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How to See Everything at the Dollywood Theme Park in One Day

If you only have one day to see everything at Dollywood, there is no need to worry! Although you could spend several days at the famous Tennessee theme park, you can see all the rides, shows and other fun attractions in one day with proper planning! Here is how to see everything at the Dollywood theme park in just one day:

1. Pick a Slow Day

The Dollywood Grist Mill on a spring day.One of the most important aspects of planning your day at Dollywood theme park is selecting the right time to visit! If you want to avoid the crowds and long queue lines, try to avoid weekends, holidays and other busy times at the park. You can assume that the park will be busy on virtually any days that kids are out of school! Check out the official Dollywood operating schedule to find out the dates and times that the park is open, then plan accordingly!

2. Arrive Early

When visiting Dollywood or any other theme park throughout the nation, the best advice is to get there early! This means that you should arrive to the parking lot at least 30 minutes before opening to allow time to park and walk to the admission gates. The shortest lines for rides and attractions are usually during the first hour of operation, so head directly to the most popular roller coasters! You may be able to ride 2 or 3 times while most folks are still arriving to the park!

3. Study the Park Map and Show Schedule

A great music show at Dollywood.Dollywood is a massive 150 acre park, so you don’t want to spend too much time doubling back throughout the park! Study the Dollywood theme park map before your arrival to plan your route and to find all the attractions that are most important to you. If you are interested in seeing some of the park’s world famous shows, you should also check out the Dollywood show schedule to plan your day around the showtimes.

4. Consider the TimeSaver Pass

If you have no choice but to visit on a weekend or other busy time at Dollywood, consider the TimeSaver Pass. This convenient pass provides you with expedited access to select rides and shows throughout the park. While there is an extra fee for the pass, it can be well worth it when you consider how much time you save from waiting in lines!

5. Choose Where to Eat Before You Go

There are so many Dollywood restaurants to choose from, you may feel overwhelmed trying to decide when you’re actually in the park! Look up all of the restaurants and snack booths in the path so you know where you want to eat when you get hungry, and plan your schedule around being in the same area around the time you’ll want to eat. Plus, don’t forget to find the restaurant you want to try on the map!

Where to Stay

pigeon forge cabin with gamesStay close to Dollywood with a vacation at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals! Our beautiful cabins are just minutes from the park so that you can be one of the first guests through the turnstiles for the day! Whether you are planning a romantic getaway as a couple or a large family reunion, we have cabins of all sizes to accommodate your needs! While staying with us, enjoy all types of wonderful amenities including fully equipped kitchens, private decks with scenic views, fireplaces and game rooms, not to mention a bubbling hot tub that feels delightful after a day at Dollywood!

Check out all of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains today to plan your vacation near the Dollywood theme park! We hope to see you soon at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals!