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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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Pretty cool idea! Another family attraction for Dolly.

 

Yeah, it looks like fun. I'm not so sure I would call it a family attraction, though. But I guess that depends on your family.

 

There's also a minimum weight, by the way: 80 pounds, I believe.

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A couple months ago Dollywood announced that Adventure Mountain will open in 2010 after being pushed back a year due to a substantial increase in construction cost. 2010 will also mark Dollywood's 25th Anniversary which should be a very big celebration. Back in 2005 for the parks 20th Anniversary they gave out 20 year platinum passes for both parks with the same discounts as the super gold passes. So one could imagine that their 25th will be even better.

 

Adventure Mountain website: http://www.dollywood.com/land/advmtn/default.html

 

The Following pictures are from my last visit on October 10, 2009.

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25th Anniversary advertisement from the 2009 National Gospel & Harvest Celebration brochure.

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Adventure Mountain advertisement from the 2009 National Gospel & Harvest Celebration brochure.

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Adventure Mountain construction October 10, 2009.

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Adventure Mountain updates:

The park has added information to the courses and Camp Teachittoomee portions of the Adventure Mountain site.

 

Some park updates:

2010 pre-season prices have lowered. You can now upgrade your Smoky Mountain Christmas one day ticket for $25, which is $9 cheaper than the upgrade was to 2009 passes this summer.

 

If you visit Dollywood during Christmas stop by SkyZip to register for the 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes valued at $4000. The prize pack includes:

You can enter to win Dollywood's 25th Anniversary Adventure SkyZip Sweeptakes, an exclusive prize pack valued at $4,000! One lucky winner will receive 25 SkyZip tours, 25 Dollywood admission tickets, 25 Dollywood meals for your group, and 25 Kodak souvenir photos to commemorate your experience. This exciting prize pack celebrates Dollywood's 25th anniversary season in 2010. Enter to win now through Jan. 2, 2010, at the SkyZip location in Wilderness Pass. Winner will be announced Jan. 25, 2010.
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NATION’S BEST CHRISTMAS EVENT BEGINS NOV. 7

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana

 

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—Dollywood unwraps its 20th anniversary holiday season on November 7th

with the opening of its award-winning festival Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana,

which continues through January 2, 2010.

 

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival recently won its second

consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event. The awards are

presented annually to the “best of the best” in the amusement industry by

Amusement Today magazine from an international poll.

 

“I just love spending the holidays with family and friends, so I hope my

Smoky Mountain Christmas festival brings families closer together this time

of year.” Dolly Parton said. “My wish is for everyone to be wrapped in

warm holiday memories, just like the ones of my family that I cherish and hold

so dear.”

 

The Golden Tickets also honored Dollywood for Best Shows, which includes

the park’s lineup of holiday entertainment. Dollywood’s live stage shows

feature Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland, Christmas in the Smokies, O’ Holy

Night, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs,

and An Appalachian Christmas. Multiple performances are featured each day,

and all shows are included with park admission.

 

Set amid a colorful display of four million holiday lights, Dollywood also

offers guests more than 20 rides and attractions, including The Polar

Express 4-D Experience™ which takes guests on a magical journey to the North Pole.

Guests can enjoy the world-renowned Thunderhead and Mystery Mine coasters,

as well as the Dollywood Express, a 110-ton steam engine that takes a nostalgic

railroad journey into the foothills of the Great Smoky

Mountains.

 

Santa’s Workshop is Santa’s home-away-from-home at Dollywood where a

larger-than-life-sized display of toys awaits visitors. Santa also appears

twice each evening in the Parade of Lights, joined by a cast of fun characters

and brightly colored floats. Breakfast with Santa is featured from

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday during the festival. Seating is

first-come, first-served for the meal which includes bacon, sausage,

eggs, sausage gravy and grits. Prices are $15.99 for adults,

$7.99 for children ages 4-11. Dollywood admission is required.

 

Seasonal favorites and special recipes from Dollywood’s best chefs are on

the menu at the park’s many restaurants. Endless buffets featuring

oven-roasted turkey and dressing with all of the trimmings are holiday favorites.

Each year welcomes new additions, like this year’s chicken pot pie served at

Backstage restaurant, all sure to become classic dishes offered for

years to come.

 

Dollywood is a 150-acre family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For

more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating

days and hours vary.

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I love Smoky Mountain Christmas. It's my favorite time to visit Dollywood. Every year were there in July and see them stapling Christmas lights on the buildings, I become ready for the festival.

 

 

Hopefully I will get there early enough to check out The Polar Express.

Speaking of this for those who are going if you don't already know Polar Express will again open 30 minutes prior to posted park operating times. Along with the other usual places that open 30 minutes before.

 

 

I can't wait to see Carol of the Trees this year. They have changed out all of the lights to LED to make it brighter. I'm thinking the tree is now going to have 60,000 lights on it.

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For those who haven't gone, it really is a fun event. Our family had a terrific time last year and I even got to meet up with fellow TPR member carolinacaniac and his friends.

 

If you get the opportunity, especially with friends and family, go for it.

 

And OMG the food...

 

That we did, and it is looking like one of those friends and I are going back for a return visit the weekend of Dec. 4th. This is certainly one of the best events I have gone to, and seems to be a bit of a tradition for me now!

 

-Gary T.

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I'll be there December the 19th! I can't wait to see the park all lit up.

Are you going to be going with a group or something? I have virtually no plans for winter break, and I'll be home alone so I can do whatever I want over break.

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Two...four....six(?) birds with one stone. I've yet to go to Beech Bend, and I'd love to join you guys if I could.

 

edit: Last day of exams is the 18th, and its about a 2-3 hour drive to get back to Cincinnati from school. I don't know what day my last exam is, but either way I should be able to get ready for the trip in time. PM me details or something

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I have friends who live about two hours from Pigeon Forge, and I still can't convince them to go to Dollywood. This might make a nice long weekend jaunt for my parents and I this December, though.

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