It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for… or at least in my family and just about every other family in East Tennessee and surrounding areas. Dollywood has just announced that they will be reopening and it’s SOON, very soon!
Prior to your visit, be sure to read about all the changes as well as Dollywood hours of operation!
Dollywood Reopening on June 15th
Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country are set to reopen on June 15th and 16th for Season Pass holders only. Both parks will open to everyone on June 17th.
“We are excited to get open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are here!” Dolly Parton said. “We have been blessed to work with some incredible experts at Covenant Health and with the State of Tennessee as we have navigated this extraordinary situation. Their advice and teamwork has provided untold help to make sure we are doing the right thing.”
All operations will adhere to the Tennessee Pledge and state operational restrictions.
“As Dolly said, we are now ready to reopen and get back to the business of ‘Making Memories Worth Repeating’ for our loyal and passionate guests to both our parks and resort,” Craig Ross, Dollywood President said. “The team has faced this challenge head on and they have made numerous operational changes we believe will help with the safety of our guests and hosts as we continue to deal with the coronavirus. Safety is—and always will be—one of our highest priorities.”
If you are visiting Dollywood, you’ll definitely want to check out these major changes to how the park will operate until further notice. You can find all the changes here, but I’ve highlighted some of the most important below:
- All guests will be required to wear a mask. Guests under 3 do not have to. There are also times where a mask is not required, such as when eating and on certain rides. Please see the complete rules about masks here.
- Social Distancing will apply. This means the park’s capacity will be limited. In order to comply with lower attendance numbers, single day Dollywood tickets will be sold for a particular day only.
- Season Pass holders will be required to make a reservation for the day they want to visit. According to Dollywood’s website, you’ll be able to reserve up to 2 days a month on high traffic days [Friday, Saturday, and Sunday] and 3 days on weekdays. You may only reserve 3 consecutive days at a time. Reservations can be made up to 45 days in advance and on the day of request [if space is allowed].
- All guests will have their temperature taken prior to entry. Any guest with a fever above 100.4 will not be allowed into the park, as well as any guests who were traveling with them.
- Restaurants and shops will be open with limited capacity. Some Dollywood rides will also be operating at lower capacity.
- At this time, there will be no indoor theater shows.
- As of now, 2020 Season Passes will be extended until June 15, 2021, instead of expiring at the end of the 2020 season as they normally do.
Dollywood is taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and seems to have a great plan ready to implement. There are other changes happening, so be sure to check out the full list here.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort Reopening
The DreamMore Resort is set to open on June 10th, just a few days ahead of both amusement parks. There will be changes to normal operation at the resort as well. Be sure to read the full list, linked above, but here are some of the most important, in my opinion:
- Masks will be required to be worn by guest 3+ when in public spaces, other than eating and swimming.
- Daily housekeeping services have been suspended, but deep cleaning and sanitizing between each guest will continue.
- The indoor pool will be closed.
- Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery will be open, but buffets have been discontinued.
- DreamMore Trolleys will run to the park, but masks will be required and temperature screenings will happen before boarding the trolley.
While everyone wishes things would get back to normal as soon as possible, the reality is, it isn’t. I applaud Dollywood for working through this pandemic and coming up with a plan of action to keep their employees and visitors safe.