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What's New at Dollywood for the 2013 Season

"The beauty and serenity of the Smoky Mountains have long inspired my life and music. I want to share my love for this very special place, our heritage and the spirit of our people." - Dolly Parton

Billed as "A World of Smoky Mountain Adventure!", Dollywood is scheduled to reopen for the 2013 season on Saturday, March 23, 2013, with a stellar lineup of more than 40 attractions and rides, 30 live shows daily, 30 unique craft shops and much more.

Dollywood, which started out as a dream for country music legend Dolly Parton, has evolved into Tennessee's most visited theme park, drawing more than two million visitors annually. Parton opened Dollywood in 1986 to showcase the rich heritage of the Smoky Mountain area where she was born and raised before heading to Nashville and superstardom.


Dollywood also will host four of the South’s largest festivals during the 2013 season: Festival of Nations, KidsFest, National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration and Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Festival of Nations (TBA)
An international celebration, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations offers live entertainment, culture exhibits and great food.

KidsFest (TBA)
Kid crafts, karaoke, puppets, clowns, jugglers, magicians, a trained dog show, extreme sports and much more highlight the festivities at Dollywood during Kidfest.

National Gospel & Harvest Celebration (TBA)
View the talents of more than 100 craftspeople from around the United States and enjoy the best in Southern gospel music at the Dollywood National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. More than 250 gospel concerts will be featured during the Harvest Celebration.

Smoky Mountain Christmas (TBA)
Dollywood shines brightly with 4-million lights and a variety of special holiday events throughout the theme park during Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Make plans to take the whole family to Dollywood during the 2013 season and experience all of the new attractions, live entertainment venues and great festivals this dynamic theme park has to offer. And by planning ahead and doing research online, you can enjoy incredible savings on accommodations. For example, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort is a rustic mountain resort that sits on approximately 70 acres adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the largest national park East of the Rockies. Most of the spacious suites at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort feature a scenic riverside or mountain view, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, whirlpool spa and washer/dryer.

The abundance of onsite amenities at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort includes the 60,000-square-foot Wild Bear Falls water park (the largest indoor water park in the South), two outdoor pools, two hot tubs, fitness facility and 24-hour marketplace. Enjoy award-winning barbecue at the casual Westgate Smokehouse Grill. The adjacent Mason Jar Lounge serves appetizers and snacks along with your favorite beverage. Escape to the new Serenity Spa by Westgate and indulge in a mountain hot stone massage, manicure, pedicure or facial. For more information about Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, visit www.wgsmokymountains.com.

EscapetotheSmokies.com, the most comprehensive online guide to the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, also provides detailed information about Gatlinburg tickets, Gatlinburg hotels and Gatlinburg vacation packages.