Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – Part 1

Dollywood! (Pt. 1)

So you find yourself driving through Tennessee to see the changing of the seasons, and colors of fall in the mountains. Be sure to schedule a little extra time to stop by and enjoy Dollywood! 

Of course, when you think of the colors of fall, you can’t forget orange!  And, there is plenty of orange with pumpkins scattered throughout the park!

Dollywood celebrates fall in a festive fashion with, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, A glowing new family experience, and the “Harvest Festival.” These family fun events run from September 29th through October 28th.  

The pumpkin people were absolutely a cuteness overload!  

Be sure to stop by the Dollywood website for park hours and events!  Dollywood is located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

With more than 40 rides, 15 exceptional shows, five of the South’s largest festivals, Southern-style dining, and the friendliest employees in the world . . . Dollywood is an award-winning destination!

For my handi-capable friends…

Yes, of course, this park is handicap accessible!  There are mobility scooters and wheelchairs for rent, just inside the gate, if you want to leave yours at home or in the car!

I rented one myself.  Although I can walk some, the experience was more enjoyable and less tiring by renting the scooter.  This is Tennessee after all and there are a few hills here, “ya know!”  LOL

As you know, I am a LBK amputee.  I was able to ride the rides here without issue.  But, before you can ride, you need to stop at guest services to get a ride pass.  This will enable you to know which rides you can ride, helps you avoid lines and have the most enjoyable experience possible.  Be sure to do this as soon as you get there, it only takes a couple of minutes! I had to remove my leg for a few of the rides, but you know, I don’t mind just kick that thing loose to have some fun!

Dollywood is huge and there is so much to see and do, that I just have to have more than one post about and thus… stay tuned for part 2, coming soon!

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

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