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The outside of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner theater,

Dolly Parton Dinner Theater Now Open in Pigeon Forge


Legendary country star Dolly Parton has officially cut the ribbon at an all new dinner theater in Pigeon Forge! Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures opened with great fanfare in late April. Taking the place of Dolly’s Lumberjack Adventure, this brand new show tells an original story about Dolly’s parents, Lee Parton and Avie Lee Owens, and their respective families. To help you plan your next vacation, Heritage Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the new Dolly Parton dinner theater.

A Smoky Mountain Love StorySunrise in the mountains near Pigeon Forge.

Through the wildly popular Coat of Many Colors movies on NBC, millions of people across the nation have gotten to know all about Dolly’s parents and their life in the Smoky Mountains. The new dinner show is set before Dolly was born and puts the spotlight on Lee Parton and Avie Lee Owens as they fall in love as young adults. This heartwarming story is told by Dolly Parton herself and by the theater’s resident raconteur, AppleJack.

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Thrilling Stunts and Competitions

While the new Dolly Parton dinner theater is full of romance, it also features plenty of exciting competition that your whole family is sure to love. When you visit the theater, you’ll either cheer on the Parton clan or the Owens family as they complete in the Great Smoky Mountain Family Contests.

The competitions between the Partons and the Owens were inspired by Dolly’s childhood. On Sundays, after church, her family and friends would gather for a big home cooked meal and some friendly contests, such as marbles, horseshoes, and foot races.

In Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures, the competitions are kicked up a notch to include some truly impressive stunts. With Cirque du Soleil-style aerial acrobatics, juggling, tumbling, climbing, back flips, and even more thrilling displays, the show’s talented performers will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Fried chicken and other delicious Southern food.Mouthwatering Food

Of course, no dinner theater is complete without…dinner! Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures offers a delicious Southern feast inspired by the big Sunday meals that Dolly used to enjoy with her family. Here is a look at all of the tasty food you’ll enjoy during the show:

  • Grandma’s Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Dorothy Jo’s Homemade Biscuits
  • Avie Lee’s Fried Chicken
  • Grandpa Jake’s Pulled Pork
  • Cabin Taters
  • Uncle Billy’s Buttery Corn on the Cob
  • Aunt Marth’s Southern Peach Pie
  • Unlimited Pepsi, tea, or coffee

Pre-show Fun at Bass Mercantile

When you visit Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures, we recommend arriving early so you can visit Bass Mercantile, a 1930s-style dry goods store. Complete with a canteen, player piano, antique arcade, and special gifts and souvenirs, Bass Mercantile is a real blast from the past.

Young guests at Bass Mercantile will have the chance to get “Mountain Makeovers”. Boys will be transformed into rugged Mountaineers (complete with beards) and girls will be made up to look like Mountain Princesses.

Where to Stay in Pigeon ForgeThe living room in the Lasting Impressions cabin.

Guests at Heritage Cabin Rentals will be just a short drive from the new Dolly Parton dinner theater in Pigeon Forge. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 9 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your next escape. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge!