Dollywood continues its vibrant summer season for 2021 with the Summer Celebration festival, running from June 25 through July 31. The ever innovative theme park brings us several festival themes during the course of the year, and this one is more spectacular than ever.
If you thought the multitude of umbrellas overhead were something special, wait until you see the hundreds of drones in the night sky, choreographing musical extravaganzas, along with fireworks. It’s a light show in three dimensions filling the sky, each evening through the festival. To warm the crowd up there’s a 30-minute dance party beforehand to get you on your feet.
Other highlights of the Summer Celebration include several of the wonderful shows we’ve come to expect from this creative locale. The Back Porch Theater offers a story theme of happiness, while the Valley Theater hosts the popular Forever Country show, with a nod to earlier country hits from two to four decades ago. And if you want to get nostalgic for even earlier music, try the Dreamland Drive-in show as well.
Dollywood’s Imagination Playhouse offers children’s books brought alive in taped shows of Dolly Parton and her own songs. Several bands are scheduled through the day and evening at the different theaters and venues throughout the park.
Summer means later closing for the park, offering the chance to ride selected roller coasters and other rides at night – a great experience. The water park Splash Country next door of course continues to offer the the most fun ways for the family to cool down in the summer heat.
Dollywood has always been a world-class presentation, and one of the great attractions in the Smoky Mountains area. A great theme park co-owned by singer Dolly Parton and located at Pigeon Forge, within easy reach of our Dollywood cabins, Dollywood offers a multi-locale experience in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, with fun and entertainment for children and grown-ups alike.
Attractions include innovative and cutting-edge amusement-park rides, Dollywood’s hugely popular river rafting adventure, train rides throughout its 150 acres, and Dollywood’s Splash Country adding an additional 30-acre, highly acclaimed water park to the mix.
On top of all this, Dollywood offers eclectic artisan shopping and a multitude of festivals from Bluegrass to World Music, with food and arts from around the world. Dollywood faithfully portrays the late-1800s Appalachian mountain communities while also dishing up huge amounts of fun.
At the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood is now Tennessee’s most visited attraction, and nationally acclaimed. It’s also a great park, easy to get around in and very well designed – you don’t get lost and you don’t ever get away from the fun. And the sense of history doesn’t get in the way of the modern, as Dollywood continues to innovate on the cutting edge of theme park rides and attractions.
People always say they love Dollywood because they feel Dollywood loves them. Somehow the big heart of Sevier county’s most famous native, Ms Dolly Parton, has infused the whole place and set everyone to having a good time. As Dolly says herself: “A vacation shouldn’t be work!”
For more happenings and venues, see what’s going on with Gatlinburg attractions and Pigeon Forge attractions. And remember that romance in the Smoky Mountains is made perfect with one of our Gatlinburg honeymoon cabins.