UPDATE: The shows name has since changed from Dixie Stampede to Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Since moving to Pigeon Forge, Tim and I have been playing tourist. We’ve done some dinner shows and visited the local attractions. First on the list?Dolly Parton’s Stampede. By far one of the most famous Pigeon Forge attractions, it certainly didn’t disappoint! Here is everything you need to know about visiting Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge or Branson.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Known as the most fun place to eat, you are in for a great night from the moment you step out of your car! There are two locations Dolly Parton’s Stampede: Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson, MO. With a four-course feast that will make your mouth water and top-notch riders that will amaze you, it is easy to see why this is the world’s most visited dinner attraction. And with Dolly’s name attached to it, you can expect world-class entertainment, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
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Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach
There was a Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede location in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but it is no longer open. The arena and building have been rebranded as Pirate’s Voyage Dinner and Show which we highly recommend! It is the same family fun and great entertainment you have come to expect from a Dolly production just themed around pirates.
Purchasing tickets for Dixie Stampede before hand is highly recommended. While it is possible to get tickets the day of or at the ticket booth in the off-season, shows during peak season often sell out.
How much are tickets?
Tickets for Dixie Stampede are between $60-$50 + tax for adults depending on where you get them. For preshow entertainment, a 4-course feast, and a show it is really worth it!
Dixie Stampede Coupons
There are a number of ways to get discounted tickets for the show. If you know where to look for Dixie Stampede coupons, you can find them. Here are some tips about where to find coupons for Dixie Stampede tickets.
You can generally find coupons at local hotels or welcome centers in both Branson and Pigeon Forge. Just ask someone working if they have any discounts or coupons and they have usually provide you with a $5 off coupon.
And if they your hotel doesn’t have any, always make sure you check on their Facebook or other social media accounts for any promotions they might have currently. This also seems like a no brainer but often times they will have specials on their website or blog, so don’t forget to click around a bit!
Discounted Stampede Tickets
If you plan on going to other area attractions, bundling your tickets is a great way to save a few dollars! Branson and Pigeon Forge are both hubs of family fun so try to plan a few things out. If you buy your tickets as a bundle, you’ll be able to save.
For those families who might not be doing other attractions, there are still ways to bundle with your hotel or cabin rental with Vacations Made Easy!
What To Expect Dolly Parton’s (Dixie) Stampede
Before you even head into the building, the stars of the show are ready to be greeted on the Stampede Horse Walk. If you stop to pick up your tickets before show day make sure you stop by and meet them to avoid preshow crowds.
Each horse is in a personalized stall and they are the cutest things ever. You can read a little bit about each of them and what they do in the show. If you have kiddos, it is a must! While you’re there, you can also stop by the gift shop to pick up any gifts sans post-show crowds.
If you head over to the horse walk before your show, don’t forget about the preshow! Included in your ticket is the pre-show entertainment, so missing it is not something we recommend. It starts 50 mins before showtime and will get you pumped for the show to come. The shows are a little different at the two locations but it isn’t anything major. During both the Branson preshow and the Pigeon Forge preshow, you can purchase snacks like popcorn and nachos. Just make sure you save room for the main courses though, because it’s quite the feast!
Preshow at Dixie Stampede in Branson
In Branson, you’ll head to the Carriage Room for the pre-show. There, the White River Wranglers will play some awesome bluegrass and country music that will get you ready for the main show.
Preshow at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge
Mountain Rukus is the band at the pre-show in Pigeon Forge. And it is made up of some of Dolly’s old bandmates. The band includes Gary Davis who is actually the only four-time banjo champ in the entire country! The award-winning members perform bluegrass tunes and even bring in some modern favorites!
About the show
After the preshow, you’ll head in the area as everyone finds their seats. Honestly, there are no bad seats in the house! As you cheer for your respective side (North or South) it is hard not to let your competitive side shine a bit. Tim and I sat on the Northside and had our boot mugs ready for a foot-stompin’ good time. Is it a little corny? Sure. But we loved every minute of it! This amazing production is a favorite of so many for good reason. There is music, fun, comedy, and trick riding thrills that will keep you entertained. They start serving the food pretty quickly too which I was very impressed with.
Dinner Show Menu and Food
One of the things people love most about going to Dolly Parton’s shows is the food – especially that AMAZING soup! The standard meal consists of a mouthwatering tender whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecued pork loin, Dolly’s original creamy vegetable soup, a delicious homemade biscuit, hot buttered corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, and a turnover for dessert.
I think it is really awesome too that Dolly’s shows offer alternative menus options for those with dietary preferences or allergen needs. If you need an alternative menu, make sure you let guest services know before the show! They will make sure they have it available for you. They can pretty much accommodate every allergen and every dietary preference.
The good news is that they bring you a doggie bag for leftovers. Honestly, there really is no way you can leave this place hungry!
I had heard all about the Famous Dixie Stampede creamy soup before the show and I honestly thought “It can’t be that great.” I am here to openly admit that I was wrong and it is that great! I prefer the vegetarian meal because I normally don’t eat a heavy dinner. I take my soup and use it as a sauce for my pasta and its delicious!
Pasta dish (noodles, broccoli, corn, red peppers and marinara sauce)
One of my favorite parts of the show was the Native American scene that included buffalo and an areal act! When paired with the backdrop of Dolly Parton’s “Sha Kon O Hey!” the two perfectly complement each other. I don’t want to give too much of the show away, so I will leave you with this: The finale number… WOAH! After the friendly competition, delicious food, and hilarious audience participation, the finale is the perfect way to end the night!
Pro Tips for Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
- Gratuity is not included in your ticket price, so be prepared with cash. No one wants to feel like a jerk come the end of the show when you have no tipping cash.
- If you want a boot mug, buy it ahead of time! It is cheaper if you get it when you purchase your tickets versus getting it at the pre-show.
- Don’t miss the horse walk! It is a great way to get the kiddos excited for the show!
If you loved the soup don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick some up to make at home! I also highly recommend the chicken rub and BBQ Sauce! Last time we were there, I thought the gift shop was very reasonably priced.
Fun Fact: Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede has the largest stick horse collection at the Pigeon Forge location. You can see the collection in shadow boxes as you walk through the building. As you exit the arena, near the elevator you will also find a stick horse made by Dolly herself!