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Dollywood Entertainment Auditions Announced for 2023 Season

Published January 10, 2023 / Last Updated January 17, 2023
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 Announces Audition Schedule for 2023 Theme Park Entertainment Offerings

Dollywood is gearing up for the upcoming season – which begins on Saturday, March 11 — by casting entertainers ready to find their place in the spotlight.

Members of Dollywood’s entertainment team are looking to cast singers, dancers who sing, improvisational actors, costumed characters and musicians who sing. Performers must be at least 18 years old. Available roles for the 2023 season include full-time positions, as well as seasonal — summer and Christmas – opportunities.

Plan Your Audition

Auditions take place at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, as well as at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday, January 28. Call backs will occur on the same day as the audition. Interested individuals should visit dollywood.com/jobs/auditions/schedule to register for the audition they choose to attend. The Dollywood entertainment team will respond with a confirmation email which includes an audition time slot for the selected audition date.

Singers, improvisational actors and costumed characters should prepare a verse and chorus of two songs in their preferred style, and should bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key. For improvisational actors and costumed characters, one selection should be comedic in nature. A piano accompanist will be provided, or auditionees may accompany themselves on guitar or any other hand-held instrument. All auditionees should bring a resume and headshot. Some auditionees may be called back for an additional movement or vocal audition.

Additional details and audition requirements can be found at Dollywood.com/jobs/auditions. Any additional questions may be directed to auditions@dollywood.com.

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A Christmas to Remember at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Published November 15, 2022 / Last Updated November 16, 2022
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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Get Into the Holiday Spirit at the World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction

Are you ready to celebrate the Christmas season? Plan a visit to Dolly Parton’s Stampede! This dinner attraction is a family tradition like no other and is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit with your loved ones. With locations in both Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, you have double the chances to enjoy this Christmas extravaganza! We’re giving you all the reasons why you should have a Christmas to remember at Dolly Parton’s Stampede below:

1. Grand Performances

During November and December, visitors can expect grand performances themed for Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Watch as the spirit of the season comes to life in the 35,000 square foot arena! Snow falls softly as the Stampede is transformed into a holiday wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes, and familiar holiday music. The live nativity scene is a favorite among visitors, as three kings ride atop camels on their way to Bethlehem. Of course, there are some fun and games too! Not only will the amazing holiday show warm your heart, it will also make you laugh. Watch as the show takes a playful turn as the elves from the North Pole and the South Pole compete in some friendly competitions.

2. Holiday Feast

It wouldn’t be a Christmas to remember without a delicious holiday feast! As you watch the Christmas performance unfold, your family will enjoy a delicious, four-course family feast. The dinner includes the Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, a homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, and the Stampede’s own specialty holiday dessert. You’ll also get unlimited Coca-Cola products, tea, or coffee. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

3. Memories With Loved Ones

One of the best parts about the holiday season is getting to create memories with your loved ones, and there is no better place to do it than Dolly Parton’s Stampede! From the beautiful decorations and classic holiday music to the inspiring live nativity and Santa Claus himself, the Christmas magic is all around Dolly Parton’s Stampede. The show is perfect for all ages, so it’s an experience all family members can enjoy and share together! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with your loved ones by your side at this popular dinner attraction. Plus, the souvenir picture you’ll take together before the show begins makes for the perfect Christmas card photo!

Spend Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Are you ready to have a Christmas to remember at Dolly Parton’s Stampede? Visit dpstampede.com to learn more and get your tickets!

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Celebrate the Christmas Season at Pirates Voyage

Published November 15, 2022 / Last Updated November 16, 2022
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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Set Sail on an Epic Holiday Journey at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Are you ready to have a Christmas to remember? Plan a trip to Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! The holidays are all about gathering with loved ones and making memories that will last a lifetime, which is exactly what you can do at Pirates Voyage. Pirates Voyage has two locations, one in Myrtle Beach, SC and one in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Pigeon Forge location has its action-packed show filled with pirate spirit and adventure, and the Myrtle Beach location has a special holiday show! While you watch the shows, enjoy a four-course family feast! Here’s everything you need to know about celebrating the Christmas season at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show:

A Battle for the Christmas Treasure in Myrtle Beach

Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach puts a swashbuckling spin on the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” in its festive holiday show! The Mystical Christmas Spirit takes Captain Scrooge on a journey to find the true meaning of Christmas. Along his journey, you’ll get to watch in amazement as a live Nativity and an angel send a special message to all landlubbers and pirates alike. The Christmas show also features an epic holiday battle between the Crimson and Emerald pirates! The crews are competing for the coveted Christmas treasure as they battle on land, on deck, in water, and high above the two full-sized pirate ships in the indoor hideaway lagoon. During the battle, you’ll see giant Christmas toys come to life and perform amazing acrobatics high above the lagoon, and a comical castaway with her lovable sea lion companion. The fun never ends during the Christmas season at Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach!

Family Fun & Adventure in Pigeon Forge

If you’re in Pigeon Forge this Christmas season, don’t miss the chance to spend it with your loved ones at Pirates Voyage! Watch as Captain Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in a battle on land, on deck, in water and high above the full-sized pirate ships. Not only can you expect to see an exciting pirate battle, but you’ll also see beautiful mermaids, tropical birds, and more! This show is great for all ages, from the children to the grandparents, so bring the whole family along to spend the holidays together at Pirates Voyage!

A Delicious Feast

While you watch the action unfold this Christmas season, you’ll get to enjoy a hearty feast! At the Myrtle Beach location, you can dine on Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Buccaneer Bread, Half O’ Roasted Cackler (Chicken), Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham, Cob O’ Buttery Corn, a Pirate Herb-Basted Potato, Apple O’ Me Eye Pie, and unlimited Coca-Cola products, tea, or coffee. At the Pigeon Forge location, you’ll feast on a Buccaneer Biscuit, Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Sugar-Cured Ham, Corn on the Cob, an Herb-Basted Potato, a Walk the Plank Peach Turnover, and unlimited Coca-Cola, tea, or coffee. There are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free meals available upon request.

Have a Christmas to Remember at Pirates Voyage

Make it a Christmas to remember at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! You can catch the Myrtle Beach holiday show November through December and the exciting Pigeon Forge show all season long. Visit www.piratesvoyage.com for more information and to plan your trip!

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Begins November 5

Published November 2, 2022 / Last Updated November 3, 2022
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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America’s Favorite Christmas Tradition Begins at Dollywood on Nov. 5 Featuring 6 Million Lights

With several new lighting displays across its 160 acres, Dollywood theme park, the 14-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, now boasts more than 6 million shining, shimmering lights as part of the popular Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, happening November 5 through January 1.

The event, which easily can be described as one of America’s favorite Christmas traditions, shines brightly thanks to the warmth of gleaming holiday lights, award-winning stage productions, Christmas culinary masterpieces and the warm family traditions so many guests have enjoyed throughout the festival’s 30 plus years.

“I believe each season in the Smokies is a precious gift from above, but I also know there is no better time than Christmas to experience the magic of this special place,” Dolly shared. “Christmas is a time for new memories to be created, cherished family traditions to be celebrated and the love of the holidays to warm us all.

“It is my wish that our guests celebrate the light of the Christmas season while they are here with us at Dollywood. I also hope they pause long enough to savor the moments spent with one another. It’s those special moments that are sure to become the beautiful memories they will look upon so fondly for so many years.”

A Million New Lights for 2022

Dollywood truly sparkles this Christmas season with new lighting elements throughout the park providing an element of surprise to guests around every corner, even for those aboard the Dollywood Express. Visitors riding the guest-favorite attraction will enjoy a special light show draped across the field located inside the train’s upper turning loop. Another new lighted area is the Village Pass, which features a 130’ light curtain wall that includes programmed movement. This area leads guests from lower Craftsman’s Valley to The Village. Adventures in Imagination shines in pink, platinum and gold decorations—as well as 60 LED butterflies and a new 20’ ft. tall Christmas tree—in an area fittingly called Dolly’s Christmas.

Guests will find hundreds of additional lighted trees throughout the park this year, as well as more new décor elements and eight different light zones to provide each area of Dollywood its own unique look and feel. The new elements add 1 million lights to the park’s already-impressive total, meaning guests will enjoy 6 million lights during this season’s festival.

As always, guests can experience Dollywood’s world-class rides amidst the hustle and bustle of the park during the holidays, as most rides are operational during the Christmas season. Nothing compares to racing quickly through the night sky with millions of lights twinkling below.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dazzling Fireworks and Spectacular Shows

Returning this year on Friday and Saturday evenings is the “Merry & Bright!” fireworks display, which provides a sparkling ending to the day. “Merry & Bright!” lights the sky above Dollywood with a display set to the rhythm of upbeat contemporary holiday hits. After Christmas, the music changes to help guests ready to ring in the new year. Additionally, the New Year’s version of the show takes place nightly Dec. 26- Jan. 1.

In one of the most unique experiences during the Christmas season at Dollywood, Old Saint Nick allows visitors a sneak peek into his little cabin in the Smokies. Guests who visit Santa’s cabin can literally see inside as he reviews…the list! Kids discover whether their names are on the naughty or nice list, and they might even have their photo made as they peer through the window during this once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch Santa at work. Santa goes on a well-deserved vacation after Christmas Day, so families wanting to see him in action shouldn’t wait!

Glacier Ridge fills Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass and Upper Craftsman’s Valley with an expansive arctic experience sure to inspire and delight guests. Wilderness Pass serves as one of the highlights of Glacier Ridge thanks to the Wonderful Christmas! Plaza Tree Show, which features a 50-ft. tall animated tree sparkling to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show throughout the evening. Each show is capped by an immersive snow finale!

Dollywood’s family favorite shows light up both indoor and outdoor stages. The festival’s headline show, “Christmas in the Smokies,” has been a must-see for families every Christmas season since it began in 1990. Many other Dollywood Christmas classics return including “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “O’ Holy Night,” “Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs,” “Heart of the Holidays,” “Candlelight Carolers,” “The Mistletones,” “Appalachian Christmas with the Smoky Mountain String Band,” “Holiday Wild Roots” and more.

Festive Culinary Surprises

And for those looking to celebrate the holidays with the perfect family meal, Dollywood’s team of chefs have a menu full of culinary surprises sure to delight. From herb-roasted turkey breast and citrus-glazed carved ham to chicken pot pie in a bread cone, there are a number of savory items to satisfy every appetite. A number of unique items abound including eggnog cupcakes, gingerbread-dusted funnel cake, holiday limeade and more.

Christmas at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort

The Christmas fun makes its way to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa with even more ways to help families make memories this holiday season. To create a truly immersive Smoky Mountain Christmas experience, the resort is celebrating the holidays with a variety of festival-inspired activities, crafts, entertainment, décor and culinary options.

The resort’s halls are decked in beautiful décor inspired by warm, rich memories of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. The centerpiece is an awe-inspiring, two-story Christmas tree that can be seen from both levels of the lobby. DreamMore Resort’s culinary team prepares delicious holiday meals in Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery. Guests can gather together to give thanks and enjoy a flavorful meal throughout the season, or experience one of four holiday dining experiences—Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch, or New Year’s Eve dinner.

2023 Season Passes

Finally, for anyone searching for the perfect Christmas gift of family fun and memories, a Dollywood season pass is the solution! Diamond or gold season passes purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with admission for Dollywood’s “BIG” 2023 operating season. Guests can purchase their 2023 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2023 season pass. The 2023 season features “big” fun, including the opening of Dollywood’s longest roller coaster, Big Bear Mountain, as well as 15 additional operating days and the new I Will Always Love You Celebration, honoring the 50th anniversary of Dolly’s iconic song.

For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Light the Way 5K Returns to Dollywood November 11

Published November 1, 2022 / Last Updated November 2, 2022
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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Light the Way 5K Celebrates a Decade of Holiday Tradition With Tenth Annual Race on Nov. 11 at Dollywood

Proceeds to benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share It Forward, an assistance program for Dollywood employees

The Light the Way 5K returns for its tenth installment this year to offer runners a certified race experience on a course illuminated by millions of Christmas lights. The race makes its way through Dollywood on Friday, Nov. 11 starting at 11 p.m. with the help of the Knoxville Track Club, which is the new race administration partner for the event.

The course for Light the Way 5K winds its way through the holiday scenery at Dollywood. The route begins at Dollywood’s Front Gate area and travels through the theme park twice, giving runners time to take in the festive décor and lights of the award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Walkers will have the opportunity to follow the route for one loop around the park.

Proceeds from the event benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful and the Share It Forward program at Dollywood. Keep Sevier Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization which focuses on waste reduction/recycling, litter prevention and beautifying public spaces through education and community-based programs. Keep Sevier Beautiful’s goal is to protect the natural beauty of the area that millions of visitors come to see each year. Share It Forward is a non-profit organization to serve The Dollywood Company employees and their families through a variety of quality programs. Share It Forward programming is funded primarily through employee donations which are matched dollar for dollar by The Dollywood Company.

“It’s so exciting to be hosting runners at the Light the Way 5K for a 10th year and for us to have a new partnership with the Knoxville Track Club to make this event even brighter. The beauty of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival combined with the challenge of a course that only a theme park can provide makes Light the Way a one-of-a-kind event for runners and walkers,” said Aaron Newberry, Director of Operations for Share It Forward. “But just as importantly, this event helps provide our non-profit organizations with financial assistance just before the holidays,” added Lisa Bryant, Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful.

The race has been certified again this year, will be chip timed and is managed for the 2022 event by the Knoxville Track Club. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers for both men and women.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is encouraged for the Light the Way 5K as the race is limited to 1,500 participants. Registration fee is $50. Register online at www.lighttheway5k.net. Race day registration takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

For more information, email info@keepsevierbeautiful.org or visit www.lighttheway5k.net.

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