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Dollywood Announces New Rides And Events Coming In 2017

Published October 28, 2016 / Last Updated October 28, 2016
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Two new rides and two new, special events are coming to Dollywood in 2017 in what Dolly is calling “the year of the family!”

Coming off a record year which featured the best new attraction of 2016, Lightning Rod, as well as the successful first anniversary of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, The Dollywood Company continues to provide more unique experiences at each of its family-friendly properties.

New Rides

Dollywood Announces New Rides Coming In 2017Two new family rides debut this summer at Dollywood providing thrilling new adventures for guests. The first is Drop Line, a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its 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. Also new is Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster which throws exciting twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster. Dolly said,

“As everybody already knows, family is very important to me. These days, there doesn’t seem to be enough time for families to be together, whether you’re a just a couple like me and Carl or you have 12 kids like my family did growing up. That’s why we continue to add all these new rides and shows for families to experience together.”

Dolly continued,

“We have something for everyone, but even more important, we have something for you AND your family. We’re adding so much this year; I’m calling 2017 ‘the year of the family!’”

New Events

In addition to the new attractions, families have two engaging new events to experience 2017. Just in time for families enjoying spring break, the park will introduce enra, a Tokyo-based dance company featured on “America’s Got Talent” in 2015. The group wowed audiences with their high-energy multi-media dance, light and video fusion show. Interactive video and lights combine with the talented performers to create a unique, cutting-edge experience for guests.

In October, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival adds the spectacular GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights event. This nighttime event immerses families in fabulous fall pumpkin illumination. Additionally, a new pumpkin trail comes to life after dark with a number of spectacular pumpkin displays glowing with the fire of fall. The festival also includes the Southern Gospel Jubilee which brings in the greatest Southern gospel talent around. Gene Scherrer, Dollywood Vice-President and General Manager said.

“We are really excited about adding the GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights to our Harvest event. We’ve created a number of impressive displays that will light up the night and allow us to add some new experiences for families to enjoy the fun of fall in a uniquely Dollywood way.”

The company also recently announced the addition of TailSpin Racer, a multi-lane, mat-racer-style slide to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017. The parks’ 2017 additions are all part of the $300 million investment in Dollywood which Dolly announced in 2013.

Learn more at Dollywood.com

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TailSpin Racer Coming To Dollywood’s Splash Country

Published August 17, 2016 / Last Updated August 17, 2016
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Dollywood’s Splash Country announces new TailSpin Racer set to open in 2017!

With the excitement of what is shaping up to be a record season in 2016, The Dollywood Company announced the addition of TailSpin Racer to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017.

This thrilling new attraction allows up to six guests to race each other on mats through the twists and turns of TailSpin Racer’s unique spiraling tube design. The race begins with riders descending a daring first drop inside intertwined, high-speed AquaTubes. After navigating the wet and wild curves, riders emerge from the translucent tubes on a traditional mat racer-style slide. From there, it’s an all-out race toward the splashdown finish. Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown said,

“TailSpin Racer is an exciting addition to the park that we know our guests are going to love. We always seek to add slides and attractions which will leave our guests with big smiles and memories to share. I think we’ll see a lot of fun as families and friends challenge each other to races down this great new slide.”

TailSpin Racer’s slides are longer than a football field in length and stand five stories above the park. The $2 million attraction, which uses ergonomically designed starting blocks, will be located alongside Big River Pavilion near the park entrance.

Thanks to strong visitation to Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2016, officials added five new days, Aug. 15-19, to the park’s operating calendar. The award-winning water park now is open daily through Aug. 21 and on weekends through Labor Day.

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Lumberjack Adventure Now Open

Published May 24, 2016 / Last Updated May 28, 2016
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Dolly Parton kicked off her new Lumberjack Adventure in grand style with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on May 20.

Featured photo courtesy of Mary Alice Lovelace

Something new has arrived in the Smokies! The opening of Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure is one of Pigeon Forge’s most anticipated events of the year. After giving media outlets and fans a sneak peek at the opening number, Dolly Parton greeted everyone and officially opened her new Lumberjack Adventure Dinner and Show.

Aimed at providing the highest level of family entertainment, Dolly’s new Lumberjack Adventure features State of the Art Sound and lighting, Multi-Million dollar designed sets and unbelievable special effects. Dolly said,

“I can promise you’ve never seen another show like this in town before. I’ve truly enjoyed creating this Smoky Mountain story for families to enjoy while they are here in Pigeon Forge. There are completely new experiences for guests at this show and I can’t wait to hear what they think of the finished product.”

Dolly serves as Executive Producer of the new adventure and wrote the romantic song, “Something More,” which helps tell the story of this Smoky Mountain-themed adventure. During the show, guests will marvel at the skill of world-class entertainers who thrill audiences with daring feats of acrobatic ability both in the sky and on stage. Numerous other performers display their tremendous talents through ax juggling, speed climbing and an assortment of unbelievable acts.


In addition to the show, Dolly was eager to present the new menu. The Hearty Lumberjack Feast is big enough to satisfy the largest lumberjack appetite. The meal begins with creamy timber slaw and a buttery, homemade lumberjack biscuit followed by campfire fried chicken, smokehouse pulled pork, homestyle smashed taters, sawmill gravy and fried skillet corn. The meal concludes with Lumberjack Adventure’s own specialty dessert. Unlimited Pepsi, tea and coffee also are part of the meal. Dolly said,

“When we started this project, I knew it was important to create a true family adventure with an exciting show and wonderful new music. But with the success we’ve had at my Dixie Stampede, I knew it was equally important for us to make sure the meal tasted great and helped tell the story. Dinner really is a major part of the show at Lumberjack Adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sitting down together to eat with friends and family truly is one of the most important parts of the day.”

Lumberjack Adventure celebrates the spirit of the Appalachian people who lived off the land in logging and milling towns which dotted the map throughout the region. Guests will enjoy an exciting and imaginative adventure complete with a hearty lumberjack feast. The new show is sure to provide families with even more opportunities to make lasting memories when they visit the Great Smoky Mountains.

Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure is now open and accepting reservations online or by phone at 844-322-4400.

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Award-Winning Bluegrass And Tangy Barbeque At Dollywood

Published May 18, 2016 / Last Updated May 22, 2016
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Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass has arrived with award-winning bluegrass artists and delicious tastes of the greatest barbeque in the South.

Sweet sounds from the biggest names in bluegrass and the tangy tastes of the greatest barbeque in the South create a perfect harmony for guests during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 13-22). Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent and The Willis Clan are just a small selection of the talented bluegrass pickers taking to the stage during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass. Dolly Parton said,

“It always is a special treat to have these great bluegrass performers during my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival at Dollywood. There is nothing like listening to these award-winning performers when they take the stage to share their talents with our guests. There is only one thing that makes the music better and that is a plate full of our famous southern barbeque—especially the ribs!”

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 15-16) are among the acts to help get the festival started on a high note. An impressive calendar of bluegrass talent performs throughout the event with more than 250 concerts scheduled during the festival. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver set up shop May 18 while Dailey & Vincent take the stage May 18-19. Other Barbeque & Bluegrass artists include Blue Highway (May 20), The Boxcars (May 22) and Balsam Range (May 22). The lineup also includes The Willis Clan (May 15), stars of the TLC show “The Willis Family.”

Rhonda Vincent, one of bluegrass music’s most well-known performers, is a mainstay during the park’s annual festival and says the experience is unlike any other for her. Rhonda said,

“We always love performing at Dollywood. There’s a special excitement in the air every time we perform there, and it comes through in the show and in the response of everyone in the crowd. We can’t wait to get there!”

Dollywood’s award-winning food perfectly complements the sounds of bluegrass music’s finest. The aroma of bold barbeque wafts through the air, thanks to expertly-prepared pulled pork, smoked sausage and chicken, and slabs of ribs. Bountiful barbeque entrees are accompanied by Southern favorites like baked beans, corn on the cob and more. Guests also can find a number of sweet treats to put an exclamation point on their meal!

From bluegrass favorites and tangy barbeque at Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass to the park’s award-winning rides and family-friendly atmosphere, every season features amazing new memory-making moments to celebrate.

All concerts are free and included with park admission. Discover more about Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Grand Opening at Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure

Published May 18, 2016 / Last Updated May 22, 2016
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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 Lumberjack Adventure Grand Opening set for May 20, 2016!

Dolly Parton will return to Pigeon Forge, TN for the grand opening festivities at her new Lumberjack Adventure. Just two weeks after serving as the Grand Marshal of the 31st Annual Dolly Parade from high atop the Lumberjack Adventure float, the ever-busy Dolly is ready to kick things off at her new dinner attraction.

It’s a Fun Feast Adventure for the whole family to enjoy. With amazing State of the Art Sound and lighting, Multi-Million dollar designed sets and unbelievable special effects, this dinner experience will WOW everyone. The stunning production includes amazing displays of skill from the lumberjacks, incredible acts of acrobatic agility and breathtaking aerial performances!

Watch Dolly live on Facebook for the ribbon cutting ceremony!

Guest can make Lumberjack Adventure reservations online or by calling 844-322-4400.

Next month, Dolly will hit the road for her Pure & Simple tour across the United States and Canada.
See Dolly’s Tour Schedule

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