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Pirates Voyage Hosts 13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival

Published May 22, 2017 / Last Updated May 23, 2017
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Huge crowd at 13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival at Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC

The crew at Pirates Voyage wants to say thank you to everyone for another great Imagination Library Kid’s Festival!

This year’s event drew an estimated crowd of over 7,000! At one point, our local police officers had to leave their booth to help direct traffic into the event. We are thankful they were happy to help out.

Special thanks to all the volunteers for their many hours of service. And thank you to our vendors for their wonderful booths and fun activities. We know Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library means as much to you as it does to us!

The Imagination Library in South Carolina serves over 36,000 registered children. Pirates Voyage is the local affiliate here in Horry County where 7,576 registered children receive one free book each month.

If you live in Horry County, SC and have a child under five years old, visit the Imagination Library website to register.

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About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that currently mails over one million free books each month to children in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program mails specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Video: Dollywood’s TailSpin Racer

Published May 19, 2017 / Last Updated May 19, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dollywood’s Splash Country kicks off 17th season with a five-story tall racing slide complex and other park upgrades!

As the days grow longer and the sun a little warmer, lifeguards at Dollywood’s Splash Country become more eager to open the gates for another season of Smoky Mountain water park fun.

In 2017, the park will celebrate its 17th season by debuting its new family racing slide, TailSpin Racer! Also, new this year visitors will notice attraction upgrades, new parking options and a new calming area. In addition, Dollywood’s Splash Country also has newly-recognized Platinum Award-winning lifeguards.

TailSpin Racer is a five-story slide complex that offers six people the opportunity to race each other in a thrilling rush. From its unique spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes to its splashdown finish, it’s an all-out competition to see who can get to the end first. TailSpin Racer matches riders in a head-to-head race with the fun of a traditional mat racer-style slide and the tight turns and daring drops of an enclosed slide. Guests will immediately spot the new attraction near the front of the water park, which only adds to the excitement. Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown said,

“TailSpin Racer is our first new attraction since we opened our water coaster, RiverRush. This is something our guests have been asking for and we are thrilled that we’re delivering a family slide that gives six people the chance to race at the same time.”

Award-Winning Lifeguards

Dollywood’s Splash Country also is thrilled to welcome back its team of lifeguards which recently earned the prestigious Platinum International Safety Award from Ellis & Associates. These water park guards are the only team in the state of Tennessee to receive this recognition. Dollywood’s Splash Country is independently audited by a third party several times each season. E&A, a firm specializing in international aquatic safety and risk management, presented the award. In 2016, E&A had 355 clients who qualified for an award; only 10% earned the Platinum Award. Both Dollywood’s Splash Country and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort lifeguards were honored with Platinum for their vigilance in guarding the water. Brown commented,

“Of all the things we’re proud of at our water park, our lifeguards deserve the highest praise. Our guests trust us to keep their families safe as they splash and play with us; our guards take their roles seriously. We expect them to be alert and aware of everything happening in their zones. They do that, and more. We have the best lifeguards in the business.”

More Upgrades

Additionally, Dollywood’s Splash Country guests can look forward to several upgrades throughout the park. Refreshing upgrades sure to enhance guest’s comfort include the new option of Preferred Parking, misters on walkways to cool feet, and new equipment to help streamline food purchases. And, based on the response to Dollywood’s calming room, Dollywood’s Splash Country will offer a new calming area for guests who experience sensory overload. The area provides an opportunity for individuals to take a break in a private area of the park.

Dollywood’s Splash Country opened Saturday, May 13 with daily operation beginning on Saturday, May 20. Daily operation continues through Sunday, Aug. 13. The park opens Aug. 15 and 17 and on weekends through Labor Day weekend until Sept. 4.

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Drop Line Debuts At Dollywood

Published May 6, 2017 / Last Updated May 6, 2017
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Dollywood unveiled their all new ride, Drop Line on May 6, 2017.

As part of an exciting weekend of events including the 32nd Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade on Friday, Dollywood introduced park guests to Drop Line on Saturday, May 6!

Drop Line is a 230-ft. tall free-fall experience. It towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before an exhilarating finish. The drop tower ride lifts Dollywood guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush.

As the newest ride at Dollywood, Drop Line will only hold the title for a few months. Later this year, Whistle Punk Chaser will join the 2017 class of new rides at the park. This new junior coaster throws exciting twists and turns at younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

Find more information about Drop Line, Whistle Punk Chaser, the park’s award-winning shows, tickets and more at Dollywood.com.

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Grand Opening Live Stream With Dolly

Published May 2, 2017 / Last Updated May 2, 2017
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Dolly Parton will welcome guests to a special show at Smoky Mountain Adventures on May 5!

The May 5 Grand Opening show at Smoky Mountain Adventures is part of a special day of exciting activities in Pigeon Forge, TN. Dolly will welcome guests to the all-new show. Portions of the grand opening will be live streamed, starting at 11 AM, on Facebook giving folks a sample of the fantastic new show.

Starting at 6 PM, Dolly will make another appearance as the Grand Marshal of the 32nd Annual Homecoming Parade given in her honor.

Dolly’s Dinner Shows Giveaway

In addition to the grand opening of Smoky Mountain Adventures, Dixie Stampede is celebrating their 30th anniversary season in Pigeon Forge. To mark the occasion, these two fantastic dinner attractions are teaming up to offer parade watchers the chance to win Free Combo Tickets to both shows!

How To Enter

Share a photo of yourself from the parade sidelines* to Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter using #DollysDinnerShows for a chance to win a set of two (2) combo tickets to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede (Pigeon Forge Location Only).

Winners will be chosen and announced during the parade. The parade starts at 6 PM. All winners will be announced between 6 and 8 PM on May 5 from the official social media outlets of Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Adventures.

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Official Contest Rules

To enter, share a photo of yourself taken along the parade route before or during the parade on May 5, 2017, in Pigeon Forge, TN, to Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag, #DollysDinnerShows.

By participating in this contest, you agree to abide by the following rules and give Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Adventures permission to use your name and profile picture should you be chosen as a winner: (1) you must be 18 years or older to participate; (2) the winner cannot be an employee or relative of an employee of Dixie Stampede or Smoky Mountain Adventures; (3) six random winners will be selected using a hashtag monitoring platform selected by Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Adventures; (4) the winners will be rewarded with two combo tickets to Dixie Stampede (Pigeon Forge Location Only) and Smoky Mountain Adventures; (5) winners will be notified on the official social media outlets of Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Adventures; (6) winners must pick up their tickets at the Smoky Mountain Adventures box office on the same day before 8 p.m. EST and present a valid photo id. Prize ticket certificates are subject to availability and blackout show times; (7) This contest begins on 05/05/17 at 6 p.m. EST and ends on 05/05/17 at 8 p.m. EST; (8) This contest is in NO way affiliated with Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter.

*You must maintain a safe distance from the parade route. You must remain in accordance with local law enforcement requirements at All Times. NO entries will be considered by anyone who crosses safety boundaries or barricades!

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Dixie Stampede’s 30th Anniversary In Pigeon Forge

Published April 13, 2017 / Last Updated April 13, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is celebrating 30 years in Pigeon Forge, TN!

This year marks the 30th anniversary season of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN. For three decades the dinner attraction has thrilled audiences of all ages.

At the heart of the show, there are 32 magnificent horses. World-class trick riders display daring feats of horsemanship including the famous Roman Rider. All this with a friendly competition between two sides creates a magical show that’s now a family tradition.

The thundering longhorns have returned to commemorate the 30th anniversary season. These fan favorites make an appearance during the show as the pioneering settlers move west in search of new lands. For most guests, this is the closest they will come to these magnificent animals.

Dixie Stampede Special Edition Boot Mug

Every year guests can count on the mouth-watering Four Course Family Feast when they visit Dixie Stampede. The signature feast consists 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. In addition, a special 30th anniversary Boot Mug is available in the Dixie Belle Saloon and online.

Visit Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN and be a part of the 30th anniversary season!

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