Growing up, my family would go to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at least once a year and every few years we’d go to Dollywood. I haven’t been since I was a little kid. I honestly didn’t even remember the park, so I decided it would be fun to experience it with my kids!!
We stayed at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa! The resort is absolutely incredible. It’s not just your normal hotel, it’s a full-on resort with restaurants, a spa, tons of activities for kids, a playground, and an outdoor pool with a splash pad that might just be the coolest pool that I’ve ever seen for toddlers.
The resort itself is decorated beautifully! It’s modern with a rustic vibe, it’s classy and luxurious, and has the cutest little touches of Dolly Parton (pictures, some memorabilia, and they even serve her lemonade recipe in the evening in the lobby).
Our room had everything we needed plus more! It was beautiful and very clean! It has separate rooms in the bathroom for the toilet and sink/shower which was really nice while we were all getting ready. The room was large and we had plenty of room for the 4 of us!
Look at our view!!
Our first day, we parked (free parking) and checked into the hotel, dropped off our bags, got our Time Saver Passes (guests at the hotel get to skip lines on some of the big rides) and headed straight to the shuttle that took us directly to the park and to a special entrance just for people that ride the shuttle. An important note: Guests at the resort also get early entry to the park on Saturdays!
As soon as we walked into Dollywood, we were amazed at how beautifully decorated and how clean it was! Usually amusement parks always feel a tad dirty, but I didn’t see one piece of trash the entire day.
You know how you walk around some amusement parks and it seems to lack personality? It’s just a coaster and then another ride? Not this park! The entire park is decorated in a theme!
We spent the rest of the day riding rides!
Camden’s favorite ride was the Rockin’ Roadway! He got to drive a “car” and was smiling from ear to ear the entire time!
Ella loved the Hidden Hallow which is a huge inside playground! The kids could’ve stayed here all day!
Judd loved the Lightning Rod which is the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world!! He couldn’t stop talking about it!
I loved walking through Dolly’s Home-on-Wheels! It was her tour bus back in the day and they let you walk through and give you information about the bus and her! It was really interesting! My favorite ride was the Wild Eagle; it was so smooth and it made you feel like you were flying!
Note: Dollywood also has a waterpark, Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park! It looks fabulous! Due to our busy schedule, we couldn’t visit but we hope to someday!!
We also spent a large part of our day eating!! Not even kidding! The food here was SOO good! From chicken to ice-cream to their famous Cinnamon Bread, we couldn’t get enough!
We realized it was time to head back to our room when both kiddos fell asleep in their strollers! We had way too much fun!
The next day, after a great night of sleep…we spent the entire day at the resort! We grabbed a light breakfast from the DM Pantry and then headed to the playground for the kids to play.
We then took a little swim in the inside pool.
The kids were exhausted after the exciting morning so they took a nap and then it was back into our swim suits!
If you’ve been following me for any sort of time, you can tell I have a thing for pools! This pool is a dream!! We spent the rest of the day by the pool: swimming, taking pictures, playing in the splash pad, and we also ordered food at the pool because we had such a good time!
Around 7:00, we went and got cleaned up and headed to meet our friends (Natalie and Chad) for s’mores by the main fire pit! I thought this was the cutest setup, they gave each guest a stick and a kit to make the s’mores! Camden and Ella thought this was so fun!
Soon after, they had story time by the fire! It was perfect for families!
We walked around the resort for another hour or so and took some fun pictures! 🙂
Sadly, the next morning it was time to check out! The kids ate breakfast in bed.
We got the delicious Cinnamon Bread from the DM Pantry for the road!