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Dollywood’s Splash Country celebrates 15th season

Published May 16, 2015 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly’s Smoky Mountain water park opens for the 15th season and adds a new award to its list of accolades

After providing families with more than a decade of Smoky Mountain water adventure, Dollywood’s Splash Country is diving into its 15th anniversary season.

The award-winning water adventure park now adds a new accolade to its list of achievements this year as Aquatics International named Dollywood’s Splash Country as its 2014 Best of Aquatics: Theming. This award is another of many, as the park has previously been recognized as America’s Must-See Water Park by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions and one of America’s best water parks by The Travel Channel. Also famous for its record-breaking water slides and attractions, Dollywood’s Splash Country has grown over its 15-year residency in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, to become the home of family favorites such as; Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush, along with the state’s tallest twin speed slides, Fire Tower Falls. Dolly said,

“I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since we opened Dollywood’s Splash Country. So many of the attractions we’ve added through the years are imagined and built with me and my family’s Smoky Mountain childhood in mind; I’m so happy to have shared those same adventures with families.”


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Crush the Rush – RiverRush Ride

Published April 17, 2014 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly welcomes families to Dollywood’s Splash Country for year two of RiverRush ride, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster

Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark opened for a summer of thrills and chills as Dolly kicked off a second year of excitement for RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster. RiverRush combines all the powerful climbs, plunging drops, thrilling twists, and tight turns of a traditional land coaster with the park’s calling card—water—for a family experience like none other!

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Dolly opens RiverRush

Published May 11, 2013 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly invites families to crush the rush as she opens RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster

Dolly asked if families were ready to crush the rush before launching RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, for the first time on May 10, 2013, at her Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark. Dolly said,

“Growing up, playing in the creeks and streams here in the Smoky Mountains, I could only dream of something like a water coaster. But look at us now… not only does Dollywood’s Splash Country have Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, we’re making water run uphill in it!”

Dolly hosted media representatives from across the country to launch the 2013 season at the waterpark.


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Dolly rides on RiverRush float

Published May 10, 2013 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly is grand marshal riding atop the RiverRush float for her 2013 Homecoming Parade

Prior to the opening of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, Dolly appeared as grand marshal of the 2013 Dolly Homecoming Parade on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Standing atop the RiverRush float on a lifeguard stand, Dolly waved to thousands of people lining the streets during this annual event which serves as a welcome home to everyone’s favorite local girl.


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Dolly announces RiverRush water coaster

Published June 6, 2012 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly announces RiverRush water coaster, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, planned for Dollywood’s Splash Country

On June 16, 2012, Dolly, dressed as “Splash Woman,” made everyone’s day as she announced RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, the latest addition to her waterpark, Dollywood’s Splash Country. This historic announcement came on the heels of Dollywood theme park’s opening of the celebrated Wild Eagle, America’s first winged coaster, marking two back-to-back history-making coasters for her Dollywood properties.


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