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Dollywood Rides – The Best in the Park and Who Can Ride

Dollywood has something for everyone in the family and if you are the family thrill seeker, you’ll find so many amazing Dollywood rides to satisfy you! Here’s a comprehensive list of all the rides at Dollywood and who can ride them.

When I say there’s something for everyone at Dollywood, I’m not exaggerating at all. It’s a great place to visit with the entire family, even multiple generations, because every age will enjoy the sights, sounds, and adventure at the Friendliest Theme Park in America.

Whether you enjoy shopping, watching world class entertainment, eating the most delicious cuisine, or riding some amazing theme park rides, you’ll find it all there. 

But today, we’re definitely focusing on the 39 rides and attractions at Dollywood… which ones are the BEST [in my humble opinion, of course, after visiting for the past 33 years] and which Dollywood rides and attractions each member of the family can ride. Below you’ll find an amazing list and you’ll notice that Dollywood Rides marked with * are my family’s favorites!

Newest Dollywood rides:

We are less than a month away from the grand opening of Wildwood Grove. I had the amazing opportunity to do a construction tour of the new area last month and see the progress of the attractions. The pictures below are of the rides from March 2019 [2 months before opening]!

I’ll be sharing more about this area of the park once it officially opens on May 10th, but for now you can read over this list of the newest rides that Dollywood will have to offer. I’ll also be updating with pictures and ride specifics and height requirements once the area opens.

The Dragonflier [39″, Under 48″ accompanied by 16+ year old] – Perhaps the most anticipated ride in Wildwood Grove. From my sneak peek of the area in March, it looks to be a little smaller than Firechaser Express. But it’s unique in that the rider will sit with their legs hanging in this family coaster!

Black Bear Trail [36″, Under 42″ accompanied by 16+ year old] – An adorable ride for all ages and it celebrates the Smokies most famous inhabitants!

Frogs & Fireflies 

Great Tree Swing [36″, Under 48″ accompanied by 16+ year old] – This is reminiscent of the big rocking pirate ships, but with a mountain theme. 

Hidden Hollow – This area isn’t a ride, but more of an attraction. It will be an indoor play area for all ages with climbing structures and more. A great way to get little ones out of the heat.

The Mad Mocking Bird [36″, Under 48″ accompanied by 16+ year old] – 

Treetop Tower 

Wildwood Creek – Another attraction rather than a ride, but Wildwood Creek is sure to be a family favorite. It will feature a splash pad and the perfect way to cool off on a hot day!

Dollywood rides the whole family can enjoy:

Believe it or not, there are rides and attractions at Dollywood that the whole family can enjoy together – no height requirements! That is Dolly’s ultimate wish for visitors, after all. That Dollywood is a place for the whole family to come together and make lasting memories. All, except for Rockin’ Roadway can be found in the Country Fair area [or really close to this area]. Wildwood Grove, once open, will also feature rides for the entire family to enjoy together.

Dollywood or Bust Collage

*Dollywood Express – Take a ride through the Smoky Mountains on this unique coal-fired steam engine. Find out why it’s such a unique train here!

Lemon Twist [under 48″ must be accompanied by 16+ year old] – This ride is similar to “tea cup” type ride.

*Amazing Flying Elephants [under 48″ must be accompanied by 16 year old] – This is a MUST RIDE if you have little ones! It’s still one of my 6 year old’s favorites!

*Rockin’ Roadway [under 42″ must be accompanied by 16+ year old] – Driving mini classic cars should be on everyone’s must-ride list. This is a ride for everyone in the entire family and one that you definitely need to put on your list!

Village Carousel [under 42″ must be accompanied by 16+ year old]


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*Scramber [under 48″ must be accompanied by 16+ year old] – Reminiscent of the old carnival ride, this one is SO FUN and seats a lot of riders at once so it’s usually a quick wait line.

Littles only – These rides are for small children only [those who can sit unassisted and have head control] and are located in the Country Fair section of the park: Busy Bees, Lucky Duck, and Piggy Parade. There are also play areas for all ages, but mainly focused on younger children throughout the park [check your map]: Firehouse Fun Yard, Granny’s Garden, Pig Pen, and Lil’ Pilots Playground.


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Dollywood Roller Coasters

While some might think that Dollywood is just for little kids or just for the older generations that like shows, they were busy building a roller coaster empire that can rival just about any other theme park! Check out the amazing coasters that you can ride today.

*The Wild Eagle [50″ – 78″] – Truly one of my favorite roller coasters EVER. It’s the smoothest coaster I’ve ever ridden and the winged sitting position [it’s America’s first winged coaster] is so unique. This will be one of your favorites that you’ll wanna ride over and over.

*Lightning Rod [48″] – This is the newest coaster of the bunch and the fastest, topping speeds of 73 mph! It’s unique in that it’s a hybrid coaster that launches riders from 0 to 45 UP a hill. You can NOT miss this one.

Mystery Mine [48″] – This is actually my least favorite coaster at the park as it is a bit of a bumpy ride, but the theme is incredible.

Thunderhead [48″] – It’s been named the best wooden coaster more than a few times and once you ride it, you’ll see why!

*Tennessee Tornado [48″] – This is the first BIG coaster that Sophia has been able to ride so it’s always going to be her favorite. If going upside down 3 times at 70mph sounds exciting… this is your ride!

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*Blazing Fury [42″] – This is the iconic Dollywood ride that you absolutely can’t miss. In fact, it’s been a part of the park since before it was even Dollywood. It even has a bit of a cult following, with it’s own Wikipedia page, and when you ride you’ll more than likely here someone quoting half of the ride!

*Firechaser Express [39″, Under 48″ accompanied by 16 year old] – This family coaster is SUCH a good coaster that even if the kids aren’t with us, my husband and me always ride it.

Dollywood FireChaser Express Collage

Whistlepunk Chaser [36″, Under 42″ accompanied by 16 year old] – This junior coaster is a great way to get the little ones starting on riding roller coasters early. It’s a fun loop, that goes around 3 times, in Thunderhead’s shadow.

Wet Rides

*Daredevil Falls [42″] – This is a super fun thrill ride similar to Splash Mountain. 

*Smoky Mountain River Rampage [36″] – An iconic water ride, just about everyone in the family can enjoy a ride on the River Rampage together. It’s so fun to see who will get the wettest on this ride!

Other Dollywood Rides

Barnstormer [48″] – Not for the faint of heart – I can ride all of Dollywood’s rides but this one was a one-time only for me. It’s a little hidden too, so be sure to check your map for the location if you’re brave enough to try!

*Demolition Derby [42″ to ride; 48″ to drive] – The bumper cars are one of our family’s favorites!

*Dizzy Disk [48″] – If you don’t mind going in circles and feeling like you’re going to fly right through the air, you’ll love this one. My oldest daughter and I never miss it and the wait times are usually low as well!

*Drop Line [48″] – Are you brave enough to drop 20 stories at over 75 miles an hour?! It’s a FUN ride for sure! The anticipation of dropping is the best part, I think!

Lumberjack Lifts [40″] – Located in Timber Canyon, this one definitely takes some muscle.

*Shooting Star [36″, Under 42″ accompanied by 16+ year old] – This ride is one that my girls have been riding each time  we go since they were tiny. It’s a fun, mini version of Drop Line, but totally worth the ride even for us adults. It’s located in Country Fair.

Sky Rider [42″] 

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*Waltzing Swinger [42″, Under 48″ accompanied by 16+ year old] – Littles will need to ride in a double swing with you, but this is a fun, iconic Dollywood ride.

Our usual path for the best Dollywood rides:

I shared with you above some of our favorite Dollywood rides [marked with an * in the lists above] so here’s our usual path to be able to hit all of them every time we go! Whether you’re a Dollywood season pass holder or just visiting for the day, you’ll want to have your ride plan mapped out so you make sure and hit the rides that your family most wants to enjoy.

We always try to arrive at the park early, be sure to check the Dollywood hours of operation on the day you’re visiting, to miss some of the crowd. As soon as we enter the park, we turn left to head up towards Timber Canyon because a lot of our favorites are here – Wild Eagle, Firechaser Express, Thunderhead, and Drop Line. This is also the way to Wildwood Grove once it opens.

We usually hit our favorite coasters then follow the path around to Tennessee Tornado and Blazing Fury. After a quick stop for Cinnamon Bread, we head to the Country Fair area and round out our day with a stop at Rockin’ Roadway and The Lightening Rod!

Although this is our normal path, with the opening of Wildwood Grove, I expect the crowds to be high for awhile so we’ll probably take the opposite path and try to hit the Dollywood rides in that area at low times [such as a couple of hours before park closes or as soon as it opens].

There you have it – a comprehensive list of Dollywood rides and our thoughts on them too! 

What are YOUR favorite Dollywood rides?

alice marie knautz

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

I have a seven year old autistic granddaughter who is non verbal,but ambulatory. Would there be enough for her to enjoy if we came to dollywood? wish there were special days and hrs as shes not very social. doesn't have any behavior issues. loves tame rides,water and to climb etc.