Dolly Parton has big plans for Hollywood!
During a press conference earlier this week, Parton discussed the 10-year plan for Hollywood with company president Eugene Notton.
The favorite theme park, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will expand over the next decade as part of a $ 500 million investment. On Thursday, Dollywood announced future plans to build a new HeartSong Lodge & Resort with 302 rooms on the way from the theme park and next to Dollywood̵
The name of the resort comes from her eponymous hit from 1994, inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains, where she grew up. As Parton explained during the press conference, “You have to have a great name, that’s why we called it HeartSong because I write songs and everything I ever did, I started with a song.”
According to the official Hollywood website, the “redesigned hut” will have themed suites and attic rooms in addition to spacious suites with adjoining balconies so that families can escape their daily stressors. The property includes 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space to accommodate large gatherings, as well as a shared fireplace, both indoor and outdoor pool.
Parton, who is called the “main dreamer” of Hollywood, has big plans for the park and his home state in the next decade. Although no further details have been released, Notton is annoying some of the new additions, including a campsite, three resorts and a “record” new attraction coming in 2023.
Notton added, “And the good news is that we’re not only moving forward with HeartSong Lodge, but we’re general planning resorts three, four, five and an epic new outdoor camping resort.”
“I’m so proud of this place that we were able to build here in the Smokies,” Parton said in a statement on his website. “I’ve always dreamed of achieving two things with Dollywood. I wanted to give jobs to the people who live here, and I wanted to give visitors another reason to come and experience the beauty of the smoky mountains. We celebrated our 35th season last year, so I think it’s fair to say that we’ve made it. “
Dollywood first opened in 1986 after Parton took over Sylva Dollar City Park. In addition to the traditional walks in the theme park, Dollywood also has crafts and music local to the smoky mountains and is the site of the Southern Evangelical Museum and Hall of Fame. The destination also consists of Hollywood’s Splash Country water park, DreamMore Resort and Spa and Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner attraction.
The theme park underwent another $ 300 million in 2013, which included the Firechaser Express trains and the DreamMore resort in 2015. In 2019, Hollywood completed a $ 37 million extension of the new Wildwood Grove theme area.