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Dollywood’s Aunt Granny’s Restaurant Recast With New Look & Menu Items

Published March 22, 2018 / Last Updated March 22, 2018
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Lodge Manufacturing Company named presenting sponsor at Dollywood’s Aunt Granny’s Restaurant

One of Dollywood’s best-known restaurants was recast in 2018 with a little help from another iconic Tennessee brand, Lodge Manufacturing Company. Aunt Granny’s All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet earned its name from the loving nickname Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews gave her. The eatery has a fresh look this season complete with new menu items which will have guests ready to pull a seat up to the table.

Now named Aunt Granny’s Restaurant presented by Lodge, it features a number of changes. These new elements create a bright and airy space. Guests will find a comfortable respite to slow down and enjoy a meal together. Interior renovations include action stations, like a new carving station. Here guests can watch Dollywood chefs create a number of delightful delicacies.

“Dollywood is known for its quality southern food offerings, and a visit to the buffet at Aunt Granny’s certainly should be on the list for any foodie,” said Dollywood Vice-President Phil Bernard. “With our continuing focus on great food, we felt the time was right to recast the restaurant and add new menu items, while also keeping many of the old favorites.

“The opportunity to partner with Lodge, which is another iconic Tennessee brand, also made perfect sense. When you think of traditional southern foods like fried chicken, cornbread, or apple cobbler, you think of cast iron cookware. And when you think of cast iron cookware, there’s only one company that comes to mind—Lodge.”

Lodge Manufacturing Company

The unique partnership with South Pittsburg, Tennessee-based Lodge brings a selection of the company’s famous cast iron cookware into the dining experience. The iconic cookware adorns displays throughout the restaurant. And the buffet line serves food from Lodge products.

“We are extremely excited about the collaboration between these two great Tennessee companies,” said Mike Otterman, President of Lodge Manufacturing Company. “We share company values, consumers, location and brand similarities that should allow us to grow together for many years.”

With more than 130 different items, Lodge Cast Iron produces the largest selection of cast iron cookware on the market. Popular items include skillets, griddles, grill pans, Dutch Ovens and restaurant serving pieces.

Founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896, Lodge is the oldest continuously operating cast iron cookware foundry in the U.S. Also, it’s the oldest family-owned cookware company in the country. Henry Lodge, CEO, and Lee Riddle, Vice President of Sales, are fourth and fifth generation descendants of Joseph Lodge.

Aunt Granny’s Restaurant presented by Lodge

Located in Dollywood’s Rivertown Junction, Aunt Granny’s was constructed in 1986 and opened during the park’s inaugural season. It is a favorite spot for guests. Its all-you-can-eat format offers a wide selection of the southern staples Dollywood’s foods team has cooked up for years.

The park is fresh off winning Amusement Today’s 2017 Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Food. The foods team has refreshed the menu with a number of items sure to become new guest favorites. Among those new offerings are Southwestern herb baked chicken, country chicken & dumplings, roasted red-skinned potatoes with cheddar cheese & bacon, corn puddin’, and much more. Stone Soup, inspired by Dolly’s famous story about her mother using the classic fable to encourage her children, also finds its way on to the buffet. Those with a sweet tooth have plenty to select from including apple cobbler, various cupcakes, brownies and more.

For more information about Dollywood’s 2018 Season of Showstoppers, please visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Dolly Parton Launches Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers

Published March 16, 2018 / Last Updated March 19, 2018
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Showcasing acts from the park’s upcoming year, Dolly Parton helped launch Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers during a special preview event.

Dollywood kicked off its 33rd season with a special preview event hosted by Dolly Parton. This incredible year is one which surely will be remembered for the amazing quality of entertainment. Dollywood’s entertainment team invested $1 million more in its 2018 offerings than any other single year of entertainment in its history.

The preview event featured performances by the National Dance Company of Siberia, PAINTJAM featuring Ricardo Barazza, Janie Fricke, Orleans, Larnelle Harris and others. For the finale, Dolly joined Ladysmith Black Mambazo backed by Orleans for a beautiful performance of “Peace Train.” Dolly recorded the song written by Cat Stevens on her 1996 “Treasures” album which featured Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Dollywood has won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Entertainment for nine years. And with 2018’s commitment, the park again looks to lead the way for the award.

Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers

Festival of Nations (March 16 — April 9)
Spring Mix Music Series (April 11 – April 29)
Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25 – June 10)
Summer Celebration (June 16 – August 5)
Rock The Smokies (August 25)
Harvest Festival (September 28 – November 3)
Smoky Mountain Christmas (November 10 – January 5)

Aunt Granny’s

Opening day also served as the unveiling of the newly renovated Aunt Granny’s restaurant. The eatery is named after the affectionate nickname Dolly’s nieces and nephews have for her as she acts as both aunt and granny to them as well as to some of her younger siblings. The restaurant is one of the parks original features. Its buffet style dining offers guests delicious comfort foods including Mama’s Stone Soup. Read famous Stone Soup story in A Mother’s Love & Inspiration – Avie Lee Parton.

For more information about multi-day ticket options, 2018 Dollywood season passes or Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

100 Millionth Book Dedication Ceremony
Dolly Parton at 100 Millionth Book Dedication Ceremony
Dolly Parton at 100 Millionth Book Dedication Ceremony
Dolly Parton at 100 Millionth Book Dedication Ceremony
Dolly Parton at 100 Millionth Book Dedication Ceremony
Dolly Parton at 100 Millionth Book Dedication Ceremony
 

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GRAMMY Award Winners, Former Dancing With The Stars Performers At Dollywood’s Festival Of Nations

Published March 13, 2018 / Last Updated March 19, 2018
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Dollywood’s Festival Of Nations (March 16 – April 9) includes GRAMMY Award winners, former Dancing with the Stars performers and more!

With Dollywood’s emphasis on show-stopping entertainment in 2018, the park’s annual Festival of Nations kicks off the new season with a multi-cultural event featuring world-renowned talent. The celebration takes place March 16-April 9 and lets guests take a trip around the world without leaving the Smokies.

This colorful, interactive event marks the beginning of Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers. Enjoy cultural music, food and crafts that immerse the entire family in festive fun.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

GRAMMY award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo have transcended musical barriers to produce awe-inspiring projects with artists such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and even Dolly Parton herself. The group sings of peace, love and harmony. Now in its sixth decade they have produced more than 60 albums. They won their fifth GRAMMY in January, this time for Best World Music Album. Their name is a combination of Ladysmith, South Africa (the group’s hometown), the color of oxen (one of the strongest farm animals), and the Zulu word for “chopping axe” (a symbol of the group’s vocal strength). Ladysmith Black Mambazo songs have been featured in multiple motion pictures, and the group even traveled to Norway with Nelson Mandela to perform when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Guests can find this talented group at the Showstreet Palace Theater.

National Dance Company of Siberia

Founded in 1960, the National Dance Company of Siberia has wowed audiences around the globe with colorful and expressive dance, traditional folk music and vivid costumes. This renowned dance company brings their amazing performance to life for guests in a must-see display of talent and passion. High energy, dazzling colors and authentic Siberian customs combine for an astonishing visual masterpiece. See the National Dance Company of Siberia in the park’s largest theater, DP’s Celebrity Theater

The Flamenco Kings Featuring Los Vivancos

Los Vivancos is comprised of seven Spanish brothers who traveled the world before studying at the prestigious Barcelona Dance Conservatory. Drawing from their years of study, Los Vivancos have created an eclectic style that combines flamenco, ballet, martial arts, street dance, theater and acrobatics into one thrilling, non-stop performance that truly showcases their charisma and flair. The brothers have served as guest performers on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Their show, The Flamenco Kings featuring Los Vivancos, is located in Pines Theater.

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations 2018 Lineup

JigJam – This quartet hails from the heart of Ireland and blends the best of traditional Irish music with the unique sound of American bluegrass to create a genre of music affectionately known as “Celtgrass.” The group has been humorously described as “the best Irish group so far in bluegrass.” Thanks to their gregarious personalities and entertaining antics, this show is an upbeat, foot-stomping good time Dollywood guests won’t want to miss. Location: Back Porch Theater

Invaders Steel Orchestra – One of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands, Invaders Steel Orchestra celebrates more than 75 years of creating festive music for audiences around the world. This guest-favorite group returns to Dollywood to bring the tropical sounds of the Caribbean to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. While the songs they play are familiar, the unique sounds of Invaders Steel Orchestra’s drums will transport guests to a sandy beach far away. Location: The Valley Theater

Atahualpa – Hailing from Ecuador, Atahualpa combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the history and culture of the Andes Mountains. Atahualpa’s mix of songs includes contemporary music, South American dance rhythms, as well as the traditional music of the Andes. Through their sharing of music, culture and heritage, Atahualpa hopes to promote brotherhood, friendship and peace to all the people of the world. Location: Showstreet Gazebo

Zebra Stelzentheater – Zebra Stelzentheater features German stilt dancers in original costumes who perform while roaming the streets of Dollywood. They are always looking for guest interaction, so be on the lookout for fun. This lively troop is always on the search for new friends! Location: Roaming

Taste of Nations

Guests also can find food from around the globe at various locations throughout Dollywood. Items include Elote w/Pimente Espelette, Citrus Ancho & Coca-Cola Braised Beef Tostada, Lamb or Chicken Gyros, Crepe Suzette, Pad Thai and much more!

Dollywood’s “Season of Showstoppers”

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations sets the stage for a show-stopping 2018 season. The park celebrates the arrival of spring with the all-new Spring Mix Music Series April 11-29. Spring Mix includes performances by artists including The Marshall Tucker Band and Amy Grant. Also see Pam Tillis, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Crystal Gayle and more. Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25-June 10) includes more than 350 performances by the best in bluegrass, while the park’s Summer Celebration features iLuminate, DRUMLine Live and Dan Dunn’s PaintJam. Extended hours and nightly fireworks shows highlight Dollywood’s summer season, June 16-Aug. 5. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 28-Nov. 3) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers alongside the second year for the guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s 2018 season concludes with the ten-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event. See Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, Nov. 10-Jan. 5, 2019.

Season Passes

If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. A number of new entertainment options (all included with park admission) are available throughout the season. And guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2018!

Guests can learn more about Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers by visiting Dollywood.com or calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Dolly Parton’s Spectacular Dinner Show

Published March 9, 2018 / Last Updated March 9, 2018
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Experience “A 2018 Celebration” at Dolly Parton’s Spectacular Dinner Show

The marvel of acrobatics, aerial wonders and incredible entertainment create memorable moments for guests experiencing the Spectacular Dinner Show at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. The show is set to debut on Friday, March 16, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

This family-oriented fun-filled action and spectacle begins upon entering the Outpost. There you’ll find old-time games, Dolly trivia and Magical Makeovers (where children of all ages can transform into a beautiful Princess or lovable Puppy). The Outpost also has snacks and refreshments as you await the main show in Celebration Ridge.

Fabulous Four-Course Feast

Upon entering Celebration Ridge, the dining experience begins with a fabulous four-course feast. This mouth-watering meal treats guests to tantalizing tastes of creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuits, sugar-cured ham, pan fried chicken, signature macaroni and cheese, sweet potato delight and a specialty dessert. Adding spice and the flavor of fun to the show’s meal are the exuberance and whimsy of comedic characters that will take guests through the first of a series of adventures that make up this dynamic show.

A 2018 Celebration

The real celebration and thrills begin with music, dance, special effects and acrobatics led by an energetic Master of Ceremonies and his songstress partner, set in a small Smoky Mountain town preparing itself for an epic celebration. Performances and breathtaking showmanship soon take center stage as the cast creates true excitement through a combination of feats rarely seen together in a single show. Experience tumblers that fascinate the eyes, music that sparks a song in every heart and acrobatic feats that touch the heart and soul, combined with laughter and smiles that bring families and memories to the forefront of this mountain celebration of life and love. Visitors will be amazed by the seemingly impossible feat that is the amazing Fire-wheel, twirling and spinning several stories high with incredible precision and creating a sense of wonder.

“Our show will cause your spirit to soar,” said Smoky Mountain Adventures General Manager Jamie Parrish. “I watch our amazing company of performers nightly and see something new and exciting that amazes me every time. We can’t wait to share that celebration spirit with each of our visitors.”

This Spectacular Dinner Show quickly becomes a passport to a world of wonder, laughter and memories seldom found in the hubbub of today’s world.

For the complete show schedule, contact the box office at 844-322-4400 or visit DPDinnerShowTickets.com or SmokyMountainAdventures.com for tickets.

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Dollywood Announces Job Fairs For 2018 Season

Published February 15, 2018 / Last Updated February 15, 2018
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Two upcoming Dollywood Job Fairs set for Feb. 24 & March 10!

Dollywood is looking for friendly faces ready to join the team in preparation for the 2018 season, one the award-winning park has dubbed “A Season of Showstoppers.” Job Fairs are slated for Saturday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, March 10 at Sevier County High School from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day.

Positions are available for the entire length of the 2018 operating season, as well as shorter peak season openings which are perfect for applicants looking for a fun summer job. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older.

Additionally, positions are available on several teams, including opportunities in Dollywood’s fast-paced foods, merchandise and ride operations. Among the openings at Dollywood’s Splash Country are hospitality, lifeguard and food service positions. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa also has a number of openings available including cooks, food service and housekeeping positions.

Interested applicants may view opportunities, as well as job descriptions and basic requirements for each position, at DollywoodJobs.com. Applicants must signify their interest in a position by following the online instructions to complete the application process. Applicants should apply online first. They will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment following the completion of their online application. If unable to apply online, technical support will be available on site.

Unique Benefits

Dollywood employees receive a variety of unique benefits including access to the Dollywood Family Healthcare Center, along with complimentary Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country admission for family and friends as well as various community-wide incentives. A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision, also is available for qualified full-time employees.

World’s Friendliest Theme Park

Voted the world’s Friendliest Theme Park each of the last six years, Dollywood’s welcoming environment makes it an excellent place for anyone who desires to be part of helping park guests create lifelong memories.

For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Dollywood.com.

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