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Set Sail into Spring at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Published March 14, 2022 / Last Updated March 14, 2022

Spring forward into fun and adventure at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach, SC and Pigeon Forge, TN!

Ahoy! You’re invited to set sail into a fun spring season at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! This is an adventure you don’t want to miss. Experience everything from pirates battling for hidden treasure to high-diving mermaids in this action-packed show. Plus, you get to enjoy a delicious pirate feast while you watch! Does it get any better than that?

If you’ve never been to Pirates Voyage, you’re in for a treat. Here are some of the best things to look forward to this spring at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show:

A Swashbuckling Adventure

During Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, are on a quest to find the hidden, sunken treasure! Get ready to watch the Crimson and Sapphire crews battle on land, on deck, in the water and high above their full-sized pirate ships. You’ll be amazed by acrobatic competitions, impressive aerial feats, high-diving stunts, singing and dancing, and so much more. The show features skillful pirates, beautiful mermaids, and a favorite among guests: live animals. Watch as tropical birds, dock-diving dogs, and even sea lions captivate the audience with their talents! It’s a show packed full of entertainment and adventure!

A Four-Course Feast

You better bring your appetite because Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show serves guests a mouth-watering, four-course pirate feast! Enjoy Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Buccaneer Bread, Half O’Roasted Cackler (Myrtle Beach location), Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken (Pigeon Forge location), Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham, Cob O’ Buttery Corn, Pirate Herb-Basted Potato, and a specialty dessert. There are also vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options available upon request.

Plenty of Family Fun

The whole family will have fun at Pirates Voyage, from the kids to the grandparents. This exciting show is fit for pirate-lovers of all ages! From the moment your family walks in the door, you’ll start making memories together that will last a lifetime. Sword-fighting, blazing cannons, and pirates swinging from ship to ship are just a few of the many things your family can expect to experience this spring. There is something for everyone in the family to love at Pirates Voyage!

Are you ready to set sail into spring at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show? Visit the Pirates Voyage website to get your tickets!

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Spring Into Family Fun at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Published March 14, 2022 / Last Updated March 14, 2022

Celebrate the Spring Season at the Most Visited Dinner Attraction in the World!

Who’s ready for spring? Temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming, and spring break adventures are waiting to be had! Kick off the spring season the right way with a visit to Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

With locations in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is the perfect place to go for an evening of action-packed family fun. Here are some of our favorite things about Dolly Parton’s Stampede:

Non-Stop Family Fun

This spring break, you can enjoy non-stop family fun at Dolly Parton’s Stampede. From the second you arrive, you’ll find excitement around every corner. Kick off the experience by going for a stroll down the Horse Walk, where you’ll meet the beautiful horses before the show and even have the opportunity to take a few souvenir photos with them! Afterward, be prepared for a mesmerizing show filled with singing and dancing, impressive horse-riding tricks and stunts, family-friendly comedy, and more. Everyone in the family, from young children to grandparents, will have an amazing time.

A Delicious Family Feast

Your evening is made even better with a delicious four-course feast. Your family can share a meal together that has all your Southern homestyle favorites. The menu includes the Stampede’s signature creamy vegetable soup, a homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbeque pork loin, corn on the cob, an herb-basted potato, and a specialty dessert. No one in the family will go hungry with this delicious meal! Plus, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals are available upon request to accommodate any dietary restrictions in your family.

Incredible Family Memories

When you visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede this spring season, you’ll make memories with your family that will last long after the show ends. There’s something so special about sharing the experience of this award-winning show with your loved ones by your side. Be wowed by the thrilling stunts together, and laugh along to the family-friendly comedic bits together. Plus, there are opportunities for audience participation during the show that everyone in the family will love! Be sure to get a photo together at the Stampede to frame as the perfect souvenir.

Make Plans to Visit Dolly Parton’s Stampede This Spring

Are you ready to spring into family fun at Dolly Parton’s Stampede? Visit the Dolly Parton’s Stampede website to get your tickets!

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Now Available: Dolly Parton Releases “Run, Rose, Run” Novel With Bestselling Author James Patterson

Published March 4, 2022 / Last Updated May 5, 2022

Dolly Parton’s First Novel, “Run, Rose, Run,” Launches with Companion Album and Virtual Book Tour

Musical icon Dolly Parton teamed up with world-renowned bestselling author, James Patterson, to write her first-ever novel. “Run, Rose, Run” is a fiction thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, determined to do whatever it takes to survive. The highly-anticipated novel is now available for purchase, along with the companion album. Dolly and James are embarking on a virtual book tour in support of the new releases.

“Run, Rose, Run” Virtual Book Tour

Dolly Parton and James Patterson have launched a virtual book tour to celebrate the release of their novel, “Run, Rose, Run.” The tour began streaming live Sunday, March 6, with the exclusive “Run, Rose, Run” Virtual Book Launch Event, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association in support of independent booksellers. Other virtual engagements will be organized through major booksellers, including Books-A-Million, Indigo, Waterstones, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AARP Book, now through Friday, March 25.Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Wednesday, March 9
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4:00 PM PT/7:00 PM ET

Thursday, March 10
1:30 PM ET/6:30 PM GMT

Wednesday, March 16
1:30 PM PT/4:30 PM ET

3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET

Friday, March 25
3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET

Ticket Information for the Virtual Book Tour

Your ticket includes admission to the exclusive event and a hardcover copy of “Run, Rose, Run” ($30 retail price), as well as sales tax, shipping, and handling (if applicable). Visit for attendance information and to purchase tickets.

“Run, Rose, Run” – The Album

Dolly’s latest album, “Run, Rose, Run,” is available now on all digital streaming platforms and as a digital download, as well as on CD, standard vinyl and some special vinyl color variants. The album serves as a companion to the original novel, “Run, Rose, Run,” which Dolly co-authored with James Patterson.

Official “Run, Rose, Run” Merchandise

Exclusive “Run, Rose, Run” merchandise, created for Dolly’s latest album and book release, is available now. Each item complements the story and music as told by Dolly Parton. Get Dolly’s new album “Run, Rose, Run” and order the novel today.

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Dolly Parton Releases New Album “Run, Rose, Run” and Lyric Video for “Woman Up (And Take It Like A Man)”

Published March 4, 2022 / Last Updated March 4, 2022

Original Novel “Run, Rose, Run” Co-Authored By Dolly Parton and James Patterson Available March 7th

Dolly Parton has released her latest album, “Run, Rose, Run,” available now on all digital streaming platforms and as a digital download, as well as on CD, standard vinyl and some special vinyl color variants. The album serves as a companion to the original novel, “Run, Rose, Run,” co-authored by James Patterson and Parton, set for release on March 7th.

Woman Up (And Take It Like A Man)

Alongside the album, Dolly has also released the third single and lyric video for “Woman Up (And Take It Like A Man)” – a fiery, inspirational track about not giving up and taking your place at the table when others doubt you.

“I just think this song really suits both of the female characters in the book,” Dolly says. “If you’re going to be in this business you’ve got to toughen up! You gotta ‘woman up and take it like a man’ – be as good as or better than all these men…managers, record label folks and these other characters that give them a hard time in the story. So, this was one song that I think is kind of like another “9 to 5,” I had all female voices on that one and I think it came out really good!”

Academy of Country Music Awards

Dolly will be hosting the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas on March 7th via Amazon Prime. Additionally, Dolly and the music from “Run, Rose, Run” will be featured on Sonos Radio, premiering on March 10th on her own Songteller Radio Station, as the Music Choice March Artist of the Month and on Pandora Artist Takeover of Today’s Country: Dolly creates a Pop-Up featuring new music and her biggest hits.

Shop “Run, Rose, Run” Merchandise

Exclusive “Run, Rose, Run” merchandise, created for Dolly’s latest album and book release, is available now. Each item complements the story and music as told by Dolly Parton. Get Dolly’s new album “Run, Rose, Run” now and preorder the novel, available March 7.

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Forbes Article Names Dollywood Among America’s Best Employers

Published February 23, 2022 / Last Updated February 23, 2022

Dollywood Stands as Only Theme Park Included on Forbes’ 2022 List of America’s Best Midsize Employers

With hiring events in full swing and great opportunities available for the 2022 season, another national publication has named Dollywood Parks & Resorts as one of America’s Best Employers. Forbes has placed Dollywood on its list of America’s Best Midsize Employers for the second year in a row. The recognition comes on the heels of Dollywood’s recent inclusion on the Top Workplaces 2022 list.

With a caring culture and ample benefits, as well as additional company growth and unparalleled opportunities on the horizon, Dollywood employees, also known as hosts, understand firsthand why the company has received so much positive attention as an employer.

“I can’t describe how honored we are for the awards we have earned recently. Being recognized regionally is amazing, but to be named to multiple national lists truly is humbling for us,” said Tim Berry, Vice President of Human Resources and a 37-year employee himself. “We really are a large family and—for many of our hosts—that is what sets us apart. We are constantly working to improve as an employer by finding new benefits and opportunities that make our working family stronger.”

“This season we are introducing a new program which provides free lunch to employees during every working shift,” Berry continued. “Last year, we announced an initiative to help our hosts find childcare through our partners at WeeCare and help subsidize a portion of those costs. Herschend Entertainment, our operating partners, announced a new program entitled GROW U. on Tuesday, which will pay tuition across 100 diploma, degree and certificate programs as part of the Guild Education Learning Marketplace. Our success starts with our hosts, so we work hard to make them feel cared for and appreciated every day. We know if they feel that way they will pass that same feeling on to our guests.”

Dollywood Ranks 141 Among 500 Companies

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 12 companies on the list in the “Travel & Leisure” category, of which Dollywood was included. Among those companies, Dollywood ranked number 141 on the list and was the only theme park on the midsize list.

Among the companies in the Travel & Leisure sector on the list are World Travel Holdings (93), Drury Hotels (106), Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (213) and Choice Hotels (344). Among the Top 50 companies across all industry sectors on the list are Vera Bradley (1), FICO (2), Penguin Random House (4), Caltech (7), Briggs & Stratton (11), Atmos Energy (18), DocuSign (23), Johnsonville (25), Build-A-Bear Workshop (28), L.L. Bean (35), ESPN (40) and Scholastic (41).

Results Derived From Employee Satisfaction

According to Statista, the firm that administers the best employers survey on behalf of Forbes, an independent survey was taken by nearly 60,000 Americans who work for companies with more than 1,000 workers. In total 1,000 employers were recognized across the 25 sectors. The 1,000 companies are divided into 500 large (more than 5,000 U.S. employees) and 500 midsize (1,000 to 5,000 employees) employers. The evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from respondents in an anonymous survey who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family. Their evaluations also included other employers in their respective industries that stood out either positively or negatively.

Pointing to Dollywood host job satisfaction, the Pigeon Forge park has long been voted as the friendliest theme park in the world. Dollywood is also the only park to win the 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.

Dollywood Careers

Positions are available at each of The Dollywood Company’s properties and are posted at An upcoming hiring event is slated for Sevier County High School on Saturday, February 26, happening from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Most event attendees are hired on the spot with a position for the 2022 season at either Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country or Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa.

Positions are available for the entire length of the 2022 operating season, as well as shorter peak season openings, which are perfect for applicants looking for a fun summer position or for those looking to earn a little extra money during the Christmas holidays. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older.

Employee Benefits and Park Perks

Dollywood Parks & Resorts hosts 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. Hosts are provided free meals for every working shift and 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. Dollywood also pays a portion of childcare costs for hosts whose children are cared for at a WeeCare-affiliated provider. A comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision, is available for qualified full-time employees.

Additionally, through Dollywood’s operating partner Herschend Enterprises’ GROW U. program, all hosts are eligible for 100 fully-funded diploma, degree and certificate programs across 30 learning partners within Guild Education’s Learning Marketplace. Herschend’s GROW U. utilizes Guild’s Marketplace to offer classes in high-demand fields such as business administration, culinary, finance, technology and marketing. The company will also provide partial funding for 150 additional programs in fields including hospitality, engineering, human resources and art design.

In addition to the long list of employee benefits, there are numerous development opportunities available to help employees grow leadership skills, including an apprenticeship program in conjunction with Walters State Community College.

For more information about working at Dollywood Parks & Resorts, please visit

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