Bringing families together: Dollywood offers music, thrill rides and more

Commentary by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

Looking for thrills? Mystery Mine is one of the roller coasters available at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. / Photo courtesy of Dollywood

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton brings joy to people’s lives through her music. But she also brings families closer together through her amusement park, Dollywood. The park is constantly updating, making sure to stay one of the best amusement parks in the country.
There’s fun for all ages. Rides like the “Scrambler,” “Dizzy Disk” and “Lemon Twist,” in the Country Fair are perfect for kids of all ages. Then there are roller coasters like the “Tennessee Tornado” or “Mystery Mine” for those wanting to experience a little more of an adrenaline rush.
One of the newest editions to the park is the “Wild Eagle.” As a “wing” roller coaster, it is the first of its kind in the United States. In September of last year, the ride even won Best New Ride in Amusement Today’s “Golden Ticket Awards.”
But you may not be an adrenaline junkie. In most amusement parks, if you don’t want to experience the rides, there’s not much else you can do. In Dollywood, that is not the case. There are things to do from turn-of-the-century craft demonstrations or watching some of the park’s award-winning entertainment. The Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame also is located in Dollywood.
There is truly something for everyone at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood. It’s a great way to bring your family closer together through loads of fun in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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 CJ Click is a rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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