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Dollywood Named Top 3 Theme Park in National Survey

August 18, 2014 Theme Parks No Comments Email Email

Dollywood landed firmly near the top of USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best Theme Park. Underscoring the park’s commitment to providing a memorable and enjoyable experience for guests, the third place showing proves once again what visitors have said for years—Dollywood is a special place.

USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest launches one new category each Monday at noon with 20 nominees. Nominations are made by an expert panel and after four weeks of public voting, the results are released.

“We already know Dollywood provides families the perfect atmosphere to create memories to last for a lifetime,” said Craig Ross, President of The Dollywood Company. “We’re excited to see so many people agree. Placing third in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award certainly shows we’re doing something right. In our park, we have award-winning rides, world-class entertainment, unique food choices, and talented craftsmen. Combine all of that with our friendly and attentive employees, and it’s fulfilling that our guests are eager to vote for us.”

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, placed first, while Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, is second. Other parks in the top ten included Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, (fourth); Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, (fifth); Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, (eighth); and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, (tenth). The full list can be seen at

USA TODAY is thrilled to have this method of sharing what 10Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most,” said John Peters, president of USA Today Travel Media Group. “Our readers are well-informed, well-traveled and opinionated. At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them. A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; and relevant expert contributors. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital, and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the website. The public may vote for one nominee per category, per day.

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