What We Know About the Dollywood Expansion

Dolly Parton will be back in her hometown on Friday, August 3rd to make a big announcement regarding Dollywood and their BIG expansion this coming year! They are calling it their “biggest announcement ever.” Dolly will take the stage at the Celebrity Theater to explain what this expansion is and what it means for Dollywood.

This new expansion does have a name though and that is Wildwood Grove! This name was revealed earlier this week, along with a Facebook post that read “Explore Like Never Before.”  Dollywood is also providing a link for the live streaming of the announcement on August 3 at 11am.

What We Do Know

No information has been released by Dollywood about the expansion, but we do know a few details that were released in the local paper, The Mountain Press,  back in February. The expansion will be 5 acres and according to Pigeon Forge’s Community Development Director David Taylor it will consist of 8 new attractions, a restaurant, new restrooms, water features and more. We have heard this expansion is geared towards families and younger to middle aged kids with talks of an enclosed family coaster and an indoor play area.

Festivals at the Theme Park

This new expansion will be completed in 2019. Until then, there are many fun things for you and your family to enjoy at the loved theme park! Currently, Dollywood has two festivals going on. Their Summer Celebration festival continues through August 5th and features extended park hours, nightly fireworks and wonderful summer entertainment. Also, through August 5th, guests to the park can enjoy the Star-Spangled Summer Festival – Dollywood’s way of celebrating Independence Day throughout the entire summer season. For the 2nd year, you can enjoy Dollywood’s Harvest Festival beginning on September 28th and lasting through November 3rd. The Festival has expanded this year after all the success from its opening last September. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a beautiful experience that begins once the sun goes down. You will not want to miss it! Last but certainly not least is the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival! Enjoy a spectacular light display, live Christmas shows and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at Dollywood from November 10th to January 5th.

No matter the time you are visiting Pigeon Forge through the rest of the year, you will find nothing but pure fun and enjoyment at Dollywood. We promise to keep you updated on the Dollywood Expansion for 2019. If you can, tune in to the live streaming on August 3rd to hear all the details yourself! Raise your hand if you are excited!!

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