Dollywood Parks and Resorts to reopen starting this week

Jun 9 2020, 4:00 pm

Grab your boots and your push-up bra, and have your teasing comb ready, because Dollywood Parks and Resorts will begin reopening starting Wednesday, June 10, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with the first establishment being Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa.

Other venues will follow carefully behind: the Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Country Water Park are set to reopen on June 15 and 16. However, these dates are only for season ticket holders. The two facilities will be open for general admission beginning June 17.

The various venues will be implementing several new health and safety procedures based on the guidance of health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and federal government agencies.


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“We are excited to get open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are here!” Dolly Parton stated in a press release. “We have been blessed to work with some incredible experts at Covenant Health and with the State of Tennessee as we have navigated this extraordinary situation. Their advice and teamwork has provided untold help to make sure we are doing the right thing.”

The reopenings will be at a limited capacity, and guests must come with either pass holder reservations or date-based tickets to be granted entry. Numbers for dining establishments and attractions will also be at limited capacity.

In terms of space, the parks and resorts are implementing various physical distancing across the venues, including spaced-out queues, barriers, and signage. As well, visitors will have their temperatures checked onsite and will be required to answer a four-question health assessment before they are permitted entry.


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All guests ages 3 or older will be required to wear face masks or facial coverings, “with some exceptions,” the Dollywood website explains. Exceptions include while eating, on attractions within the water park, and on select roller coasters. A comprehensive list of exemptions can be found on the website’s FAQ page.

Cleaning and hygiene protocols have also been amplified, with such measures as the sterilization of “high touch point areas” on a more frequent basis as well as additional hand sanitizing locations installed throughout the parks and hotels.

For information regarding Dollywood’s reopening guidelines, visit the Dollywood website.

Emily RumballEmily Rumball

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