Monday, September 15, 2014

Family vacation 2014 --Dollywood Recap...

I've been vacationing to the Pigeon Forge, TN area ever since I was a child and not once did I ever visit Dollywood. So on our recent vacation this summer Craig and I made it a priority to take the boys and my 79 year old grandma who was traveling with us. We had so much fun visiting for a day and wished we could have spent more time there because the park offered so much to do.

Dollywood Theme Park is recognized as one of the world's best theme parks and is the perfect vacation destination for everyone in the family no matter their age. The park offers 150 acres of fun nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Whether you're a thrill seeker ready to tackle a large roller-coaster or simply visiting to enjoy one of the many entertainment shows, I really think you will enjoy all of the attractions just as we did.

We had a blast riding all of the rides. We started off at the Country Fair which offered bumper cars, the scrambler, a Ferris wheel and rides on a much smaller scale. Perfect for those little ones who can't ride bigger roller coasters yet. You could also try your luck at fair style games like winning a stuffed animal or basketball.

We also checked out some of the larger rides. We had so much fun trying out the new FireChaser Express, Grady's first real rollercoaster which he LOVED!  It was also fun watching those brave enough to ride the Wild Eagle which lets you soar through the air and those who didn't mind getting soaked on a hot day riding Daredevil Falls. There is a ride for everyone at Dollywood, you just have to decide how fast or slow you're willing to go! The only disappointment we had was not being able to ride the Dollywood Express steam engine that wasn't open for the day, we still aren't sure why, but were all looking forward to that!

You don't have to be a rollercoaster riding thrill seeker to enjoy Dollywood. My grandma had so much fun watching the boys ride rides. She did ride a few, but she really enjoyed watching the shows, browsing the beautiful shops which offered Dolly Parton themed items and much more. She also loved trying out some of the great food and treats the park had to offer it's guests.

If you're planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain area (Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge / Sevierville) our family highly recommends a trip to Dollywood. We only visited for a day, but would recommend going more so that you can see and do it all. We can not wait until our next visit and will definitely be visiting the theme park again!


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