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01 April 2019

Profile of Dollywood, the 2019 Thea Classic

On April 13, 2019 the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will honor Dollywood with the Thea Classic Award at the 25th annual Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim, California, at Disneyland Resort.

The Thea Classic Award recognizes and celebrates an attraction that embodies excellence and has stood the test of time. Dollywood, a 150-acre, regional theme park located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, TN, is jointly owned by country music superstar Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It has a storied heritage that includes its remarkable rise to become Tennessee’s top paid attraction.

Dollywood has steadily expanded to offer new themed areas with some of the world’s highest rated thrill rides, as well as Dollywood’s Splash Country® Water Park, and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa®. Dollywood  also operates seven dinner theater attractions across the country, extending the park’s physical presence well beyond the park boundaries. Coaster enthusiasts worldwide consider Dollywood a must-visit for many of  its record breaking thrills. Thunderhead, a twister designed by Mike Boodley of Great Coasters International, was the park’s first wooden coaster. Its success set the park on track to add more coasters over the years, including rides designed by Gerstlauer and Bolliger & Mabillard. In 2016, Rocky Mountain Construction built Lightning Rod, said to be the world’s first launching wooden roller coaster and currently ranked the fastest wooden coaster in the world.... Read full article by Freddy Martin

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