Dollywood to open 35-acre water park at site in the Smokies

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Dollywood will build a second theme park here, a water park slated to open late May 2001.

The new facility will be built on 35 acres adjacent to the Dollywood entertainment park. Groundbreaking will be held sometime after April 15, when Dollywood opens for its 15th season. Park officials said $20 million will be invested in the new park, which has yet to be named.

The new park will take advantage of its scenic location in east Tennessee's Smoky Mountains.

Attractions will include a wave pool, tube slides, a raft ride and a children's pool area. Also included will be a speed slide that simulates a mountain waterfall and the Lazy River, a tube-float ride.

"This is another dream come true for me," said Dolly Parton in announcing the project.

"I've always wanted to create a new park where families can experience more of the adventures that my brothers and sisters and I found in the Smokies' natural beauty," she said.

Dollywood estimates that the park will attract 300,000 visitors in its first season, running from its May opening through early September 2001.

Meanwhile, Dollywood will open Dreamland Forest, a $3 million expansion, during its 15th season. A grand opening is slated for April 15 and 16.

Dreamland Forest, a 15,000-square-foot children's area, will feature, according to Dollywood, America's largest interactive Treehouse, with hundreds of children's gadgets and games.

The 125-acre Dollywood, with attractions, crafts and entertainment, attracted 2.3 million visitors in 1999.

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