Dolly Parton is so iconic that the first time you heard the name “Dollywood”, you probably knew it was her theme park before anyone took the time to explain. Dollywood takes after its namesake in a lot of ways; it’s flamboyant, flashy and it sticks in your brain no matter how many years it’s been since you last visited.
Here are just 5 of the most iconic rides at Dollywood:
1. Dollywood Express
The Dollywood Express is a special attraction that transports you back in time. When you’re ready for a break from all the roller coasters and water rides, the Dollywood Express takes you on a breathtaking, 5-mile journey through the Smoky Mountain foothills. Once upon a time, this was the only way to travel. Nowadays it makes a wonderful photo op.
2. Blazing Fury
Like most of Dollywood, the Blazing Fury burns itself into your memories (in this case quite literally). This themed indoor roller coaster features a mad dash to escape a fiery fate. It’s an attraction that mixes the pure adrenaline of a roller coaster with the 19th century charm of Dollywood’s aesthetic, and that’s a kilter combination!
3. Smoky Mountain River Rampage
The Smoky Mountain River Rampage is Dollywood’s premiere water attraction. This ride simulates a journey through risky whitewater rapids and is guaranteed to soak all participants! Close your eyes and lose yourself in the journey. A lot of theme parks have water rides, but this is one that you’ll truly never forget.
4. Village Carousel
Dollywood’s gorgeous carousel ride taps directly into your nostalgia muscles. The Village Carousel is a place of pure joy, bringing smiles to everyone from the small children going on their first ride to the excited grandparents holding them steady in the saddle.
See if you can get a spot riding “Dolly”, the lead horse with the flowing blonde mane!
5. The Waltzing Swinger
The Waltzing Swinger is Dollywood’s answer to the classic fairground ride. Swing high above the park, gliding effortlessly through the sky. The ride gets its name for its almost dance-like movement and feel. There are even some seats specially designed to allow small children to ride safely next to their guardians so everyone can enjoy this iconic ride!