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Dollywood Splash Country to Add New Slide – TailSpin Racer in 2017


We just spent our last day of Summer Break at Dollywood Splash Country on Sunday. Sophia started First Grade on Monday and we wanted to get out of the house and enjoy some splashing in the sun before the school season officially started.

We even rented a Riverside Retreat, which is like a personal cabana for a family, during this trip. I have to say – it was AH-mazing! In the retreat you have a 6 person dining table, television, ceiling fan, and a porch with 4 lounge chairs to enjoy soaking up sun privately. Perhaps my favorite amenity of the retreat was the hospitality service for food. Pick up the phone in your retreat and order lunch… and they deliver it right to you. It’s an amazing service for families attending Dollywood Splash Country for sure!

Today I got great news in my inbox too. Dollywood Splash Country will be adding a new attraction for 2017… an amazing 6 slide ride called TailSpin Racer. The full press release sharing this amazing new slide is below.

TailSpin RacerPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 16, 2016) – With the excitement of what is shaping up to be a record season in 2016, The Dollywood Company today announced the addition of TailSpin Racer to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017.

This thrilling new attraction allows up to six guests to race each other on mats through the twists and turns of TailSpin Racer’s unique spiraling tube design. The race begins with riders descending a daring first drop inside intertwined, high-speed AquaTubes. After navigating the wet and wild curves, riders emerge from the translucent tubes on a traditional mat racer-style slide. From there, it’s an all-out race toward the splashdown finish.

“TailSpin Racer is an exciting addition to the park that we know our guests are going to love,” explained Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown. “We always seek to add slides and attractions which will leave our guests with big smiles and memories to share. I think we’ll see a lot of fun as families and friends challenge each other to races down this great new slide.”

TailSpin Racer’s slides are longer than a football field in length and stand five stories above the park. The $2 million attraction, which uses ergonomically designed starting blocks, will be located alongside Big River Pavilion near the park entrance.

Thanks to strong visitation to Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2016, officials added five new days, Aug. 15-19, to the park’s operating calendar. The award-winning water park now is open daily through Aug. 21 and on weekends through Labor Day.

Dollywood’s Splash Country’s other family-favorite attractions underscore why the park was named America’s Must-See Waterpark in 2009 by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. The park also was named a Top-10 water park by TripAdvisor in 2016. With RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, the daredevil drops of Fire Tower Falls and Mountain Scream and the white water rafting journey on Big Bear Plunge, Dollywood’s Splash Country has thrill rides for the adventurous members of every family.

For those who want a slower pace, The Cascades leisure pool, Mountain Waves wave pool, Downbound Float Trip lazy river and children’s water play areas are a relaxing way to cool down. Voted one of America’s best waterparks by The Travel Channel, Dollywood’s Splash Country features more than 35 water adventure slides in its breathtaking natural surroundings, the Smokies.

With the upcoming addition of TailSpin Racer, an impressive lineup of water-based attractions, and fun at every splash, Dollywood’s Splash Country is the best place to beat the heat in the Smoky Mountains.

Will you be daring to ride TailSpin Racer at Dollywood Splash Country in 2017?



Sunday 21st of August 2016

The Tailspin Racer sounds like much fun and safe, too. The Riverside Retreat is a nice way to be able to enjoy everything!

Amber Ludwig

Tuesday 16th of August 2016

I sure hope so!! We loved our visit this May but didn't get to enjoy Dollywood!! Its on our list of awesome things to do next year!!