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June 21, 2024

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Dollywood Open for 39th Season

The park’s 39th season offers new live shows during its "I Will Always Love You Music Festival," as well as a brand-new Dolly Parton Experience, which will open in May.

Dollywood Parks & Resorts is officially open for its 2024 season! The Smoky Mountain theme park’s 39th season will offer the brand-new Dolly Parton Experience, which opens Friday, May 25.

NEW! Dolly Parton Experience

The Dollywood Company will debut the multi-faceted “Dolly Parton Experience” as part of the company’s half-billion dollar, 10-year expansion plan. The new interactive experience features curated exhibits and live entertainment designed to make guests feel as if they are alongside Parton as she journeyed from humble beginnings in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, to elaborate stages around the world.

The exhibits span Parton’s iconic career, examine the inspiration for and results of her biggest dreams, focus on the importance of her family, and even offer a glimpse of her signature style through the years. The Dolly Parton Experience is three times the size of the former Chasing Rainbows Museum, which closed after the park’s 2019 season. The enhanced museum experience is housed in three buildings and Parton’s former tour bus.


Big Bear Mountain

Elsewhere in the park, roller coaster fans will delight in the second year of Dollywood’s newest ride, Big Bear Mountain, and the transformation of Lightning Rod, which will feature a new, high-speed chain lift that gives guests a more consistent and efficient ride experience.

For more information about Dollywood’s 2024 season, please visit




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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.