Dollywood to “Dolly’s World”

Most guests to Wears Valley cabin rentals plan to visit several attractions while on vacation in our area. The largest and most well-known attraction in Pigeon Forge is the Dollywood theme park. This week Dolly Parton announces a monumental change to the concept of Dollywood. The park attraction will now become a resort destination with the planned addition of a 300-room hotel. Dolly has named it “DreamMore” with a reference to the Biltmore, the grand Vanderbilt estate in nearby Asheville, North Carolina. The luxury resort facility will present a comfortable opportunity “for families to unplug and connect with each other”, says Dolly. To be completed by summer 2015, the hotel property will have multiple amenities and is indicated to be the first of more to come. This alludes to the Disney-type destination experience, which provides lodging, dining, and entertainment all within the boundaries of resort properties.

The newest FireChaser Express coaster ride at Dollywood was also debuted, expected to open next March for the 2014 season. The Express is billed as a family coaster, so everyone can ride together. Minimum height requirement is 39″, which will allow 4-year olds to ride along, as the dual-launch coaster runs both forward and backward for a little less than a winding half mile each direction. This indicates a milder ride than the popular Wild Eagle wing coaster, which is located adjacent to the new Express ride. The Express also renews the firefighter theme, also found in the nearby small vintage indoor coaster, the Blazing Fury.

Dolly Parton has truly given back to her hometown, through her unique and beloved properties of Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country Waterpark, and Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater. All of us at Volunteer Cabin Rentals are glad that Dolly continues to “dream more” for the future of our shared Tennessee mountain home. Come visit us all soon!

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