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Dollywood is Reopening! Here’s What You Need to Know for 2022!

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 will be open for the 2022 season on March 12th!

Prior to your visit, be sure to read about all the changes as well as Dollywood hours of operation!

Dollywood Reopening on March 12th

Dollywood is set to open for Season Pass holders only on March 11th for Passholder Preview Day. The park will be open from 10 am – 6 pm.

Dollywood will be open for all guests starting, Saturday March 12th and will operate during the hours of 10 am – 7 pm.

“We are excited to get open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are here!” Dolly Parton said.

family on dollywood ride

The BIGGEST change for Dollywood in 2022 are the Dollywood Season Pass Levels. There are now 3 Dollywood season pass options. I’ve broken them all down in this detailed blog post to help you decide which Dollywood season pass is right for your family.

I had the chance to visit Dollywood to see the construction that happens during the off season to get ready for opening day. Crews are hard at work making changes that you might not even notice visually, but will make a big impact on guest experience.

In fact, these changes are being made because of you! If you have ever visited Dollywood, you’ve likely been emailed a survey. Dollywood takes feedback very seriously and has implemented a lot of that into the parks’ 36th season!

constructions around dollywood

According to the Dollywood Blog, here are some changes that Dollywood is making for 2022:

Parking Lot – The parking area is changing a bit to speed up the entry process. I’m excited for this as lines can definitely get backed up. They’ll be adding extra toll booths and re-situating parking a bit.

Dollywood Emporium – The Dollywood Emporium is getting a huge facelift. This is the big store that you go through to exit the park. I always felt like it was a bit cramped in this shop so I hope there’s a little more room to move about.

dollywood rollercoaster lightning rod with yellow car and old gas pumps

Space – and lots of it! Just like last year, Dollywood listened to guests and are adding more space around the park. Walkways have been opened up to create more room and one more sentimental change is that the old cave between The Village and Craftsman’s Valley has been removed. It was a great place to cool down on a hot day, but honestly was lacking in a purpose.

dollywood train and grist mill with flowers

Eating Areas – Dollywood boasts a ton of restaurants and the food is excellent, as you know if you’ve been. But, guest experience surveys showed that people wanted more places to sit and eat the delicious Dollywood food.

new construction

They listened. Dollywood added 2 large extra seating areas last year and this year are working to renovate Victoria’s Pizza. It’s a great restaurant to try when you visit!

This chapel is definitely one to be preserved because it makes the theme park super unique and it made my list of Things You Didn’t Know About Dollywood – do you know why?!

dollywood chapel construction

With opening day being on March 12th, you’ll have just a little over a month before the first Dollywood festival. Flower & Food Festival is the first of the 2022 season and will kick off on April 22nd and run through June 5th. It’s one that you definitely don’t want to miss and one of my new favorites!

funnel cake waffle with cream and flowers dollywood flower and food festival food item

You can read more about the Flower & Food Festival here. You can learn more about all the other Dollywood festivals and when they will be happening here.

Exciting news to announce: Dollywood is no longer making any changes to regular operating and all COVID restrictions have been dropped!

Dollywood Season Passes explained
  • Guests are NOT required to wear masks.
  • You are NOT required to be vaccinated to enter the park.
  • All operations will adhere to the Tennessee Pledge and state operational restrictions. 
dollywood market square

Dollywood Season Pass Reservation NEW Information

If you are a Dollywood Season Passholder, you have unlimited visits to the park in 2022 AND YOU NO LONGER NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION – WOOHOO! So many of us have been waiting for that to change and it has changed now!

Have questions about Dollywood reopening? Let me know and I’ll try to find the answers for you!


Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Are reservations required to visit park during December 2022


Thursday 7th of April 2022

At this time, there are no reservations required for season passholders. That could always change, I guess, but for now - that's what we know.

Bret Bourgeois

Saturday 19th of March 2022

Why doesn’t the Dollywood App show wait times? It did last year. Thanks


Sunday 27th of March 2022

Hi Bret - I believe you can only see wait times in the app when you're close to Dollywood. I just checked from my phone at home and don't see them, but I know I saw them on opening day while I was in the park. Hope that helps!

Karen Willis

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

If I bought a day pass online and plan to upgrade to season pass. How would I make reservations.. since I’m not actually a season pass holder ?


Friday 18th of March 2022

Hi Karen - Dollywood has cancelled the reservation system for Season Passholders! Woohoo! So there's no need to make a reservation for once you upgrade. If you plan on buying a gold pass, I would do that straight off because you'll save that first $25 parking fee!

Laura Anderson

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Season passholders should be able to get into park anytime park is open without a reservation. Also, the bring a friend passes should be used anytime without blackout dates.


Wednesday 9th of March 2022

I agree with the season passholder comment, but the reservation system was used because of Covid and crowd restrictions. I have good news on that, though - as of now, the reservation system has been lifted! I need to update this post to reflect that change. As far as blackout dates on BAF passes, that's always been the case, unfortunately.

Pat Cornell

Saturday 16th of October 2021

I am trying to make reservations for Sunday october 31, 2021. Will the park be open and can I get tickets