This was big news around here
But you may have missed it. I smell a season pass in my future. This update from The Johnson City Press.
Major expansion project planned for Dollywood
If her hair and bra caught fire, it’d be a four-day fire. That’s the latest ride-related quip from superstar and theme-park impresario Dolly Parton.
Parton made the joke Wednesday as she announced a $300 expansion and improvement plan for Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country — including a 300-room resort, set to open in 2015 on a 100-acre plot just north of the water park.
That’s more than has been invested in Dollywood since the park opened nearly 30 years ago. Parton announced plans to open Dollywood in 1985 and the park opened for its first season in 1986.
On Wednesday she said in the years since more than $250 million has been invested in Dollywood and Splash Country.
Opening the “world class” resort on site 30 years after that initial announcement will be her dream come true, Parton said, and she promised the decor would have “more taste than I do.”