Are you ready to visit the Friendliest Theme Park in the US? While Dollywood may be closed right now, the 2022 season will begin soon enough and here you’ll find all the details on visiting, including Dollywood hours of operation and important dates to keep on your calendar!
If you’re a Dollywood season pass holder and a Dollywood fanatic as much as me, you’re ecstatic that it’s open for another operating year already!
Dollywood will officially start the 2022 season on March 12, 2022. Let’s take a look at all the important dates and Dollywood hours of operation that you need to be aware of to start planning your next visit!
GET ALL THE DETAILS FOR VISITING DOLLYWOOD IN 2022 HERE.
When does Dollywood open?
Dollywood will officially open on March 12, 2022 and will stay open until January 1, 2023. Dollywood is not open every single day during 2022. There are some days in every month [except June and July] that the park is closed.
The park is also closed on some major holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. To see these particular closed dates, click here.
Dollywood’s Splash Country’s 2022 season runs from May 14th until September 5th.
What time does Dollywood open?
Dollywood does not run on a regular schedule every single day. Certain days are open longer than others, including summer festivals where the park stays open for quite a bit longer than spring days.
You’ll always want to consult your Dollywood calendar for exact park hours.
Some important Dollywood hours to keep in mind are special operating hours on Saturdays for Dollywood season pass holders only. Typically season pass holders can enter the park one hour early on Saturdays, with exclusive ride time on one theme park ride*.
*This hasn’t been officially announced for the 2022 season yet, but it is usually a season pass holder perk!
How is the pandemic affecting Dollywood hours and dates?
Dollywood hours and open dates are relatively similar to previous operating years. All COVID protocol has been dropped, as of now, because of low case numbers.
You are not required to wear a mask at Dollywood.
You are not required to be vaccinated to visit Dollywood.
For more information on how Dollywood is handling the pandemic, visit their website.
Dollywood Hours and Festival Schedule for 2022
Some of the most important Dollywood hours are focused around the amazing festivals to be seen at the Smoky Mountain theme park. Here’s a list of dates and hours for the 2022 festivals:
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival – April 22 – June 5
This relatively new festival immerses park guests in the splendor of spring flowers through creative and aromatic displays as well as the freshest food flavors of the spring with delicious and mouth-watering Smoky Mountain cuisine selections. You can learn more in this post all about the Flower and Food Festival.
Summer Celebration: June 18 – August 7
To celebrate the amazing summer season in the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is open late EVERY DAY of this Festival with an amazing drone show called “Sweet Summer Nights Dance and Drone Show”.
** New this year – Dollywood is open EVERY SINGLE DAY in June and July!
** During the entire festival, the park is open from 10am to 9:30!!
This is a GREAT time to take advantage of everything your Dollywood season pass has to offer. It’s also the best time to get a great deal on Dollywood tickets as you’ll be able to stay at the park longer than any other time of the year, allowing you to hit almost every single Dollywood ride in 1 day!
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring The GREAT Pumpkin LumiNights: September 23 – October 29
Fall is the most beautiful time to visit the Smoky Mountains and the perfect time to visit Dollywood too. You’ll find Dollywood hours to be from 10am-9pm for every single day during this festival, EXCEPT for September 27, and every Tuesday in October 5 because the park is CLOSED.
Smoky Mountain Christmas: November 5 – January 1
Dollywood saves the best for last when it comes to festivals and the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival is one that you’ll definitely want to catch.
Be aware that the park is closed on October 30 – November 4 to transition into this festival. It’s also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in November [open 1 Tuesday November 22] and the first two Mondays and Tuesdays in December and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Dollywood IS open on New Years Even and New Years Day!
Dollywood hours are 11 am – 9 pm every single OPENING day during this season!
If you ever have any additional questions about Dollywood hours or operation days, be sure to visit their calendar on their website or via the mobile app. You can find hours of operation for both the theme park and water park [once it opens in May].