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Dollywood $37m Wildwood Grove theme park expansion

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Dolly Parton’s Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, has anounced its largest ever expansion: a new land called Wildwood Grove. 

Wildwood Grove will be the largest expansion and the largest investment into the theme park, at a cost of $37 million.

It is set to open in 2019.

The land will contain a suspended family roller coaster called the Dragonflier. It will also feature the 55 ft. tall Wildwood Tree as a centrepiece. There will be live entertainment, various indoor and outdoor play areas, a new restaurant and more.

Dolly Parton said: “I’ve told you before about how I’d let my imagination roam free when I’d be out exploring in the hills around our home in the Smoky Mountains. I’d pretend that the frogs and butterflies were my friends. I’d imagine about what it’d be like to fly with a dragonfly or to follow a bear family through the woods. Now all these things are coming true for our guests to experience in Wildwood Grove; it may be my new favorite part of Dollywood!

“This area is going to give families a place to explore, play and imagine together—but more importantly—it’s a place where they can spend more time together,” she explained. “I believe everyone has a song in their heart that needs to be set free. Wildwood Grove will be a place where families can learn together about what their heart song truly is.”

“A variety of unique experiences”

The Dollywood Company President, Craig Ross, also said: “I think our guests are going to be excited about the diverse combination of attractions they will find in Wildwood Grove. It continues our commitment to provide guests a variety of unique experiences and attractions that every visitor to the park can enjoy.

“We’ve also incorporated many of their requests for certain amenities that help make their visit more enjoyable. In Wildwood Grove, you’ll find more charging stations, a climate-controlled indoor space for play, larger respite locations, additional play areas which are more inclusive for everyone, and more entertainment opportunities for every member of the family.”

Earlier this year, Dollywood picked up two wins in the USA Today Amusement Park awards. The DreamMore Resort won “Best Amusement Park Hotel”. Aunt Granny’s Restaurant won “Best Amusement Park Restaurant”.

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Michael Mander

Michael Mander

I am a journalist from Essex, England. I enjoy travelling, and love exploring attractions around the world. I graduated from Lancaster University in 2018. Twitter @michael_mander.

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