Sorry Disney, the Top Amusement Park in the US is Dollywood

When it comes to travelers’ selections, Trip Advisor currently ranks Dollywood Resort as the top theme park attraction in the United States, beating out Universal Studios and the Wat Disney World and Disneyland theme parks. What makes this so astonishing is that this ranking comes from the general public, not paid for shill websites.



Is East Tennessee turning into a new Orlando, Florida? It would appear that Dollywood is the preferred destination by the American public over the large theme parks. Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain vacation spot is right beside the cutest Tennessee destination ever, Gatlinburg. If you should ever decide to visit, there is plenty to do.



Here are the Top 5 according to Trip Advisor:


  1. Dollywood

    Dollywood feels like a mix between a country fair, theme park and living history. The park features a good selection of rides for everyone from children to thrill seekers.

  2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure

    Now this is a theme park! Lots of exciting rides and attractions. We did every ride and loved them all, from the Hulk to Harry Potter.”

  3. Magic Kingdom

    Fun for the kids, bit more commercialised than magic now though sadly.

  4. Universal Studios Hollywood

    “It’s as good as pictured.”

  5. Universal Studios Florida

    Fantastic day seeing both parks; DO THE VIP EXPERIENCE!!



Kudos to Dolly Parton and her staff. What was once considered just another regional amusement park, has grown into a family friendly theme park that trounces the once considered invincible titans of Disney and Universal, at least in the minds of visitors. Have you ever been to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee?

Chris Braly

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