"Dollywood's Country Fair will be the focus of a major expansionproject for the 2005 season. Country Fair is one of Dollywood's most popular areas, so our goal is to increase capacity by 50 percent.
Not only will this project provide easier access to Country Fair, but we also will be adding more family rides that parents and kids can enjoy together (More kiddy Rides!?!?!) A new restroom also will be added to this area. We hope to make an official announcement in December regarding this project, so we will keep you posted as plans progress."
Also, in 2005, the park will introduce the Moscow Circus to the Festival of Nations.
In other Dollywood News, Thunderhead AND Tennessee Tornado will be open this Christmas (Although the Tornado was supposed to go down Oct. 30, the park has changed it's mind).
Across the street, as many know, Splash Country will be adding a $2 Million addition. Bear Mountain Fire Tower will be themed to the many fire towers that dot the region. When a fire is spotted, alarms go off, and the huge bucket and smaller ones around the complex will dump it's watery load on guests below! Also included in this expansion is a new restaurant, named the Brushfire Grill. This new complex will be located adjacent to the Water Park's new Big Bear Plunge.
JC, fo' real!
2006 will be the 20th anniversary for Dollywood (not the park itself, just the changing of the name). From what I hear we should get several flats that are NOT for kiddies and atleast one major coaster. I'm hearing either floorless or invert. Personally I'd prefer the invert but have a feeling they'll go for the floorless....first ;-)
As to this country fair expansion, I think it's a good idea and way past its time! Not only are restrooms needed in this area but a better entrance and newer/better capacity flats. And from the sounds of this I'd say that's exactly what they're doing.
I got a feeling Dollywood will be doing some shopping this year at IAAPA!
Chuck, who would just as soon have another woodie but you can't allways get what you want. Though you may try some times, You just might find .........
Glad to hear the exciting news! Thanks Chuck. ;-)
I'm glad their trying to increase the capacity of that area. It always gets very crowded during the day. One thing they could do would be to open up the private path around the backside of the Rampage to pedestrians, and that way there would be a pathway loop to make the crowds flow better.
I hope they don't remove any rides like Country Fair Falls or Swingamajig. (Tennessee Twister as well, I like Tilt-a-whirls!) The reason for those two is that CFF was built for the 1964 Worlds Fair, and Swingamajig has been at the park for 24 years (Almost as old as Blazing Fury!).
Can't wait for the official annoucement!
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Currently that is the only flat in the Country Fair that will be closing early.
I think that there would be enough space in that area to add 2-3 flats between there and the railroad tracks.
Anyone who's been to the park knows that they are masters of space. They can squeeze every bit of use out of the smallest spaces.
As for the mouse, I agree with you, but remember that the survey they did earlier this year had not one, but two mouse coasters in it for one of the new expansion areas.
I'd like to know if Dollywood owns the field behind the CF, next to the Dollywood Lane parking lot entrance. The park could build something there, though they'd have to move the small employee parking lot. (And create a RR crossing/overpass)
One of the things they need to do with the Country Fair is tear down all those game stands next to the Log Flume drop (Monster Trucks and Basketball?). I can remember back before those were built, the walkway almost went right up to the side of the flume, and whenever a log would come down you could get splashed. I guess since the games bring in money, that won't happen.
I agree with what TNCoasterman said about Dollywood making the most of it's space. They really squeezed in almost as much as they could when they did the Fun Country/Country Fair renovation in 1993. Use to that area was much more open.
I think that Celebration Hall/Imagination Station/Barnwood Theatre has outlived its useful-ness. They should demolish it and build something like Red Gold Heritage Hall at SDC in Thunderhead Gap. Then, CH's land would be available for something new. [Yea, yea, wishful thinking]
I'd like to see the Balloon Race return as well...wonder if the park still has it in storage? It seems like it sat disassembled up on the future site of Thunderhead for some time before it finally disappeared. *** Edited 9/7/2004 8:33:55 AM UTC by Dukeis#1***
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