The 2010 Applause Award winner, Dollywood is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres and located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Thunderhead wooden coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S.
While the smaller children cannot ride the premier attractions, there are number of attractions the family can enjoy together in addition to wonderful shows, artisan/craft exhibits, and delicious food Hosting annually nearly 2.5 million visitors Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies, 20, than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage. In addition to mouth-watering Southern-style food offered throughout the park, Dollywood hosts five of the South’s largest festivals throughout the year bringing special performing groups and concerts. In 2012, Dollywood won five of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for Best Food, Friendliest Park, Best New Ride for Wild Eagle, Best Shows and Best Christmas Event.