Dollywood Hours and Schedule

umbrella sky with text Updated Dollywood Calendar and Events

Are you looking for an updated Dollywood calendar for your next visit? Since the Dollywood parks are not open year round, park guests often wonder when Dollywood will open for the season. If you’re eager to plan your next trip to the Dollywood Theme Park, you’ll want to know the schedule and hours.

Luckily, Dollywood has released its updated calendar to the general public, so Dollywood guests can get a head start on their big plans for 2024! If you’re planning a vacation to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains or the Pigeon Forge area, you’ll want to organize your schedule around this year’s fun-filled Dollywood calendar. 

So, continue reading our article below for everything you need to know on the Dollywood park hours, monthly schedule, and seasonal events you can expect to find this year!

When does Dollywood open?

Visitors to the Smoky Mountains may not realize that Dollywood Theme Park is not open year-round. Instead, this family friendly vacation destination tends to close in early January through February and part of March. The park then reopens for the start of the spring break season with modified hours.

In 2024, Dollywood’s opening date is Friday, March 8. Dollywood is scheduled to be open from 10:00 am through 8:00 pm on this date. The Dollywood Park will then remain open through the end of the year (and until January 5, 2025). Although, the hours of operation and daily schedule change quite a bit.

umbrella sky with text Updated Dollywood Calendar and Events

If you’re hoping to stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort during your visit to Pigeon Forge, rest assured that this beautiful hotel is open year round. So, even if the theme park is closed for the season, you can still enjoy a luxurious stay at the DreamMore Resort and Spa. Additionally, Dollywood offers a second hotel, Heartsong Lodge & Resort, that remains open year round as well.

Schedule and Hours of Operation

During the theme park season, Dollywood is open on select days of the week with various operating hours. We will break down the Dollywood schedule and calendar below:

  • March (2024) – Beginning on Friday, March 8 and running through March 30, Dollywood Theme Park is open 10AM-8PM. The park is closed on March 1-7 and on March 31.
  • April (2024) – During the month of April, Dollywood is open from 10AM-8PM on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The park is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except during the first week of April.
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  • May 2024) – Dollywood is open every day in May from 10AM-8PM, except on Thursday May 2 when it is closed.
  • June (2024) – Dollywood guests can enjoy extended hours throughout the month of June. The park is open every day June 1-14 and features operating hours of 10AM-8PM. Beginning on Saturday, June 15 and running through June 30, Dollywood’s hours of operation are 10:00 am through 10:00 pm.
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DreamMore Resort and Spa
  • July (2024) – The month of July offers the most time at the Dollywood Theme Park with operating hours of 10AM-10PM every single day.
  • August (2024) – In August, Dollywood’s hours begin to change due to Back to School season. The dates of August 1-11 feature operating times of 10:00 am through 10:00 pm. For the remainder of the month, Dollywood is open on Saturdays and Sundays 10am-10pm AND Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10am-7pm. Dollywood is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in August beginning on the 13th.
  • September (2024) – During the beginning of September, Dollywood reduces its hours as it prepares for its fall festival and fall break travel. The park is open 10am-9pm September 9-30 in celebration of the Harvest Festival. It’s also open on the following days from 10AM-7PM: September 2, 4, 6, 7, 8. Dollywood is closed on Tuesday, September 3 and on Thursday September 5. (It is open 10am-10pm on Sunday, September 1.)
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Fall Decorations at Dollywood
  • October (2024) – During the month of October, Dollywood continues to celebrate the Harvest Festival featuring Great Pumpkin Luminights. The park is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on October 1-28. It’s important to note that Dollywood is closed on October 29-31..
  • November (2024) – Dollywood Theme Park is open for almost the entire month of November from 11:00 am through 9:00 pm. The only day the park is scheduled to be closed is on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28).
  • December (2024) – With the exception of Christmas Eve (December 24) and Christmas Day (December 25), Dollywood is open every day in December from 11:00 am through 9:00 pm. These hours continue through January 5, 2025 before the park closes again until March 2025.

Dollywood Festivals and Events

As mentioned above, Dollywood hosts several special events and festivals throughout the year. The current dates for 2024 festivals are as follows:

  • Harvest Festival: September 9 – October 28, 2024
  • Smoky Mountain Christmas: November 1, 2024 – January 5, 2025
  • I Will Always Love You Celebration: March 9- April 14, 2024
  • Dollywood’s Flower and Food Festival: April 19 – June 9, 2024
  • Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration: June 15 – August 11, 2024

For additional information on enjoying Dollywood during the holiday season, we recommend checking out our Dollywood in December Christmas Guide. We find the month of December to be the best time to visit Dollywood as they host the best Christmas event in the area.

Dollywood’s Splash Country

In addition to the theme park we discussed above, Dollywood is also home to a water park known as Dollywood’s Splash Country. This super fun waterpark is open on select dates in May-September. If you’re planning a visit to Dollywood’s Splash Country, these are the updated hours of operation for 2024:

  • May – open 10AM-6PM on the following dates: 11, 12, 18-31
  • June – open 10AM-6PM on June 1-7 and 10AM-7PM on June 8-30
  • July – open 10AM-7PM every day
  • August – open 10AM-7PM on August 1-4 and 10AM-6PM on the following dates: 5-11, 13, 15, 17-18, 20, 22, 24-25, 30-31
  • September – open 10AM-6PM on the following dates: 1-2, 7-8, 14-15

Dollywood Season Passes

Overall, Dollywood is a great place to visit during each season it’s open. In addition to the fun rides at Dollywood and the live entertainment, the park offers incredible annual events. It you’re planning to visit the Dollywood Theme Park on multiple days, we highly recommend considering purchasing season passes.

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Umbrella Sky at Dollywood’s Flower and Food Festival

The Dollywood Season Pass pays for itself after just a few visits to the park. Depending on what type of season passholder you are (gold pass or silver pass), you may also receive additional perks during your visit, including:

  • unlimited visits to the park
  • unlimited access to festivals
  • two free tickets for friends
  • discounts on tickets for friends and family
  • discounts on lodging
  • discounts on dining and merchandise
  • free parking
  • Saturday early ride time
  • TimeSaver line access during the first hour of each operating day

Final Thoughts on the Dollywood Schedule and Hours

The Dollywood parks provide plenty of fun for the whole family during most of the months of the year. Although the parks are closed for most of January and all of February, you can make a lot of memories during the months of March through December!

rollercoaster and umbrellas with text Dollywood Festivals and Schedule

For some extra special experiences, we highly recommend planning your trip during one of the many seasonal festivals held at Dollywood. When do you think is the best month to visit Dollywood? Comment below to share your thoughts!

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2 Comments

  1. My husband and I are coming to Dollywood in November. Is it only rides for kids or do they still have the stores and thing for adults to do?

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Dollywood is a great place to visit for adults too! In addition to the rides, you’ll find places to dine and shop. You can also watch live shows and experience any special event activities taking place during your trip. Hope you and your husband have a great time!

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