Dollywood's 2024 Season: New Attractions, Festivals, and Perks for Guests!

Dolly Parton Experience

Dollywood never fails to amaze with its latest attractions every season!

Dollywood Parks & Resorts plans another large year following a massive 2023 season. Last year, the park added Big Bear Mountain—subsequently named the Best New Family Coaster in the world—and expanded the company's lodging properties with the October opening of Dollywood's HeartSong Lodge & Resort, now named one of National Geographic's "Hotels We Love in 2024."

Dolly Parton Experience


Not resting on its laurels, The Dollywood Company debuts the multi-faceted Dolly Parton Experience in May alongside several new guest-friendly amenities and an operating calendar that includes another 23 operational days—or 357 operating hours—for the 2024 season! 

With the addition, the Dollywood theme park's calendar grows to 281 operational days for 2024, after an additional 21 operating days were added to the 2023 calendar compared to the 2022 season. 

The park opens a week earlier than 2023, with Season Passholder Day on Friday, March 8, and the first day of operation for the general public on Saturday, March 9. All the projects and calendar changes have been undertaken with one thing in mind—Dollywood guests.


I Will Always Love You Music Festival at Dollywood

Dollywood's 2024 season begins with the I Will Always Love You Music Festival, which features three new shows celebrating Dolly's iconic career. Her remarkable story is told in "From the Heart—The Life and Music of Dolly Parton." The new show takes place in Celebrity Theater.

2024 Dollywood Season Festival Line-Up


For those who cannot contain their love of Dolly, "Sing-a-long with Dolly" invites guests to belt out the lyrics to some of her most-loved songs. This fun and interactive new show takes place at the Back Porch Theater. Finally, "Trio, Again featuring Three Times A Lady" honors the iconic "Trio" album released by Dolly, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt in 1987.


The Three Times A Lady trio, made up of singer/songwriters Lauren Mascitti, Kenney Scott, and Hannah Blaylock, presents this timeless show for Dollywood guests at the Showstreet Palace Theater. The I Will Always Love You Music Festival takes place March 9-April 14.


Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival, presented by Covenant Health (April 19-June 9), blooms bright with vivid larger-than-life flower sculptures. Park guests enjoy this immersive atmosphere as they go through over 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 Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration, presented by Food City (June 15-Sept. 1), is everyone's favorite summer tradition and once again includes Dollywood's Sweet Summer Nights drone and fireworks show every night. Another favorite, the "Gazillion Bubble Show," returns to mesmerize guests in Celebrity Theater.


A family tradition for many, Dollywood's Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 9-Oct. 28) opens two weeks earlier this season, providing guests more time to celebrate the beauty of fall with thousands of carved pumpkins, spirited performances from talented singers including Suzy Bogguss and Rhonda Vincent, and the fun of Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. Great Pumpkin LumiNights, previously named the best theme park harvest event in the world, features elaborate displays that are fun for every family member. Creative culinary items, accomplished artisans, and fall fun in the Smokies make this a picture-perfect time to enjoy Dollywood.


The industry's Best Theme Park Christmas event—Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (November 1- January 5)— also opens earlier this year and concludes the park's 2024 season with six million lights, festive holiday shows, and the warm Christmas atmosphere guests have come to expect during this joyous time of year.


With so much more in '24, guests should consider a season pass to ensure they can experience all the fun! The Gold Pass represents a tremendous value for guests. Those who purchase now receive a Bring-A-Friend Free ticket, free general parking, and discounts on dining, merchandise, and lodging. 

Diamond (Diamond Passes are sold out) and Gold passholders also receive access to special "Golden Events"—exclusive events and activities just for them. (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 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 including Big Bear Mountain.

Silver Season Passes are also available, including a Bring-a-Friend Free ticket and a discount on Dollywood lodging. Select blackout dates apply to adult and senior Silver Season Passes and Silver Bring-a-Friend Free tickets. Child Silver Season Passes do not have blackout dates.


Season pass prices increase after March 17. For more information about Dollywood's 2024 season or season passes, please visit or download the Dollywood app.

Will you be visiting Pigeon Forge this year? Make sure to check out my post of fun things to do.

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