Dollywood gets 5 first-place park awards

Dollywood gets 5 first-place park awards

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PIGEON FORGE (AP) - The Dollywood theme park in the Smokies foothills has five first-place honors in the Golden Ticket awards.

The awards are presented by Amusement Today and recognize the "best of the best" in parks.

Dolly Parton said sweeping five top awards was even sweeter because the park that bears her name hosted the awards presentation on Saturday.

Dollywood repeated as the first-place park for Best Shows and Best Christmas Event.

The park also won, for the first time, the top honor in Best New Ride, for the Wild Eagle.

Also new top honors this year were Friendliest Park and Best Food.

Dollywood also came in between second and fourth in five additional categories.

The overall Best Amusement Park award went to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

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