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On Aug. 3, our Smoky Mountain hometown hero returned to make a big announcement about Dollywood’s expansion plans for 2019! Dolly Parton took the stage at the Celebrity Theater in the park to make what Dollywood called its “biggest announcement ever.” Here are all the details we have so far about the Wildwood Grove expansion:
Dollywood Wildwood Grove Announcement Video on August 3, 2018
The Wildwood Grove announcement streamed live on Dollywood’s Facebook for everyone to watch! The announcement included videos that gave us an inside look on what to expect at Wildwood Grove. During the announcement, Dolly Parton was joined on stage by President of Dollywood Craig Ross, who said the goal of creating Wildwood Grove was to exceed guests’ expectations and bring families close together. The announcement ended with Dolly and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played Dolly in her Coat of Many Colors movies, performing “My Tennessee Mountain Home.” Watch the full announcement below!
About Wildwood Grove
Wildwood Grove is the biggest thing that Dollywood has ever done! In 2019, you can explore the newest land of discovery and adventure that combines the natural beauty of the Smokies with pure imagination! Wildwood Grove is a place for families to create memorable experiences they can come back and repeat again and again! Kids and parents can explore, imagine and play together as a family. Just off the beaten path of Timber Canyon, walk through the fallen log into a place that takes imagination to a whole new level with 11 different themed experiences. There is magic everywhere you go in Wildwood Grove, both during the day and at night! When the sun sets, the magic of Wildwood Grove reveals itself. The butterflies on the Wildwood Tree awaken and transform the canopy into a kaleidoscope of color, and the rides take on a new life! Wildwood Grove is the heart of Dolly Parton, and we can’t wait to visit.
What’s New at Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove
Wildwood Grove has something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Check out some of the new rides and fun you can have at the park:
Hidden Hollow – Hidden Hollow is a secret play area with family-friendly activities, net towers, suspended bridges and more! There is even a separate toddler area where the little ones can have their own fun!
Treetop Tower – Soar through the sky on a leaf canopy as it spins and soars before gently drifting to the forest floor.
Sycamore Swing – This colossal swing is big enough for the whole family as you rock back and forth and fly high through the sky.
Frogs & Fireflies – Bounce up and down as you race around the lily pad for Franklin Frog on this playful roundabout ride!
Benjamin Bear – Hop on the back of a friendly black bear who glides through the woods along the Black Bear Trail and run into surprises along the way.
Mad Mockingbird – This flying scooter allows guests to control their own ride experience as you rush around a high-speed circle.
The Dragonflier – This thrilling suspended coaster darts along the geysers and across the ground. It is the largest and fastest in its family of coasters!
Wildwood Tree – In the heart of Wildwood Grove you’ll find the Wildwood Tree, which is decorated in butterflies and is the perfect platform for performers.
2019 Wildwood Grove Expansion
At the end of July, the new development at Dollywood finally got a name — Wildwood Grove! The theme park revealed the name on July 24, along with a Facebook post that included a photo with the words “Explore Like Never Before” and a caption that read, “Explore Wildwood Grove with us live next week.” The post includes a link to a Facebook Event for the live stream of the big announcement at 11 a.m. on Aug. 3.
What We Know
Before the announcement, Dollywood hadn’t released any information about the expansion other than the name, but we did know a few details about the plans for Wildwood Grove. At 5 acres, the Wildwood Grove expansion is the park’s biggest addition since it expanded to create the Wild Eagle and the Firechaser Express. In February, Pigeon Forge’s Community Development Director David Taylor told The Mountain Press that there are plans for about 8 different attractions, a restaurant, a separate building for restrooms, water features and more. Blueprints submitted to the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission reveal an enclosed family coaster, a pendulum style ride and an indoor play area as some of the attractions included in the expansion, suggesting it is geared toward families and kids. For more detailed information on the first news we received about the Dollywood expansion, read our blog, “Dollywood Planning Major Expansion for 2019.”
More About Dollywood
Wildwood Grove won’t be complete until 2019, but there are still so many things for you to enjoy at Dollywood while you wait! The theme park has 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and more. Experience the thrill of the world’s fastest wood coaster, or try the famous cinnamon bread from The Grist Mill! There is something for everyone to enjoy at Dollywood. Start planning your visit to Dollywood today and get the best deal on tickets when you buy through Visit My Smokies!
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We will keep you updated with all the information about the Wildwood Grove expansion as more becomes available. Check back for more details coming soon!