While on vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, I took my first trip to Dollywood. I haven't visited a theme park in years, mostly because I have bilateral hip necrosis and walking (on crutches) is a nightmare. I used a wheelchair when we went and thought that I was going to be miserable while everyone else had a grand time. NOT SO! The staff at Dollywood was so helpful. I was excused from lines, helped in and out of rides, greeted with smiles and smiles and generally treated like an honored guest. Trust me when I say, this does not happen everywhere for handicapped people.
Smokey Mountain Christmas was the theme while we visited. The lights were gorgeous. There were too many shows to see in one day and too many rides to ride in one day (over 30), but we sure had fun doing our best to get it all in.
There are themed shops, wagon making, leather work, glass blowing and wood carving to name a few.
There was live music, plays, fireworks, and the list goes on.
My only complaints were that I waited three times to see the polar express show/ride and it broke down all three times and I was turned away. Also, the coal dust on the train wan't so pleasant all over my clothes and in my eyes, but hey it was true to history, I guess.
I wish I could adequately describe the mood of the park. It takes you back in history to the way of life back when the mountains were first settled. There are a lot of older people working there with a southern hospitality radiating from them like you have to experience to believe. I got the feeling that they really liked being there and being a part of the experience too.
Anyway, I can't wait to go back next spring. It was just good ole, wholesome family fun. I highly recommend the park!
Ryan's very first, all by himself with no adult ride
Unlike some carnival games, these games were not impossible. We went away winners.
daughter, grandson, SIL