Dollywood Day Trip

By: Princess Jones

Trevecca students have an opportunity to take a day trip to Dollywood.

For $40 students can visit Tennessee’s most popular theme park as part of a new program on campus designed to get students off campus.  TOC (Trevecca Off Campus) launched this fall as a way for students to experience landmarks and attractions around Tennessee.

In the past, students have had the chance to visit other amusement parks, but organizers decided to check out what Tennessee has to offer.

“For many years we have been taking student trips to amusement parks. In the past, it included Kings Island, Six Flags over GA, Holiday World, and last year we went to Universal Studios Orlando.  To my knowledge, we have not taken one to Dollywood, at least in many years. Talking to some students, and in an effort to highlight some Tennessee points of interest in our TOC (Trevecca Off Campus) program, early this summer we decided on Dollywood,” said Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life.

This day trip could be a great bonding experience for students, he said.

“It is always a fun bonding experience riding a bus with people, and at these kind of trips students usually end up grouping up for rides and meeting new people,” said Spraker.

Dollywood has something for everyone, he said.

”It is a nice, clean, fun park in a beautiful part of the state- the Great Smoky Mountains.  Dollywood has several incredible thrill rides including some state of the art roller coasters,” said Spraker. “They also have great shows and music, an artist village which preserves the art of traditional handmade items and the country’s largest eagle reservation.”

For students who are adventures, Spraker suggest the Hot Rod Wooden Coaster.

“The Hot Rod wooden coaster is the first of its kind, they have a new giant drop ride as well.  I also really like mountain music which they have plenty of.  And they have a nice Dolly Parton museum on site,” said Spraker.

Registration is now open on a first come, first served basis for the 30 available spots.

To reserve a spot use the TNU Event App.

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