Dolly Parton has done a lot more for fans and society than just her career as a songwriter and performer.
While songs like “9 to 5,” “Jolene,” and “I Will Always Love You” hold a special place in musical history, Dolly Parton’s resume spans beyond just being a musical legend. From acting to philanthropy to business, Parton hasn’t slowed down since she was born in 1946.
Beyond a fragrance line, the Dollywood Foundation, and money toward vaccination research, Parton also has her own theme park.
Yes, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is Real
In a recent article from Buzzfeed, non-Americans shared aspects about America they thought were fake, but are actually completely authentic. Whether popular culture just tricked them into thinking it was an exaggeration or it’s too good (or bad to be true), these individuals listed their discoveries.
One of which was related to Dolly Parton. One person was shocked to find out that Dolly Parton really does have her own amusement park in Tennessee called Dollywood. The person noted, “I thought it was just a joke.”
Other surprising American things were garbage disposals, trick-or-treating, honking in the car, and yellow school buses.
Certainly, an amusement park devoted and created by an infamous country singer isn’t something you see every day. It’s proof of just how much Americans cherish Dolly Parton and celebrities in general.
However, Parton is the co-owner of The Dollywood Company, which is what operates Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The same company also operates a dinner theater, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, and the waterpark called Dollywood’s Splash Country. It’s all situated right in the Smoky Mountains. The “Dollywood Experience” is a lot more than just the theme park, however.
Dollywood has been open since 1986. It can be traced back to 1961 when the Rebel Railroad was first built. From there, everything else was created.
Dollywood is actually the 24th-most-popular theme park in the U.S. According to the official site, the theme park was scheduled to open back up on March 13 with a limited capacity.
To further prove that it’s real, Dollywood reopened with even more attractions and events for fans to experience.
Like many different types of entertainment, Dollywood was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is back in action. It took the time away to create new infrastructure, add additional seating, as well as create new rides at Lightning Rod, Blazing Fury, Thunderhead, and Mystery Mine.
Dolly Parton could not be there for the opening as she is still waiting to get the second shot of the vaccine.
“Our people are doing a great job to care for our guests, and I’m just glad that everyone is seeing what the good folks at Dollywood have been doing to make it one of the best family destinations in the entire country. What we have is special. It’s a place where folks can come to enjoy those precious moments they will cherish forever. This season looks bright, and I just know families are going to love making a lot of great memories this year,” Parton said, according to Travel + Leisure.
The park will also have new shows and concerts in store. Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival starts on April 23. The site claims it’s the best year to get a season pass.