U.S country music legend Dolly Parton has opened the dreamland inspired expansion ‘Wildwood Grove’ to her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The newest and largest ever development solidified the theme park’s place among the United States premier family destinations.
At $37-million, Wildwood Grove is Dollywood theme park’s largest capital investment ever and is the first new area added to Dollywood since Wilderness Pass in 2008. Dolly Parton opened the new land to visitors ready to enjoy its 11 thrilling new experiences. During an early morning media event on Friday, Parton shared the inspiration and dreams that led to the creation of Wildwood Grove, calling the area the new standard for Dollywood.
“When I was a little girl growing up in the hills of the Smoky Mountains, I’d often let my imagination just run away—something I still do now—dreaming these big dreams about what it’d be like to venture off with a family of bears in to the woods or how fun it would be to hitch a ride with the butterflies and dragonflies,” Parton said. “All us kids would splash and play in the creeks and ponds around home and have these daydreams about the world around us, and that’s what’s so special about Wildwood Grove. We’ve been able to create a new area to allow families to experience some of those exact dreams we all had when we were little.”
Families can take rides inside giant acorns at Treetop Tower and aboard a “leaf boat” on the Great Tree Swing. Even the bears are friendly in Wildwood Grove, as they let guests meander with them through their own natural habitat at the Black Bear Trail. If smaller guests need a quick break, Hidden Hollow contains a 4,000 sq. ft. climate-controlled area with climbing structures, slides and games where families can enjoy play time together.
At the heart of it all is The Wildwood Tree. This focal point is a beacon for all, drawing families to watch the butterflies play in its leafy canopy, while encouraging others to splash and play in the winding creek that flows at its base. Wildwood Tree comes to life each evening with a unique night-time experience which begins 15th June. Each season of the year features a spectacular new experience for guests.