On September 9, 2017, Amusement Today, hosted its annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, awarding amusement parks and theme parks in a number of different areas all over the industry; those awards go from categories like best food to best steel coaster. The big winner of the night was that down-home theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – Dollywood. 2017 is not the first year that Dollywood has cleaned house at this industry-standard award show. Just last year, Dollywood won numerous Golden Ticket Awards, including the best new amusement park ride for its world’s first-of-its-kind roller coaster, Lightening Rod, a masterpiece from popular manufacturer, Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC). For 2017, Dollywood took home the most hardware – not one, not two, and not three… but a total of four Golden Ticket Awards. In addition, the park was nominated in a few other categories, placing in the top five in Cleanest Park (2nd place), Best Park (3rd place), Best Water Park (4th place), and Best Landscaping (4th place). To top it all off, Dollywood is home to two top-ten wooden roller coasters, Lightning Rod (5th) and Thunderhead (8th).
Dollywood overtook Knoebels to reclaim the title of Best Food! In addition to the other great amenities offered at the park, Dollywood really provides guest with amazing food options. Unique dining options include Granny Ogle’s Ham & Beans featuring Ham and Beans with a side of Corn Bread and Aunt Granny’s All You Care to Eat Buffet. The latter is quite unique since it is not too frequent to find a buffet in a theme park! They also have your traditional amusement park foods such as fried chicken, pizza, and cheesesteaks. But, don’t fill up on all of that great food. Be sure to save some room for dessert. Among the many treats that can be found in the park, Dollywood is famous for its very delicious cinnamon bread!
Dollywood is known for its world-class shows. At many theme parks, guests will line up for the thrilling attractions and roller coasters. While those are popular at Dollywood, guests find the longest lines for the park’s numerous shows. With so many shows to choose from, it is not surprising that Dollywood ran away with this category yet again in 2017!
Best Christmas Event
Holidays in the Great Smoky Mountains have become a tradition as enthusiasts travel from far and wide to experience the breath-taking Christmas experience at Dollywood. Smoky Mountain Christmas includes top notch shows, parades, meeting with Santa, caroling, seasonal food with lots of hot coco, and festive lights. To top it all off, riding some of the amazing coasters at Dollywood in November and December add to the experience! Dollywood sets the standard for Christmas events held at amusement and theme parks, and this annual event continues to grow and evolve. It’s hard to imagine how it can improve, but this award shows that the hard work and dedication pays off.
Dollywood is famous for its amazing hospitality, friendly staff, and terrific customer service. Dolly Parton and the leaders at the park really set the tone. Along with a great staff, the guest experience at Dollywood is second-to-none. Every season, Dollywood is nominated for the prestigious award, and, since 2012, they have declared the Friendliest Park on the Planet!
All of the hard work at the park has paid off, and guests who experience Dollywood leave with smiles on their faces. These four Golden Tickets are well deserved – Congratulations, Dollywood!! It is not common to win multiple Golden Ticket Awards each and every year, but, then again, Dollywood is not common – it is exceptional!