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My usual Fall visit to DC has been canceled do to the Pandemic so that is leaving me with several days of already booked Vacation time mid October. I am looking at finally taking a much talked about fall trip through the Mountains and hitting Dollywood in the process. From the website it looks like Dollywood is open daily and all or most of the rides are running. Is that correct and can anyone offer any advice on fall trips. I am probably going to try and hit Dollywood mid week and then head down to NC to see family and hit Carowinds on Friday or Saturday before heading home.
 

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My Fall trips to Dollywood have been great. Relatively low crowds, gorgeous colors, good weather—highly recommend all around. It feels like the "right" time to visit Dollywood.

Keep their Fall events in mind too!

 

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My Fall trips to Dollywood have been great. Relatively low crowds, gorgeous colors, good weather—highly recommend all around. It feels like the "right" time to visit Dollywood.

Keep their Fall events in mind too!

Would you say it's comfortably doable in one day or should I plan two?
 

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Mid-week? Assuming the hours are reasonable I'd be shocked if you needed two days. Could you fill two days? Maybe. Needed though? I can't imagine needed two.
 
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Does Dollywood have anything like the all day movable ride lockers that KD and BGW have?
 

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We have all-day lockers available for your convenience at the Front Gate for only $15 for the day.

We also have Floating Lockers available throughout the park. Ride to ride floating locker rentals are available at Wild Eagle, Mystery Mine, FireChaser Express, Daredevil Falls, Barnstormer, River Rampage, Tennessee Tornado, Country Fair, & Lightning Rod. These lockers are a one-time fee of $10 for the day. This means you can rent and float from locker to locker without having to pay for each new locker.

All lockers are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
 
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Would you say it's comfortably doable in one day or should I plan two?

You don't need two days but you'll probably want two. I've gone twice now and went for two days both times and I was really glad I did. Allows you to take your time and do everything the park has to offer without rushing. And most of their coasters are worth riding multiple times.
 
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A possible heads up here, as I'm not sure that this is still the case, but my brother and his family recently went a couple weeks ago and many attractions were closed and food lines were long. The park has had serious staffing issues all summer. I had a couple other friends spend two weeks in Gatlinburg in mid July and they went to the park several times throughout their stay and said they had staffing issues then as well. When my brother went he told me Lightning Rod was closed all day, Thunderhead opened really late and Tennessee Tornado kept going down, causing lines all over the park at other attractions that were open (Fire Chaser and Wild Eagle had 2+hour wait times). The wait for their famous Cinnamon bread was even 90 minutes long.
 
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Dollywood is definitely worth doing over multiple days. If you're just there for rides, one day is enough, but the shows, the demonstrations, the food and the exhibits are all worth checking out. On top of that, the ticket prices drop if you buy over multiple days. A single day is $90 and two days is only about $10 more.
 
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^^-- I'm considering getting a 2 day ticket and one hotel night, to get a full night followed by an undecided amount of the next day (Monday!). Only done that for parks I have a pass for before. It's $20 more + parking or maybe could do the trolley.

Just started watching https://www.dollywoodwaittimes.com/ and attempting to verify. Looking great last few days...
 
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