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All-New Christmas Show Under way At Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017) – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show continues its inaugural season with a new holiday tale that invites families on a journey that brings together special Christmas memories and magic that shaped Dolly and her family. The new show, which opened Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 31, allows guests to make wonderful holiday memories and discover the true spirit of Christmas.

The combination of festive holiday music, two million dollars in special effects, acrobatic feats from both performers and the show’s canine stars, a mischievous elf, a series of “reindeer games,” a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and many other unexpected  surprises combine for a one-of-a-kind, “must see” show.  This exciting new Christmas adventure is set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town’s Christmas celebration in the balance. The audience journeys with the cast to learn whether their Christmas will be cancelled or whether the storm sets the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever.

Elements of the regular show that have proven to be audience favorites this season will take on a holiday flair and deliver a joyful treat for the senses, including the Chinese poles, aerial silks suspended three stories above the stage and in the amazing Electro-wheel. An exclusive Smoky Mountain Adventures version of The Nutcracker and fun with the classic “12 Days of Christmas” are sure to become audience favorites. The show concludes with a moving seasonal rendition of the mountain classic “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and a Christmas light spectacular and special effects transform the town scenery into a captivating Winter Wonderland.

“Thanks to the powerful story of when Dolly’s parents met and fell in love, Smoky Mountain Adventures has experienced an amazing debut season,” said Jamie Parish, General Manager of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. “We are excited about sharing more of this special story in our new holiday show, inspired by heartfelt moments that will capture the simple joys of Christmas.  Our entire cast is looking forward to sharing this new component of Dolly’s family story – we know it will become a new holiday tradition for the families that come to experience it.”

Another star of this yuletide show is the food, which is a mouthwatering feast of magnificent proportions. This Smoky Mountain holiday feast treats guests to tantalizing tastes inspired by some of Dolly’s favorite holiday recipes:  a special holiday soup recipe, homemade buttery biscuits, spiral ham, pan fried chicken, old fashioned Southern dressing, a sweet potato treat, buttery corn on the cob, and Southern Peach Pie for dessert. Unlimited Pepsi, tea and coffee also are part of the meal.

For the complete Christmas show schedule, visit or contact the box office at 844-322-4400 for ticketing.


 About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

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Dixie Stampede Thunders into 2016 Season with ‘High-Spirited Adventure’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2016) – After a 2015 season which saw Dixie Stampede’s show reimagined with a $2.5 million renovation, “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” returns Jan. 15 for its 29th season featuring a high-spirited adventure sure to bring a smile to every face.


Last season’s renovations saw a state-of-the-art, LED wall backdrop added to Dixie Stampede’s 35,000-square-foot arena. Renovations also included new audio and lighting technology and several other fascinating new show enhancements that left guests marveling at the end result. At the end of the season, one thing was certain—the changes received a resounding positive response from visitors.


“Our team worked hard to create an entirely new atmosphere for the show and they certainly succeeded,” said Dixie Stampede President Jim Rule. “Our guests were delighted to see their favorite Pigeon Forge show as never before. We are thankful for everyone who came to experience our new adventure in 2015.”


Shortly after entering the arena, guests understand Dixie Stampede’s high-spirited adventure is unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Accentuated by newly added video mapping, the floor of the arena is filled with images of stampeding horses so lifelike, the thundering hooves rattle the guests’ tables. From there, Dixie Stampede’s talented cast of performers lead the show’s impressive stable of 32 magnificent horses through a spirited display of equestrian skill.


Throughout the show, the striking LED wall, consisting of 12.5 million LED lights, creates an experience so immersive, guests feel as if they have been instantly transported deep in to the natural beauty of the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains. Clouds roll across the mountains, the sun sets over the horizon in the distance and the night sky fills with a brilliant patchwork of stunning stars. Dixie Stampede’s high-spirited adventure provides an experience unlike anything offered in the region.


The show’s equine stars challenge each other in barrel races and other thrilling competitions, all in the name of Dixie Stampede’s friendly rivalry between the North and South. Audience members even may find themselves called in to help their side to victory.


Dinner, the other star of the show, includes Dixie Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.


Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the Dixie Belle Saloon with the side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music of Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s house band. The band performs one hour prior to show time. Show times and reservations are available by calling 1-800-356-1676 or visiting


Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction operates in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri. Pirates Voyage, another Dolly Parton Company, operates in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A new venue opens in Pigeon Forge this spring.



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Dixie Stampede, Dollywood Push Boys and Girls Club Project over the Top with $500,000 Donation

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Dec. 17, 2015) — Thanks to a combined $500,000 donation from Dixie Stampede and The Dollywood Company, the new Pigeon Forge Boys and Girls Club soon will be reality. Dixie Stampede and Dollywood each donated $250,000 toward the project during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility on Thursday afternoon.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains has received an outpouring of support from the local community, but the donations from Dixie Stampede and Dollywood helped push the club beyond its goal of raising $2 million for the facility.

Jim Rule, Dixie Stampede President, and Jamie Parish, Dixie Stampede General Manager, joined Craig Ross, The Dollywood Company President, and Gene Scherrer, Dollywood General Manager, in making the donation during the ceremony.

“The Boys and Girls Club is an amazing example of an organization which makes a profound impact on the community it serves,” said Rule. “This donation is to benefit a group that provides wonderful services to our hosts’ families and is integral to the quality of life here in Pigeon Forge.”

Mark Ross, Boys and Girls Club Executive Director, said the donation enables the club to provide more area children with important services and programs to help them develop into the community leaders of tomorrow.

“Lady Bird Johnson said ‘Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them,’” said Mark Ross. “The outstanding commitment of Dixie Stampede and Dollywood shows just how much they believe in the future of Pigeon Forge.”

The $500,000 donation is in addition to the amount both properties already provide the club.

The new Pigeon Forge Boys and Girls Club facility, which will be located on property that was once the old city park, is slated to include a gym, recreation room, education and technology center, and more.


About Dixie Stampede: Billed as “the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction features a four-course feast and a fantastic, stunt-filled show for all ages. The one-of-a-kind experience begins in the facility’s Dixie Belle Saloon with side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music from Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s house band. Guests then are treated to a spectacular showcase of pageantry as they step inside the 35,000-square-foot main arena to witness expert riders guide 32 magnificent horses, including quarter horses and palominos, through barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops and trick riding, building to a patriotic finale featuring “Color Me America,” a song written for the show by Dolly. Dixie Stampede operates from year-round, with a special Christmas show offered November through early January. For more information, call (865) 453-4400 or visit


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 Smoky Mountain Cabins; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, opening 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 24 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. Dollywood, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, 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. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. 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. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Operating days and hours vary.


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Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or



Tour Companies Put Pigeon Forge Under Microscope

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Pigeon Forge is putting itself on display for 55 VIPs this week in hopes that they will bring thousands of tourists to this Great Smoky Mountains resort town.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism put the word out to the group sales industry about a three-day familiarization tour from Tuesday through Thursday.

“It filled up almost immediately with 55 tour operators from 33 companies in seven states,” said Joy McNealy, senior sales manager for the tourism department, noting that the city is entertaining companies from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

“Some who are coming needed to see all that’s new in town, and others never have been to Pigeon Forge. It’s a great opportunity to sell ourselves,” she said.

Most participating tour companies deal in retail group travel, but others specialize in student travel, family reunions and business meetings.

There is a fixed itinerary for all participants that includes Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction and performances at the Lumberjack Feud, the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, the Smoky Mountain Opry and the Grand Majestic Theater.

Then, there are options to see other shows such as Dixie Stampede, Country Tonite, Memories Theatre and the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery.

“You simply can’t show everything in town, so giving people options that suit their own needs is a necessity,” McNealy said.

A trade show on Thursday at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will provide opportunities for 35 Pigeon Forge businesses to make sales pitches. Businesses include attractions, theaters, lodging properties, cabin companies, restaurants and receptive tour companies.

“The group tour market is extremely important to Pigeon Forge,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the tourism department.

“The American Bus Association is fond of saying that just one overnight stay from a motorcoach can represent as much as $25,000 in revenue to a city. The spending per motorcoach isn’t quite that high for Pigeon Forge, of course, but every tour brings major dollars to town. We love to see tour companies’ motorcoaches roll down the Parkway,” Downey said.

Visitor information for individuals is at, and information for group tour leaders is at


Tom Adkinson, APR



Special Escort Planned for Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Pigeon Forge Arrival

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – A caravan down the Parkway to mark the arrival of a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been added to a multi-day salute to America’s veterans in Pigeon Forge this month.

The major events are Aug. 21-24 and include the Celebrate Freedom Welcome Home Vietnam Parade on Aug. 23. The arrival of the memorial replica will get special attention on Aug. 20.

The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of several “Cost of Freedom” memorials and exhibits organized by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a self-funded and veteran-owned organization.

“We want to draw special attention to the memorial and invite interested citizens to provide an escort when it arrives in Pigeon Forge,” said Pete Smith, an organizer of the Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show, another event in the larger salute to veterans.

Veteran-led honor guards will participate, and anyone wanting to be part of the escort, which is sponsored by the Titanic Museum Attraction, Smoky Mountain Resorts and the Collier Restaurant Group, is invited to assemble at the Titanic starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 (Wednesday).

The caravan will travel from the Titanic to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will be free to the public Aug. 21-24.

Other special events for veterans include:

  • The Celebrate Freedom Welcome Home Vietnam Parade at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. While billed as “the parade they never got” for Vietnam veterans, it honors all veterans. Entertainer Louise Mandrell is the grand marshal. The special events office of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism is organizing the parade.
  • A “Salute to Patriots” at the Smoky Mountain Opry on Aug. 21.
  • “Radio Saigon,” a dinner and presentation of Vietnam-era music, on Aug. 22 at the Grand Majestic Theater.
  • A special show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede on Aug. 23.
  • A “Sunday Morning Remembrance” program with the Blackwoods on Aug. 24 at the Smoky Mountain Opry.
  • Free admission at the Titanic Museum Attraction for veterans with military identification or papers Aug. 21-24. Anyone accompanying a veteran receives a military discount.
  • Free admission to the Smoky Mountain Military and Relic Show for veterans and active duty personnel Aug. 23-24.
  • Free breakfast for veterans at the Golden Corral on Aug. 23 from 7-10 a.m. before the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade.

US Tours has packaged the various elements of the event. Tour information is available at

“An additional way for veterans’ families to honor their veterans is to nominate someone for recognition at the military and relic show. Nominating someone is as simple as going online to,” Smith said.



Pete Smith




108 Girls’ Softball Teams Fill Pigeon Forge for SEAA World Series Action

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 18, 2014) – Expect to see hundreds of hyper-competitive, fun-loving girls in Pigeon Forge for the next week.

 The reason is the 2014 World Series of the Sporting Events Association of America (SEAA) that has attracted 108 teams from 16 states. Teams are from the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest, including some from as far away at Texas and Wisconsin.

All games are at Pigeon Forge’s Wear Farm City Park. The opening ceremony is Sunday (July 20) at Smokies Park in Kodak and will include a parade of teams.  Tournament play concludes July 27.

Tennessee Thunder from Marion County, Tenn.

Tennessee Thunder from Marion County, Tenn.

Mullins said that while competition is the first reason that teams participate, the area’s vacation appeal is a major contributor to the tournament’s success.“We have grown steadily from our first year, when we had 20 teams, to having 108 teams this year. It’s a major undertaking,” said Freddie Mullins, co-owner of SEAA with her husband, Jim.

“Most people make this a family vacation. The tournament has an organized event at Dixie Stampede, teams go to Dollywood on their own schedules and people scatter to enjoy all of the things do see and do here,” Mullins said.

Wear Farm City Park opened in March 2013, utilizing 40 acres for five lighted softball/baseball fields, a lighted football field, a playground, two shelters, a basketball court, two concession stand/restroom buildings and walking trails.

Teams in the SEAA tournaments are guaranteed four games.

“We set schedules so teams can enjoy the games and have time to enjoy Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains, too,” Mullins said.

Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey noted that sports tourism is a growing segment of the travel industry.

“Youth sports are big, and tournaments such as the SEAA World Series have a huge impact. Pigeon Forge’s family appeal and youth sports really go together well,” Downey said.




Freddie Mullins



For Pigeon Forge

Tom Adkinson





Army Family Deploys to Pigeon Forge Before Afghanistan

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 2012) – An Army family facing a sixth deployment to a war zone got some special time together in Pigeon Forge, and their experience was captured as a half-hour show for the Great American Country (GAC) cable TV network.

“Operation Pigeon Forge: A Family Story” focuses on Staff Sgt. Gerald Britt, his wife Shasta and their children Gabe and Madison. It premiers July 12 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and has 11 more airings later in the month.

Gerald has orders to Afghanistan this fall. He has been to Iraq three times, as well as to Kosovo and Bosnia. Shasta, a veteran herself, is a civilian employee of the Family Readiness Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, assisting other military families with members overseas.

“Before this soldier deploys to Afghanistan, GAC deploys his family to Pigeon Forge,” said show host Nan Kelley, explaining the concept of the program.

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism partnered with GAC, which is available in 62 million households and online at, to salute the Britts.

GAC cameras tagged along with the Britts at Pigeon Forge attractions such as Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction, Dixie Stampede, The Track and the Country Tonite show. The Lumberjack Feud dinner show plucked Gerald from the audience for an ax-throwing challenge. His marksmanship was solid.

The Britts’ vacation coincided with the annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade, and Pigeon Forge surprised them by building a float for them to ride on and receive the applause of thousands lining the parade route.

An even bigger surprise came when Dolly Parton greeted them before the parade and offered her personal thanks for their service.

“Families are hugely important to Pigeon Forge, and we are pleased that Pigeon Forge is hugely important to many families. We make memories that strengthen family bonds,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

Information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge is available online at or by calling toll-free 1-800-251-9100.


Pigeon Forge, Smokies To Get PBS Exposure

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (February 2012) – Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, three gateway cities to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are featured in an upcoming episode of the new PBS series “Getting Away Together.”

The episode features some of the area’s most popular attractions: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Dollywood theme park, Dollywood Cabins, Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, the Old Mill, River Romp and the Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store.

The episode follows three generations of the Colgan family from Bedford, Ind. When Peggy and David Colgan were married in 1962, it was Peggy who insisted the couple honeymoon in the Smokies.

The two made a lifelong commitment to return to the area, a commitment the couple has honored each year. Their 50th anniversary is this summer.

The Colgans were selected from more than 250 families who submitted photographs and stories on Facebook last summer. The episode, which features all 12 Colgans, was filmed in August 2011.

“Getting Away Together” highlights the rapidly growing trend of sharing a vacation rental with friends and family.

The series airs on PBS member stations that reach almost 70 percent of the U.S. Episodes also are available at

Sevier County provides entry to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which hosts more than nine million recreational visits each year, the highest visitation of any of the 58 national parks.