Dollywood Theme Park

All-new SkyZip Adventure

Published May 5, 2009 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

All-new SkyZip Adventure is the first multiple zip-line at Dollywood

In May 2009, Dollywood guests were able to fly like an eagle over Dolly’s 150 acre theme park and experience the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains with the opening of SkyZip. SkyZip became the first multiple station zip-line experience to open in a U.S. theme park. The hour-long, premium SkyZip Dollywood adventure included five zip-line treks, ranging in length from 100 to nearly 1,000 feet, and a 100-foot long swinging bridge perched above the trees. Each zip-line is an elevated and inclined wire from which a pulley and seating apparatus are suspended, allowing the guest to move between two points via gravity.

The zip-line adventure provided an environmental and historical tour of undeveloped and unspoiled property surrounding Dollywood. It was hosted by specially-trained adventure guides as part of Dollywood’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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‘Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke’

Published February 11, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

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Dolly’s releases ‘Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke’

In 2009, Dolly released the album “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke” on her Dolly Records label. The album is exclusively available at Dollywood or through the Great Smoky Mountains Association. For the first year after the release of “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke,” all profits from the album were donated to the organization Friends of the Smokies.

The song “Sha-Kon-O-Hey” is performed at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and the eight songs on the album were written originally by Dolly for a stage show of the same name at Dollywood. The musical was written to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The phonetically spelled Sha-Kon-O-Hey is a representation of a Cherokee term meaning Land of Blue Smoke and refers to the name given to The Great Smoky Mountains.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th Anniversary

Published February 10, 2009 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly named ambassador for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Dolly is proud of her Tennessee Mountain Home, so when officials from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) asked her to serve as the park’s celebrity ambassador during its 75th anniversary, she answered with a resounding YES! Dolly said,

“Having grown up and lived in the heart of these beautiful mountains, my love for this area is deep and genuine. The mountains have inspired so much of my music, and through my songs, I’ve always been sort of an unofficial ambassador for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’m truly honored to join this yearlong celebration.”

To commemorate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th anniversary, Dollywood unveiled a new show, “Sha-Kon-O-Hey!.” The 45-minute musical production incorporated scenic elements and stage effects never before seen at Dollywood. “Sha-Kon-O-Hey!” captured the spirit of the mountains and the rich heritage of the people who call them home. The title, Sha-Kon-O-Hey is the phonetic spelling of “Shaconage,” the Cherokee word which means “land of the blue smoke.”

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