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New Dinner Theatre Celebrating Dolly Parton’s Family

Published March 6, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017

Dolly Parton will celebrate her family’s mountain heritage with new dinner theatre.

After the success of Dolly Parton’s NBC movies about her childhood, Pigeon Forge’s newest dinner theatre attraction is telling a special story very close to her heart. After months of work, Parton and her production team are opening a new show shaped by the life and family of the Smoky Mountain songbird herself. Dolly said,

“This new story is very special to me. That is why during my first visit to the Great Smoky Mountains this year I will open a new show that celebrates my family before I was born. With the success of my family stories Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors – Circle of Love over the last two years, I knew this was a story I wanted to tell and the theatre in Pigeon Forge near the Island is the perfect venue.”

The production will debut this spring at the former Lumberjack Adventure theatre on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, LLC, said this new show is what the customers are asking for. Jim commented,

“We will release more details about Dolly’s story soon. We have been telling stories for 30 years and this new show showcases the world-class storytelling of Dolly and celebrates the Great Smoky Mountains and her family.”

Anyone who pre-purchased Lumberjack Adventure 2017 show tickets should contact the box office at 844-322-4400 for re-ticketing.

About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and Pirates Voyage 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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“Christmas Of Many Colors” Wins Movieguide® Epiphany Prize

Published February 16, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love” won the Most Inspirational Television Program of the Year at the Movieguide® Awards!

Sam Haskell and Alyvia Alyn Lind at Movieguide® Awards“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” was named Most Inspirational Television Program of the Year at the 25th Annual Movieguide® Awards, hosted by Actor Terry Crews. The back-to-back wins by “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and the holiday sequel marks the first time the organization has honored related films two years in a row.

Dolly attended last year’s ceremony but was not able to attend this year’s Movieguide® Awards. Co-executive producer Sam Haskell accepted the award along with stars Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cameron Jones and Mary Lane Haskell, as well as Director Stephen Herek, Writer Pamela K. Long and Editor Maysie Hoy.

“To stand in the light of God’s grace, and to show people who you really are is what it’s about, that’s who Dolly Parton is,” says Sam Haskell. “We love her and we appreciate her, and we cherish her. She’s a servant of God, and we love telling the stories of her life.”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love” which premiered on NBC with stellar ratings was described by Movieguide® as being a “breath of fresh air” and a rare “representation of overt faith on Network TV”.

The Epiphany Prize honors film and television productions which promote wholesome, spiritually uplifting, inspirational, redemptive and moral themes and values. The first installment of Dolly Parton’s four-picture movie deal with NBC earned the Epiphany Prize in 2016. The cast and crew were overjoyed when an unexpected follow-up holiday feature was announced. Consecutive wins at the Movieguide® Awards further proves the groundbreaking success of both films and everyone involved.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love” Film Credits:
Carissa Clark – Post Producer
Sam Haskell – Executive Producer
Hudson Hickman – Producer
Pamela K. Long – Executive Producer/Writer
Dolly Parton – Executive Producer

The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Imagination Library Tops One Million Facebook Followers

Published February 16, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017

It’s a milestone moment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which now has over one million Facebook followers!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has reached another major milestone! Over one million Facebook users are now following the free book gifting organization on the social media site. Thanks to the loyal support of those one million people over five billion Facebook users have been reached within the past 90 days. This exponential reach has given the program record-breaking enrollments and the popularity has peaked the interest of thousands of potential new partners around the world. Dolly said,

“Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting my Imagination Library. With more than a million friends, we can make the world a better place for millions of children, one page at a time!”

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now sends over one million free books per month to children around the world. To date, the organization has sent more than 85 million free, age-appropriate books to registered children.

The program is also celebrating the release of a state approved license plate in Tennessee. Residents of Dolly’s home state may now purchase the official Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library license plate at their local County Clerk’s office.

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Winter Projects Total Upwards of $11.5 Million At Dollywood

Published February 16, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017

Dollywood crews are working to finish nearly 250 projects before opening day on March 18!

This winter, Dollywood is vigorously working through a 250 point check list of both small and large projects. These range from total renovations of some areas to adding a fresh coat of paint to others. All total, $8-9 million is being invested at Dollywood and $2.5 million at Splash Country making it one of the busiest off-seasons the parks have ever seen.

Notable renovations include a total transformation of Backstage Restaurant to what will become Front Porch Café. Guest are also in for a treat with a newly remodeled Rainbow Blown Glass shop which will become Mountain Blowing Glass. The new configuration will allow for two glass blowing artisans to work at the same time. Visitors can enjoy a new area dedicated to making their own ornaments where items will be available to take home the same day.

 
 
 
 
 

More renovations are taking place in Timber Canyon. Lumberjack Pizza will remain a staple dining option with some noticeable modifications to make for faster ordering and more choices. The pathway to Timber Canyon has been widened and scenic features have been added to make the trek more enjoyable. Brian Dudash, Dollywood Vice-President of Maintenance & Construction commented on the wide scope of projects going on simultaneously. He said,

“One minute you are talking about blowing glass equipment and the next thing is a freestyle machine in a restaurant then we’re talking about the foundation on our new ride. It’s a variety of stuff and it’s challenging but that’s what makes it fun too!”

The winter renovations and maintenance tasks are taking place now while work is also beginning on the new attractions coming to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country this summer. Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser will be added in Timber Canyon at Dollywood. TailSpin Racer will be unveiled at Splash Country later this season.

Visit Dollywood.com for more on opening dates, tickets and upcoming festivals.

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50th Anniversary Of “Hello, I’m Dolly”

Published February 13, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017

Dolly Parton celebrates the 50th anniversary of her debut album, “Hello, I’m Dolly”

Fifty years ago today, Dolly Parton released her first full-length studio album, “Hello, I’m Dolly.” The album, which debuted on Monument Records, contained Dolly’s hits “Dumb Blonde” (written by Curly Putman) and “Something Fishy” (written by Dolly). Both singles reached the Top 20 on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart.

Produced by Fred Foster, “Hello, I’m Dolly” caught the attention of Porter Wagoner, who ultimately invited Dolly to become a member of his band and appear on his popular weekly television show. These appearances led to her rise to superstardom and she became a household name.

“I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since I did my first album,” Dolly recalls. “What a wonderful 50 years it has been. Thanks to my Uncle Bill Owens and Fred Foster for believing in me early on. And thanks to all the fans out there…I hope to have at least another 50 years!”

The album contained Dolly’s versions of three songs she wrote that had already been hits for other artists: “Put it Off Until Tomorrow” (Bill Phillips), “Fuel to the Flame” (Skeeter Davis), and “I’m In No Condition” which charted by Hank Williams Jr. Bill Phillips’ recording of “Put it Off Until Tomorrow” featured Dolly on background vocals and won BMI Song of the Year in 1966.

This vintage video shows Dolly performing “Dumb Blonde” on the Cas Walker Show. Watch closely to see her Uncle Bill Owens, featured here on guitar.

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