This past week, Dolly Parton announced a huge 2018 entertainment lineup for her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. [Read more…]
Smoky Mountain Christmas has officially begun at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., kicking off the season with its signature light displays, shows, food and Christmas spirit. [Read more…]
Dollywood has announced plans to add three new attractions and two new special events, including the Drop Line free-fall tower ride, to its Smoky Mountain resort in 2017. [Read more…]
Dolly Parton has unveiled plans for a new $2.5 million Parade of Many Colors spectacular, which will be added to Dollywood’s family-friendly Smoky Mountain Christmas holiday festival.
Named The Parade of Many Colors, the new $2.5 million addition will complement Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas offerings, which include four million festive lights, the remastered Christmas in the Smokies show, the all-new It’s a Wonderful Life show, and the traditional holiday atmosphere.
Like her new NBC holiday movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, Parton’s new parade celebrates the holidays. Vibrant floats, interactive characters and a few other surprises help spread cheer throughout Dollywood this holiday season.
“The joy I feel during the Christmas season makes my heart sing because of the love and sweet Christmas memories I have of family and friends from when I was a child,” Parton said with a smile. “Christmas is the time of year when traditions, faith and family come together to create experiences we all remember forever. That is why my new movie and this parade are so important for me. I truly believe The Parade of Many Colors will inspire some of those same lifelong memories for the families who see it.”
The Parade of Many Colors represents another significant investment made by The Dollywood Company as part of the $300 million investment strategy announced in 2013. The company also recently announced the addition of TailSpin Racer to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017.
Dollywood has added two days to its calendar, December 6 and 13, to provide guests more time to experience the eight-time winner for Best Christmas Event. The Christmas in the Smokies production has been remastered for 2016 and returns to its traditional home at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater, with a cast of singers and dancers performing hometown holiday favorites while accompanied by a band of live musicians.
Dollywood’s entertainment team brings a Christmas classic to life with the debut of It’s a Wonderful Life. Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, small town businessman George Bailey discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence.
For more information about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas or The Parade of Many Colors, visit dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. And watch this video for a preview of Lightning Rod, Dollywood’s latest roller coaster:
By Andy Guinigundo
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – At the base of the Great Smoky Mountains is the hometown of country superstar Dolly Parton. In 1986, she opened Dollywood. Since that time, the theme park has grown. It has added multi-million dollar attractions and a water park. Today, Dollywood announced a major park investment of $300 million that will be spent over the next 10 years. [Read more…]
Lightning rods are usually things to avoid. But if you like fast moving roller coasters, you’ll want to get up close and personal with the one coming to Dollywood next year.
Dollywood has announced Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster and the world’s first launching one. Set to roll to the starting line in March 2016, the thrilling $22 million ride also marks the single largest attraction investment in The Dollywood Company’s history.
Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-foot track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.
“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts,” Dolly Parton said with a laugh. “I’m truly excited about this ride because it will let our guests experience something just as fast as those hot rods I remember,” she continued. “Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”
Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction, Lightning Rod rockets riders around its massive wooden structure on an adrenaline-charged lap through the trees in the hills and valleys surrounding Dollywood. During the ride, guests will experience nearly 20 seconds of airtime. The coaster train is comprised of 12 cars, carrying two passengers each, for a total of 24 people per train.
Dollywood’s development team has tapped Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) as the ride manufacturer. RMC is no stranger to out-of-the-box coaster projects, having designed a number of innovative attractions around the world. Lightning Rod employs several unique features including the lift hill launch, twin summit airtime hills, a 90+ degree banked breaking wave turn, a 90+ degree outside banked turn, and a non-inverting half loop.
Lightning Rod puts riders in the driver’s seat of Johnny Rev’s newest hot rod. After months of tinkering, Johnny invites Dollywood guests to step behind the wheel for the first test drive of his flashy new creation. Like any proper hot rod, massive header pipes and an imposing injector scoop peer out from the train’s flamed bodywork.
Lightning Rod is the newest member of The Dollywood Company’s collection of attractions. In March 2012, Dollywood opened the $20 million Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. The company introduced RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, at Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2013. FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, was added at Dollywood in 2014. Dollywood mainstays Thunderhead, consistently among the world’s top five wood coasters, Mystery Mine, Blazing Fury and Tennessee Tornado round out the park’s list of roller coasters.
For more information about Dollywood’s attractions, visit Dollywood.com.
Here’s video of the full announcement: