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Dollywood Becomes Hollywood On Tuesday, Nov. 22

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, Oct. 31, 2016) —Dollywood becomes Hollywood on Tuesday, Nov. 22, complete with red carpet arrivals, media interviews and special viewing areas for guests, as Dolly Parton has invited the cast from her new NBC movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, to visit the park for the worldwide premiere.

Dollywood adds another operating day to its 2016 calendar to allow park guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of a real Hollywood premiere. Dollywood opens from 2 -9 p.m. on this special day, providing a sneak peek at the festivities which include red carpet arrivals and more!

The premiere event begins at 5 p.m. with red carpet arrivals following. Parton and cast members of Christmas of Many Colors make their way down the red carpet along Dollywood’s Showstreet as media from across the country cover the action.

The Coca-Cola Refresh Team brings the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to make photos for guests in attendance. Coca-Cola also offers special holiday beverage samplings during the event.

Guests at the premiere also can enjoy Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, the nine-time award winner for Best Christmas Event. Two new holiday shows and four million dazzling Christmas lights combine with the park’s award-winning rides, delectable holiday dishes and heart-warming Christmas atmosphere for a delightful yuletide experience.

Smoky Mountain Christmas guests can upgrade a paid one-day admission ticket to a regular 2017 season pass for as low as $27 (plus tax when buying four or more). Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket ($65) toward the purchase of a 2017 season pass. A season pass purchased during Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with Dollywood’s entire 2017 season. (A one-day ticket is valid for upgrade on the day of visit only.) Also, guests who purchase a Dollywood one-day ticket after 6 p.m. receive free admission to the park’s next operating day.

Please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for more information, including operating days and hours, daily show schedule and more helpful tips to help plan a visit.

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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.

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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

 

 

Dolly Parton’s ‘Pure & Simple’ Concert Tour Visits Pigeon Forge This November

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 24, 2016) — Dolly Parton brings her Pure & Simple concert tour home to Sevier County, Tennessee, with a stop at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge on November 15 to benefit her Imagination Library. The Pure & Simple tour is Parton’s first North American concert tour in more than 25 years and takes her to more than 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 1. Dollywood season passholders will have an opportunity to purchase concert tickets before the general public. Additional details about Parton’s November Pigeon Forge concert stop will be released at a later date.

Parton is as busy as ever, and with the Pure & Simple tour, a new CD and much more in the works, she doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.  Parton’s set-list during the tour includes a number of hit songs, with a few new offerings from her double-disc album Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits. She also will be playing a number of hits that have not been heard live for decades.

Parton’s Imagination Library is a literacy program administered through the Dollywood Foundation, which provides an age-appropriate book each month to children from birth to age five in participating communities. To date, the Imagination Library has provided more than 70 million books in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits two-CD set will include all new material as well as a compilation of Parton’s biggest hits. The entertainment icon is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of more than 15.8 million viewers. It was the most watched movie on network TV in more than three years and will be released on DVD May 3.

For more information about Dollywood, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, please visit www.imaginationlibrary.com.


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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

 

 

Fabulous Festivals Celebrate Every Season at Dollywood

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 24, 2016) — Dollywood guests know every season at the award-winning park presents a totally different and exciting atmosphere for guests. Much like the changing scenery in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains creates beautiful sights for visitors, Dollywood’s fabulous festivals provide a distinct and always-changing ambiance for those who come through the gates.

As Dollywood enters its third decade of providing memory-making moments for families, its fantastic festivals offer guests a multitude of opportunities they’ll find nowhere else. Free international stage productions and concerts by bluegrass and Southern gospel favorites, the eight-time winner for Best Christmas Event, as well as extended operating hours and a nightly fireworks show in the summer, combine with the park’s more than 40 rides and attractions to provide something for everyone. 

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations—March 19-April 18, 2016

Dollywood welcomes the world during Festival of Nations, a fascinating multi-cultural celebration! Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of nations from around the globe, Festival of Nations reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. The headline show for 2016, Mother Africa, returns after its Dollywood debut in 2014. This renowned show combines skillful acrobatics, live music and traditional dance to delight audiences through a world-class demonstration celebrating Africa’s diverse traditions.  Major touring stage shows, internationally-known performance groups, various roaming musicians and more make Festival of Nations a fun, educational and exciting experience.  Authentic international cuisine and the daily celebrations by visiting nations throughout the park provide guests with an escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass—May 13- 22, 2016

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass launches the unofficial start of summer and combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in bluegrass. This year’s festival features an impressive bluegrass lineup with a multitude of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of International Bluegrass Music Association award winners. This annual tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork, barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. This family-favorite event is music to the ears… and a treat for the taste buds.

Dollywood’s Great American Summer—June 11-Aug. 7, 2016

Great American Summer provides families even more of what they already love—time together at Dollywood. This summertime celebration features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night! Families will love Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show which returns to Dollywood in 2016. The high-flying antics of these powerful pooches will leave audiences begging for more. Perondi’s amazing animals have been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Great American Summer also features award-winning illusionist Brad Ross who takes audiences on an inspirational journey into a world of fun and magic. Each show features unbelievable magic, world-class illusions, hysterical comedy and audience interaction. To complete the day, the park’s festive nightly fireworks show features uplifting music and interactive elements to celebrate the fun of Dollywood after dark! Each evening a high-spirited dance party entertains guests in Wilderness Pass with a 15-minute party designed to get every member of the family on their feet prior to Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors!

Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana—Sept. 30- Oct. 29, 2016

With a colorful swatch of orange, red, yellow and gold painted across the landscape, fall in the Great Smoky Mountains provides the perfect festive backdrop for Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Featuring a lineup which includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music, the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ring through the crisp autumn air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana—Nov. 5, 2016-Jan. 4, 2017

An eight-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including traditional favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies. Guests also can experience the fun and excitement of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. Many of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in a festive environment designed to get everyone into the spirit of the season. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of a Smoky Mountain Christmas.

 

For more information about Dollywood’s fabulous festivals, 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.

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Contacts

Dollywood
Pete Owens, 865-428-9486 or 865-755-7972
Director of Communications 
powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey, 865-428-9484 or 865-640-3805
Public Relations Manager 
wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis, 865-428-9601 or 865-591-1002
Publicist 
aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, 865-428-9629 or 865-919-7001
Publicist 
eliston@dollywood.com

 

 

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort Now Accepting Reservations, Exclusive Guest Privileges Revealed

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 10, 2015) – A dream 30 years in the making is about to be realized: Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort opens this summer, and guests can now book for travel dates starting August 18 by visiting DollywoodsDreamMore.com or calling 800-365-5996.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is the first resort created by Dollywood and Dolly Parton. The 100-acre ultimate Smoky Mountains vacation destination features more than 300 guest rooms and suites designed with family travelers in mind. Located next to Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country, this resort is inspired by Dolly Parton’s warm childhood memories of growing up on her family’s front porch in the Smoky Mountains.

“Our goal is to bring new visitors to the beautiful Smokies and have Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort guests experience special privileges that aren’t available anywhere else,” said Kevin Osborn, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort’s general manager. “With rooms starting at $179, these benefits give families more of what they want in a Dollywood vacation – more play, more time and more value.”

Guest privileges unveiled today include the following:

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  • Front of the line access – Resort guests bypass lines at select Dollywood Theme Park rides, shows and attractions with a complimentary TimeSaver Pass that holds their place. This represents a value of up to $25 per guest per day. 
  • Early Saturday entryResort guests experience some of their favorite rides first at Dollywood parks with early Saturday morning entry.

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  • Door-to-door TransportationComplimentary resort shuttles to Dollywood parks. 
  • Exclusive EntryResort guests-only entrance at the parks. 
  • Package DeliveryComplimentary delivery of parks shopping purchases to guest rooms.

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  • Best-price guarantee - Resort guests receive the lowest online price for Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort rooms as well as their park tickets.
  • Resort perksComplimentary WiFi, exclusive resort entertainment and dining experiences and complimentary resort parking.
  • Special offersSavings on attractions, tickets and more.

The resort is currently accepting reservations for travel dates starting August 18 and anticipates announcing an opening date later this spring. In addition to the guest privileges, amenities at the property include indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service restaurant, spa and salon, fitness center, conference center and family activities center, all of which are enhanced by spectacular mountain views.

The resort is focused on giving families the opportunity to extend the fun they’ve had in the Smokies while relaxing together and reconnecting in a comfortable and stress-free environment. Storytelling spots, fire pits, kids’ play areas and a welcoming front porch lined with rocking chairs all become the perfect setting where guests can create lasting memories with loved ones. But beyond the down-home charm, what truly sets this resort apart is Dollywood’s philosophy on guest service, in which hosts care enough to treat guests like family and extend heartfelt hospitality at every turn.

The opening of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort coincides with the 30th anniversary of Dollywood and is the realization of a dream that singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton had from the opening of the park, an attraction that is now synonymous with the Smoky Mountains where she was raised.

The award-winning Dollywood has come to embody all there is to love about Parton’s Tennessee mountain home, creating an entertainment venue that for three decades has been a treasured part of family vacations. As resort guests gaze out on the same mountains that inspired Parton, they’ll be able to enjoy the hospitality that has been the hallmark of the destination since the park opened its gates.

The Dollywood experience is about so much more than roller coasters and water slides; it’s also about great food, award-winning entertainment and getting in touch with the culture of the area.

Dollywood is located just minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States. These natural elements are balanced by a variety of entertainment offerings in the towns that surround the parks, making this a complete family destination in one of the most picturesque parts of the country. The 30th anniversary year at the theme park is the perfect time for families to discover – or rediscover – both the destination and the joys of time spent together.

For more information about Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort or to book a reservation, guests should visit DollywoodsDreamMore.com or call 800-365-5996. 

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 Cabins; and Dollywood’s  DreamMore Resort, scheduled to open in 2015. 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 22 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today. Open nine months a year (late March through early January), Dollywood 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. Dollywood Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. Opening in 2015, the 307-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort will provide guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Public Relations Director, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Publicist, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room.aspx.

 

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort Reaches Construction Milestone

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2014) – Construction crews today placed the final spire atop Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort’s entrance tower, marking an important milestone for the stunning 307-room property, which opens summer 2015 next door to Dollywood’s award-winning theme parks. Officials also announced the first two members of the resort’s management team.DreamMore_Resort_Topping_Out

During today’s topping out ceremony, crews finished the last major project on the resort’s iconic outside profile. Attention now will focus inward as construction continues on the property’s spacious guest rooms and family-friendly public areas.

Amy Owenby, Dollywood’s vice president of hospitality, also introduced the first two members of the resort’s staff.

Kevin Osborn was appointed as general manager of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort after spending many years in leadership roles within Marriott International. Cordelia Marzak joins the team as director of sales and marketing. Marzak joins the team after her tenure with JHM Hotels in Orlando.

Osborn

Osborn

“With the addition of Kevin and Cordelia and their exceptional knowledge of the resort industry, we continue to position Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort as a premier family destination,” said Owenby. “Kevin’s varied experiences within leading hotels in the industry offer him a unique vantage point of how to best serve and entertain Dollywood’s future resort guests. His expertise will provide us with a strong foundation as we move closer to opening our first resort.”

A seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry, Osborn worked more than 27 years with Marriott International. During his time with the company, he served as resident manager for New Orleans Marriott, general manager for the Milwaukee Courtyard Marriott and general manager at Marriott’s GE Healthcare Institute and Conference Center. He also was general manager of The Fountains Resorts and Lake Eve’s Resort in Orlando. He started his career as a night auditor at the historic St. James Hotel in his hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota, after graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Marzak

Marzak

“Cordelia dreamed of one day being able to come home to work at a world-class resort,” Owenby continued. “As a native of East Tennessee, she understands the distinctive features of this region which make it such an attractive vacation option for families. The knowledge she has gained during her career will serve us well as we develop Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort in to the world-class destination in which she always dreamed of working.”

A native of Rogersville, Tennessee, Marzak most recently served as area director of sales for five properties owned by JHM Hotels in Orlando. Prior to that, she was sales manager for Holiday Inn Orlando North.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is the ultimate Smoky Mountain vacation destination. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, but just minutes away from Dollywood’s award-winning theme parks, DreamMore Resort is inspired by Dolly Parton’s warm childhood memories of growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains, and on her family’s front porch.

Here, families can trade in the distractions of daily life to share stories, celebrate memories, and create new ones. Resort guests will receive exclusive park privileges like door-to-door shuttle service to Dollywood parks. Plus, with premium amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, landscaped gardens, and a sit-down restaurant, salon and spa, there’s something fun for every member of the family.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is the second capital investment in a 10-year plan that includes more than $300 million in future developments for The Dollywood Company. FireChaser Express, the first project in the development plan, opened at Dollywood theme park in March 2014.

For more information about Dollywood’s DreamMore resort and to be among the first to obtain updates and reservation information, please visit www.dreammoreresort.com and become a member of the Founders Club.

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 Cabins; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, scheduled to open in 2015. 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 22 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three theme park by USA Today. Open nine months a year (late March through early January), Dollywood 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. Dollywood Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. Opening in 2015, the 307-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort will provide guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

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Contacts

The Dollywood Company

Pete Owens, 865-428-9486 or 865-755-7972

Public Relations Director

powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey, 865-428-9484 or 865-640-3805

Publicist

wramey@dollywood.com

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at http://www.dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room.aspx.

 

 

Dollywood Announces $300 Million in Investments, Development During Next 10 Years

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 2013) – Entertainment legend Dolly Parton has announced plans for $300 million in capital investments in The Dollywood Company over the next 10 years. The investment includes new attractions, resorts and the creation of more than 2,500 jobs.

Construction is under way on the new FireChaser Express rollercoaster, opening in March 2014 at Dollywood.

To mark the company’s 30th anniversary in 2015, the 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort will open adjacent to Parton’s award-winning Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark, both located in Tennessee’s famed Great Smoky Mountains.

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is to open in 2015 with 300 rooms during Dollywood's 30th anniversary year.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is to open in 2015 with 300 rooms during Dollywood’s 30th anniversary year.

“I’ve always been a big dreamer just like I’ve always wanted to do more for my home here in these beautiful Smoky Mountains,” Parton said, “This is where I nurtured my heart’s dreams, and I want to share more of them. My plans for the next 10 years are to expand my Dollywood properties to offer families more opportunities to play together and grow closer while they make their best memories. It’s truly the culmination of this country girl’s wildest dreams!”

“With Dolly Parton’s vision and world-class properties like Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark as our foundation, The Dollywood Company is poised to become a family vacation destination like no other,” said Craig Ross, President of The Dollywood Company. “Dolly welcomes folks into her home and her heart, and our plans to grow and expand The Dollywood Company are steeped in her desire to bring families closer together by creating experiences delivered from the heart.”

The scope of the company’s future developments resonates in Parton’s native Sevier County and throughout the contiguous counties in East Tennessee. An independent economic impact study commissioned by The Dollywood Company projects that Dollywood and its hospitality investments will add $150 million annually to the local economy.

Additionally, more than $7 million in state and local taxes will be generated by the company’s 10-year investments. Approximately 2,500 jobs will be created, primarily in the hospitality and construction industries, due to the addition of the resort.

Scheduled to open summer of 2015, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is situated on 100 acres and features a design reminiscent of the iconic Southern gathering spot, the front porch.

With rocking chairs that invite guests to linger and admire pristine mountain views, the property is nestled amid the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and offers the best of both worlds—tranquility and adventure—throughout the sprawling resort and surrounding grounds.

The resort features a variety of accommodations to suit parties of all sizes. It will include special one- or two-bedroom reunion suites with family parlors that serve as a gathering hub. The resort also includes specialty suites on the ground floor with private gated porches with outdoor access.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort includes more than 8,000 square feet of indoor meeting space complete with state-of-the-art technology. Outdoors, the property can accommodate groups as large as 500.

The property’s crown jewel is the 2,200-square-foot Dolly’s Suite Dreams celebrity suite, with décor inspired by Parton.

A full-service restaurant, fashioned after an old farmhouse, provides indoor and outdoor dining opportunities, including a wrap-around veranda with views of the pool and surrounding mountains while an indoor pool, carefully situated amid all-glass windows, invites the outdoors inside.

An intimate amphitheater nestled in the rolling countryside offers outdoor entertainment, while an event lawn welcomes craft demonstrations and special entertainment. Fire pits, hammocks and story spots allow guests to take full advantage of the outdoors. The resort’s spa and salon will offer both a serene indoor and outdoor spa experience.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort (www.DreamMoreResort.com) is just minutes from neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited in the U.S. The property joins Dollywood Cabins as the company’s second venture in the lodging industry. Launched in 2009, Dollywood Cabins offers luxurious, amenity-rich cabins just two miles from Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country.

FireChaser Express (www.FireChaserExpress.com) is the latest addition to The Dollywood Company’s list of innovative new rides.

In March 2012, Dollywood opened the $20 million Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. In 2013, Dollywood’s Splash Country followed with the addition of RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster.

The nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, FireChaser Express travels forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track, leaving the loading station in one direction and returning in the opposite direction. Perched 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area, the coaster’s 39-inch minimum height requirement invites families to ride together.

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 and Dollywood Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; the reigning five-time Golden Ticket Award winner; and recipient of 21 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). Open nine months a year (late March through early January), Dollywood 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. Dollywood Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

For B-roll, photography and more information, visit the Dollywood Media Room at Dollywood.com/Media/Media-Room.aspx.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens, Public Relations Director, 865-428-9486

Trish McGee, Public Relations Manager, 865-428-9601

Wes Ramey, Publicist, 865-428-9484