Dollywood announces $300 million investment
After teasing a big announcement for weeks, Dolly Parton said Wednesday that the Dollywood Company is planning $300 million in investments over the next 10 years in a new resort beside the theme park as well as in its newest ride, a family style roller coaster.
At an unveiling attended by Gov. Bill Haslam and numerous local government officials as well as local, state and national media, Parton said the developments should create 2,500 jobs over that time.
Work has already started on the FireChaser Express, the park’s next rollercoaster, which is set to open in March.
In 2015, they plan to open Dollywood’s DreamMore, a new 300-room resort that will be adjacent to Dollywood and Splash Country.
“I’ve always been a big dreamer just like I’ve always wanted to do more for my home here in these beautiful Smoky Mountains,” Parton told the crowd. “This is where I nurtured my heart’s dreams, and I want to share more of them.
“My plans for the next 10 years are to expand my Dollywood properties to offer families more opportunities to play together and grow closer while they make their best memories. It’s truly the culmination of this country girl’s wildest dreams.”