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Dolly Parton’s Dollywood wins 3 Golden Ticket Awards

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Dollywood is bringing home the gold. 

Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, recently won three awards from industry magazine Amusement Today. 

Amusement Today awarded Dollywood with Golden Ticket Awards for 3 categories: Best Kids’ Area, Best Guest Experience and Best Christmas Event of 2021, in line with a press release from Dollywood.

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“We’re pleased with the popularity we receive since it means we’re doing well at what we wish to do – deal with the nice folks who come to go to our park 12 months after 12 months,” Dolly Parton said in an announcement. 

Dollywood has won the Best Guest Experience category – which focuses on friendliness, cleanliness and value – three years in a row, aside from 2020 when awards weren’t presented, the press release said. 

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Similarly, the theme park has won the Best Kids’ Area, for the Wildwood Grove area of the park, for the last three years that Golden Ticket Awards got out.

The Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood event – an annual Dollywood tradition – has won 14 consecutive Golden Tickets for the Best Christmas Event, the theme park press release said. 

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In total, Dollywood was a finalist in seven categories, in line with the theme park’s press release.

Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, recently won three Golden Ticket Awards given by industry publication Amusement Today. 
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Except for the highest three prizes, Dollywood took runner-up for the Most Beautiful Park category, second place for the Best Food, and second place within the Best Park category.

Two of Dollywood’s roller coasters were also recognized by the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards. 

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The Lightning Rod ride was ranked in eleventh place on the list of top 50 steel roller coasters of 2022, while the Thunderhead ride was ranked in tenth place on the list of top 50 picket roller coasters of 2022, in line with the rankings on the Golden Ticket Awards website.

Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards were announced on Saturday at a ceremony at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, in line with a press release from Dollywood.

The Golden Ticket Awards are calculated based on an in depth, international survey conducted by Amusement Today, in line with the press release. 

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Ann W. Schmidt is a life-style reporter with Fox News Digital. 

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