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Dollywood Insider is searching for 20 new expert panelists

by Susan and Simon Veness

Dollywood is searching for 20 brand experts to sit on their newest Dollywood Insider panel, sharing experiences and offering tips through online content. Applications for the non-employee positions are available now through July 19.

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Blogs and social media for Dolly Parton’s theme park, now open for the 2021 season, have been a useful information resource for visitors over the past five years, in part due to the Dollywood Insiders who share their experiences and give a true guest perspective on all there is to do at the park, and how best to do it.

What’s involved in the unpaid job? Sharing content via blogs, photos, and video which provide tips about subjects as varied as traffic flow to which restaurants suit various tastes or occasions. It’s all done from a guest perspective, adding a relatable touch to readers’ questions.

“We invite veteran Dollywood guests to become our experts,” said digital publicist Amber Davis. “As the program has grown in popularity, we’ve been able to grow the number of panelists each year. For our next panel, we will select 20 Insiders. These applicants turn their love for Dollywood into a platform for sharing trip-planning advice. Though they don’t receive a paycheck, they do get season passes and exclusive access as they create content for Dollywood channels.”

Who can apply? Past panelists have included moms, dads, grandmothers, single parents, professionals, bloggers, and theme park enthusiasts. Applicants are chosen to represent the diversity of Dollywood’s visitors, hailing from a broad range of cities, such as Knoxville, Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, Charlotte, and beyond.

The job description includes pitching ideas and creating blogs and videos aimed at providing real-world information about Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins.

Panelists will serve a one-year term in return for a season pass, behind-the-scenes access, and invitations to media events. Those who wish to extend their time on the panel may reapply for another term once theirs has ended.

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 19, at noon. Once interviews have taken place, panelists will be chosen and those who have been awarded the position will be notified by July 26.

To fill out an application to be a Dollywood Insider, visit Dollywood.com.

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