Dollywood visitors excited about park expansion plans

Dollywood visitors excited about park expansion plans

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"I instantly thought, 'When do I make my reservations?'" said Jennifer Pierce from Huntsville, Ala. "I instantly thought, 'When do I make my reservations?'" said Jennifer Pierce from Huntsville, Ala.
Wednesday's announcement may be cause for another kind of celebration. State leaders including Gov. Bill Haslam say the expansion will undoubtedly bring in more dollars as well as awareness for the whole state. Wednesday's announcement may be cause for another kind of celebration. State leaders including Gov. Bill Haslam say the expansion will undoubtedly bring in more dollars as well as awareness for the whole state.

By KRISTIN FARLEY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Many tourist say they are excited bout Dolly Parton's announcement Wednesday about the major expansion of her Dollywood empire.

Parton announced the addition of DreamMore, part of a $300 million 10-year project.

It will be the company's biggest investment in 28 years.

Many visitors at Dollywood Wednesday say they are thrilled about the upcoming additions.

"I instantly thought, 'When do I make my reservations?'" said Jennifer Pierce from Huntsville, Ala. "When she [talked] about the celebrity suite, I thought, 'Oh, we've got to get that.'"

Pierce drove all the way from Alabama for the announcement. With the news of the resort, she hopes to host the first wedding there in 2015.

"We just got engaged in March here in Dollywood," said Pierce, "so [having] the first wedding there would be awesome!"

Wednesday's announcement may be cause for another kind of celebration. State leaders including Gov. Bill Haslam say the expansion will undoubtedly bring in more dollars, as well as awareness, for the whole state.

"[Tourism] brings in $16.5 million. So what does that mean? That's money we can use to further our education system and to help families across the state," said Gov. Haslam.

Dolly Parton has never been shy about wanting to do more with the park.

She talked about her dream in a 1982 interview with Barbara Walters. She said the economy stalled her plans for the resort.

Parton told 6 News Wednesday that her DreamMore resort is the foundation, and even bigger things may be on the way.

"We may build one more higher scale, may build one less expensive and possibly later get in on camping," Parton said. "Not sure yet."

The DreamMore resort is expected to bring in 2,500 jobs. Dollywood will begin accepting applications for upper level management at the resort in June 2014.

DreamMore will open is the summer of2015.

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