Dollywood has plenty of music, food and Dolly. You'll also find some great thrill rides. The park has a few roller coasters, including a pretty wild wooden one. Children and teens (and crazy fathers) will love the water area. It's like a multi-leveled fort equipped with squirt guns and water cannons. A county fair area has traditional rides like bumper cars and a tumbler.
Locals look forward to Dollywood's festivals. Everyone has a favorite. The first one is the International Festival during April and finishes with Christmas at Dollywood. The park always has a lot of music filling its three or four theaters. Most of the music is bluegrass, gospel or country. It's not all mainstream. If you're a Dolly Parton fan, you'll want to visit the museum. Even if you're not a fan, you'll be amazed at how long and how varied her career has been.
What this amusement park does better than most is food. It has lots of it. You may wait in line for an hour to ride one of the more popular rides, but there's enough food establishments that you won't have to wait on lunch. And it's all pretty good. (Well, it does have a few stands that remind you of carnival food.) Don't leave without a funnel cake.