Dollywood is the latest theme park to announce plans for reopening.

By Elizabeth Rhodes
Updated July 11, 2020
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Dollywood is set to open on June 15 with new health and safety protocols after closing in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa will be the first to reopen on June 10, followed by Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park, which will open on June 15 for season pass holders. On June 17, the parks will open to the general public, meaning you could be just two weeks away from riding roller coasters and getting a fresh loaf of Dollywood’s famous cinnamon bread.

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In a statement provided to Travel + Leisure, Dolly Parton, owner and namesake of Dollywood, said, “We are excited to open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are here! We have been blessed to work with some incredible experts at Covenant Health and with the state of Tennessee as we have navigated this extraordinary situation. Their advice and teamwork has provided untold help to make sure we are doing the right thing.”

Dollywood President Craig Ross continued, saying, “As Dolly said, we are now ready to reopen and get back to the business of ‘Making Memories Worth Repeating’ for our loyal and passionate guests to both our parks and resort. The team has faced this challenge head on and they have made numerous operational changes we believe will help with the safety of our guests and hosts as we continue to deal with the coronavirus. Safety is — and always will be — one of our highest priorities.”

Dollywood is introducing a number of new health and safety procedures, including limited capacity across the parks, increased sanitation measures, and social distancing. Guests purchasing general admission tickets have to select a date-based ticket, and season pass holders are required to reserve the date and time they want to visit. Prior to entering the parks, guests will undergo a temperature screening and a four-question health assessment, and they must wear a mask. However, children under three years old are not required to wear a mask, and guests do not have to wear one while eating or on select coasters and water attractions “due to the dynamics of the attractions,” according to the statement.

Masks are not mandatory on all attractions at the water park. At Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, face masks are required in public areas, except when dining or swimming, capacity of public areas will be limited, and housekeeping and public area attendants will increase their cleaning procedures. A full outline of all health and safety measures can be found on the Dollywood website.

Theme parks across the Southeast are beginning to reopen after closing in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universal Orlando is opening to the public June 5, and Disney World is planning to reopen its theme parks starting on July 11.