Dollywood Celebrates 25 Years

Dollywood is celebrating its 25th season this year, according to The Asheville Citizen Times. According to the article: But it took Parton’s star power to transform a small-town attraction into Sevier County’s biggest employer and the state’s top paid tourist draw with 2.5 million annual visitors — and turn Pigeon Forge (population 6,000) into a […]

Dollywood Announces Changes for 2013

Can you believe that’s it’s almost 2013? How is that possible? Possible or not, it’s almost here. Recently Dolly Parton announced changes coming to Dollywood for 2013. Here’s an overview: RiverRush — With an opening date in May 2013, RiverRush will be Tennessee’s first water roller coaster. It will go up to four stories high, […]

Plan ahead for 15 Smoky Mountain Christmas Events

Santa visits my niece, Jessalyn, on the Polar Express.

Right now, it’s all about pumpkins and ghosts. But, before we know it, it’ll be turkeys and pilgrims. And then, right on the tails of those pilgrims, come the elves and Christmas trees. Yes, indeed, friends, Christmas is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more thrilled. In fact, I’ve been begging my husband to […]

Kid Testers Recommend Kid-Friendly Smoky Mountain Activities

The CabinConnection Kid Testers -- Kinsen, Parker, and Jaybin. Parker will be sharing his Smoky Mountain favorites in, oh, about 3 years.

We haven’t heard from the CabinConnection Kid Testers for awhile. So I thought it might be fun to interview them about their favorite things to do in the Smoky Mountain area. We’ve had these kids at restaurants, shows, in the mountains, camping, staying in cabins, in Gatlinburg, in Pigeon Forge, in caves — they’ve pretty […]

Dollywood Announces Another Exciting New Ride


Dollywood announced last week that ANOTHER exciting new ride is on the way! For much of its history, Dollywood was known for its concerts and shows. In the last few years, Dollywood has been trying to add “COASTERS” to that list. And you know what? The park might just be pulling it off! This year, […]

Dolly Parton’s Song Added to National Recording Registry

According to Fox News, Dolly Parton is making history again. Each year, 25 songs are added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Parton’s song “Coat of Many Colors” was recently added for 2011. “Coat of Many Colors” is an autobiographical hit that Parton released in 1971. It brings the registry total to 350 […]

New Episode of Bachelorette to Take Place at Dollywood

According to, Dolly Parton and Dollywood will host the May 28th episode of ABC’s Bachelorette. The eighth edition of The Bachelorette stars Emily Maynard, who is a single mom that first appeared in the 15th season of The Bachelor. Apparently, Maynard is a longtime fan of Dollywood, so she chose the Pigeon Forge theme […]

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is Coming!

The group Riders in the Sky will perform at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass festival.

Man, one thing you have to say about the Smoky Mountain region: They like their barbeque. Both Gatlinburg and Sevierville recently had barbeque festivals. Now it’s Pigeon Forge’s turn. Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass festival is coming up, starting on May 26 and running through June 10. So what is it? Well, it’s 14 days of […]

Dollywood American Eagle Has Triplets

Oh yes, they are furry and cute. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, bald eagle parents “Independence” and “Franklin” gave birth to three babies last week in the “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary” at Dollywood. Apparently, the babies are called triplets because they all hatched from their eggs within a 30-hour period, which […]

Dollywood Eagle Coaster Opens to Rave Reviews

The new Wild Eagle coaster at Dollywood opened over the weekend. It got rave reviews, according to the Sun Herald. The coaster cost $20 million dollars to build, and is a wing coaster, the first of its kind in the United States. It opened Friday on Dollywood’s opening day. “Wild Eagle is an exhilarating roller […]