This would be our first time to Dollywood, and I've heard good things all of my life. The only theme park we go to is Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carowinds is pretty well designed, so no matter where you park, you can get to an entrance by walking. Dollywood's parking lot is huge, and we had to take their complimentary trolley bus.
Wasn't a bad ride, but I was excited to finally do something so I wished it could go faster. It wasn't much more to go two days than it was to do one, so we decided at the gate to do one day here on Monday and return again on the Wednesday.
While I will go into a lot of detail in the upcoming days, I will sum up Dollywood in my opinion. It's certainly different from Carowinds. I thought it'd be as wondrous as Disney World (though I've never been there either) just with Dolly Parton's name everywhere. I actually liked it far less than Carowinds. The paths to get to things are oddly designed and it's easy to miss things such as my favorite ride, which I didn't find until the 2nd day. While they have a good number of rides, Carowinds far outranks them in most areas of rides including smaller rides and big roller coasters. Dollywood does have more shows and events than Carowinds, which would explain why my grandmother loves this place, as she would always mention she'd drive all the way up here to visit. Personally, if I wanted to go somewhere just for a themepark in the southeastern United States (but not in Florida obviously), it will be Carowinds. Rides are my passion at these places (I think most everything else theme parks offer are distractions) and Carowinds is king that department.