Dolly Parton announces $500 million “Dollywood” theme park expansion

Dolly Parton’s world-famous Dollywood theme park has announced upcoming construction on additions to the park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. set to be completed by 2023.  Guests can look forward to an entirely new resort as a result of the project, with The HeartSong Lodge & Resort to stand five stories tall and include more than 300 guest rooms. The HeartSong Lodge & Resort will be located next door to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Space, which was completed in 2019 during an earlier phase of the overall park expansion project.

The total for the expansion project comes in at a whopping half a billion dollars, topping the more than $220 million that the Dollywood Company has invested in its properties since 2010.  Said Parton:  “I’m always dreaming up and coming up with new ideas and things I want our guests to experience. We wanted to talk about this last year, but with everything going on, we knew we needed to pause because it just wasn’t the right time to do it. Things are looking brighter and with the popularity of the Smokies soaring, there are more people than ever wanting to visit our area.”

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