If you’re heading to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, there’s one attraction that’s an absolute must do, the Dollywood Express!. This park classic offers a serene and authentic coal powered train experience that lets you sit back, relax, and soak in the Tennessee charm with a breathtaking five mile journey.

The Dollywood Express has been a part of the theme park for an impressive 55 years and counting!. It is still a favorite for everyone who visits the park, and gives you a little glimpse into history. With two genuine coal burning engines, this train ride has a fascinating connection to the past. These engines were actually used during World War II!. Kiddos and Adults alike are thrilled to find out you can actually ride a steam locomotive at Dollywood! .

What’s it like to Ride the Dollywood Express? (Review)

The train departs from the station once every hour, inviting you to embark on a relaxing 20 minute, five-mile loop adventure. Climbing aboard the Dollywood steam train is like taking a trip back in time to the 1900s. The passenger cars are designed to look just like the steam powered trains from back then, with brass fittings and wooden seats. The train also has authentic steam whistles and bells, adding to the experience!

Your journey of the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains begins with a whistle. You will go around the park and wave at everyone as you pass by. While you are riding and taking in all the beautiful scenery, you will hear some of the history of the train and Dollywood, and the whistle more than once. During the summer, there is a nice breeze as you ride. If you ride during winter, remember to bundle up! During Christmas time, they take this ride to a whole new level by adding lights and the cheery sounds of the Holiday Season. Once the ride is over, the train will leave you at the same station where you boarded.

Requirements to Ride the Dollywood Express

Height requirement

There is no height requirement to ride the Dollywood Express.

Personal Belongings

You can take your personal belongings with you on the Dollywood Express. Make sure you don’t forget anything on the train as you are getting off.

Health Conditions

The coal smoke might not be suitable for everyone. Pregnant Mamas and Riders with certain health conditions such as heart problems, recent surgeries or respiratory problems may want to skip this ride.

Age Restrictions

The Dollywood Express welcomes passengers of all ages. There is no Age restriction so it’s a great ride for families.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Is There a Soot and Smoke Free Area on The Train?

If you are riding with kiddos you should sit towards the back of the train. That way you can avoid the smoke and soot. Don’t worry about missing the views because you will get the same views from anywhere in the train.

How Often Does the Dollywood Express Depart From the Station?

If you plan to ride the Dollywood Express during your visit, keep in mind that the train departs from the station once every hour. I recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes before the departure time to board the train. The train is loaded on a first-come, first-served basis, and the line can get pretty long. ( The Dollywood Express schedule is subject to change and closures may also occur due to maintenance or inclement weather conditions. )

How Does the Train Accommodate Those With Disabilities?

You can find the ride Accessibility Entrance  to the right of the train depot. See a Train Host for assistance. Riders may need companion assistance transferring to the train. Guests using a motorized wheelchair or ECV (Electric Convenience Vehicle) must transfer to a Dollywood provided wheelchair or train bench seat to ride. Service animals are welcome too.

Insider Tip

Beware Of The Possibility Of Soot.

One unique thing about the Dollywood Express is the authentic 110-Ton Coal-Fired Steam Engine. While it adds to the experience, it’s important to note that you might end up with some soot on your hair, clothes or even in your eyes. If you are going to sit up front, it’s a good idea to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. 

Get ready to create wonderful memories together, have fun!.

Have you been on the Dollywood Express yet? Share your memorable experiences with us in the comments.

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