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Dollywood’s Splash Country Opens for 23rd Season

The brand-new Big Bear Mountain roller coaster is now open at Dollywood and Splash Country is opening May 13 - 14 for the park's 23rd season!

Summer’s-a-comin’ and so is the heat! Cool off at Dollywood’s Splash Country as it opens for its 23rd season this Saturday, May 13 and Mother’s Day, May 14. The park begins daily operations on Saturday, May 20 and will stay open through August 6.

To add to the excitement, the brand-new Big Bear Mountain roller coaster is now open! Located inside Wildwood Grove, Big Bear is the longest coaster at Dollywood. Riders of all ages can board and ride on the 3,990 ft. track for a nearly two-minutes.


Dollywood’s Big Bear Mountain is now open!

Water fun, thrilling rides, delicious eats and more for families in the Smokies is what Dollywood is all about.

“At Dollywood’s Splash Country we know the park experience is more than just our world-class slides and attractions,” says Jordan Leach, Splash Country’s Director of Operations. “Families come here to experience both thrills and chills. To ensure we provide ample comfort and relaxation opportunities for our guests, we’ve added multiple shade structures to our main lounge area. We’ve also brought in additional food trucks for the 2023 season.”

Highest-Quality Safety Award

It’s tricky keeping up with romping kids at waterparks, sp it’s good to know that Dollywood’s attention to safety is unmatched. In 2022, Splash Country received an international safety award for “achieving the highest quality of lifeguard professionalism and operational standards.”

An example of Splash Country’s dedication to water safety is the 13th annual Water Safety Day, set for June 22. The day of learning begins with 8:30 a.m. registration for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (9:30 a.m.). Children of all ages can participate in the event.

With summer kicking off this month and plenty of kids off until August, make plans to visit Dollywood with your family. For more information, head to dollywood.com.


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