Dollywood Company Officials Add Operating Days Due to Strong 2016 Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 22, 2016) — Thanks to strong visitation to both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2016, company officials are adding operating days to the calendars of both properties to allow guests more opportunities to make memories together this year.

Those looking for a way to cool off from the summer heat have a little more time to enjoy the refreshment of Dollywood’s Splash Country thanks to five new operating days, Aug. 15-19. The award-winning water park now will be open daily through Aug. 21 and on weekends through Labor Day.

The 2016 season has been an exciting year for Dollywood’s Splash Country as TripAdvisor named the Smoky Mountain destination a Top-10 water park, based on reviews and ratings on its website. Even Splash Country lifeguards collected accolades this season when Ellis & Associates, a firm that specializes in international aquatic safety and risk management, awarded them with Gold and Platinum Awards, the company’s highest designations, for their diligence in guarding the water.

Dollywood adds two days to its season, both during the popular Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana. Two Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, are new to the schedule and provide guests more time to experience Dollywood’s four million magical Christmas lights and two new shows, all part of the lineup for the eight-time winner for Best Christmas Event.

Dollywood’s entertainment team brings a Christmas classic to life with the debut of It’s a Wonderful Life. Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, small town businessman George Bailey discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence.

One of Dollywood’s greatest entertainment offerings is remastered in 2016, as Christmas in the Smokies, returns to its traditional home at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater. Guests can celebrate the joy of the season while a cast of singers and dancers performs hometown holiday favorites while accompanied by a band of live musicians!

For more information about any of The Dollywood Company properties, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:
Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com
Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com
Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com
Ellen Liston: Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com