Dollywood Tips for Families with Kids

Hey there, fabulous moms! If you’re gearing up for an unforgettable family adventure at Dollywood with your little ones, you’ve come to the right place. These are my top 5 Dollywood tips for families with kids. From the moment you step foot into the magic of Dolly Parton’s wonderland, you want everything to be perfect for your kiddos, right? Well, buckle up, because I’ve got the inside scoop on how to make your Dollywood experience not just good, but downright awesome! Get ready to discover the secrets that will turn your family trip into the stuff of legends.

Tip 1: Start Your Journey on the Left Side of the Park

Picture this: you’ve just walked through the gates of Dollywood, and the excitement is palpable. Now, here’s a little secret that might just shave precious minutes off your wait times – take a left instead of following the herd to the right. Most folks instinctively head to the right, making those lines longer. Buck the trend, and you’ll be striding confidently into the heart of the action. It’s like taking a shortcut to the front of the fun line – your own little slice of free, Dolly-approved VIP treatment! (My good friend, Annette, suggested this to us! We’ll be doing it every visit! Thanks again, Annette!)

Tip 2: Roll in Style with a Wagon Stroller

We all know that navigating a theme park with little ones can be an adventure in itself. But fear not, superhero moms – I’ve got the perfect weapon for the job. Bring along a wagon stroller or a wagon that pushes like a stroller (not pulls) and maneuvers like a dream. Don’t go buying those expensive Wonder Wagons or knock-offs unless your little one is really little and needs the safety features, like seatbelts. We use this exact wagon for theme parks, the beach, at weddings for our gear, etc. It has a push bar just like a stroller, but also has a pull handle. It has brakes, ample storage, and best yet….a detachable canopy for drizzly or high-UV days!

Trust me; this is a game-changer. Not only does it provide a comfy perch for tired little legs, but it’s also a cargo hold for all those park essentials – snacks, jackets, and maybe a souvenir or two.

Tip 3: Master the Dollywood App for Ultimate Planning Power

If you’re not already besties with the Dollywood app, it’s time to make that happen. This little gem is your golden ticket to a stress-free day. Dive in and create a personalized itinerary of must-see shows, can’t-miss rides, and the yummiest dining options for your tribe. Planning is the key to unlocking the full potential of your Dollywood experience.

But that’s not all – the app also serves up real-time wait times for rides. No more wandering aimlessly, wondering if the line for Big Bear Mountain (our personal fave) is longer than your kiddo’s attention span. You’ll be armed with the knowledge to make every moment count. Think of it as your mom-command center, helping you conquer Dollywood like the superhero you are. (This is probably my favorite of all the Dollywood tips for families with kids!)

Tip 4: Capture the Magic – Don’t Forget Your Memory-Making Toolkit

Now that you’ve got your route planned and your trusty wagon stroller in tow, it’s time to up the ante on creating unforgettable family memories. Pack your memory-making toolkit, complete with a fully charged phone, a bag full of snacks, handheld fans for hot days or hand-warming packets for cold days, and maybe even a little surprise for the kids – think glow sticks for the evening parade or quirky matching family shirts.

Dollywood is a treasure trove of magical moments waiting to be captured. From the joyous expressions on your kids’ faces during a live show to the thrill of conquering their first roller coaster, you’ll want to savor every second. So, snap away, document the laughter, and relish in the knowledge that you’re creating a family album full of Dollywood memories that will last a lifetime.

Tip 5: Fuel Your Adventure – Dive into Dollywood Dining

Let’s face it – all that excitement is bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, Dollywood’s got you covered with a smorgasbord of dining options to please even the pickiest eaters. From classic amusement park treats to Southern-inspired comfort food, there’s something for everyone.

Before you embark on your journey, check out the dining options on the app, and curate a list of must-try goodies. Whether you’re craving Dolly’s famous cinnamon bread, a hearty BBQ feast, or a sweet treat from the candy shop, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to keep your crew fueled and ready for more adventures. EXTRA TIP: The cinnamon bread line can get longggggggg. I’m serious. One time it was hours long. We learned that the cinnamon bread is also served at a bakery in the Showstreet area. It’s not heavily advertised there, so the line has been much more manageable if you’re a cinnamon-lover like me who just has to have it!

So there you have it, fabulous moms – my top 5 Dollywood tips for families with kids. From savvy navigation tips to harnessing the power of the Dollywood app, you’re now equipped to make the most of every magical moment. As you embark on this unforgettable family adventure, remember to savor the laughter, capture the smiles, and embrace the joy that Dollywood brings to families just like yours.

With a well-planned route, a trusty wagon stroller, and a touch of app magic, you’ll be weaving through the crowds like a pro. And when the day is done, and you’re basking in the glow of a successful Dollywood adventure, you’ll know that you’ve not only conquered the park but created a treasure trove of family memories that will last a lifetime. So go forth, superhero moms, and let the Dollywood magic unfold!

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