Dollywood’s Splash Country Debuts New Family Slide, TailSpin Racer

Dollywood's Splash Country Debuts New Family Slide, TailSpin Racer

I have some exciting news to share with you from Dollywood’s Splash Country. This weekend they debuted a brand new five-story tall racing slide complex called the TailSpin Racer. For the park’s 17th season, Dollywood’s Splash Country is pulling out all the stops with this new ride at the front of the park as well as other fabulous park upgrades.

Dollywood’s Splash Country Debuts New Family Slide, TailSpin Racer

As the days grow longer and the sun a little warmer, lifeguards at Dollywood’s Splash Country become more eager to open the gates for another season of Smoky Mountain water park fun. This weekend, the park debuted a new family racing slide, attraction upgrades, new parking options, a new calming area, and newly-recognized Platinum Award-winning lifeguards.

The most anticipated new-comer to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017 is TailSpin Racer, a five-story slide complex that offers six people the opportunity to race each other in a thrilling rush. From its unique spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes to its splashdown finish, it’s an all-out competition to see who can get to the end first. TailSpin Racer matches riders in a head-to-head race with the fun of a traditional mat racer-style slide and the tight turns and daring drops of an enclosed slide. Guests will immediately spot the new attraction near the front of the water park, which only adds to the excitement.

“TailSpin Racer is our first new attraction since we opened our water coaster, RiverRush,” explained Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown. “This is something our guests have been asking for and we are thrilled that we’re delivering a family slide that gives six people the chance to race at the same time.”

Dollywood’s Splash Country also is thrilled to welcome back its team of lifeguards which recently earned the prestigious Platinum International Safety Award from Ellis & Associates. These water park guards are the only team in the state of Tennessee to receive this recognition. Dollywood’s Splash Country is independently audited by a third party several times each season. E&A, a firm specializing in international aquatic safety and risk management, presented the award. In 2016, E&A had 355 clients who qualified for an award; only 10% earned the Platinum Award. Both Dollywood’s Splash Country and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort lifeguards were honored with Platinum for their vigilance in guarding the water.

“Of all the things we’re proud of at our water park, our lifeguards deserve the highest praise,” Brown continued. “Our guests trust us to keep their families safe as they splash and play with us; our guards take their roles seriously. We expect them to be alert and aware of everything happening in their zones. They do that, and more. We have the best lifeguards in the business.”

Additionally, Dollywood’s Splash Country guests can look forward to several upgrades throughout the park. From the new option of Preferred Parking, to misters on walkways to cool feet, and new equipment to help streamline food purchases, the water park has refreshing upgrades to enhance guest comfort. And, based on the response to Dollywood’s calming room, Dollywood’s Splash Country will offer a new calming area for guests who experience sensory overload. The area provides an opportunity for individuals to take a break in a private area of the park.

Dollywood’s Splash Country opened this weekend with daily operation beginning on Saturday, May 20. Daily operation continues through Sunday, August 13. The park opens Aug. 15 and 17 and on weekends through Labor Day weekend until Sept. 4. For more information about Dollywood’s Splash Country or any of The Dollywood Company properties, please visit or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.


  1. This is awesome! Hope you have (had) a nice weekend! 🙂

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  2. Seriously that looks so fun! I had no idea that Dollywood ad stuff like that there!
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  3. I wish I could go there! It looks like it would be a lot of fun to check out. At some point I know I will get out to that part of Tennessee and when I do I cannot wait to check this out.
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  4. oh yes!! We are going to Pigeon Forge this summer and I know everyone will want to go there. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Waterparks are the best! Such a fun summer activity – this looks like a great park! Love it!

  6. I never heard of this place before but it sounds like a fun park to visit with family. Perfect place for summer activities.

  7. This looks like a blast! Also looks very similar to a slide at our local Six Flags amusement park!

  8. This looks so awesome! I have always been a sucker for a theme park, and I might have to talk my husband into going here for our family summer vacation. It sounds like so much fun!

  9. Catvills says

    My boys would love that! Oh they would be so excited to try it! If we do get to travel to that area, we’d make sure to drop by Dollywood and have some waterpark fun!

  10. kelly reci says

    wow! that looks awesome and exciting! im sure you had a lot of fun spendign your weekend!

  11. Elizabeth O. says

    This is so awesome! I love the fact that there’s a new attraction to look forward to. It sounds like a lot of fun as well. It’s always nice to go to water parks with the kids.

  12. I had no idea Dollywood was so fun! I will have to see what else is in the area and maybe we will make a trip there next summer.

  13. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg how fun!!!! I have always wanted to visit Dollywood! I have seen so many photos of the park and it looks like so much fun!

  14. My daughter is the only one who has been to Dollywood. She loved it.

  15. I can’t believe I haven’t been to Dollywood yet. It looks like so much fun. I’ll definitely have to take my family.
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  16. Michelle Waller says

    Well now this looks like such an amazing ride! We are hoping to visit here over the summer and I can’t wait to try out this ride.

  17. there is just no dull moment in here, sure alot of fun from this. amazing too, dollywood, who knows someday i will have to experience first hand too.

  18. This looks so fun and exciting! How I wish I can visit the place too and try this. A great fun activity and place to be for the whole family!
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  19. Dollywood is certainly another place on my travel bucket list! Although, I must confess I didn’t know they had a water park in the brand. Yet another park to add to my list apparently. haha!
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