1. Wear Comfortable Shoes and Clothes: Dollywood is big...150 acres, and you are going to be walking most of that so make sure you have on comfortable shoes! I always wear tennis shoes to theme parks because I don't want to lose a flip flop and they just aren't as comfortable. There are a few water rides at Dollywood so if you plan to ride them make sure your clothes are quick drying.
Here's my outfit of the day for Dollywood, workout leggings, comfy shoes and my small Vera hipster. 2. Take precautions against the sun: The park does have lots of shaded areas but you are still out in the sun for a lot of the day. Make sure you have sunscreen on! 3. Weekdays are generally less busy: We have only ever been on weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday, and a Friday) and they have not been very busy at all. We have hardly had to wait for a ride and it just makes everything so much more enjoyable.
4. Be informed about their specials: If you plan on going more than once a year look into upgrading to a Season Pass/Gold Pass (you get a discount at the stores with a Gold Pass). Also in the summer if you arrive after 3:00 on the first day you get the next day for free, it's 6:00 in the winter. This makes for a great deal so you can scope out the park the first day and then really hit it hard the next day.
5. Locker Rentals are available if needed: We were a little disappointed to find that they had done away with the old lockers and have replaced them with $6 all day lockers. If you have a lot of stuff and don't want to carry it around or risk it getting lost or wet this might be a good bet for you. With the exception of the water rides most of the rides are going to have a bin to place your purse, hat, sunglasses whatever in and you can pick it up on your way off.
6. Right for Small, Left for Big: When you enter the park most people will generally go tot he right by the layout of the buildings. This will take you down Show Street working your way up to the bigger rides. If you go left for the get-go you have to walk through a little park area but then you come to the big rides first. We went left first and hit all the big roller coasters within an hour of being in the park...no lines.
7. For a cool down, watch a show: Dollywood is known for its entertainment available at the park. There are lots of different shows you can catch (many of them air conditioned!). This makes for a great time to get a snack, rest and cool down.
8. Be prepared to shell it out for food: It is a theme park so with that comes some crazy food prices and trust me it just goes up by the year. If you can share food do it! You can also bring your own food in, just plan for it!
I picked a HUGE corndog and the curliest of fries.
9. Just don't pay for drinks: Don't waste your money on soft drinks that aren't good for you or thirst quenching instead ask for a complimentary cup of water at any of the food booths and you're all set.
10. Make use of the package pick up system: My husband and I stumbled upon some Dolly Parton for President T-shirts on clearance that we decided to pick up halfway through the day. We didn't want to carry them around so we used the free package pick up system. You fill out a piece of paper with your information and then someone comes to the shop to pick it up and take it to the Emporium which you have to go through to exit the park anyway. Go to the package pick up there and show them your piece of paper and off you go.
11. Look for reasonably priced souvenirs: Now ya'll know I am the clearance queen and I even found clearance at Dollywood. We picked up 2 t-shirts for less than $5 total. They also had clearance sections at a good number of gift shops around the park so keep your eyes open. If you collect the smashed pennies (you know the machines that put a design on them) they have those around the park as well and they make a nice cheap souvenir.
Seriously how cute are these shirts??
12. Ride the Fun Time Trolley: Instead of parking in the Dollywood parking lot which will cost you about $10 take the Fun Time Trolley instead for $1. You park in the Patriot Park (in Pigeon Forge) and hop on the Trolley that says Dollywood. It will cost you 50 cents per ride. It then drops you off at the Dollywood entrance. All you have to do is wait at the trolley pick up (NOT the tram) at the front of the park for a ride back to your car. This is a whopping total of $1 per person.
My Dollywood tickets were supplied free on the basis of providing a review of the park. All opinions are my own.
My husband and I had the chance to go back to our honeymoon spot to celebrate our one year anniversary and we went to Dollywood! This is one of my absolute favorite theme parks!
Here's what makes Dollywood different:
Beautiful and comfortable park: There are so many benches, picnic tables and indoor/outdoor theaters. Lots of places to rest and relax...maybe get a snack. The park is built right in the mountains so there are lots of trees and shady areas. I just think it is one of the prettier theme parks.
Family Friendly Atmosphere: We don't have children yet but this park is great for families. There are rides for young kids and old kids (like me and my husband) and then everything in between. There are also shows and attractions to fit everyone.
Sorry for the bad quality, this was a show at the Valley Theater that we stumbled upon and really enjoyed. They sang different country music from the classics to contemporary.
Rich in History of Tennessee and a Great Story: The neat thing about Dollywood is the story, how Dolly Parton brought her town out of poverty by building tourists attractions. Dollywood has a museum all about Dolly Parton's life and music history, you can walk inside her tour bus and there are so many shows going on so you get the chance to hear some bluegrass/country music (and it is great!)
Inside this mill is the most wonderful smell of freshly baked cinnamon bread, we didn't try any but the smell! Oh my goodness!!
Of course the main reason to go is to ride some rides! Here are our top 4 favorite rides:
1. Wild Eagle: This one wins hands down. We rode it 6 times! It is one of the newer rides and it is awesome. The ride is set up like an eagles wings and two people sit under the wing. Then you go up and up and up and drop and twist and turn and corkscrew around. It is super fast and crazy but really smooth too. We hardly had to wait at all to ride this one. Most of the time we got off and got right back on. The only time we had to wait was to ride in the front...but that was totally worth it!
2. Tennessee Tornado: This is an oldie but it's still good. It's definitely not at smooth as the Wild Eagle but it is still fast and crazy.
One thing I love about Dollywood is their attention to detail. They have so many cute signs and decorations around the park .
3. Blazing Fury: Yes this is a kids ride but I think it's worth riding. The set up and detail of the ride inside are really neat. It's like Pirates of the Caribbean except western. My favorite is the waterfall part!
4. Daredevil Falls: This one is a water ride, so be prepared for that. You ride in a big log through the pretty scenery and then start up the hill where you go through a cave. Then you take a quick fall and splash down the hill. It's a great ride and one of my favorites when I came here as a kid.
My Dollywood tickets were supplied free on the basis of providing a review of the park. All opinions are my own.
My hubby and I have almost been married a year...seriously where has the time gone? We went on our honeymoon to Gatlinburg Tennessee and stayed in an amazing cabin, ate too much food, shopped and did all the touristy things. We had such a great time!
Since we are moving in a month and will be so far away from the mountains we decided to make a trip back to Gatlinburg to celebrate our one year anniversary a little early.
Unfortunately we didn't get to stay in a cabin this time but our hotel was great. It was a short trip but so much fun!
On Thursday we spent the afternoon in Gatlinburg walking downtown and going to the Tanger outlets in Sevierville, TN.
My husband found 2 button down shirts for super cheap at Banana Republic and I found an amazingly soft shirt at Aeropostale for $1.99
We ate lunch at CiCi's Pizza in Sevierville. (I had a living social deal) I'm a big fan of CiCis...and my poor hubby only tags along because he knows I like it. This trip was a little bit of a miss because they didn't have such a great selection but it was alright.
This is a new distillery that is only in Gatlinburg. We had a living social deal for this one to get the premium tasting, a shot glass and $15 in the gift shop. They do have a free tasting and you get to try like 6 different things for free. Then the premium one gets you an extra 3 things to taste and a shot glass. I'm not a big fan of liqueur but the blackberry moonshine and the peach were my favorite.
We also bought a tshirt with our $15...because we couldn't use it for alcohol.
For dinner we stopped at Crawdaddys in downtown Gatlinburg and had the sampler boil special which we split:
It was really good. We had crab, shrimp, mussels, corn, potatoes and crawdads (for the first time). It was so messy but really yummy!
The view was great we got I sit by the window and look out at downtown Gatlinburg.
We had such a good time and our hotel was close enough to walk to downtown which was awesome!
We also went to Dollywood...but that will be in an upcoming post!
We have been needing a filing cabinet to keep paper and receipts and things but oh man they are not exactly cute.
While perusing my Redbook subscription I came across a redo of a filing cabinet using paint and a stencil. I was in love.
This is such an easy project and so customizable. It's not exactly quick...it's been sitting on our porch for a few weeks but the end result is worth it.
What you need:
- Filing cabinet needing some love (my mom found ours at a yard sale, but I've seen cheap ones at goodwill and Craigslist)
- metal primer (I got a spray primer from walmart)
- paint (I bought a mistint quart at walmart on clearance)
- craft paint (michaels)
- stencil (michaels)
- painters tape
Alright so first off you wanna give your filing cabinet a good wipe down. I just used a Clorox wipe and a rag.
Mine was super rough looking and had rust in some spots so take that sandpaper and smooth everything out. Use some elbow grease and sand off the rust because you don't want that hanging around.
(Sorry I don't have a before pic...blogger fail)
After you've got it sanded to your liking you can prime it wih your chosen primer.
Once your primer has dried get out your paint and cover your cabinet. I took off the handles and plates because I was going to reprint them a different color. Oh and pull the drawers out slightly or they will be painted and stuck and really hard to get back out...trust me.
Here's my mistint paint (sorry it's a disaster) but I'm obsessed with clearance paint...seriously I didn't even know this was a thing!
Alright once your paint has dried it's time to get creative. Take your stencil ( I got mine for around $3 at micheals with a coupon) and tape it into your cabinet wherever you want with the painters tape. Mine didn't always stick so well so good luck. Take some paint and my super professional technique was to sponge/dab it on until everything was covered. I also didn't wait for the paint to dry before removing the stencil I just peeled it off very carefully.
I used the craftsmart multi surface in parchment
Here is the stencil I used, got it at Michaels with a coupon :)
Make sure you wash it between uses so you don't get paint spots.
I had some mistakes on some parts so what I did was go back in with the gray paint and a tiny paintbrush to fix it the best I could. Then I sprayed it with this sealant.
This stuff is pretty great. It smells amazing! Probably one of my favorite hair product smells ever!
I usually wear my hair straight so this was perfect. I don't really know if there was a difference of straightness from the shampoo/conditioner but the balm was great. I love a good hair treatment and especially if it makes my morning routine a little easier. It cut the frizz which is great with this humidity and it made my hair really soft.
Have you guys tried this line? What did you think?
So this actually wasn't this week (but it wasn't too long ago). My husband and father in law love to go to baseball games. I like to go, its the sitting for 9 innings that I'm not crazy about. I love the atmosphere though and just hanging out. Oh and until this game I had never had a hot dog at a baseball game...I know I'm so un-american.
Here's my first official baseball game hotdog, I was pretty excited about it an it did not disappoint.
It was such beautiful weather and even though the home team lost it was a great time! (Check out our old man photobomber...)
I have been crafting like crazy y'all, seriously I have like 3 projects going on right now on our front porch alone. I mean we are moving into a big nice house soon so I've gotta get my stuff pretty. I'm planning to do some blog posts in the future, but here's a sneak peek: