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Dollywood Nominated for Five USA Today 10Best Awards

Dollywood fans encouraged to vote early and often for Pigeon Forge theme park

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, March 25, 2024) — Dollywood again has earned a number of nominations across several categories in USA Today’s 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. A panel of experts and USA Today 10Best editors selected Dollywood Parks & Resorts properties and attractions in five categories.

The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, properties have earned much praise during the last several years from USA Today readers in 10Best voting, with all of the Dollywood nominations typically landing near the top of the order. Each of the Dollywood properties represented is a perennial favorite, with nominated attractions counted among the best of their type within the industry. This year’s nominations are:

  • Best Theme Park- Dollywood
  • Best Roller Coaster- Lightning Rod
  • Best Theme Park Hotel- Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort
  • Best Theme Park Restaurant- Aunt Granny’s Restaurant
  • Best Outdoor Water Park- Dollywood’s Splash Country

Voting for this year’s awards opened today at noon and runs through Monday, April 22 at 11:59 a.m. A page with links to each voting contest can be found at Anyone is eligible to vote and may do so once per day per device. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel which includes a combination of editors from USA Today, editors from, relevant expert contributors and more.

The nominations follow other awards already received by Dollywood Parks & Resorts in 2024, including a nod from National Geographic for HeartSong Lodge & Resort as one of the world’s top 22 hotels “worth a visit” in 2024, and an award from Southern Living naming Dollywood theme park as one of the “South’s Best.”

For more information about Dollywood’s 2024 season, operating calendars and more, please visit or download the Dollywood app.


About Dollywood Parks & Resorts: A highly awarded and widely recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 165-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and the newly opened Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort. 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 58 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 28 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment. The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and earned the Golden Ticket Award for the Best Park in the world in 2023. In 2022, Dollywood was named by Tripadvisor as the #1 theme park in the country based on actual guest reviews. It also has been recognized as a top U.S. theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. 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 as well as Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort provide guests with spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, visit Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or [email protected]

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Director, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or [email protected]

Ellen Liston: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or [email protected]

Jennifer Webb: Sr. Publicist, (865) 428-9602, (865) 323-7584 or [email protected]

Josh Sauer: Publicist, (865) 428-9891, (865) 323-2653 or [email protected]

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