On the Go in East Tennessee would like to thank Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure for the two complimentary passes we were given to experience the show. The opinions that follow are our own, and we’re excited to share them with you.
When Dolly does a dinner show, you know it’s going to be a unique experience. Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure, the 25 million dollar dinner show that opened in May, brings world class composers, choreographers, performers and set builders together for one of the most exciting engagements in the Smokies. What do you need to know before attending? We’ll give you the rundown.
Ticket prices are between $40 and $50 for adults depending on your seating selection. Child prices range from $20 to $30. Guests start arriving at Lumberjack Adventure well before their showtimes. Check your tickets for directions, but we arrived about 45 minutes prior to our show and the pre-show entertainment (a really talented mountain trio) was in full swing. Drinks and popcorn are available for an additional charge and while there’s seating, it’s not enough for everyone who will be in attendance.
For the kiddos, there are lumberjack and woodland princess makeovers in a small salon at the back of the lobby. For around $12, kids get a cute face paint and some fun accessories for the show.
Once the preshow is finished, the theater doors are opened and guests are assisted in getting to their seats. The theater is arranged in rows of front-facing, side-by-side seats at countertop tables. If you’re not a people person, the seating arrangement may be uncomfortable if your row is full. It’s definitely a tight fit. The theater is a standard dinner theater arrangement with a little bit of an interesting twist – instead of a raised stage, the performance area is floor-level. Having been seated nearly all the way to the right side of the theater, we can say there aren’t many bad seats in the house as the show does a great job of keeping interest all the way around the stage.
Dinner is served piece by piece (cole slaw, biscuit, corn, potato wedge, chicken, etc) by the row’s server who also provides drink refills of cola, diet cola, tea, and water. Alcohol is available for purchase. While the food is certainly adequate, the service style creates an odd meal of waiting for the next piece on your plate. As much as we wanted to rave about the food at Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure, it’s just not up to par with the other dinner theaters in the area. Dessert was an apple turnover, another sort of odd choice given all the starches we’d already eaten. Food is served while the show is in progress, which may put the “adventure” in the experience as you search for your biscuit in the dark.
While we can’t say we loved dinner at Lumberjack Adventure, we can say that the quality of the show completely made up for the shortcomings in the meal. Though the plot that pulls everything together is a bit difficult to understand at times, the performances themselves are incredible.
From Lumberjack contests,
to high-flying stunts,
and incredible aerial acrobatics,
Lumberjack Adventure is minute after minute of amazing performances. The value of your ticket comes as this incredibly talented group of performers puts on what is the best show in the Smokies on the stage, in the air, and even in the water.
So bring your friends and family and spend a couple of hours being amazed at Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure. We promise you won’t regret it.