will potentially be removed at some point this year, so we piece all of that together to take an educated guess that Dollywood is building about a $20 million roller coaster in the 50’s section that will be called “SHOT ROD” which has a hot rod theme! To further solidify this guess, we also came across this video teaser for Dollywood’s 2016 season that “The Coaster Crew” posted on YouTube:
As for what type of coaster it will be, we aren’t sure. Our assumption is that it will be a “launch” coaster of some sorts that goes from zero to fast in flash.
Of course…I could be completely wrong about all of this, but I always withhold my rumors and news until I can get them verified as much as possible, and all of this is lining up to be true…we’ll know for sure when Dollywood officially announces it later this summer! We’ve got a full article with pictures for the new Dollywood roller coaster for 2016 as well.
As Dollywood reveals more of their 30 announcements throughout the year, we’ll update this article so keep checking back or make sure you’re signed up for our free email newsletter to get the scoop!
Here’s a video that Dollywood released showcasing the 30 announcements for 2015!
2015 Dollywood Opening Date
By now you are probably when does Dollywood open in 2015! Well mark your calendar for March 21 as that is the first official day that Dollywood opens in 2015 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!
Dollywood 2015 Schedule and Hours of Operation
The 2015 Dollywood schedule is shown below which shows the dates and Dollywood hours of operation. This 2015 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 Dollywood 2015 schedule with their operating dates and hours.
Festivals at Dollywood in 2015
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 2015.
- March 21 – April 20 Festival of Nations
- May 23 – June 07 Barbecue & Bluegrass
- June 13 – August 02 Great American Summer
- October 2 – October 31 National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
- November 07 – January 02 Smoky Mountain Christmas
For full details on any of their festivals, check out the official Dollywood website for the latest updates.
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!
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, but purchasing before February 22 can get you a better deal especially with their Easy2Play plan that allows you to split the cost of your Dollywood season passes into 3 payments with no interest. There are numerous benefits of owning a Dollywood season pass and 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 2015
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!