Dollywood Announces 2022 Festivals and New Season Pass Structure
Dollywood today unveiled plans for the 2022 season, including expanded festival offerings, the return of guest-favorite experiences and a new season pass structure. The park will open for the 2022 season on Saturday, March 12.
Dollywood 2022 Festivals
Dollywood’s 2022 season will again offer guests four festivals spread throughout the season.
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival 2022 (Apr. 22-June 5)
Dollywood’s popular Flower & Food Festival will grow with new Mosaiculture displays, increasing the overall footprint of the event.
According to the park, “vivid larger-than-life flower sculptures create an immersive atmosphere for park guests as they make their way through hundreds of thousands of blooms during this stunning festival.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dollywood festival without food. The park’s culinary team will showcase their world-class abilities with a menu that highlights the tastes of spring in the Smokies.
See our report from the inaugural Flower & Food Festival in 2020.
Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration 2022 (June 8-Aug. 7)
As part of the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration, Dollywood’s innovative Sweet Summer Nights drone and fireworks show was one of the 2021 season’s most memorable highlights to date. In 2022, the show will return with even more drones flying above the Smoky Mountains.
A partnership with Intel Drone Light Shows, Sweet Summer Nights combines the advanced technology of hundreds of sophisticated drones with a traditional fireworks extravaganza. The nightly event also will feature a dance event for guests.
Learn more about Dollywood’s drone show here.
Returning for the first time since 2017, the Gazillion Bubbles Show is one of Dollywood guests’ most requested shows. The bubble-filled event promises to leave every child and child-at-heart with a smile on their face, thanks to “gazillions” of bubbles and guest interactions that make up every performance.
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival 2022 (Sep. 23-Oct. 29)
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival celebrates the beauty of fall in the Smokies with thousands of carved pumpkins, spirited performances from talented artists and the wildly popular Great Pumpkin LumiNights.
Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which previously has been named the best theme park harvest event in the world, features elaborate displays that create the picture-perfect photo op for families to enjoy.
New in 2022, Craftsman’s Valley will transform into Hoot Owl Hollow thanks to a number of owl-themed displays both in the park and suspended in the trees above.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas 2022 (Nov. 5-Jan. 1)
The 13-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas event—Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas—concludes the park’s 2022 season with 5 million lights, festive holiday shows, and a warm holiday atmosphere.
See our photos from past Smoky Mountain Christmas events here.
Dollywood Season Pass 2022 Changes
Dollywood is introducing a new season pass structure in 2022 featuring several new pass types—Silver, Gold and Diamond.
Let’s take a closer look at each type of Dollywood’s 2022 season passes. Note that the prices included are current only as of this posting and are subject to change.
Dollywood Silver Season Pass 2022 ($139 + tax)
Dollywood’s Silver Season Pass starts at $139 and offers unlimited visits, two Bring-a-Friend Free tickets and a discount on Dollywood lodging. For $55 more, guests can upgrade to a Gold Season Pass.
Dollywood Gold Season Pass 2022 ($194 + tax)
The Gold Pass—which costs $30 less than a 2021 Gold Season Pass—gives guests unlimited visits, Saturday Early Ride Time for the passholder, four Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, and discounts on dining, merchandise, and lodging. Additionally, the Gold Pass provides free parking, a one-day unlimited refill mug per pass, various other discounts and access to special “Golden Events,” exclusive events just for Gold and Diamond passholders.
Dollywood Diamond Season Pass 2022 ($304 + tax)
Diamond passholders receive six Bring-A-Friend Free tickets, larger discounts, an all-season unlimited refill mug per pass, and a free one-time preferred parking admission per pass. Diamond passholders also receive many of the other perks assigned to both Gold and Silver passes. In addition, Diamond Season Passes provide the passholder unlimited access to Dollywood’s Splash Country.
Gold and Diamond Pass Holders also can take advantage of another exciting new perk created for the 2022 season, Dollywood’s new daily “Golden Hours.” During the first hour of each operating day, Gold and Diamond Season Passes will operate just like TimeSaver passes, allowing the named passholder expedited boarding on Dollywood’s world-class rides and attractions. Passes for 2022 are on sale now.
The park is offering 8-month payment plans for each season pass.
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