Dolly Parton Opens Up About Having Her Own Theme Park

by Thad Mitchell

Legendary singer and songwriter Dolly Parton recently took time from her busy schedule to answer some questions from her adoring fans. The virtual question and answer session was host by GQ Magazine as part of their “Actually Me” section.

After answering a plethora of fans questions regarding her musical career, Parton lights up when a question about her theme park arises. A tweet from a fan simply reads, “Isn’t it insane how Dolly Parton has her own theme park?”

Agreeing the fan that it is indeed “insane” Parton says having a theme park bearing her name has been a life-long dream.

“Yes, it’s insane,” she says with a grin. “And it’s wonderful! It’s been a dream of mine.”

Parton Opens Up About Dollywood

Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood is one of the top-rated amusement parks in the country. With spectacular views of the nearby Smoky Mountains, the park draws millions of visitors each year. Dollywood is jointly owned by Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment.

“It has long been a dream of mine since early on in my career,” she says. “I thought if I make it big, I am going to back home and open up a theme park. Now we have Dollywood and we are so proud of that.”

Parton hails from Sevierville, a small town in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. The 150-acre park provides fun for all ages with a wide range of activities such as speeding rollercoasters, Bluegrass music and plenty of shopping. The park began its annual “Smoky Mountain Christmas” celebration just last week.

The festive event features 5 million Christmas lights, holiday food, and live performances. Parton is known to drop in on Dollywood and greet park goers with a smile.

“Christmas is so precious because of the time we take to gather with friends and family to share the light of love and hope with each other,” she says of the event. “It’s so good to be able to laugh about old memories and traditions, and even start a few new ones.”