Dollywood Earns Four Golden Ticket Awards

Park honored for best new ride, entertainment, friendliness,
Christmas event

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dollywood again earned several of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket
Awards, this year picking up four “best of” awards and placing in the
top-five in five additional categories during the magazine’s 2016 awards
ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

“I’m so very proud of the experience families have when they come visit
my Dollywood,” Dolly Parton said. “While they’re here having fun with
us, I want them to create those special heartfelt moments they’ll always
treasure. I know it’s our people who work here who help make those
memories happen for them. Some people call it friendliness, but I just
call it what it is—caring for others.

“Our folks show their love for families through the care they put in to
everything they do—from our beautiful landscaping and that delicious
food to makin’ sure each guest leaves with a smile on their face. I’m
very proud of the way Dollywood has grown, but I’m most proud of my
Dollywood team who goes above and beyond to give families memories
they’ll share forever.”

Dollywood’s four Golden Ticket Awards include:

  • Best New Ride, for Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wooden
    coaster and the world’s first wooden launching coaster;
  • Friendliest Park, for the fifth consecutive year;
  • Best Shows, Dollywood’s eighth consecutive victory in this category;
  • Best Christmas Event, the only park to ever earn this award, Dollywood
    celebrates its ninth consecutive win.

Dollywood also ranked in six additional categories:

  • Best Food, second place;
  • Cleanest Park, second place;
  • Best Park, third place;
  • Best Water Park for Dollywood’s Splash Country, third place;
  • Best Landscaping, fourth place;
  • Best Wooden Coaster for Thunderhead, seventh place.

“Dollywood is a finalist in more categories than any other park—ten to
be exact,” noted Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards Communications
Coordinator for Amusement Today. “The destination claims four
Golden Ticket wins this year! These accomplishments should command the
attention of anyone in the industry looking for a model of how to do
things right. It’s no wonder Dollywood charms more and more visitors
each year. The place is sheer joy.”

Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today,
the industry’s leading trade publication, the Golden Ticket Awards are
the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of experienced and
well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced
geographical regions. Voters are asked to rate the “best” in 23
categories such as best parks, roller coasters, water rides, shows,
kids’ area, landscaping and Christmas events.

The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought after awards in the
business of amusements and attractions. The awards have become the
subject of much discussion by park aficionados the world over and
garnered mentions in such notable media outlets as USA TODAY and
the Chicago Tribune, and by the late radio newsman Paul Harvey.
The awards also were the topic of a one-hour Travel Channel documentary.

Dollywood was recognized in 2010 at the International Association of
Amusement Parks & Attractions with the Applause Award in recognition of
a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have
inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business

About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized
leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the
150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country;
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. 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 nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring
Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the
world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA
and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20
worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late
March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows,
and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s
Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s
most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates
from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore
Resort provides guests 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, call
1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit
Operating days and hours vary.


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Public Relations Manager
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