This past Friday we attended Dollywood's opening day media presentation where the park announced their new additions and festivals for the 2022 season. Dolly Parton provided an update on her latest project as well as what is happening at Dollywood.
New for 2022 is the return of the Gazillion Bubble Show during the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration. Also returning are other festivals including Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival, Dollywood's Rock the Smokies, Dollywood's Harvest Festival and Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas.
Many park improvements were seen including a complete renovation of the parking lot and entry process, an extensive remodel of the Emporium exit shop and several widening projects around the park including removal of the Eagle Gift Shop, Christmas Cottage and connecting tunnel by the train station. Several food locations were upgraded with different menus and more efficient ordering process with the most significant changes coming to the Pizza restaurant in Country Fair. Later in the year, a new children's area will debut in Splash Country.
Coming in the Fall is the brand new HeartSong Lodge & Resort where you can choose to spend a night in Dolly's bus.
Thanks to Dollywood for the invite. The future of the park is bright as ever as it is amidst a $500 million dollar expansion. Follow along through this update to see more of what is new at Dollywood.