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April 24, 2024

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Dollywood Sets Open Date for its 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 opens for its 2024 season on Saturday, March 9! The Smoky Mountain theme park’s 39th season will offer a new live shows during its “I Will Always Love You Music Festival,” which runs from March 9 through April 14; and the brand-new Dolly Parton Experience, which will open in May.

I Will Always Love You Music Festival

Dollywood will open this season with another tribute to the classic ballad “I Will Always Love You,” written by Parton in 1973 and released on her “Jolene” album in 1974.

The I Will Always Love You Music Festival will feature three new shows celebrating Parton’s iconic music and career:

  • “From the Heart – The Life and Music of Dolly Parton,” her remarkable life story created by Broadway director John Dietrich
  • a new show called “Trio,” in which the group Three Times A Lady honors the iconic 1987 album that featured Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt
  • an interactive “Sing-a-long with Dolly” show that invites guest to belt out the lyrics to some of Parton’s biggest hits

NEW! Dolly Parton Experience

And the tributes to Parton only begin there. In May, 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.