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
"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
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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