Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show Now Open In Myrtle Beach and Pigeon Forge

Published March 17, 2021 / Last Updated March 17, 2021
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The swashbuckling fun has returned to Myrtle Beach, SC, and Pigeon Forge, TN, with the season openings of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

Captain Blackbeard and his daring, fearless crew will thrill buccaneers of all ages in high-flying acrobatic competitions and spectacular aerial feats, all while they enjoy a bountiful pirate’s feast. The exciting adventure features sword fights, blazing cannons, mystical mermaids and pirates scaling high above two full-sized pirate ships fighting to win Davy Jones’ coveted sunken treasure that will have guests cheering at the amazing heroics around every corner.

The show in Myrtle Beach, SC, and Pigeon Forge, TN, is an epic battle for lost treasure on land, on deck and in the water of the show’s 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. Daring diving dogs, salty sea lions and tropical birds also join in the quest to find the ultimate pirate treasure.

“This show is a fantastic journey where families can create lasting memories together. We are living in a time when it’s never been more important to be together and create experiences not to be forgotten,” said Leah Hicks, Corporate Director of Marketing for Pirates Voyage. “Families love experiencing all of the unique elements of our show – with ship-to-ship battles, cannons blazing, acrobatics and a delicious feast.”

As any pirate knows, searching for treasure can work up quite an appetite! So when visitors enter the arena for this swashbuckling spectacular, guests are served a hearty and delicious Four-Course Pirate Feast straight from Captain Blackbeard’s galley.

Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show online to make plans to join in the fun with your crew.

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Dolly Parton’s Stampede Now Open for 2021 Season In Pigeon Forge and Branson

Published March 17, 2021 / Last Updated March 17, 2021
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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It’s time to stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Branson, MO, at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction.

Families looking for a fun-filled, action-packed extravaganza will want to check out Dolly Parton’s Stampede, now open for the season in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri. This dinner attraction is a stomping good time for the whole family from the trick riding to the feast.

This friendly rivalry transports visitors to the American frontier where buffalo and thundering longhorns roam. The cast leads the show’s 32 magnificent horses through barrel races, trick riding and other amazing stunts. Singing, dancing and other special effects tie the acts together and immerse visitors in the comedic fun and entertainment. Be sure to arrive early and visit the signature Horse Walk where guests can snap a picture with a few of the show’s stars. David Swangel, Stampede’s General Manager in Pigeon Forge, TN, said,

“As we enter 2021, our dedicated cast members look forward to making every show the ultimate entertainment and dining experience. That’s why we look forward to every new season – we want guests to make memories they will hold onto for a lifetime.”

Four-Course Feast

Visitors will have their hands full during the show with the signature Four-Course Feast, so be prepared to stomp your feet in applause. The Feast includes Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, an herb-basted potato, the Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages, including Coca-Cola® products, tea and coffee. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

Make Plans

Visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede to book your tickets and see why it’s the World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction®.

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Dollywood Is Open For 2021 Season

Published March 15, 2021 / Last Updated March 16, 2021
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dollywood is open for the 2021 season with a myriad of festivals, new shows, entertainment and food planned throughout the year.

Dollywood is open for 2021, welcoming guests throughout the weekend. After receiving stellar guest reviews throughout 2020 about the overall park experience, the Pigeon Forge family destination has a bright outlook for 2021, its 36th season. The award-winning park is ready to welcome guests of all ages to an exciting year filled with festivals, entertainment and delicious cuisine.

Dollywood Company Awards

After receiving stellar guest reviews throughout 2020 about the overall park experience, Dollywood has a bright outlook for 2021. The Dollywood Company earned several impressive awards and designations last year, including Dollywood theme park being recognized by Tripadvisor as the #8 best park in the world. In addition, Dollywood’s Splash Country was named a top-five water park by USA Today readers, while Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa was named a “Top 15 Best Resort Hotel in the South,” as well as one of the “Top 25 Resorts in the US that are Perfect for Families” by Travel + Leisure.

“Our people are doing a great job to care for our guests, and I’m just glad that everyone is seeing what the good folks at Dollywood have been doing to make it one of the best family destinations in the entire country,” said Dolly. “What we have is special. It’s a place where folks can come to enjoy those precious moments they will cherish forever. This season looks bright, and I just know families are going to love making a lot of great memories this year.”

Dolly continued, “I wish I could be there for the opening, but the doctors said I need to wait until after I’ve had the second dose of the vaccine. Let’s all be patient. All of this stuff is going to be over soon, and I know it won’t be long until we can be together.”

Off-Season Prep

A number of projects, including park infrastructure enhancements and ride retracking efforts, took place during the off-season, and all are designed to add to the guest experience. New restaurant seating areas have been added to the park, while projects at roller coasters Lightning Rod, Blazing Fury, Thunderhead and Mystery Mine took place with guest satisfaction in mind. It all adds up to a season Dollywood guests won’t want to miss.

“There is no doubt; this is the year to have a season pass,” explained Eugene Naughton, President of The Dollywood Company. “We have so many exciting things planned for our festivals this year—like concerts, new shows and entertainment, a number of new culinary items and more—that our guests are going to want to come back time and time again to experience the fun of Dollywood and the beauty of the always-changing Smoky Mountains.

“Our goal every single day is to provide the best possible experience for our guests. It is a lot of hard work, but the reward for all of us is to see the smiles, hear the laughter and read the great notes and emails about how they love the moments they have here at Dollywood. They tell us it is that time that helps them come closer together as a family and that those are the memories they will keep forever. That is the reason we all do what we do.”

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival

As always, Dollywood’s teams work hard to incorporate the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains into the park atmosphere, especially during the multiple festivals that take place each year. A different festival accentuates the outdoors each season of 2021, bringing the Smokies into the park for a truly unparalleled experience.

A fresh festival highlights the spectacle of spring with Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health (April 23-June 7). Guests will be delighted by more than half-a-million brightly blooming flowers that make up numerous displays and lavish landscaping throughout Dollywood. Fun and discovery are around every corner, thanks to larger-than-life sculptures including a butterfly umbrella, various animal scenes and even a depiction of Dolly’s mother quilting the Coat of Many Colors. Returning in 2021, the dazzling Umbrella Sky greets guests with a stunning visual upon arrival as hundreds of colorful umbrellas are suspended above Showstreet.

Flower & Food Festival Dining Pass

In addition to the beautiful flowers, a wide selection of culinary creations abounds to delight guests’ taste buds with a menu full of items inspired by spring in the Smokies. Among the new offerings in Dollywood’s 2021 season is the Flower & Food Festival Dining Pass, which allows guests to partake in multiple entrees at a number of culinary locations during the springtime event.

Melodies of Spring Concert Series

Entertainment—a vital component of the Dollywood experience—plays a lead role this season thanks to a number of new shows, as well as a concert series which debuts during the Flower & Food Festival. The Melodies of Spring concert series features contemporary Christian artists, Southern gospel groups and other fresh and inspiring acts all appearing inside DP’s Celebrity Theater. Among the artists currently scheduled are Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, I AM THEY, Rebecca St. James, Sidewalk Prophets, the Rhett Walker Band, Triumphant Quartet and many more.

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Dollywood’s Upcoming Festivals & Entertainment

Several shows featuring Dollywood’s own performers debuted during today’s park opening, including Harmonies of the Heart—featuring Dolly’s family—and A Brighter Day, an inspiring show that delights guests with uplifting favorites at the Back Porch Theater. In The Village, Dollywood’s talented The Tones offer a fresh acapella take on today’s current hits. Performances of all three will continue until the fall.

Summer Celebration

Guests visiting during the park’s warmer months can enjoy Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 25-July 31), which is—just as the name implies—a celebration of family fun and laughter at a place everyone loves. With later nighttime hours, families can ride Dollywood’s world-class roller coasters all day and well into the night. New during Summer Celebration is a groundbreaking, multi-sensory experience that paints the night sky above Dollywood with stunning animations and superior storytelling to create a symphony of light that represents a true evolution in traditional theme park entertainment.

Taking place every night during Summer Celebration, this sensational show features hundreds of drones flying high above the Smoky Mountain destination to create stunning 3D animations that tell a dynamic, Dollywood-exclusive story. As seen at some of the biggest events around the world, the drones—which are accented by a musically-choreographed fireworks show—create a visual and audial event of epic proportions.

As part of the half-a-million-dollar production, a hyped DJ and energetic dancers bring the fun to the streets in Wildwood Grove and make guests part of the action during a 30-minute party that ensures every member in the family is on their feet. As the dancing nears its finale, the party takes to the sky when the drones launch into the air for an unforgettable end to the evening.

Harvest Festival

Later in the season, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 24-Oct. 30)—named by readers of USA Today as the best theme park harvest event in the world—provides bushels of fun thanks to everyone’s favorite Smoky Mountain tradition, Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. Dollywood stays open late each evening, giving families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. During the day, guests can expect a packed concert schedule, with hundreds of performances across several genres occurring during the festival.

Smoky Mountain Christmas

The season ends with the event that has set the standard for theme park holiday events, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 6- Jan. 2, 2022). It’s the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit with more than five million holiday lights, festive and warm holiday performances, a traditional Christmas atmosphere, and the comforting tastes of classic holiday-themed food. It is easy to see why it has become a family favorite for so many.

Plan Your Trip

With so much excitement planned for 2021, Dollywood season passes are must-haves to enjoy a year of fun and festivities the whole family can enjoy. Pair it with a trip to Dollywood’s Splash Country and stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort for your family’s most memorable 2021 vacation.

For more information about Dollywood’s 2021 season, operating calendars and more, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Dollywood Prepares For 2021 Season Opening

Published March 11, 2021 / Last Updated March 11, 2021
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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The Dollywood Maintenance Team is working to ensure all rides are ready for opening day. 

Dollywood opens Saturday, March 13, (Friday, March 12, for season passholders). With only a few days until the 2021 season opening, the maintenance team is busy wrapping up their usual off-season ride maintenance. Dollywood’s Rides Maintenance Director, Barry Stiltner said,

“What I love about Dollywood maintenance is just that they are so genuine about their job. They love making sure that the rides are operating as high of percentage time as they can.”

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the maintenance shop with Barry as he shows the team’s hard work and dedication.

Plan A Visit

With thrills for all ages, it is a place the whole family can enjoy. Plan your trip to Dollywood and be sure to check out a season pass for an entire year of laughter, entertainment, thrill rides and memories. 

For more information about the upcoming season and a park opening calendar, visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

Published February 8, 2021 / Last Updated February 25, 2021
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

The most romantic day of the year is approaching, and the chefs at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa are preparing a special Valentine’s Day Dinner for you and your loved one.

On Sunday, February 14, from 5 PM – 9 PM, Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is offering the perfect culinary experience to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Treat your Valentine to an extraordinary three-course menu with an assortment of delicious, chef-prepared dishes, all while enjoying the classy, cozy atmosphere of Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery.

Reservations are required for this special Valentine’s Day Dinner, open to both Resort guests and Non-Resort guests. For more information, to see the menu or to make reservations, visit Dollywood.com.

Behind The Scenes With Executive Chef Debra Vance

For families deciding to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year, watch as Debra Vance, Executive Chef at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, shares a behind-the-scenes look at one of her favorite dishes!

This Porchetta Pork Loin is a delicious idea to create your own gourmet Valentine’s Day dinner, giving you a taste of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa at home!

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