PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—Entertainment legend Dolly Parton provided exclusive access to her Dollywood theme park for the May 28, 2012, episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette.

   “Being a part of The Bachelorette at Dollywood and meeting Emily and her date was so fun,” Parton said. “I’m just a big ole romantic anyway so we had the best time, and I can’t wait to see how our Dollywood episode turns out!” 

   The eighth edition of The Bachelorette features Emily Maynard, a Morgantown, W.V., native who now resides in Charlotte, N.C.  Maynard, the first single mom to ever star on the series, first captured America’s heart on the 15th season of The Bachelor. A longtime fan of Parton and Dollywood, Maynard chooses the Pigeon Forge theme park as the destination for a one-on-one date in the series’ third episode which was taped on March 22.  The show features two performances by Parton, including Forever to the Moon and Back from the motion picture Joyful Noise in which Parton costarred.

   The new season of The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8/7 Central on ABC. For more information on The Bachelorette, visit   


About Dollywood: Dollywood was recognized in 2010 with the theme park industry’s most prestigious honor, the Applause Award, in recognition of a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development. Based in the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is a 150-acre family adventure park which operates nine months a year (late March through December) and offers more than 40 rides and attractions; award-winning live entertainment featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region, and Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. A family-friendly vacation destination, Dollywood also includes the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country, voted America’s “Must-See Waterpark.” Dollywood offers all-inclusive vacation planning with a variety of overnight lodging options. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit  

About THE BACHELORETTE: On ABC’s hit primetime romance reality series The Bachelorette, one lucky woman gets the opportunity to find the man of her dreams—and hopefully her groom-to-be— in this reality series. This single, very eligible bachelorette—a confident, successful and sensitive woman who is ready to find love—will embark on a romantic journey as she meets 25 handsome and intelligent men. As the Bachelorette gets to know each one, she'll continue to narrow the field. They will travel to exotic locations and spend time getting to know each other; she will introduce them to her family and friends and meet some of theirs. At the end of her romantic voyage, if she has found Mr. Right, will there be a proposal, from whom–and will she say yes? Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelorette is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. For images, please visit



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