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August 14, 2018

TENNESSEE: Crime Museum to Host 9/11 Forensic Expert, Offer Discounted Admission for Locals


Arthur Bohanan will share his experience working at Ground Zero

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (August 14, 2018) – As we approach the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Alcatraz East Crime Museum will be hosting a special guest speaker who will share his story of working at Ground Zero in New York. Arthur Bohanan, a forensic expert, will be speaking at the museum on Saturday September 8, 2018. His presentation is included in the museum admission, with talks scheduled for 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

“We are honored to have Art Bohanan speak at the museum and share his first-hand experiences of the 9/11 attacks,” says Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits. “Around the anniversary we always try mark the moment in some way, and we look forward to visitors joining us to hear Art’s powerful story.”

August 5, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD ANNOUNCES LARGEST PARK EXPANSION IN HISTORY WITH NEW LAND NAMED WILDWOOD GROVE


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, August 3, 2018)— One of the nation’s premier family vacation destinations is growing even larger, thanks to an impressive expansion announced today at Dollywood by Dolly Parton and park officials. Wildwood Grove, the largest capital investment in Dollywood’s 32-year history, is slated to open in 2019 and provides an adventurous journey for guests to explore, imagine and play together as a family.

The extraordinary new land features 11 thrilling experiences for guests, comprised of six unique ride attractions—including a suspended family roller coaster called The Dragonflier— the 55 ft. tall Wildwood Tree, live entertainment, various indoor and outdoor play areas for families to enjoy, a new restaurant and more. The total cost for the project is $37 million, meeting The Dollywood Company’s 2013 commitment of $300 million in investments over a 10 year period four years ahead of schedule.

July 31, 2018

TENNESSEE - AMERICAN CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT COMES TO DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY


Event organizers looking for 160 teams to compete for cash prize

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 31, 2018)—Pool time and cornhole is a winning combination. Never has that been truer than now as American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Champions are coming to Dollywood’s Splash Country to compete in the debut of the ACO Dollywood Classic for a guaranteed $7500 total prize purse!

Fresh off their world championship bid last weekend in Montgomery, Alabama, several professional teams turn their attention to their next test during the debut event at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The water park hosts this sanctioned tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Event organizers are looking for 160 two-person teams to play in the double-elimination tournament, and while there are a number of ACO teams planning to play, the field is not set. Officials with the ACO say there is room for the general public to register and join the star-studded competition. Teams can register by visiting this link: https://www.squadup.com/events/aco-dollywood-cornhole-classic.

July 10, 2018

TENNESSEE - Crime Museum Offers Visitors Rare Look Inside Surveillance Van, Joins Other Overlooked Gems at Alcatraz East


Former undercover surveillance van joins museum displays

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 10, 2018) – There’s a new artifact on display at Alcatraz East, but since its focus is on undercover work it might be hard to spot. The crime museum in Pigeon Forge is giving visitors a look inside the workings of law enforcement surveillance, with a van formerly used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. Beginning July 17, 2018, visitors can see how for agents on a stakeout, spending time in the cramped quarters of a van is not nearly as glamorous as made out to be on television.

July 2, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES “STAR-SPANGLED SUMMER”

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, July 2, 2018)— Dollywood celebrates a Star-Spangled Summer as part of its ongoing Summer Celebration (now-Aug. 5) which features extended park hours—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily—as well as a nightly fireworks extravaganza and a number of patriotic events to help guests enjoy family, fun and freedom during their time making memories at the park.

Thursdays in July, Dollywood and WIVK team up to present America’s New Faces of Country, a special concert series featuring several country music stars on the rise. These shows provide park guests a special opportunity to catch these artists as they begin working their way up the country charts.

At Dollywood’s shows during Star-Spangled Summer, the park plans to recognize service members in the audience for their dedication to protecting our country. Additionally, several of those same shows will include a number of patriotic songs for guests to enjoy.  

Thanks to the American Eagle Foundation (AEF), park guests also have the opportunity to meet one of America’s greatest symbols of freedom, the bald eagle. On select days in July, staff members from the AEF host meet-and-greet sessions throughout the day with several of their featured bald eagles at the Plaza at Wilderness Pass. 

June 12, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S SUMMER CELEBRATION PACKED WITH THRILLING NEW ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS


International touring shows, nightly fireworks and extended park hours highlight summer at Dollywood

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, June 11, 2018)— Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers continues with a sensational celebration that provides families more time to enjoy together at the award-winning vacation destination. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 16- Aug. 5) features extended park hours—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily—as well as a nightly fireworks spectacular, thrilling new entertainment and the fun of Dollywood after dark!

Families have several world-renowned entertainment options to keep them entertained during Dollywood’s Summer Celebration. International touring sensation DRUMLine LIVE visits the park with riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. Developed by the consultants of the hit 2002 movie Drumline, the band featured in this exhilarating show creates a synchronized musical masterpiece for guests—it’s more than just the typical halftime performance! DRUMLine LIVE runs in Celebrity Theater June 16- July 4.

May 22, 2018

TENNESSEE - EXTRAORDINARY BLUEGRASS ENTERTAINMENT, TASTY BARBEQUE HEADLINE DOLLYWOOD’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL MAY 25- JUNE 10

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 21, 2018) —Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers really heats up during Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S®, thanks to a stellar lineup of bluegrass music’s best artists as well as expertly-prepared barbeque from Dollywood’s Golden Ticket Award-winning foods team.

The opening weekend of the festival kicks off with The Gibson Brothers (May 25) and the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 26-27).  Dailey & Vincent (May 29-30), Molly Tuttle (May 31) and The Seldom Scene (June 5) are among the headliners during the festival. Seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (June 7) also makes an appearance during the event.

“When I decided this would be the Season of Showstoppers,” Dolly Parton began, “I couldn’t wait to see what kind of talent our folks would be able to round up to perform during my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. Well, I’ll tell you they definitely did me proud, because it’s quite the lineup. It’s always a real treat to have these performers with us, folks like Doyle Lawson and my good friend Rhonda Vincent. All these performers are the best in the business.

May 17, 2018

TENNESSEE - BUSH’S® BEANS ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTING PARTNER FOR DOLLYWOOD’S BARBEQUE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Park Restaurants to Offer Special Recipes Featuring BUSH’S Products

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, May 17, 2018) —With Dollywood’s reputation for mouth-watering food, a new relationship with BUSH’S® Beans gives the park’s award-winning foods team a great new partner to help create even more tantalizing tastes for guests.

BUSH’S®, based in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, now serves as presenting sponsor of Dollywood’s annual Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. The event, which runs May 25-June 10 this season, features the biggest names in bluegrass music, alongside expertly-prepared barbeque.

Thanks to the new partnership with BUSH’S®, Dollywood chefs also have created several unique side dishes to accompany the slow-smoked barbeque. Two of these are BUSH’S Hickory Pit Beans, a Dollywood-exclusive recipe featuring several varieties of beans, brown sugar and secret seasonings, and BUSH’S Cowboy Beans, another Dollywood-only item which consists of multiple varieties of beans, topped with BBQ pork, smoked sausage, and sautéed green and red peppers, and onions.

May 14, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY SLIDES INTO 18TH SEASON WITH PARK UPGRADES

Guest Comfort and New Options are the Focus of 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, May 14, 2018)—At Dollywood’s Splash Country, summertime is playtime! Children are out of school and families have the opportunity to spend more time together making memories. In celebration of the water park opening on May 19, Dollywood is offering a weeklong sale to kick off the season: purchase a two-day Dollywood ticket and upgrade to a two-day, multi-park ticket for free! Guests can take advantage of this online offer until May 18 and the tickets can be used through June 3.

A special ticket offer isn’t the only exciting news. For its 18th season, Dollywood’s Splash Country is delighted to showcase park upgrades, Too Hot Tuesdays with a DJ on the wave pool deck, and lots of new menu items. Guests won’t know which way to look first!

May 2, 2018

TENNESSEE - It Happened Here! Alcatraz East Crime Museum Exhibit Highlights Tennessee


Tennessee’s fascinating crime history will be on exhibit for a year

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 1, 2018) – From its earliest days, Tennessee has had a rich history of crime and justice, with stories known across the country. From local stories of moonshiners and vigilantes, to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that rocked the nation, those interested in learning more about the state’s notorious crime history can do so at the new temporary exhibit, “It Happened Here,” opening May 17, 2018. 

March 22, 2018

TENNESSEE - 5 Infamous Killers’ Artifacts on Display at Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East Crime Museum’s offers visitors a rare glimpse at artifacts once owned by infamous killers

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (March 22, 2018) – We live in a society where there is a strong fascination of crime, this is apparent by its prevalence in pop-culture. The subject of crime and serial killers is often the topic of books, TV shows and movies. In fact, Zac Efron will be transforming himself into Ted Bundy in Hollywood’s upcoming movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” And Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch plays the role of Jeffrey Dahmer in “My Friend Dahmer.” There is a strange curiosity that propels us to learn more about who these people are and how they can do such horrible things. Those who want to learn more about some of the most infamous killers in America should plan a visit to Alcatraz East Crime Museum. 

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S AUNT GRANNY’S RESTAURANT RECAST WITH NEW LOOK, MENU ITEMS

Lodge Manufacturing Company named presenting sponsor

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Wednesday, March 21, 2018)— One of Dollywood’s best-known restaurants has been recast in 2018 with a little help from another iconic Tennessee brand, Lodge Manufacturing Company. Aunt Granny’s All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet, which earned its name from the loving nickname Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews have called her for years, receives a fresh look this season complete with new menu items which will have guests ready to pull a seat up to the table.

Now named Aunt Granny’s Restaurant presented by Lodge, the eatery features a number of changes designed to create a bright and airy space to serve as a comfortable respite for guests to slow down and enjoy a meal together. Interior renovations include action stations, like a new carving station, where guests can watch Dollywood chefs create a number of delightful delicacies.

March 13, 2018

TENNESSEE - GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS, FORMER DANCING WITH THE STARS PERFORMERS HIGHLIGHT DOLLYWOOD’S FESTIVAL OF NATIONS

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, March 12, 2018)- With Dollywood’s emphasis on show-stopping entertainment in 2018, the park’s annual Festival of Nations kicks off the new season with a multi-cultural event featuring world-renowned talent. The celebration takes place March 16-April 9 and lets guests take a trip around the world without leaving the Smokies.

This colorful, interactive event marks the beginning of Dollywood’s “Season of Showstoppers” with cultural music, food, and crafts that immerse the entire family in festive fun.

Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo have transcended musical barriers to produce awe-inspiring projects with artists such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and even Dolly Parton herself. The group, which sings of peace, love and harmony, is in its sixth decade, and has produced more than 60 albums during its existence. They won their fifth Grammy in January, this time for Best World Music Album. The group gets its name from a combination of Ladysmith, South Africa (the group’s hometown), the color of oxen (one of the strongest farm animals), and the Zulu word for “chopping axe” (a symbol of the group’s vocal strength). Ladysmith Black Mambazo songs have been featured in multiple motion pictures, and the group even traveled to Norway with Nelson Mandela to perform when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Guests can find this talented group at the Showstreet Palace Theater.

March 6, 2018

TENNESSEE - Can You Tie a Knot Like a Pirate? Alcatraz East Crime Museum Adds a New Pirate Interactive, Along With Several Other New Artifacts and Exhibits

Alcatraz East Crime Museum’s offers new hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind historical artifacts throughout

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (March 6, 2018) – Crime enthusiasts, news buffs, and history lovers will enjoy the new additions to Alcatraz East Crime Museum beginning this Spring. The area’s newest attraction intrigues visitors 365 days a year on what's considered America's favorite subject. In order to attract Pigeon Forge's repeat visitors, the museum rotates items from its collection annually. This year, Alcatraz East has added interactive exhibits as well as new artifacts. The additions give visitors a chance to share their stories and test their skills, while the new artifacts expand exhibits on Jesse James, Charles Manson, and kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard.

“We have already experienced that visitors to this area come several times throughout the year, and we want to make sure they keep coming back to see us as well,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer. “We are happy to offer a place where visitors not only learn, but also remember and feel touched and inspired to get involved in crime prevention. With some of our additions, our guests will have the opportunity to share some of their own stories."

February 18, 2018

TENNESSEE - Topgolf Nashville Formally Establishes The Cowan Venue for Music Fans


Topgolf gives a nod to Nashville community by renaming its popular music venue after local street name

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 15, 2018 - Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® today unveiled The Cowan as its new name for the two-story, 600-person live music and private events venue adjacent to Topgolf Nashville. With an open floor space and a private VIP area, the venue showcases established touring acts, as well as up-and-coming Nashville artists.

"We want to reinforce our commitment to Nashville's local culture and music scene," said Topgolf Entertainment Group Executive Chairman Erik Anderson. "The Cowan is a space for Nashville to gather with friends and enjoy incredible live musical acts featuring state-of-the-art sound quality."

January 21, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD ANNOUNCES SPRING MIX MUSIC SERIES SCHEDULE, FESTIVAL OF NATIONS LINEUP

Entertainment is in the spotlight during park’s 2018 season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, January 18, 2018)—With Dollywood’s “Season of Showstoppers” now on the horizon, and with the buzz surrounding Dollywood’s Spring Mix continuing to grow, excited concert-goers can begin circling dates on the calendar as the lineup has been set for the park’s impressive new music series. During 2018, guests also will be treated to an exciting new Festival of Nations lineup, thrilling summer shows and more great entertainment throughout the season.

With so many new entertainment options (all included with park admission) available next year, Dollywood officials have developed a new option for guests looking to enjoy it all. New multi-day tickets allow guests to purchase tickets good for two or three days, providing them more flexibility to enjoy performances across multiple days during their visit to the award-winning park. 

November 16, 2017

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD ADDS OPERATING DAYS TO SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Park now open Jan. 2-3, 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Thursday, November 16, 2017) — After receiving much feedback from guests, Dollywood officials have extended the park’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival two days, with Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, now serving as operating days.

Due to a number of regional school systems remaining closed for Christmas break several days after the new year begins, many guests have asked for the park to remain open longer to allow families with students more opportunity to visit Dollywood during the hectic holiday season. Park hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on both of the additional days.

The move comes after a strong fall which included the debut of Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the kickoff of Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana. The 2017 operating season, dubbed “The Year of the Family” by Dolly Parton, has already provided families with a number of exciting festivals, performing groups and two new attractions—Drop Line, a 230-ft. tall free fall experience, and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster designed for Dollywood’s younger visitors. The additional operating days provide families more time to enjoy Smoky Mountain memory making.

November 7, 2017

TENNESSEE - ALL NEW CHRISTMAS SHOW UNDERWAY AT DOLLY PARTON’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017) – Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show continues its inaugural season with a new holiday tale that invites families on a journey that brings together special Christmas memories and magic that shaped Dolly and her family. The new show, which opened Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 31, allows guests to make wonderful holiday memories and discover the true spirit of Christmas.

The combination of festive holiday music, two million dollars in special effects, acrobatic feats from both performers and the show’s canine stars, a mischievous elf, a series of “reindeer games,” a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and many other unexpected  surprises combine for a one-of-a-kind, “must see” show.  This exciting new Christmas adventure is set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town’s Christmas celebration in the balance. The audience journeys with the cast to learn whether their Christmas will be cancelled or whether the storm sets the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever.

November 5, 2017

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD MAKES LARGEST ENTERTAINMENT INVESTMENT IN HISTORY

Dolly Parton announces stellar 2018 entertainment lineup


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, November 3, 2017)—Dolly Parton today announced an unprecedented entertainment lineup to ensure the spotlight remains solely on her Dollywood theme park. The performing icon unveiled her unwavering commitment to Dollywood’s family entertainment offerings with an extraordinary investment for 2018.

Hailing the year as a “Season of Showstoppers,” Parton announced an entertainment lineup which represents an investment $1 million greater than any season-long entertainment schedule in the park’s history. Headlining 2018 are performances by The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, T.G. Sheppard, Suzy Bogguss, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Crystal Gayle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and a host of other award-winning artists.

September 14, 2017

TENNESSEE - Meet a NASA Astronaut at WonderWorks, As Science & Space Fans Enjoy an Intergalactic Weekend

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – (September 13, 2017) – WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge has planned a temporary exhibit that is out of this world, and everyone is invited to blast off with it. The indoor park that combines amusement and educational opportunities is hosting a NASA exhibit from October 5-8, 2017 that will focus on the amazing world of science and the planets. The exhibit will feature scaled models of spacecraft and a virtual reality experience of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System. There will also be artifacts such as a real moon rock that people can touch, and a meet and greet with former space shuttle astronaut Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson. The fun and educational exhibit is slated to help further interest in STEM education and careers and is ideal for all ages.

“This is such an exciting exhibit for people and we are thrilled to be hosting it,” states Ed Shaffer, General Manager for WonderWorks. “Being able to meet a real astronaut and touch a moon rock is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that you don’t want to miss.”

The NASA exhibit will kick off with Captain Gibson visiting local middle schools to speak to students about his experience being in space. He will be at WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Meet and greet opportunities are from 11 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., and from 3:00 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m., where he will answer questions, pose for photos, and give autographs. Media interviews will also be available.