PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Dollywood has a new attraction and a new
water park planned for its 16th season, which begins April 7.
The new attraction, Festival of Nations, is an international
celebration featuring more than 400 entertainers from 15 countries.
It will open with the park and run through May 6.
The new water park, the long-awaited Dolly's Splash Country,
will debut on May 19.
Near the existing 125-acre Dollywood complex, the water park is
being built on a 25-acre site at a cost of $20 million.
Major attractions will include a family mountain raft ride, a
children's activity area, single and double tube slides, a
25,000-square-foot wave pool and a freefall water slide.
The water park will have food and beverage areas and a changing
Dollywood said it expects Splash Country to attract 300,000
visitors in its first season, which runs through early
Each park will have a separate admissions and parking area, and
tickets for one or both parks will be available.
The Festival of Nations will include Irish and Cossack dancers
and musicians; an Indian group from the Andes, and dancers from the
National Folkloric Ballet of Puerto Rico.
Among other countries represented will be Germany, India, Spain,
Trinidad, Australia and Vietnam.
During the festival, restaurants throughout the park will
feature food from around the world.
The water park is the second recent expansion for Dollywood.
Last April, Dreamland Forest, a $3 million, 15,000-square-foot
children's area, opened.
The number for Dollywood/Dolly's Splash Country is (800)
The Web site can be visited at www.dollywood.com.