As we celebrate 35 years of Dollywood during this 2020 season, we’re reminiscing some of the great additions to our world-class park. Dollywood has been faithful to give guests new experiences every season since it opened. Here’s a look at the expansion our park offered from park opening in 1986 through the first decade of operation. And, here’s a look at what was new from 1996 through 2005. This blog is Part 3 and it will focus on the additions from 2006 through 2015.
2006- Twenty-one seasons after opening, Dollywood built Timber Canyon. This new land included rides, a children’s play area and a new restaurant. This is the same year two new stage productions debuted to the delight of Dollywood guests: Dreamland Drive-In and Babes in Toyland.
2007- Dollywood expanded Timber Canyon the very next season with the addition of the $17.5 million Mystery Mine steel coaster. At our water park, Dollywood’s Splash Country unveiled The Cascades™, a $2.8 million addition that included a leisure pool, rock grotto with intertwined slides, geysers and interactive play, tiered deck space and waterside Retreats.
2008- The 23rd season welcomed Wilderness Pass to complete the upper loop of the park. Dollywood opened River Battle adjacent to Timber Canyon.
2009- In conjunction with Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009, Dollywood’s entertainment lineup expanded with Sha-Kon-A-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke. Dolly wrote the songs and the performances were the most elaborate in the park’s 24-year history.
2010- Dollywood celebrated its 25th anniversary season with the addition of Adventure Mountain, which added to the park’s Wilderness Pass landscape. The season culminated with winning the prestigious Applause Award—the highest honor bestowed upon a theme park.
2011- For it’s 26th season, Dollywood opened a newly-themed land called Owens Farm, featuring the $5.5 million Barnstormer. The 32-passenger family thrill ride accompanied new play areas for children.
2012- Year 27 was another big year for Dollywood. It was the year we opened the first wing coaster in the country: Wild Eagle. The $20 million addition stands 21 stories above Dollywood, reaches a top speed of 61 mph and includes four inversions.
2013- In 2013, Dollywood introduced Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, a nightly fireworks display during the summer. This is the same year Dolly created the My People show which features her amazing story through song by her family. During this 28th season, The Dollywood Company announced plans for a $300 million investment over the next 10 years.
2014- The nation’s first dual-launch (forward and backward) coaster opened at Dollywood in 2014. FireChaser Express was the new addition for the park’s 29th season. The ride’s 39-inch height requirement allows younger guests the opportunity to ride a “big” roller coaster for the first time.
2015- For the first time, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa opened its doors. This family resort gave guests the opportunity to truly extend their Dollywood visit to an around-the-clock experience.
In the next and final blog in this series, we’ll look back at 2016 through today—and then we’ll look ahead at what’s to come!