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Now Streaming – “The Library That Dolly Built”

Published July 9, 2021 / Last Updated July 9, 2021

“The Library That Dolly Built” Now Available to Stream

“The Library That Dolly Built” now streaming on Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play and Cable on Demand.

NOW STREAMING

About the Film

“The Library That Dolly Built,” directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s literacy-focused non-profit, Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. The film celebrates all the people who helped make Dolly’s dream come true.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started the Imagination Library in 1995. Thanks to the help of local affiliates all over the world, it has since grown to include all 50 states and expanded to four additional countries.

The Imagination Library gifts one book each month to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. Since inception, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 160 million books to children and is currently gifting more than 1.8 million books each month.

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Dollywood Searches For 20 Brand Experts

Published July 7, 2021 / Last Updated July 8, 2021

Applications available for next panel of Dollywood Insiders

Dollywood is searching for its next panel of park insiders who share experiences and tips through online content. For the past five seasons, park guests have found helpful information on Dollywood blogs and social channels thanks to this group of non-employed Dollywood pros.

From best-value suggestions to traffic flow tips and where-to-eat recommendations, Dollywood Insiders provide expert guest perspective to aid others in trip planning. Content is shared via blog, pictures and video.

“We invite veteran Dollywood guests to become our experts,” explained Amber Davis, Digital Publicist. “As the program has grown in popularity, we’ve been able to grow the number of panelists each year. For our next panel, we will select 20 Insiders. These applicants turn their love for Dollywood into a platform for sharing trip-planning advice. Though they don’t receive a paycheck, they do get season passes and exclusive access as they create content for Dollywood channels.”

Dollywood Insiders are relatable. Past Insiders include moms, dads, grandmas, single parents, professionals, bloggers and theme park enthusiasts. Dollywood intentionally selects its panelists from diverse walks of life to best represent Dollywood park visitors. These panelists hail from communities across the Southeast—from Knoxville, Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, Charlotte and beyond.

Dollywood Insiders are tasked with pitching and creating blogs and videos that help others learn about Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. The Insiders serve on the panel for a one-year term and may re-apply, if interested. Perks of the role include season passes, behind-the-scenes access and invitations to media events.

Apply Today

Applications for the sixth panel of Dollywood Insiders are available now at Dollywood.com/lpg/insider. Applications must be submitted by Monday, July 19 at noon. After interviews, panelists will be selected and notified by July 26.

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Dollywood Announces Childcare Subsidy Benefit For Employees

Published June 28, 2021 / Last Updated June 28, 2021

Dollywood Announces WeeCare partnership providing employees with affordable, convenient childcare while they work at the Smoky Mountains theme park.

Dollywood officials announced a new partnership with WeeCare offering an unparalleled childcare benefit for hosts working at the Smoky Mountains theme park. WeeCare, the largest childcare network in the United States, provides hosts at all Dollywood Parks & Resorts properties with licensed childcare providers who offer flexible schedules for newborns through school-aged children. Additionally, The Dollywood Company will pay a portion of childcare costs for those who enroll in the program.

An Opportune Time For New Benefits

This new benefit comes at an opportune time, as many parents are unable to return to their jobs following the pandemic due to a shortage of childcare workers. WeeCare concierge care managers are available to help enrolled hosts find and tour licensed, safety-certified family childcare homes. Once a family childcare home is selected, WeeCare assists in enrolling the hosts’ children and provides around-the-clock care support. The network of WeeCare facilities includes full-time, part-time, backup, drop-in, school-aged, after-school and overnight care options in the area.

“Obviously, this is a tremendous benefit for our hosts,” said Tim Berry, Dollywood Vice President of Human Resources. “Simply put, childcare arrangements can be overwhelming to most families. It is our hope that this new partnership takes some of that stress away from our current and future hosts. The Dollywood Company has always been devoted to taking care of its employees and this is the next commitment to that. WeeCare can help hosts find childcare with hours that mirror Dollywood’s operating calendar, allowing our hosts more flexibility in scheduling. As any parent can attest, you can breathe a little easier when you know your kids are taken care of; there is an instant sense of relief. We want this to be the case for our hosts. Additionally, we will pay a portion of the costs for children at enrolled facilities, and all hosts are eligible. This benefit is not dependent on income.”

“The WeeCare program adds to the new benefits we’ve provided to our hosts in recent weeks,” Berry added. “We just introduced a new loyalty bonus as a way to reward our employees for their dedication based on longevity and service to the company. Additionally, we offered pay premiums and free lunches for the month of June. Our hosts are what truly set Dollywood apart, and we want to reward them for what they do to make this a special place for our guests.”

WeeCare’s Mission

WeeCare carries out its mission by providing an easy platform for parents to find affordable childcare including daycares, preschools, and nannies. Childcare deserts, areas where there are more than three children per childcare spot, are a harsh reality for many communities. WeeCare strives to reduce parental stress and ensure they are supported in the childcare process so they can show up to work ready to conquer the day.

“WeeCare seeks to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of daycares, preschools, and overall childcare,” Jessica Chang, CEO of WeeCare, said. “Only 7% of companies provide childcare benefits to their employees, and even fewer provide subsidies, so Dollywood is showing its team how much they truly care.”

Average tuition for full-time, traditional daycare centers can be as high as $2,100 a month or more, pricing out many families. “Our average tuition for WeeCare ranges from $600 – $850 per month, which is much more affordable,” Chang said. “The reason for this is because we exclusively offer home daycares. WeeCare provides lower student to teacher ratios, are often conveniently located in neighborhoods, and offer flexible care schedules for employees who work weekends or holidays. Since we work with home daycare providers to fill their spots, their overhead is often lower, and those savings can be passed down to families to provide affordable, quality care.”

Dollywood launched its childcare benefits program on June 21. Upon joining WeeCare, Dollywood hosts will be able to find the perfect childcare conveniently close to their home or workplace. WeeCare partners with local childcare providers to help them grow their small businesses, supporting them with all business and marketing efforts.

Apply Today

For anyone looking to join Dollywood’s award-winning team, the company is hosting several hiring events at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa in the coming weeks. Hiring events are planned for June 30, as well as July 7, 12 and 21. All events take place from 2-6 p.m. New job opportunities are always posted throughout the year at Dollywood.com/jobs.

Earlier this year Forbes named The Dollywood Company as one of the best employers in the United States for 2021, according to a ranking on their website. Dollywood was represented well among the 500 companies on Forbes’ list of the best midsize employers. The list includes companies across 25 industry sectors, with only 20 companies on the list in the “Travel & Leisure” category of which Dollywood was included. Among those companies, Dollywood ranked sixth and was the only theme park on the midsize list. To view the entire list, visit https://www.forbes.com/lists/best-midsize-employers/

Pointing to Dollywood host job satisfaction, the Pigeon Forge park has long been voted as the friendliest theme park in the world. The park also earned the inaugural Golden Ticket Award for Best Guest Experience, which factors friendliness of employees into its criteria. The prestigious Golden Ticket Awards are given annually by industry publication Amusement Today. This recognition is the gold standard for theme parks worldwide.

Hosts at The Dollywood Company 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. Employees also take part in Dollywood’s Park Perks program which provides free or reduced admission to a large number of regional attractions, theaters and experiences. A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision, is available for qualified full-time employees. Affordable lunch options are available for working hosts at several locations across the properties and are just $2.50 (free in June). Free soft drinks also are available to hosts at multiple locations.

Numerous opportunities are available to help employees develop leadership skills, including a new apprenticeship program in conjunction with Walters State Community College. From part-time positions for students to full-time careers with ample chances for advancement and all points in between, Dollywood offers employment opportunities for a number of career aspirations. The Dollywood Company continues to host a number of hiring events throughout the season to give potential employees the chance to attend at the time that best suits their individual needs.

For more information about Dollywood’s 2021 season, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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Sail Into Summer Adventure at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach and Pigeon Forge

Published June 18, 2021 / Last Updated June 18, 2021

A swashbuckling summer adventure awaits at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach, SC, and Pigeon Forge, TN.

Sail into a swashbuckling adventure at Pirates Voyage! The most famous pirate, Blackbeard, and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in a battle on land, on deck, in water and high above two full-sized pirate ships in an indoor hideaway lagoon.

Mystical mermaids and daring pirates scale high above the pirate ships fighting to win Davy Jones’ coveted sunken treasure before diving into the lagoon. Daring diving dogs, salty sea lions and tropical birds join the quest.

Follow Yer Compass to Summer Fun

Whether heading to the fun of the Myrtle Beach Grand Stand or the excitement of Pigeon Forge’s Parkway, Pirates Voyage is a thrilling adventure buccaneers of all ages can enjoy.

It’s a great addition to any landlubbers summer getaway fit for families, friends and groups of any size!

Feasts Fit for a Pirate

Treasure hunting will have you ready for a feast! The Me Hearties Feast at Pigeon Forge, TN, and our Four-Course Pirate Feast at Myrtle Beach, SC, is sure to quench your appetite. The mouthwatering four-course bounty all leads up to a specialty dessert. Every feast is paired with unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee.

Savory vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free meals are available upon request at the time of reservation.

Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show online to join in the summer adventure with your crew!

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Stampede Into Summer Fun At Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Published June 15, 2021 / Last Updated June 18, 2021

Kick Your Summer Into High Gear at The World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction®!

Take your summer vacation by the reins and race full-speed ahead to Dolly Parton’s Stampede, where high-spirited adventure awaits! With locations in Branson, MO, and Pigeon Forge, TN, saddle up for fantastic family fun and prepare to cheer, laugh and make memories together.

Filled with friendly competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering Four-Course Feast complete with a delicious dessert, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is an exciting dinner experience for all ages.

Find Family Fun and Adventure

From the moment your group arrives, you’ll find thrills and excitement around every corner! For a fun experience before the show, take a stroll down the Horse Walk and snap a few photos with the stars of the show, a beautiful variety of horse breeds.

Then, experience the wonder as you enter the main arena, where a state-of-the-art set immerses you into the show, set in America’s Great Plains of yesteryear. With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of horse-riding skills, nothing compares to the experience of enjoying this world-class production with your family and friends—live, up-close and in-person.

Prepare to cheer together as a talented cast of riders lead their teams in a friendly competition filled with thrilling horse tricks and stunts! You’ll laugh together at the hilarious antics of Skeeter & Nugget™ as they deliver a huge helping of family-friendly comedy and keep you wondering what they’re going to do next.

Fabulous Four-Course Feast

Some of life’s greatest memories are made at the dinner table, and Stampede’s signature Four-Course Feast is a dinner you’ll never forget! Enjoy delicious creamy vegetable soup, a homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages including Coca-Cola® products, tea and coffee. (Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals are available upon request.)

From the thrilling stunts and hilarious comedy, to the foot-stomping music and mouth-watering feast, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is the number one spot in Branson and Pigeon Forge to bring your family for an unbeatable summer experience!

Make Plans

Visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede to book your tickets and see why it’s the World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction®.

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