I’ve stayed at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa more than a handful of times and I’m always amazed with the amenities and services. It’s comparable to a Deluxe Disney resort. During my last visit (I got a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Dollywood Train Shop and Splash Country), I did a video tour of one of the king size rooms with bunk beds.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort Room Video Tour!
Have you had a chance to stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort?
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The Country Fair area at Dollywood is a great place for kids and families. Most of the attractions and rides are well-suited for the under twelve set. A few of them, like the Dizzy Disk and the Scrambler, offer a bit more excitement and speed. Regardless, Country Fair is the place to spend time as a family. Plus, it’s right next to the Dollywood Express!
Check out my video on the Country Fair rides at Dollywood!
Have you had a chance to check out the rides and games in the area?
The Country Fair section of Dollywood has evovled over the years. During the first decade, when the park was known as Rebel Railroad and Silver Dollar City, TN., the area was home to a log flume ride with a backstory. The log flume was the very same ride from the 1964-1965 New York World’s fair. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, when Dolly Parton became involved with the park, the area slowly expanded into what we see today.
Amazing Flying Elephants
The Country Fair section of the park can get pretty crowded during the mid-afternoon. I suggest that you visit first thing in the morning or later in the evening. For some of the rides, the queues can wind around each other, especially near the Dizzy Disk and Lemon Twist.
There are other children’s rides dispersed throughout Dollywood, which gives the younger ones something to do while other people ride the world-class coasters.
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.