PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 16, 2022) — Dollywood again has earned a top honor from the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), being named as one of the association’s favorite theme parks in the country.
Dollywood finished in a three-way tie for the NAPHA Favorite Theme Park of 2021. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, were the co-winners of the award. Dollywood also won the award in 2017.
Members of the NAPHA vote in the annual survey to determine the best parks and attractions across several categories. NAPHA members are experienced riders who have visited countless amusement parks and have ridden a diverse assortment of roller coasters and other attractions. The average member has been to more than one hundred different amusement parks and has ridden nearly 370 roller coasters.
The NAPHA was founded in 1978 and is an international educational and enthusiast’s organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of the amusement park industry’s past, present and future.
The award from the NAPHA follows the most recent USA Today 10Best voting which saw Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa earn the title of Best Amusement Park Hotel in the country.
Currently, park guests can enjoy the Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health (now – June 5). During this year’s installment of the festival, guests can appreciate the vibrant beauty of more than a million blooms, explore the fresh flavors of spring with an immersive tasting pass and delight in unique entertainment offerings.
This is the perfect year to purchase a season pass in order to create memories with family and friends at the park all year long. Once the Flower & Food Festival concludes, the fun continues with Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration presented by Bush’s Beans (June 18-Aug. 7), which features an expanded drone and fireworks show every night. Guests can experience the all-new Hoot Owl Hollow as part of this year’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 23-Oct. 29), then they can get in the holiday spirit with Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 5-Jan. 1, 2023).
For more information about Dollywood or the Flower & Food Festival, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood mobile app.
About Dollywood Parks & Resorts: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 160-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. Currently under construction, Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort is scheduled for completion in 2023. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of 45 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 28 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has been named a top-three U.S. theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions and a top-10 world theme park by TripAdvisor. Dollywood is open mid-March through early January and offers rides and attractions, shows and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, a favorite of USA Today voters and TripAdvisor reviewers, provides guests with spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.
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