Dollwood’s plans to expand – great news for local economy


Dollywood Has Plans to Expand

Ground work is underway on a five-acre development at Dollywood, and plans submitted to the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission show the park’s intent to build eight new attractions, plus a restaurant and other amenities.

According to WBIR news, nearby business owners say Dollywood’s development is a good sign.

“That tells us a couple of things. Number one, they’re comfortable with the economy and where things are moving here in Pigeon Forge and Sevier County,” said tourism promoter and Pigeon Forge City Commissioner Ken Maples. “Number two, it tells us that they’re going to draw more folks in, and that’s good for everybody.”

Maples said he has had guests stay at the hotel of which he is a part-owner specifically due to previous additions to Dollywood.

Dollywood opened for the season at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16. The park currently covers 150 acres, with more than 40 rides, 15 shows, plus restaurants and retail, according to the park’s website. Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park occupies another 35 acres. Adjacent is Dollywood’s DreamMore resort.

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