On March 26, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., opened to season ticket holders and the media. This is the 25th anniversary of Dollywood. The theme park opened to the general public on March 27. I’ve been there a number times since it became Dollywood, and before that – when it was Silver Dollar City. But I never knew, that Dolly Parton and what I would call “her corporation” weren’t the sole owners of Dollywood!
I watch “Undercover Boss” every Sunday night on CBS, and this past week, the guy who went undercover was Joel Herschend. He owned a bunch of theme parks and touristy things. So I googled him. And I found out that The Herschend Family of Branson, Mo., is also “Co-owner of Dollywood”.
In a recent interview with the Knoxville Sentinel, Dolly said (about her co-owners), ‘I have learned to really, truly appreciate people and let them work at what they are good at,’ she said. ‘That (kind of attitude) spills over into your other business, too. ‘So often in my life, I’ve been the go-to person or the person who took people along with me,’ Parton said. ‘They may have had good intentions, but they didn’t always know (the business). I’m blessed to be surrounded by smart people’.
In addition to the rides, food and crafts, Dollywood offers some of the best shows anywhere. One of those shows is Imagine’, which has some of the best acrobats, and artistic gymnastic performances I have ever seen. Of course you can expect a lot of music at the park, too. Dollywood entertains approximately 2.3. million guests every season, and has had more than 40 million visitors since the theme park first opened. (Photo Credit: Michael Patrick)
If you plan on getting anywhere Pigeon Forge this summer, you might want to make plans to spend an extra day, and take in everything Dollywood has to offer! It’s a fun place for the young, and the young & heard.
Here’s a video from opening day at Dollywood, from knoxnews.com. This will make you want to pack your bags and head to the park!
Gotta run, more later!