March 31, 2011
Riders with disabilities advise Dollywood on ride design
Dollywood opened for the season this week. Special design means the Pigeon Forge theme park is open and accessible to everyone.
"Welcome to Dollywood! Can you believe this is our 26th year? And we're so excited to be here at the old Owens family farm a... Read More »
March 27, 2011
Dollywood, Dolly Parton's Theme Park, is Open for the 2011 Season
Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is officially open for the 2011 season. Dollywood was voted the best theme park for 2010 and the new season could possibly take that prize again.
Thousands of visitors headed to the park... Read More »
January 28, 2011
Darien Lake to be managed by Georgia Firm
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is now managed by the same company that runs singer Dolly Parton's Dollywood.
Herschend Family Entertainment has begun overseeing all day-to-day activities and now supervises the park's 3,500 full-time and seasonal empl... Read More »
January 26, 2011
Darien Lake Gets New Operator
Herschend Family Entertainment, which is also an operating partner of the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has assumed the day-to-day operations of the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort.
While HFE is now the management company for Darien La... Read More »
January 26, 2011
Change in Management at Elitch's
Herschend Family Entertainment will take over day-to-day operations of the 120-year-old Elitch Gardens theme park under a deal announced Tuesday.
The privately held company, based in Norcross, Ga., owns 26 theme parks, aquariums, hotels and campgrounds... Read More »
January 26, 2011
New Management Company Takes Over At Darien Lake
There is a new management company for Darien Lake Theme Park.
Herschend Family Entertainment will now operate the local amusement park and economic engine. It’s a multi-state entertainment business, most famous for operating Dolly Parton’s Dollywood th... Read More »
January 02, 2011
Dollywood Shines During The Holidays
Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, is a magical place, especially during the holidays. During the entire month of December, the park was alive with holiday cheer. A steady stream of down home mountain music helped vi... Read More »
September 06, 2007
Dollywood takes top prize for Park of the Year
It's hard to say what is the bigger honor for Dollywood - hosting the annual Golden Ticket Awards that spotlight the best in the theme park industry or winning the Publisher's Pick Award for Park of the Year.
Nearly 90 professionals in the amusement indu... Read More »
July 20, 2007
Dollywood Announces $5 Million River Battle Ride for 2008
A battle is brewing in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon area as work begins on River Battle, the theme park’s new water adventure ride set to open in 2008. The $5 million River Battle is a themed water raft ride equipped with powerful soaker guns. Nine rafts, ea... Read More »
July 09, 2007
Big Idea inks contract with theme park operator
Big Idea Inc. has signed a new five-year deal with theme park and attraction company Herschend Family Entertainment to develop additional entertainment attractions based on VeggieTales characters. Atlanta-based HFE operates or has partnerships at 18 prope... Read More »
July 05, 2007
Dollywood's Mystery Mine tops list of fans favorite roller coasters
Here’s some local summer fun that is rated number one in the country —drop 85 feet at a 95-degree angle doing 60 mph. That would be Dollywood’s $17.5 million “Mystery Mine” roller coaster that debuted this spring. Online readers of Web site ThemeParkInsid... Read More »
June 17, 2007
Dollywood ride malfunction traps visitors
One of Dollywood's newest attractions will remain closed indefinitely. Timber Tower was shut-down this weekend. Officials say a malfunction Saturday night trapped more than three dozen people on the ride at its highest point. They say the safety system en... Read More »
June 12, 2007
Dolly Parton To Take Girl Scout Honor At Her Theme Park
Dolly Parton is achieving personal and professional dreams at the moment. The iconic country singer is living out her childhood dream to be a Girl Scout and being honored for her lifetime dedication to song writing. Dolly, 61, will be awarded a lifetime m... Read More »
July 09, 2006
Dolly Parton announces new coaster for theme park - TheCelebrityCafe.com
Mystery Mine coaster opens at Dollywood in 2007.
Country singer Dolly Parton is bringing new thrills to her Dollywood theme park.
The new Mystery Mine rollercoaster opens in 2007 at a cost of $17.5 million, the biggest single capital investment in the Tennessee park's 21 years.
"I’ve had to keep my big mouth shut about the Mystery Mine, but I can tell you now," Parton said Friday. "It’s the most exciting thing to come out of these hills in a long, long time."
The new ride, themed after an abandoned coalmine, will thrill visitors with several inversions, climbs and turns on its 2 1/2-minute trip. It joins the park's other rollercoaster Thunderhead.
June 03, 2006
Dollywood launches mysterious new site
With speculation swirling around Dollywood’s 2007 addition, the park has launched a new site to add fuel to the fire.
Very little information is available at this point, but like any good mystery more is to be revealed in the upcoming chapters. The site will provide more clues starting June 9.
March 30, 2006
Dollywood's 2007 coaster approved by Pigeon Forge
The Pigeon Forge Planning Commission has approved Dollywood's plans for "The Mystery Mine", a roller coaster planned for the 2007 season.