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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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So Screamscape is reporting clearing work being done on the left side of the passage up to Thunderhead/Timber Canyon area.

 

Roughly in the area in the picture. Its been discussed that 2015 would be a big project for Splash Country, and 2016 would be a big project for Dollywood, so maybe this is a head start. Or maybe its a theatre, hard to know at this point.

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green is outline of clearing area. Red is the power lines seen in the pics on Screamscape, for reference.

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A friend of mine was at the park recently and said the rumor of the Rockin Roadway removal has surfaced once again. It was speculated that the 2015 season will be it's last to operate. How would that correlate to the earth moving behind the tram station? What's interesting to see is that they seem to be stripping almost everything away, trees and all. Perhaps it's only going to be a new employee parking area, if it can be leveled out enough.

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Ur not the first to mention the removal of rockin roadway but Dollywood, I would think, would want to build up their new area so I don't see it. The new area is supposed to be behind the timber canyon area so I would think this would be the area of the new ride but who knows

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It's possible this clearing is for the new trolley system that will go back and forth to the DreamMore Resort. The parking lot adjacent to this clearing is typically used for tour bus drop off and parking, I think. I believe early entry was to be one of DreamMore's perks, so I could see them having a separate entry and trolley station to make that work.

 

I was re-reading a local article about the announcement of the DreamMore resort and the $300 million investments over the next ten years and this stood out about future announcements...

 

Craig Ross, Dollywood company president, said the $300 million investment is more than the company has invested in its Pigeon Forge properties in the 28 years since Dollywood was founded.

Ross said about half of the $300 million will be spent on the resort and the other half on other rides and amenities, some of which have yet to be determined. About this time each year, the company will announce what additions it plans to make to its properties in the coming year, he said.

 

This was published on Aug, 22, 2013, So this would likely mean there will be an announcement sooner than later.

 

www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/dollywood-plans-300m-expansion

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I was thinking trolley system to but feel its very early to be building the trolly system. Still about 9 - 10 months before dreammore opens. I feel whatever they are building is bigger than a trolley system BC of how early it is but that's just me

 

A parking lot and trolley system would be able to be built in about a month even if they would need a building of some type for tickets and what not. (They might just be trying to beat the cold weather but even for that I feel its early)

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I was there Sunday as well but I still feel that it is a giant giant area for a tram shed for dream more. Not only that but it is being leveled out at different "levels" and they are cutting out side of the mountain. The cut outs look exactly like the cutouts beside tornado. Plus they are paving the road behind firchaser express which is heading the direction of the clearing work.

 

It could be a tram station but if that's the case, its going to have a bigger area than the normal ticket windows hahaha

 

 

BTW as a heads up they are still having bee and wasp problems. Eagle was down from 1ish until about 445 due to wasp

 

Just a heads up to people traveling this time of year

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Aside from some cold weather temperature restrictions. Operations are pretty much normal. It usually isn't an issue anyway as the majority of people are there for the shows and lights. If you have any concerns, get a Q2Q. They are very modestly priced at Dwood. And you can get reserved seating for the shows as well with it.

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We went to Dollywood for the first time last December and have decided to make it an annual tradition. It's awesome. Keep a close eye on the temperature though. The coasters won't open if it's below 40 degrees and close when it gets down to 35 or 36 (I forget which) degrees. We got lucky last year and it got up to 45 during the day and never got below 39 at night.

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Dolly’s dream house tops out

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort to open next summer

By J.H. OSBORNE

 

PIGEON FORGE — Reservations for Dollywood’s first ever on-site hotel, the 307-room DreamMore Resort, will begin being offered in mid-January, Dollywood Vice President of Hospitality Amy Owenby said We d n e s d a y.

 

Scheduled to open next summer, DreamMore Resort includes nine room types, a restaurant, a salon and spa, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The exact opening date has not been announced.

 

The resort is the second project in a $300 million, 10-year capital investment plan which Dollywood Co. President Craig Ross said aims to take Dollywood from a successful regional theme park to a national destination

 

The first project from that plan, the family-friendly coaster FireChaser Express, opened at Dollywood in March.

 

Ross credited its popularity with helping Dollywood be “on track” (pun intended), despite rainy weather, to meet its growth goals for this operating season.

 

“We’re having a very good year,” Ross said.

 

Wednesday marked a special point in DreamMore’s development, as construction crews placed the final spire atop the hotel’s entrance tower.

 

Attention now will focus inward as construction continues on the property’s guest rooms and “family-friendly” public areas.

 

“This is big step, but it’s not the final step,” Ross said, adding that the hotel maintains Dolly Parton’s vision for the park and commitment to spurring local economic growth.

 

Ross said surveys of potential vacationers revealed a significant segment of the market who said they would be far more likely to visit the area if Dollywood offered on-site lodging.

 

Ross said it is The Dollywood Co.’s intent and belief that growth for itself means growth for other businesses and attractions in the community and region.

 

According to information released last year, when the $300 million plan was announced, an independent economic impact study projected Dollywood and its hospitality investments will add $150 million annually to the local economy, more than $7 million in state and local taxes will be generated by the company’s investments over the 10-year period — and approximately 2,500 jobs will be created, primarily in the hospitality and construction industries, due to the addition of the DreamMore Resort.

 

The hotel will open next year, as Dollywood celebrates its 30th season — and there will be more big news, Ross said.

 

“We’re very busy behind closed doors,” Ross said. “To plan what we will announce next year as one of the biggest single attraction additions in our 30-year history for 2016. I can’t share details, but can tell you plans are underway.”

 

DreamMore Resort is located on a 100-acre plot just north of Dollywood’s Splash Country water park.

 

At Wednesday’s “topping out” ceremony — attended by company officials and some of the more than 200 construction workers who have been working on the resort —Owenby introduced the first two members of the resort’s staff.

 

Kevin Osborn is general manager of Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, after spending many years in leadership roles within Marriott International. Cordelia Marzak, a Rogersville native, is director of sales and marketing. Marzak comes to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort from JHM Hotels in Orlando.

 

“With the addition of Kevin and Cordelia and their exceptional knowledge of the resort industry, we continue to position Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort as a premier family destination,” said Owenby. “Kevin’s varied experiences within leading hotels in the industry offer him a unique vantage point of how to best serve and entertain Dollywood’s future resort guests. His expertise will provide us with a strong foundation as we move closer to opening our first resort.”

 

“Cordelia dreamed of one day being able to come home to work at a world-class resort,” Owenby said. “As a native of East Tennessee, she understands the distinctive features of this region which make it such an attractive vacation option for families. The knowledge she has gained during her career will serve us well as we develop Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort into the world-class destination in which she always dreamed of working.”

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The hotel will open next year, as Dollywood celebrates its 30th season — and there will be more big news, Ross said.

 

“We’re very busy behind closed doors,” Ross said. “To plan what we will announce next year as one of the biggest single attraction additions in our 30-year history for 2016. I can’t share details, but can tell you plans are underway.”

 

Good lord, here we go again. Huge coaster, huge dark ride, or something else entirely? Whatever it is, it's definitely time to get excited. DW always delivers when they make these statements.

 

My bet is on a dark ride with potentially some coaster elements. Of course they already have Blazing Fury, but a modern variant would be very useful as well. These types of rides are poised to become the next big thing for larger parks. They are an element that can and should be utilized to set apart the top tier parks from the regional ride parks.

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