There’s nothing quite like the tradition of gathering in the kitchen for good food and fun with family and friends. Dolly Parton values this pillar of daily living, and in her desire to share her favorite pastimes, she created one of the Smoky Mountains’ most fun and enduring attractions – the Dixie Stampede! Tickets include a fun pre-show, Mountain Ruckus, to get everyone warmed up and ready for the main show – a one-of-a-kind horse, song and dance, and acrobatic show.
Grab a seat to enjoy the hospitality and Dolly Parton’s love for entertaining guests! Hailed as the best time to be had, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will have you dazzled, applauding, and laughing – all while you indulge in a classic 4-course Southern feast of chicken, biscuits, corn, and more. Watch your little ones’ eyes light up at the show and laugh just as loud as they do. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede invites you to indulge your nostalgia, and your stomach, in her family-friendly experience of food, music, and more.
Pre-Show Fun with Mountain Ruckus
Get to know the land of Dixie during this multi-faceted display of culture and personality. The pre-show act starts 50 minutes prior to the dinner event; Mountain Ruckus not only will have you laughing and working up an appetite, but also building up anticipation for the extravagant main show! Mountain Ruckus incorporates country sounds and hillbilly antics for a fun and laid-back start to the night.
If you arrive early, you can also meet the stars of the show: the horses! Stroll the open-air stables to see the Quarter Horse and Palomino breeds. Then let the belles escort you to the Dixie Belle Saloon for the Mountain Ruckus show!
The Main Event
Southern belles will woo you as they dance and sing soothingly, cowboys and cowgirls will show off their riding skills, and the dazzling lights and sounds will have your eyes dancing from one corner to the next. It’s a night filled with North versus South competition, special effects, a healthy dose of comedy from Skeeter & Nugget, and fun for all ages. Crack-up as country folk find ways to hilariously pull fast ones over each another in competition for your empathy for their endeavors. Dixie Stampede impressively marries the exciting acts of circus and big Southern personality, with horses soaring through rings of fire, suspender-clad jugglers, country fun, and more.
The Dixie Stampede dinner is 4 hearty courses, because Dolly believes full bellies and full hearts go hand-in-hand. Enjoy biscuits, corn on the cob, ham, rotisserie chicken, and a savory turnover for dessert! Drink from Mason jars and eat – with or without utensils – for an authentic Southern meal you can really dig into. Pat your mouth and slap your knees during this roaring good time that the kids will chatter about in the cabin. Who’s your favorite cowboy? Which Southern belle has the prettiest voice and dress? It’s like a folk fairytale come to life, as you watch, gasp, and applaud each twist of the show!
Dolly Parton’s NEW Smoky Mountain Adventures
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede has been a Pigeon Forge visitor favorite for over 25 years, growing larger and more spectacular over the years. You and your fellow guests are sure to have a whole mess of fun at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede! But if you’re looking for something beyond Dixie Stampede, Dolly has more.
Formerly Lumberjack Adventure, Dolly’s other Pigeon Forge dinner theater – now Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show – has been revamped and reimagined after the success of her NBC movie specials about her childhood. The show has it all: heart-stirring romance, gut-wrenching laughs, acrobatic action, and toe-tapping tunes!
Dolly Parton uses the show to share her love of music, family, and the South the best way she knows how: through show-stopping entertainment. Whether you are from the South and can identify with every facet of the story or you are experiencing the heart of Dixie for the first time, the story shares empathies from all walks of life and is sure to pull at your heart strings and inspire.
Dolly Parton takes Pigeon Forge
Dolly Parton’s stamp is all over Pigeon Forge, even going beyond her dinner shows. Can’t get enough? Spend a few days playing at her theme parks, Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country (in summer). At Dollywood, you’ll find even more musical acts and shows, along with Southern food, unique shops, roller coasters, kids’ rides, a train, and carnival games and prizes! Or visit during one of Dollywood’s huge festivals, including fall’s Harvest Festival and spring’s Festival of Nations!
Need to beat the heat of the hot summer sun? Make your way to Dollywood’s Splash Country to relax in the canopy shades and soak up some sun in the cool waters of the Downbound Float Trip. Kids will love and brag of their trip down the 700-foot Raging River Rapids and Tennessee’s only water coaster, RiverRush. This award-winning waterpark is a favorite attraction among Smoky Mountain travelers, with its range of water attractions and rides to entertain guests of all ages. The wave pool is a safe surge of waves for that ocean excitement right in the middle of the Smokies.
More Dinner Show Fun
Like a little mystery with your laughs? Plan for a visit to the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show for 4 hilarious and haunting dinner shows! Attend Moonshine Murders, Frankly Scarlett You’re Dead, The Killbillies, or Scarlett Reloaded! and watch, or participate, as the murderous (but not very sneaky or smart) characters plot with and against each other. Watch out, because they will even try to recruit you and other guests to help them carry out their ridiculous plans!
Scarlett will crack you up with her shenanigans, because, as the story goes, she has already gotten away with it once and her schemes are getting even more careless and ridiculously funny! Don’t get too distracted, because you have a dinner with this show filled with Southern favorites like biscuits, sautéed vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Dig into a delicious 3-course meal and try to find time to chew between laughs. The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show even offers meals for vegetarians, vegans, or those who eat a gluten-free diet!
Family Feuding If you thought the country family war between the Hatfields and McCoys ended for good back in 1891, find yourself hilariously mistaken at Pigeon Forge’s Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud! Watch these 2 rural families try to settle their differences in all the wrong ways as you enjoy their shenanigans over an all-you-can-eat dinner. Look on as the families sing, dance, and perform astonishing acts to country mountain beats you will find your toes tapping to. Don’t worry about being refined! Chow down on a savory Southern meal with dishes like “Ma’s Hot Homemade Bread,” “No Tellin’ What’s In It Coleslaw,” and “Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbeque.” Don’t forget to save room somewhere in your belly for “Granny’s Famous Specialty Dessert.” Will the Hatfields and the McCoys ever settle their differences after all these years? Join the families for a feast and a feud to find out!