Recently, I had the privilege of attending a pre-season press event at Dollywood. Dollywood’s President, Eugene Naughton; Vice President, Pete Owens, Public Relations Director, Wes Ramey, and other Dollywood team members led a small group from the media around the park to discuss the park’s new enhancements and overall Guest experience improvements being offered during Dollywood’s upcoming 38th Season.
The highly rated Dollywood Theme Park, as you can imagine, will have a long list of entertainment and show offerings this coming season. This season’s theme of their Flower and Food Festival will be ‘Melodies of Spring’ which will feature a series of Southern gospel groups and contemporary Christian artists including: Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, Sidewalk Prophets, the Rhett Walk Band and many more. Dollywood’s own performers will be showcased including the Harmonies of the Heart and Brighter Day shows.
Dollywood’s 2023 season is packed with events throughout the year such as: Dollywood’s Flower and Food Festival (April 21 – June 11); Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 17 – August 6); Dollywood’s Harvest Festival running from September 240 through October 30th which include’s Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights; and the season closing events such as Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas being held November 4, 2023 through January 6, 2024.
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Dollywood: New for 2023
Big Bear Mountain Roller Coaster
Noted as their largest ever expansion, Big Bear Mountain roller coaster is located in the new Wildwood Grove area of the the Dollywood Theme Park. Dolly Parton herself opened the new roller coaster on May 12th, 2023!
The coaster features a sweeping terrain-following view of the Smoky Mountains and overview of the new expanded section of the theme park, reaching speeds up to 48 MPH!.