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Dollywood General Fact Sheet

  • Winner of the 2010 Applause Award, an international honor presented by Liseberg park in Sweden, which is bestowed upon the park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the theme park and attractions industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development. Dollywood was a finalist in 2006.
  • Located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Began operation May 3, 1986, and celebrates its 30th anniversary season in 2015.
  • Situated on 150 developed acres
  • Since Dollywood’s official opening in 1986, additions to the entertainment complex through 2015 (not including the $20 million investment in Dolly’s Splash Country) represent a total investment of more than $300 million.
  • Annually hosts nearly 2.5 million visitors
  • Tennessee’s No. 1 ticketed attraction
  • Largest employer in Sevier County, Tenn.
  • Highly themed with Smoky Mountains history and preservation
  • Key attractions include daily demonstrations of turn-of-the-century crafts, one-of-a-kind rides, and award-winning entertainment
  • Six annual festivals: Festival of Nations, Barbeque & Bluegrass, Great American Summer, Rock the Smokies Christian Concert, National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration, and Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Entertainment awards include Amusement Today’s 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows; IAAPA’s 2006 and 2008 Heartbeat Award, bestowed upon the ‘50s and ‘60s musical revue Dreamland Drive-In which opened that same year; IAAPA’s 2007 Heartbeat Award for The Great American Country Show, a fast-paced 50-minute presentation of country music’s best songs supported by innovative multi-media, IAAPA’s 2009 Heartbeat Award for Sha-Kon-O-Hey!, a $1.3 million production featuring eight original songs written by Dolly Parton. Dollywood is the recipient of 22 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards for Excellence in Live Entertainment, more than any other theme park in the world.
  • Home of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award winners Wild Eagle and Thunderhead®, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster and Best New Attraction of 2012, respectively; and Mystery Mine™, named best new theme park attraction by Theme Park Insider magazine
  • Named a Top Three U.S. theme park by USA Today readers in 2014
  • Amusement Today’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 winner of Friendliest Park
  • Amusement Today’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 winner of Best Food
  • Amusement Today’s Publisher’s Pick for Best Park 2007
  • Amusement Today’s winner of Best Christmas Event 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Website: dollywood.com

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