dollywoodThough DollyWood is fairly expensive at over $50 per ticket, it is certainly worth the amount simply because there is so much to do. It is a little under 30 miles from our Cherokee NC cabin rental.

DollyWood boasts just over 30 rides and attractions with another 4 that are open during the holiday season. That is one thing that is nice about DollyWood compared to some of the other parks near Cherokee, NC - they generally stay open for much of the year.

If you are into shows, then you should definitely plan a visit to DollyWorld. They have over 20 shows during the year, and have another 10 special shows during the Christmas season. If you are a Dolly Parton fan, make sure to check out their scheduled events as she usually performs several times a year.

DollyWood is also know for their vast collection of craft displays and workshops. Some of the featured craftsmen include a blacksmith, glassblower, woodcarver, and leathermaker. You can even purchase these handcrafted items from some of the many shops they have at DollyWood.

You will find plenty of food at DollyWood ranging from BBQ to Southern Home Cooking. If you get there in the morning, be sure to visit Aunt Granny's All You Can Eat Buffet.

Dollwood is also the site of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.

The park first opened in 1961 as a small tourist attraction named "Rebel Railroad". It was very similar to a lot of the small theme parks you see around the Smokies. However, unlike the other "tourist traps", Rebel Railroad would become a huge business operation. In 1970 the Cleveland Browns purchased the attraction. The final transformation came in 1986 when Dolly Parton became co-owner and the park was renamed Dollywood.

In August of 2008, Dollywood announced plans for "Adventure Mountain", a multi-level attraction spread out across a two acre site. It is a $5 million dollar expansion to the Wilderness Pass section of the park, and is set to launch for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Dollywood is an amazing spectacle. The theme park now has over 2.5 million visitors every year. If you enjoy Disney World and country living, you will really enjoy Dollywood. If you are not too keen on crowds and want to avoid that during your Smoky Mountain vacation, then this probably isn't the place for you.

If you have a little extra cash to spend, we would recommend a visit to DollyWood during your stay at Cherokee Cabin . They are usually open from the last week in March until the first week in January.

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