No matter how many times I visit Dollywood, I am always impressed with just how charming the place is. Real or manufactured, it never gets old. Recently I got a chance to visit Wildwood Grove, Dollywood’s largest expansion to date.
As the story goes, a young girl wandered into the woods near Timber Canyon (the themed land adjacent to Wildwood Grove) and got lost. It turns out, the area was filled with hundreds of colorful butterflies and a Wildwood Tree. The area became known as Wildwood Grove and the theming of nature and butterflies caries throughout the land.
The area’s biggest attraction known as Dragonflier is a suspended coaster that takes riders through a small section of Wildwood Grove. The Vekoma coaster is a family ride designed for the smaller set. The track is only 1486 feet in length and the ride time is fairly short.
As a matter of fact, all of Wildwood Grove is catered to children and families. Black Bear Train is a short ride through a field where riders can hop on the back of one of the Great Smokey Mountains most famous animals. At the time of my visit, this was actually the longest line in the new land.
However, the most popular area was the indoor playground. Hidden Hollow is a fairly large kids play area featuring slides and interactive elements and (most importantly) and place for parents to sit and relax in air conditioning. A much needed break from the heat of Dollywood and a place where kids can let off some steam while the parents take a break.
My personal favorite area of Wildwood Grove was Wildwood Creek. A water playground for the younger set that featured pop jets shooting water about 20 feet into the air. Kids and parents absolutely loved the area and again, checks something off the much need list for Dollywood: a place for kids to cool off.
The new area of Dollywood features an assortment of interactive features. The music garden was fairly popular during my visit as well.
Overall I was impressed with Wildwood Grove and the much-needed addition of attractions for the younger set. If I had a small complaint, the landscaping (aside from the photo above) seemed sparse in certain sections of the land. A lot of the grass wasn’t that green. Dragonflier seems to fly over, nothing really. I can only assume this will be addressed in the near future.
We were thrilled to get the chance to see Wildwood Grove and a huge thank you to Dollywood for having us out for a visit!
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