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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!

Marsha Pettitt

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Can we use gift certificate with no expiration date? I have called park but cannot get a live person to talk to.


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

I am not really sure what type of gift certificate you have. It would be best to continue to try to call the park. Good luck!


Friday 5th of August 2022

Is there anyway to get discount tickets


Thursday 25th of August 2022

Hi Debbie! They just released the Everyone Pays Kids Prices promo. You can find more info here:

Dee Jones

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Are there dates for the everyone pays kids prices yet for 2022? Thanks


Thursday 25th of August 2022

Hi Dee! The Everyone Pays Kids Prices promo has been announced! Get all the details here:

Linda Sargent

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Why doesn't Dollywood publish the artists who are appearing at Dollywood other than those who are normally there. I would schedule more visits if this was done. Entertainment by other artists is not what it used to be, or it isn't advertised unless you get it from the artist. And then you don't have time to schedule.


Thursday 25th of August 2022

Hi Linda - I'm not sure about that. I know you can check Dollywood's website for show schedules. They definitely don't have as many outside artists in the park like they used to. I agree on that.


Saturday 4th of June 2022

Love the food tasting passes. These should be offered all the time, great way to taste the different foods offered.


Monday 13th of June 2022

I AGREE! And the value was outstanding, as long as you got the higher priced food items.