Earlier this year, Dollywood was gearing up for its 35th anniversary season. Then, the pandemic happened. 

Since its opening on June 15, people wanting to get their fix of the park attractions like the “FireChaser Express” or “Daredevil Falls” were required to make reservations in advance.

Earlier this week, however, Dollywood announced it will no longer require reservations for guests to visit its parks.

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“With the favorable feedback from our guests and the confidence our management team has in being able to continue to provide a satisfying experience for our guests, we are going to make it simpler and easier to visit the park without prior planning by removing the current reservation requirement,” explained Craig Ross, The Dollywood Company President in a press release. “Guests are sharing their praise for the extensive efforts we are making during this pandemic. They are telling us they enjoy the shorter wait times, and that they find it easy to spend their day with us.”

Dollywood’s Splash Country still requires reservations, but on Tuesday, officials announced Dollywood guests could not only attend the park as they please, but their tickets were also valid for a five-day window.

One-day tickets and multi-day tickets will be valid for five days after the originally selected date, meaning a visitor’s plans must change at the last minute — or if the weather doesn’t cooperate — they may visit at another time during the ticket window.

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Additionally, Dollywood has been nominated for a number of categories in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. The contests, which are now live, run through Monday, July 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Fans of Dollywood are encouraged to vote every day from each of their devices. Voting takes place at 10best.com/awards/travel. A page with links to each voting page can be found at www.dollywood.com/vote

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Guests can currently experience the Flower & Food Festival, where guests can explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms. These displays reach heights up to 14 feet and create breathtaking displays celebrating the spirit of the Smoky Mountains. 

Dollywood also remains open until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings through August 1, with a fireworks show to put an exclamation point on the evening. The park closes at 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. 

For more information and a video detailing the operational changes at the park, click here.