Great Food on the Go at Dollywood!

Great Food on the Go at Dollywood!

My second article for the Dollywood Insiders blog is live!

In this article, I discuss the lip-smacking and savory fast food that you can experience at Dollywood.

Great Food on the Go!

I am a Dollywood insider, which means that I was chosen to be on a panel of insiders that can help you plan a great Dollywood trip through tips and articles. Dollywood Insiders range from stay-at-home moms to industry insiders. I look forward to sharing my articles with you, as well as my love of Dollywood.

And there is very little hyperbole in the article on the fast food at Dollywood; the food is truly an amazing experience.

Dollywood Insiders Special Offer!

Occasionally, there are special Dollywood Insiders offers and the latest one is for $5.00 off tickets purchased online at Dollywood.com. Use the code DWINSIDERS12 when you buy your ticket. Don’t forget that you have to print the ticket and take it with you. You can also upgrade this ticket to a season pass (and Christmas time is the cheapest time to buy a season pass!


FTC: I receive no compensation from Dollywood for the Dollywood Insiders ticket offer. As a Dollywood Insider, I am occasionally offered free or reduced stays at the DreamMore Resort as well as an annual pass. Regardless, the options stated at ImagiNERDing are my own.

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show

As a Dollywood Insider, I was invited to experience the new Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner & Show and I posted a video review about the new show, here. With this article, I wanted to focus on the overall experience, especially if you’ve never visited a dinner show before (I highly recommend this one). The entertainment is top-notch and the food is outstanding!

The Smoky Mountains Adventure Theater is located at 2713 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN. It’s about a ten-minute drive from Dollywood and within walking distance of many hotels on the parkway. You’ll want purchase your tickets ahead of time to get the best deal and get the best seats. The doors open about an hour before showtime and you can hang out in the Bass Mercantile while enjoying special holiday drinks and games.

According to my son, the Candy Cane Cocoa is the best drink ever! I ordered Applejack’s Spiced Cider and loved it (but I agree that the cocoa was astounding).

There are games like Tic-Tac-Toe, checkers and corn hole that you can play while you’re waiting.

The theater opens about 15 minutes before show time and you’re directed to your assigned row, which seats about 10-15 people per row. Your server will come around and explain the dinner while she takes your drink order (Pepsi products, sweet tea and coffee). Even before everyone is seated, the pre-show begins!

Notice the Mischievous Elf carrying the presents?
The pre-show with the Mischievous Elf and other musical performers lasts during most of the meal.

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show: the Meal

Served over several courses, the meal is simply fantastic. The holiday dinner includes: a special holiday soup recipe, homemade buttery biscuits, spiral ham, pan fried chicken, old fashioned Southern dressing, a sweet potato treat, buttery corn on the cob, and Southern Peach Pie for dessert. Even my picky fourteen year-old loved the chicken, corn on the cob and biscuits. He felt like there was a great choice of foods for everyone.

The creamy soup was very reminiscent of the soup from Dixie Stampede. I love that you can use a spoon, your biscuit or drink straight from the mug!

There was plenty of time to enjoy the food without feeling rushed during the pre-show. The portions were large and will satisfy the heartiest eaters.

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show: the Show

The show lasts about an hour and a half and it’s a high-energy spectacle full of dancing, jokes, songs, ice-skating (yes!), gymnastics and a death-defying feat! (But no spoilers.)

The digital projections were charming and helped tell the inspiring story.
It was hard to believe that the performers could sing, dance, act and perform complicated acrobatic scenes. They were all wonderful.
Adding the ice skating was charming and unexpected.
The show balanced high energy scenes (like this one) with more sedate scenes to keep the entire show engaging.
There were even several audience participation moments for children and adults during the Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner & Show.
There’s a modern, Smoky Mountain spin on many standard and classic holiday favorites!

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner and Show

My family loved the Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner & Show. The food was lip-smacking great and the entertainment kept us engaged the entire show. And let me tell you: these entertainers know how to sing, dance, act, skate and perform acrobatics.

The show his a great way to spend an evening in the Pigeon Forge area. You will create fun, family memories that will stay with you for years. Plus, the whole experience is captivating enough to keep the kids away from their screens!

Are you going to check out the Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner & Show?

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventure Christmas Show Video

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventure Christmas Show Video

As a Dollywood Insider, I was offered the chance to take my family to experience the new Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas Dinner & Show. (It used to be the Lumberjack Adventure show.) I experienced the Dixie Stampede show back in April, so I was excited to see how this show differed.

Check out my video on the Smoky Mountains Adventure Christmas Dinner & Show

The show that we saw is the brand new Christmas version that is playing until December 31, 2017. Like the Dixie Stampede Dinner show, the food is served in courses, but with a few changes. At the Smoky Mountain Adventures, the dinner is served during the entertaining pre-show and it is a different menu. I have to admit that the food was fantastic; even my 14 year-old son enjoyed the meal (and he’s very picky).

Make sure to visit their website to make reservations in advance if you plan on visiting.

https://smokymountainadventures.com

Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood!

Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood!

The Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a new addition to the Harvest Festival at Dollywood this year. As a Dollywood Insider, I was invited to a special media night at the park. We explored the park to check out the decorations (and rode the coasters). We sampled some of the new treats and waited until dark to see the Great Pumpkin LumiNights throughout the Timber Canyon area.

Check out my video!

 

Here’s a quote from Dolly Parton about the event:

“I’m also really excited to be here to let you know about our brand new nighttime event we are adding for families in October called Great Pumpkin LumiNights. You know, people from all around the world know us for the millions of twinklin’ lights we put up at Christmas time. Well, when guests see thousands of these glowing pumpkins all lit up in Timber Canyon, they’re going to have that same special feeling. We think Great Pumpkin LumiNights will become just as popular with families as our Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of new family traditions made this October!”

The Great Pumpkin LumiNights is pretty amazing and has been getting rave reviews. Based on the crowd levels, I would suggest visiting during the week or on Sunday evenings. From what I’ve seen (and heard), it’s standing room only in the Timber Canyon trail area. If the park is open until 10:00 P.M., then try to visit Timber Canyon after 9:15 or so.

The Harvest Festival runs daily through October 28, 2017.

Guys’ Trip to Dollywood (Dollywood Insiders Post)

Guys’ Trip to Dollywood (Dollywood Insiders Post)

In case you haven’t heard, I was selected to be a Dollywood Insider! One of my duties as a Dollywood Insider is to write articles to help you have a great Dollywood visit using my unique knowledge of the parks.

My first article was posted and it’s all about a Guy’s Trip to Dollywood!

Head on over and check it out.

So, what does being a Dollywood Insider mean?

Dollywood Insiders is a panel of folks who love all things Dollywood and enjoy sharing their knowledge of our theme park, water park, resort and cabins. They will reveal their favorite spots, how to pack for a Dollywood trip, tips on getting the best value and more! Read their biographies and look for their words of advice throughout the year.

Being a Dollywood Insider, I get access to behind-the-scenes tours and events. I get to share my love and passion for Dollywood with everyone through writing articles for the Dollywood Insiders page.

I don’t get reimbursed nor do I get a commission; I am given a free annual pass and access to media events. I’m very proud to have been chosen as a Dollywood Insider for the 2017-2018 season.

Dollywood Insiders Special Offer!

Occasionally, there are special Dollywood Insiders offers and the latest one is for $5.00 tickets purchased online at Dollywood.com. Use the code DWINSIDERS12 when you buy your ticket. Don’t forget that you have to print the ticket and take it with you.

It is upgradeable to a Season Pass and it is good for Arrive After 3, Next Day FREE.

This is a great deal!