PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—Fresh off a fourth consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, Dollywood announces new shows, festival headliners, a fireworks finale and summer-long celebration that span the 2013 season (

"Of course I'm really proud of our four Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows," Dolly Parton said. "Who wouldn't be? But I truly want to celebrate and share this great honor with our guests all season long in 2013 with all kinds of new entertainment and incredible shows from the stage all the way into the sky!"

Festival of Nations

From the coast of China, Dollywood welcomes for the first time Cirque Shanghai, the festival’s headliner. Cirque Shanghai boasts a cast of world-class acrobats who delight audiences with dramatic tumbling, juggling, balancing acts, hoop diving along with a variety of amazing feats. Cirque Shanghai celebrates the ancient traditions of the Far East amid the monthlong Festival of Nations (March 23-April 22) in which 20 countries are represented. Guests also are invited to Mystic India where professional dancers, vibrant costumes and the dynamic music of Bollywood cinema combine in an explosion of colors and energy in this breathtaking show that fuses fast-paced dance, theater and visual effects.

Festival of Nations encompasses multicultural music, dance, food and art from all corners of the world, including:

 Poland’s premiere glass harp duo;
 Australia’s Swoon, an aerial ballet act atop 15-foot flexible sway poles;
 Ecuador’s melodious Atahualpa
 the a capella Zambian Vocal Group
 China’s amazing “rolla bolla” balance board performer
 Germany’s vibrantly costumed Zebra Stelzentheatre stilt act
 Uganda’s heartwarming children's choirs, Ugandan Thunder and Suubi Tribe, each performing week-long engagements;
 Mexico’s all-female Mariachi Divas;
 United Kingdom’s interactive roving puppetry characters;
 France’s unique hang drum and folk music performers;
 a traditional Scottish bagpiper.

The festive international flair spills into Dollywood's many restaurants with the new Passport to Food.
For an additional fee, Guests are invited to take a 'round the world culinary tour of signature specialty dishes
from a variety of countries. Also on tap is a daily One World Celebration that invites park guests to join dozens of visiting international performers attired in their native costumes for a festive afternoon celebration of world harmony and friendship, complete with music, dance and audience participation.

The Great American Country Show

Country music takes the spotlight as Dollywood presents an all-new Great American Country Show in DP's
Celebrity Theatre May 10-Oct. 26. GACTV and Dollywood join forces to present today's most popular country
music live on stage. GAC's leading on-air personalities appear in the show via video presentations. Each 40-
minute show, performed by six singers and backed by a six-piece band, also features a special appearance by one of country music's legendary performers.

The Great American Summer

Beginning June 22, Dollywood celebrates The Great American Summer with six weeks of extended park
operating hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each day begins with a live performance of the national anthem
sung during a flag raising ceremony. At night, a daily fireworks extravaganza entitled Dolly's Nights of Many
Colors paints the evening sky with an explosive, colorful display synchronized to music. The Great American Summer continues through Aug. 4.

Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival opens Nov. 9 with the new headliner show
Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol. Based on Charles Dickens’ A Dollywood Christmas Carol, the three spirits of
Christmas visit stodgy Ebenezer Scrooge in this inspiring story of redemption told through song and story.
The original musical adaptation entertains audiences with a 15-member cast, fully orchestrated musical
tracks, Victorian scenery and period costuming. Dollywood’s Christmas Carol joins the five-time Golden Ticket
Award-winning Best Christmas Event's entertainment lineup. The festival continues through Jan. 4, 2014.

In 2012, Dollywood opened Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. The 3,127-foot steel coaster won the amusement industry’s Golden Ticket Award for best new ride. In 2013, Dollywood’s Splash Country debuts RiverRush, the first water coaster in Tennessee. RiverRush blends all of the climbs, twists and turns of a traditional land coaster with a splash of water. Set to race through the trees four stories in the air, RiverRush opens in May 2013. For more information, visit


About Dollywood: A 150-acre family adventure park located in the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is the 2010
Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade. Open nine months a year (March 26-
Dec. 30), Dollywood offers rides and attractions; award-winning live entertainment featuring country,
bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.
Dollywood Vacations offers all-inclusive vacation planning that features lodging and tickets for Dollywood
and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit Operating days and hours vary.

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