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DOLLYWOOD’S WINNING STREAK UNBROKEN IN BEST SHOWS, BEST CHRISTMAS EVENT CATEGORIES AT AMUSEMENT TODAY’S 2011 GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—Dollywood won its third consecutive trophy for Best Shows and a fourth consecutive award for Best Christmas Event at Amusement Today’s 2011 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony on Sept. 17, 2011, at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. Dollywood was a finalist in seven additional categories:

• Best Park—fourth place
• Cleanest Park—third place
• Friendliest Park—second place
• Best Food—third place • Best Landscaping—fourth place
• Best Water Ride—Slidewinder, sixth place
• Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters in the World—Thunderhead—fifth place

“Well, a girl could sure get used to this,” Dolly Parton said. “It’s very humbling for me that folks come see us at Dollywood and then take the time to vote for us in the Golden Ticket Awards, especially for our live entertainment and our Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. This is a huge honor for Dollywood, and I share it with my Dollywood family who makes me shine bigger and brighter than any rhinestone ever could!”

The Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the “best of the best” in the amusement industry and calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today magazine. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world–in balanced geographical regions–asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories such as amusement parks, roller coasters, shows, friendliest staff and water rides.

Amusement Today newspaper covers international amusement and water park news and trends and in its 15-year history is a five-time winner of various awards from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s most prestigious honor which recognizes management, operations and creative accomplishments that have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development.

Dollywood is a 150-acre family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Open nine months a year (through Dec. 30, 2011), Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions; award-winning live entertainment featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.