5 Ways to Save at Dollywood

As a fan of Dolly Parton’s music and movies as well as being a theme park aficionado, I’ve always wanted to go to Dollywood, but with living up North I never had the opportunity until recently. Now, I know exactly what I’ve been missing – an amazing family friendly experience with thrilling rides and mouth-watering food.

Savings at Dollywood Theme Park

My First Time to Dollywood

Dollywood home of the world’s best cinnamon bread. Dollywood is NOT hokey or little either. It's charming and quite big. I was actually shocked when I unfolded the theme park map and took in all the offerings.

Personally, I also liked learning that 12% of the staff is over 70-years-old and 3 employees are over 90. The experience was very multi-generational and it's no wonder why it won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Friendliest Park. Be sure and say hi to 90-year-old Johnnie Crawford in the Chasing Rainbows Dolly Parton museum, she has been with the theme park since the beginning.

Did you know Dollywood is home to the world's fastest wooden roller coaster? It's called Lightning Rod and it's awesome. Unlike other wooden roller coasters, it's not wobbly and didn't hurt my neck or box my ears like some coasters do. It was quite smooth. I went on it two times and tried to keep my hands up, but couldn't, lol. So much fun!

Yes, the rides were impressive and the people nice, but my favorite part was all the amazing food! Make sure to visit The Grist Mill, home of the world’s best cinnamon bread.

5 Ways to $ave at Dollywood Theme Park and Water Park

5 Ways to Save Money at Dollywood Theme Parks

1. Stay at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort - I have this as tip #1 for a reason, because guests and families staying at this affordable, yet upscale hotel, can save in numerous ways! Thre are more perks than you may even know about. Rates depend on seasonality but can be as low as $89 during the off-season (Jan-March). During peak season though, you can expect rates to start at $169, which I would still consider a bargain considering how luxurious the resort is. Basically, that's the same rate of a Disney budget hotel, yet offers the experience of a Disney luxury hotel (not even Disney's moderate range). I would also prefer these accommodations over the chain hotels in the area too. The pool is gorgeous, the beds plush and there is an outdoor playground for the kiddos. Oh, and their dinner buffet with fried chicken was amazing!

Perks to staying at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort:
  • FREE TimeSaver Pass for all room occupants.  TimeSaver allows you expedited access to lines at select rides and shows. That is a savings of $35 (plus tax) per person, per day!
  • FREE Parking & Shuttle to Dollywood parks. If you were to park directly at Dollywood fees are $12 a day for a standard sized vehicle. 
  • Discounted park tickets. Two days for the price of one is a standing offer at the resort. However, if you’re buying single-day tickets, it’s $5 off the gate price.
  • Discounted tickets to Dollywood dinner attractions such as Dixie Stampede and Dolly’s new dinner theatre show Smoky Mountain Adventures.
  • FREE pink lemonade served in the lobby daily between 4-6 p.m.
  • So, a family of four, staying for two nights at DreamMore can potentially save over $300!!!

2. Arrive late and get a free day - I’ve never heard of something like this before, but if you arrive at Dollywood after 3 p.m., the entire next day at the park is free. With this fabulous deal, you can squeeze in at least another half-day of fun at Dollywood without spending any extra money. Or you can even hit the park on your travel day for a bit. Simply save your ticket for re-admission the next day. (Note: During Smoky Mountain Christmas this offer is valid after 6 p.m.).

3. Free Water & Soda Refill Options- Spending the day at any theme park will wear you out, especially at Dollywood since the terrain is hilly, after all, it is literally set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Luckily, Dollywood offers water—for free! Available at any food or beverage stand throughout the park. If you're a soda fan, the refillable soda mugs offer additional savings for families. The container costs $14.99 and is good for unlimited beverage purchases of $.99 fountain drink refills and $1.99 refills on all hot or frozen beverages for the entire season. Plus, it doubles as a nice souvenir.

4. Sign-up for the Mailing List & Look for Offers - Those in the Dollywood database are offered discounts and specials first and sometimes, exclusively. A subscribe form can be found at the bottom of the Dollywood website. Also, be sure and check out the Special Offers page for the latest deals.

5. Join the Founders Club Premier program - Premier members get exclusive benefits in the hotel and a whole lot of free! Like FREE nights, FREE upgrades and a FREE park ticket to Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country. This is obviously great for repeat visitors. Details can be found here.

Bonus: Once you enter the park TXT Dollywood to 41411 and receive a special offer good that day. I discovered this tip on a sign at the Dollywood Express railroad station waiting area.

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