Dollywood has grown over the years to become the most popular attraction in the Smoky Mountains. This award-winning theme park features all sorts of rides and entertainment for all ages including an area specific to children, multiple roller coasters, water rides, shows featuring incredibly talents musicians & singers, live eagle sanctuary, delicious food, and so much more! It is arguably the best thing to do in the Smokies because of all that it offers people of all ages. As Dollywood continues to add new rides, shows, lodging, etc the prices increase slightly each year. To help save money, we’ve put together some money-saving (and time- saving) tips below with various discounts, deals, and coupons for visiting Dollywood!
Skip the Lines at Dollywood
One of the most important tips we can offer is to purchase your tickets before you visit the park. There are typically long lines at the ticket booths, so if you purchase and print your tickets before arriving, you can skip those long lines and go straight to the entrance turnstiles! While it’s possible to purchase your tickets on Dollywood’s website, we suggest purchasing them through Reserve Gatlinburg because they have a fantastic 100% money-back cancellation policy if you need to cancel your visit up to 2 days before the date you pick to visit Dollywood! Reserve Gatlinburg also offers some fantastic deals on all sorts of attractions, shows, lodging, etc as well. They even have some great Dollywood vacation packages to save money by combining lodging with your Dollywood tickets!
If you plan to visit Dollywood for at least 2 days during the year, by far the best deal is to get a season pass. It costs less than 2 day tickets plus it has all sorts of extra perks such as getting $5 off admission for your friends, exclusive ride time on select attractions, 20% off Dollywood cabin rentals, $3 off Dixie Stampede tickets, 20% off Ripley’s attractions including the Gatlinburg Aquarium, and so much more! To see the full list of benefits, click here.
If you get the GOLD season pass, you get extra perks including free parking (saves $15 each visit!), 20% off of food & merchandise (this can add up!), and a great discount on rooms at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort! Our suggestion is if you plan on getting multiple season passes, just get ONE gold pass…you only need one Gold season pass to receive these discounts.
A little-known tip is that if you arrive after 3pm, you can use your ticket to get in the next day for FREE! During the busier times of the year, we absolutely recommend this as it will help you to ride all of the rides and see all of the shows if the lines are long. During their Smoky Mountain Christmas starting in November, this offer moves to 6pm….so you have to arrive after 6pm to get in the next day free during their Christmas season.
Dollywood has a gorgeous new resort called the DreamMore Resort. If you stay at their resort, they offer some great benefits to their guests including:
Complimentary TimeSaver Pass – this pass allows you to reserve access to select Dollywood rides, shows and attractions to avoid long lines! This normally costs $30 per person at the park, but is included FREE if your Resort stay!
Early Saturday Entry– Guests at DreamMore can experience a select ride or attraction early each Saturday morning at Dollywood!
Free Shuttle to Dollywood – DreamMore guests get access to a free shuttle that will take you directly from the resort to a special entrance at Dollywood specifically for resort guests, which helps you avoid large crowds when entering and exiting the park! This makes those deliciously famous cinnamon rolls at Dollywood dangerously accessible!
Complimentary Package Delivery – When you purchase merchandise at Dollywood, you can have it delivered directly to your room at DreamMore Resort…for free!
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is incredibly beautiful and extremely family-friendly. The perks you receive at the park for staying at the resort make this a great deal if you plan on visiting Dollywood! To see more about DreamMore Resort and to view rooms & rates, visit their website at http://dollywoodsdreammoreresort.dollywood.com/
If you love water, you’re in luck! Dollywood offers small cups of water for free…just ask at any concession stand. If you love soft drinks, your best deal is to purchase their refillable mug. One mug is $14.99 or you can get two mugs for $19.99. These mugs are good for the entire year and can be refilled for 99 cents. An extra tip about these mugs is to purchase them with your meal at Aunt Granny’s in the park…they give you an extra discount on the mugs when purchased with your meal!
Group Discounts for 15+ People
If you’ll be visiting Dollywood with 15 or more people, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of their group discounts! They have a pretty hefty discount on park admission as well as combo tickets with area attractions including Dixie Stampede, Splash Country, and Lumberjack Adventure. To see all of their group discounts, visit their Groups page at http://www.dollywood.com/Groups/General/Tickets