Video: Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!

Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!

It was great to return to Dollywood to celebrate the kick-off of their 37th season in style with Dolly Parton during the Season Passholder and Media Preview Day event.

Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!

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Dolly Parton welcomed guests and let us know what was in store for the 2022-2023 season. Also, Dolly shared about her latest projects and finished the event singing Big Deams and Faded Jeans, one of the songs off her new album Run, Rose, Run, which accompanies the book she co-authored with James Patterson.

Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!

It's been two years since the last time Dolly Parton came to Dollywood, and she was ecstatic to be back with her fans. During Dolly's hiatus from the theme park due to COVID, she's been keeping busy working a lot more than 9-5 with all the projects she has been working on.  

Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!

And, Dolly gave the news that she'll be working on a Christmas movie at the theme park, with guests having a sighting in the film. She'll also pop in here and there throughout the season, so be on the lookout for Dolly!

Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!

Dollywood's 37th season will be exciting thanks to returning guest favorites, new experiences to enjoy, and the fun of one of America's best theme parks.


From now until April 15, park guests can enjoy some of the region's most engaging performers and songwriters during a five-week schedule of acoustic performances in the Pines Theater. Artists like The Young Fables (March 14 & 16), Teea Goans (March 25 & 26), Monroeville (April 6 & 8), and more make up this new entertainment offering.


Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health (April 22- June 5) delights guests with hundreds of thousands of brilliant flowers, truly bringing spring in the Smokies alive throughout the park. In 2022, this event blooms with even more fun and discovery around every corner, thanks to several new larger-than-life Mosaicultures floral sculptures. Returning guest-favorite Mosaicultures include the butterfly umbrella, various animal scenes, and Dolly's mother sewing together the Coat of Many Colors. Guests again are greeted by a stunning visual upon arrival, as hundreds of colorful umbrellas are suspended above Showstreet to create a dazzling "Umbrella Sky." In addition to the beautiful flowers, a wide-selection of culinary creations abound to delight guests' taste buds with a menu full of items inspired by spring in the Smokies. This event was named the inaugural winner of the IAPPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Brass Ring Award for Best New Food and Beverage Festival or Special Event in 2021.


Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration (June 18-Aug. 7) is a festive summertime event that features unique family experiences that can only be found in the heart of the Smokies. With extended operating hours each evening, families can ride Dollywood's world-class roller coasters, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle, all day and well into the night. After rave reviews following its debut in 2021, Dollywood's Sweet Summer Nights—a first-of-its-kind within the industry—returns with a show that combines hundreds of high-tech drones with a world-class fireworks show to put an exclamation point on the evening. During the day, guests also can enjoy one of the most popular Dollywood shows of all time, Gazillion Bubble Show: Aurora. This awe-inspiring show promises to leave every child and child-at-heart with a smile on their face, thanks to "gazillions" of bubbles and guest interactions that make up every performance. In addition, new and unique elements throughout the park enhance the summer fun for guests with new decor elements like the all-new Kite Sky, unexpected splash and play elements, and colorful kids play activities in The Village, a bubble foam party in Wilderness Pass, and an unparalleled and interactive art installation that invites guests to spin on life-size tops in Wildwood Grove.  


Dollywood's Rock the Smokies returns August 27 with performances throughout the park by several contemporary Christian music's biggest names. By combining all the adventure of a day at the park with great music, Dollywood has crafted a unique event packed with fun for all ages. Ticket purchase includes admission to Dollywood; discounts are available for groups, season passholders, and guests who order tickets early. Artists and additional details will be announced at a later date.


A tradition for many families, Dollywood's Harvest Festival presented by Humana (September 23- October 29) celebrates the beauty of fall in the Smokies with thousands of carved pumpkins, spirited performances from talented artists, and the fun of Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which previously has been named the best theme park harvest event globally, features elaborate displays that create the picture-perfect photo op for families to enjoy. New in 2022, guests will have a hoot in Craftsman's Valley as it transforms into Hoot Owl Hollow with owl-themed displays both in the park and suspended in the trees above.

It has earned one of the industry's highest awards—the Golden Ticket—for 13 years, and once guests enter the gates, they understand why Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (November 5, 2022- January 1, 2023) is the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit. Wander through the park's more than five million holiday lights, enjoy the festive holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere or taste the holiday-themed food, and it is easy to see why it has become a family tradition for so many.


With so much new to experience in 2022, it is the perfect season for a Dollywood season pass. To accommodate the ever-evolving needs of Dollywood guests, a new season pass structure featuring several new pass types has been created to allow more options for visitors to tailor their experience.

Dolly Parton Kicks off Dollywood's 37th Season in Style!


The Dollywood Silver Season Pass starts at $149 and includes two Bring-a-Friend Free tickets and a discount on Dollywood lodging. For just $55 more, guests can opt for the Dollywood Gold Season Pass. Prices go up after March 20. The Gold Pass—priced $30 less than a 2021 Gold Season Pass—represents a tremendous value for guests thanks to Saturday Early Ride Time for the passholder, four Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, discounts on dining and merchandise, and lodging. In addition, the Gold Pass provides:

  • Free parking.
  • Various other discounts and access to special "Golden Events."
  • Exclusive events just for Gold and Diamond passholders.

Only the named passholder can receive the perks associated with each pass type. Diamond Season Passes, which provide a premium experience for guests, have already sold out for the 2022 season. 


Gold and Diamond Pass Holders can take advantage of another exciting new perk created for the 2022 season, Dollywood's new daily "Golden Hours." Gold and Diamond Season Passes will operate just like TimeSaver passes during the first hour of each operating day, allowing the named passholder expedited boarding on Dollywood's world-class rides and attractions.

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