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Dolly Parton Unveils Wildwood Grove

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on May 14, 2019

Dollywood has been open since March, but the latest addition to the multimillion-dollar Pigeon Forge theme park didn't start welcoming visitors until this past weekend. If you missed the first few days of Wildwood Grove, never fear. This new themed section of the park will probably be around for a long time, and if you're planning a trip to the Smokies later this year, you'll still get to experience it while it still has “that new theme park smell.” Whatever that is…

With a price tag of $37 million, Wildwood Grove represents the largest single expansion at Dollywood since the park opened under that name in 1986. It was such a big deal that Dolly herself was on hand for the unveiling last week, wearing a purple-and-silver outfit complete with butterfly wings. It was an appropriate thing to wear considering that butterflies are synonymous not only with Dolly but also with Wildwood Grove itself. In fact, the centerpiece of the new section is the butterfly-themed Wildwood Tree, featuring hundreds of colorful, lighted butterflies playing among the tree's 9,000 leaves. Starting in June, the tree will come to life each night with a spectacular after-dark experience that promises to dazzle guests.

During her visit to her namesake park, Dolly spent some time talking to the crowd on hand about her own childhood dreams and how Wildwood Grove was intended to be a way for Dollywood guests of all ages to unleash their imaginations and share in her own experiences as a young girl growing up in the hills of East Tennessee. At one point, she was joined by Wildwood Grove's butterfly mascots, Flit and Flutter, whom Dollywood visitors will find roaming the Grove from time to time. Dolly's appearance also included her singing a song and taking questions from the media.

Wildwood Grove features several new rides. There are six family-focused rides, including Dragonflier (Dollywood's ninth roller coaster), a suspended coaster that delivers plenty of thrills as it dips and darts among gushing geysers and lush landscaping. (Speaking of which, Wildwood Grove boasts more than 400 trees and 2,300 shrubs, giving the section plenty of natural atmosphere to blend in with its Smoky Mountain backdrop.)

For guests looking to take a break from those scorching summer days that lie ahead, Hidden Hollow may be just the ticket. This climate-controlled space is an indoor play area (it's also heated in winter) where kids can explore play structures and slides while mom and dad get to sit, take a breather and cool off (in summer).

Other rides and experiences include Black Bear Trail (a bear-themed kiddie ride), the Great Tree Swing (a pea-boat-themed pendulum ride), Treetop Tower (a rotating acorn-themed ride that circles 40 feet in the air), The Mad Mockingbird (another circular flying ride), Frogs & Fireflies (another kiddie ride) and Wildwood Creek (a wet play area with pop jets, splashing pools and more).

Finally, the Till & Harvest restaurant (which won't open until later in the summer) and the Mountain Grove Merchants souvenir shop round out the Wildwood Grove experience.

So how about a trip where you get to hang out at Dollywood's Wildwood Grove as well as Smoky Mountain Ziplines? Dollywood has lots of cool rides, shows, shops and restaurants, and we have some of the best zip lining in Tennessee. You could do half a day at each or plan a tour with us on one day and visit Dollywood on another day. That's the great thing about visiting the Smokies. There's always so much fun but usually so little time.

 

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