Today, Dollywood announced a new 10 year plan for the park, and the first two projects for a 300 million expansion. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2014, FireChaser Express will be a new family-friendly coaster which travels forward and then backward on a track. The ride sounds interesting and will certainly be a nice addition to the park.
The second project will be the DreamMore Resort, Dollywood’s first on-site hotel. It is scheduled for completion in 2015. The 100 acre resort will feature 300 rooms, an amphitheater, indoor and outdoor pools and a farmhouse restaurant. Dolly Parton said during the live webcast announcement this morning that perhaps this is just the beginning, “We hope to build several resorts in the area and continue to build great new places to stay.” Later, she also mentioned that she will star in a Lifetime Christmas movie.
We’ll give you more details as they come our way. It’s definitely exciting to see Dollywood continuing to expand, and because we visit regularly, we can’t wait to try out the new ride and look forward to staying at the new hotel.