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Company Overview of The Dollywood Company
The Dollywood Company operates as an adventure park that owns and operates theme and water park. It offers rides and attractions; live entertainment featuring country, bluegrass, gospel, and mountain music; food and dinning; and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Dollywood Company operates as a subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation.
2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Founded in 1986
Key Executives for The Dollywood Company
President and General Manager
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.
The Dollywood Company Key Developments
Dollywood Releases FireChaser Express Ride Animation
Oct 9 13
Dollywood announced that FireChaser Express is spreading like wildfire with the release of exclusive ride animation which gives viewers a sneak peek of the highly anticipated new ride. The video is available at FireChaserExpress.com, a new website dedicated to behind-the-scenes information and updates about the new coaster. FireChaser Express, the nation's first dual-launch family coaster, is set to open at Dollywood in March 2014. The ride animation puts the viewer in the front seat as the groundbreaking coaster launches from the loading station traveling from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 seconds. A 79-foot lift then propels FireChaser Express through a 'trick track' section where the passenger trains twist from side to side. Riders also encounter two helices and six 'airtime' moments on a journey that lasts two minutes and 19 seconds over 2,427 feet of winding track. As the journey ends, a backward launch from zero to 20 mph in two seconds sends FireChaser Express back to the station traveling in the opposite direction. Perched 12 stories above Dollywood's Wilderness Pass area, FireChaser Express features three 14-passenger trains with an hourly capacity of 750 riders. The coaster's 39-inch minimum height requirement invites families with children as young as four or five years old to ride together.
The Dollywood Company Announces Management Changes
Aug 27 12
Ken Bell announced that he is retiring from his role as President of The Dollywood Company. Under his leadership Dolly Parton's theme park has garnered the theme park industry's honor, the Applause Award, and achieved the status as the number one show park in the world. In addition, Bell grew Parton's park to include a waterpark, Dollywood's Splash Country, and launched a hospitality company. Bell also sits on the boards of directors for Parton's Dixie Stampede and Pirate's Voyage dinner theatre chain. Parton announced that Craig Ross, industry veteran, will assume the role as The Dollywood Company President.
Dollywood, Gaylord Entertainment Partner to Bring Family Entertainment to Nashville
Jan 23 12
Gaylord Entertainment Co. and Dolly Parton's The Dollywood Company have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a 50/50 joint venture to develop a 114-acre family entertainment zone adjacent to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The Dollywood Company will serve as the operating partner. Phase one of the project is a yet unnamed approximately $50 million water and snow park, the first of its kind in the United States. A late 2012, early 2013 groundbreaking date is expected with the park opening slated for summer of 2014.
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