Now that you’re planning your trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, you might be wondering if you can bring your own food and drinks into the park. The “short answer” is that outside food and drinks are generally not permitted inside Dollywood theme park. But Don’t worry though, you can still bring some snacks and drinks into the park.

What types of food and drinks can I take into Dollywood?

Even though you can’t take full meals into Dollywood, you are allowed to take small, individually packed snacks and bottled water or reusable water bottles. You do not need to go and buy the pre packaged small bags of chips or cookies ( though you certainly can, to save you packing time ) You can pack all of your snacks in sandwich sized zip lock bags.

Tips For Packing Food and Drinks.

Pack Easy To Eat Snacks

Since Dollywood does not allow coolers, it’s a good idea to pack snacks that don’t need to be kept cold. Trail mix, granola bars, and chips are all good options. If you are going in the hotter months, get snacks that don’t have chocolate, or you will end up with a melted mess. If you have a Baby or toddler, remember to pack snacks for them too, like baby food pouches for easy feedings and baby puffs cereal snacks or cheerios.

Consider Your Storage Options

If you are taking snacks/drinks into the park, make sure you have a place to store them while you’re on rides/attractions. If you have small kiddos, take your stroller! you can keep the backpack full of snacks at the bottom of the stroller. You have the option of renting a locker too. If you don’t have small kids that need a stroller anymore, another option is to leave a cooler in your car and take breaks through the day to go get snacks as needed, though this might not be the best option if you are going in the summer seasons.

How to keep drinks cold while at Dollywood?

Freeze Water Bottles Overnight

If you plan to bring water bottles into the park, freeze them overnight! they will slowly start to unfreeze and stay cold throughout the day. ( and they also act as a cold pack for any snacks you bring that you might prefer to eat cold.)

Use Insulated Bags

If you have a small insulated bag , use it to keep your snacks/drinks cool. You should add frozen gel packs or ice packs to make sure they stay cool longer.

Can you refill water bottles at Dollywood?

Yes! Dollywood has many water fountains throughout the park where you can refill your water bottle for free! This is a great way to stay hydrated without having to buy drinks all day. If you can, be sure to bring a refillable water bottle with you. Its an easier option than having to refill plastic water bottles.

Bringing food and drinks vs purchasing in Dollywood.


One of the biggest benefits of bringing your own snacks and drinks to Dollywood is that it can help you save money. Buying snacks and drinks inside the park can add up quickly, especially if your kids are snack monsters like mine. You should pack a backpack full of little bags of snacks like chips, trail mix, baby food pouches, pretzels, PB&J or any sandwich you like. ( if you take sandwiches, remember to take ice packs or frozen water bottles to keep them from going bad before you eat them. )


Even though bringing your own snacks/drinks can save you money, it can be convenient to buy them in the park. When you bring your own food, you’ll need to carry it with you all day. You’ll also need to find a place to store your snacks while you go on rides/ attractions. If you buy your food inside the park, you won’t need to worry about carrying it with you through the day. And obviously park snacks always taste better, ( don’t get me started on their famous Cinnamon Bread! ).


Even though you can bring your own snacks, you may be limited in terms of variety. You only have what you took. Dollywood has a variety of options, like quick service restaurants, sit down restaurants, and snack carts. If you have picky eaters with you, that won’t eat that snack because ” the bag is green, and I only like the orange bag “ ( haven’t we all been there? ), then it’s best if you take the snacks they will absolutely eat and avoid any meltdowns or having to leave the park earlier than planned.

Alternatives to bringing food and drinks to Dollywood.

Free cups of ice water are given at all food outlets, you just need to go and ask. You always have the option to buy snacks, meals and drinks at any of the many restaurants or food carts in the park. If you are planning on buying them in the park, remember to take in consideration the prices and what you will spend. You will probably end up spending more if you buy snacks and drinks in the parks.

What we like to do is take our own snacks and refillable water cups, and then the kids get to choose one or two snacks to try that day in the park. It’s fun for them to try something different, but you also save money from taking your own snacks.

are coolers or big bags to carry food and drinks allowed in Dollywood?

Dollywood does not allow guests to bring coolers or large bags into the park. Backpacks, diaper bags & purses are ok. If you plan to bring snacks/drinks into the park, it’s a good idea to pack them in a backpack or insulated bag that can be stored under a stroller or locker.

What dining options do I have inside Dollywood?

Dollywood has so many food restaurants to choose from. You can sit down for a meal or just grab&go and keep going with the fun! Here are some of the dining locations  with delicious food you’ll find in the park;

Aunt Granny’s Restaurant

Aunt Granny’s is a great family style restaurant with southern food and the food is served in a buffet style.

Red’s Drive-In

The “Drive in” is a ’50s inspired diner that has your typical American food we all love, burgers, hot dogs, and fries.

Front Porch Café

For a quick bite, this is a great option. They have sandwiches, salads, and wraps.

Spotlight Bakery

When you want something sweet, They have delicious baked treats like cinnamon rolls, cookies, and pies.

Hickory House BBQ

at Hickory House, you have different BBQ options. You can order pulled pork, smoked turkey legs, or ribs.

How much does it cost to eat at Dollywood’s restaurants?


You have many, many excellent options to choose from like a big funnel cake , Dippin’ Dots, Dollywood’s yummy butterfly pretzel and more!. You can also find Ice cream shops through the park. Prices for snacks & treats can range from $5 to $10 per item.

Quick Service Restaurants

These meals normally include the main dish, a side, and a drink. You can normally spend around $10 to $15 per person for a meal.

Table Service Restaurants

Sit down dining experiences at the park restaurants normally include the main course, sides and a non alcoholic drink. The average cost for this meal can be between $15 to $25 per person.

Dollywood’s policy on outside food and drinks.

According to Dollywood’s official policy, outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the park, with a few exceptions. Guests are allowed to bring one unopened bottle of water per person, as well as baby food and formula. Complimentary cups of water are given at all park food outlets, you just need to ask. Guests with dietary restrictions or medical needs may also bring in their own food and drinks , as long as they are not in glass containers and are not alcoholic beverages. All bags are subject to inspection upon entering the park.

I hope this little bit of information can help make your planning a little easier. If you have any more questions, you can always reach out to us! We will do our best to help out!.

Happy planning!

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