BIG Things are Happening for Dollywood's 2023 Season

BIG Things are Happening for Dollywood's 2023 Season

BIG things are happening at Dollywood for the 2023 season, and you don't want to miss it!

Dollywood is gearing up for a season that includes the debut of Big Bear Mountain, the longest roller coaster in the park's history, a new celebration of one of Dolly's most iconic songs, and 15 additional park operating days throughout the year. 

With so many fun things happening in 2023, a Dollywood season pass should be on everyone's wish list. The park opens to the general public on Saturday, March 11th.


Set to open in the spring, Dollywood's Big Bear Mountain is the single most significant attraction investment in the company's history. The $25 million roller coaster is nearly 4,000 ft. long, features onboard audio, and promises guests a thrilling adventure through the hills bordering Wildwood Grove. 

This expansion of Wildwood Grove takes guests through three separate launches, multiple airtime hills, high-speed carousel turns, and tunnels.  

In addition, big Bear Mountain's 39" inch height requirement allows even younger adventurers to come along for the ride.


The rides get more prominent in 2023, and so does the operating calendar. As a result, Dollywood guests and season passholders can enjoy an additional 15 days of fun in the Smoky Mountains next season compared to the 2022 calendar.  

The additional days come throughout the year, meaning guests can enjoy more of everything the 2023 season offers. The park opens at 10 a.m. every operating day through the Harvest Festival. Operation begins at 11 a.m. during Smoky Mountain Christmas.


New in 2023, guests will be able to celebrate what has arguably become one of Dolly's biggest hits, I Will Always Love You

To observe the 50th anniversary of this monumental song, the I Will Always Love You Celebration takes place on March 11th-April 8th, kicking off the season with a festive event commemorating the art of songwriting and the stories behind the songs. 


In addition to honoring Dolly's iconic status as a songwriter, the event will recognize several noted singers/songwriters with headline performances throughout the festival.  

The Songwriters' Showcase in Showstreet Palace Theater also places the spotlight on several up-and-coming songwriters, allowing Dollywood guests to enjoy their incredible talents.

BIG Things are Happening for Dollywood's 2023 Season


Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival: Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival, presented by Covenant Health (April 21st-June 4th), blooms bright with iconic Mosaiculture displays throughout the park. Vivid larger-than-life flower sculptures create an immersive atmosphere for park guests as they make their way through more than half-a-million blooms during this stunning festival. In addition, Dollywood's culinary team showcases its world-class abilities with a menu full of delicacies that highlight the tastes of spring in the Smokies.


Dollywood's Sweet Summer Nights: Dollywood's Sweet Summer Nights drone and fireworks show has become a guest highlight. It again takes to the skies above Dollywood in 2023 as part of Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration (June 17th-August 6th). Another favorite—"Gazillion Bubble Show Aurora"—returns to deliver a mesmerizing burst of excitement to guests in DP's Celebrity Theater. The show provides many moments where guests will be enveloped by "gazillions" of bubbles for a fun and unpredictable experience that captivates the entire family. Liquid Beats, Hydro Jive Junction, and the Bubble Foam Zone all return in 2023 after popular debuts during this year's festival.


Dollywood's Harvest Festival:  A family tradition for many, Dollywood's Harvest Festival, presented by Humana (September 22nd- November 4th), celebrates the beauty of fall with thousands of carved pumpkins, spirited performances from talented singers, and the fun of Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which was previously named the best theme park harvest event in the world, features elaborate displays that are fun for every family member. In addition, creative culinary items, accomplished artisans, and fall fun in the Smokies make this a picture-perfect time to enjoy Dollywood.


Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas: The industry's Best Theme Park Christmas event—Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (November 11th- January 6th)—concludes the park's 2023 season with five million lights, festive holiday shows, and the warm Christmas atmosphere guests have come to expect during this joyous time of year.


Dollywood's 2023 Season Passes Information

Dollywood's 2023 season is so big, guests should consider a season pass to ensure they can experience all of the fun! Three season pass levels—Diamond, Gold, and Silver—provide great options for every guest. 

At the same time, the popular Pre-K Imagination Season Pass offers free season-long admission to any child born in 2018 or 2019. Passes are on sale now with reduced pricing until October 30th for current Dollywood season passholders and those who pre-registered for this special offer. Then, on October 31st, season passes go on sale to the general public.


Dollywood Diamond Season Passes provide a premium experience for guests. In addition to admission all season long, Diamond passholders receive Saturday Early Ride Time, four Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, free general parking, the largest discounts on dining, merchandise, and lodging, an all-season unlimited refill mug per pass, as well as discounts on TimeSaver passes, VIP tours and preferred parking. In addition, Diamond Season Passes provide the passholder season access to Dollywood's Splash Country.


The Gold Pass represents a tremendous value for guests thanks to Saturday Early Ride Time for the passholder, two Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, free general parking, a one-day unlimited refill mug per pass, and discounts on dining, merchandise, and lodging.  

Diamond and Gold passholders also receive access to exclusive "Golden Events," exclusive events and activities. Only the named passholder can receive the perks associated with each pass type.


Gold and Diamond passholders also can take advantage of another great perk, daily "Golden Hours." 

Gold and Diamond Season Passes operate just like TimeSaver passes during the first hour of every operating day, allowing the named passholder expedited boarding on Dollywood's world-class rides and attractions.


Silver Season Passes also are available and include two Bring-a-Friend Free tickets and a discount on Dollywood lodging. Select blackout dates apply to Silver Season Passes and Silver Bring-a-Friend Free tickets. 


For more information about Dollywood's 2023 season or season passes, please visit or download the Dollywood app.

Start planning your trip to Dollywood now!


2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

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