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 opened for the 2023 season on March 11th!
Prior to your visit, be sure to read about all the changes as well as Dollywood hours of operation!
Dollywood Reopening on March 11th
Dollywood is set to open for Season Pass holders only on March 10th for Passholder Preview Day. The park will be open from 10 am – 6 pm.
Dollywood will be open for all guests starting, Saturday March 11th and will operate during the hours of 10 am – 8 pm.
“We are excited to get open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are here!” Dolly Parton said.
The BIGGEST change for Dollywood in 2023 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.
But the BIGGEST news for Dollywood in 2023 is the opening of Big Bear Mountain!
Being the newest of the Dollywood rides, I’m expecting BIG things from this new family-style coaster. I caught glimpses of it before Dollywood closed for the 2022 season and rumor has it that the last bit of track has been laid.
I’m so excited for the opening of Big Bear Mountain in Spring of 2023!
As a Dollywood Insider, I sometimes have a chance to visit Dollywood to see the construction that happens during the off season to get ready for opening day. Crews work hard during this time, 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’ 37th season!
According to the Dollywood Blog, here are some changes that Dollywood is making for 2023:
Space – and lots of it! Just like last year, Dollywood listened to guests and are adding more space around the park.
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.
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 is kicking off a BRAND NEW celebration for 2023 on opening day – March 11th. The “I Will Always Love You” Celebration is all about the 50th anniversary of Dolly’s most famous song. I’ll share more details as they are released – but I expect fabulous things for this celebration!
With that opening date, you’ll have just a little over a month before the first official Dollywood festival. Flower & Food Festival is the first full festival of the 2023 season and will kick off on April 21st and run through June 11th. It’s one that you definitely don’t want to miss and one of my new favorites!
Exciting news to announce: Dollywood is no longer making any changes to regular operating and all COVID restrictions have been dropped!
- 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 Season Pass Reservation NEW Information
If you are a Gold or Diamond Dollywood Season Passholder, you have unlimited visits to the park in 2023 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!
I’m also so happy to report that all the Bring a Friend passes that you receive with the Gold and Silver season passes have NO blackout dates this year! Essentially you are getting FREE Dollywood tickets!
It is important to remember that if you are a Silver Dollywood season pass holder, you will have blackout dates to your season pass. Be sure to check that operating calendar on the Dollywood website.