Dollywood turns 20, 1,600 guests get 20-year passes

Posted Monday, April 4, 2005 9:41 AM | Contributed by thrillerman1

Dolly Parton made a surprise appearance at the Moscow Circus show preview on Dollywood's opening day to give 1,600 people Platinum season passes valid for the next 20 years.

Read more from WVLT/Knoxville and WBIR/Knoxville. Read an AP story from The Daily Times.

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Monday, April 4, 2005 10:34 AM
It doesn't get any sweeter than that, free entry and all you got to pay for is food and fuel. Lucky 1600 people...
Monday, April 4, 2005 11:32 AM
Pretty cool. I wonder how many of those people are actually amusement park nuts and will really take advantage and how many people are the casual to never park goer who will use the thing 3 times and then let it sit in a drawer and eventually lose it. :)
Monday, April 4, 2005 11:39 AM
Ironically, all had the last name of Parton.

Just kidding (although in the Smokies a lot of people are related to Dolly.) I think this is a pretty neat idea.

Monday, April 4, 2005 12:28 PM
janfrederick's avatar Very cool idea! Hear that Cedar Fair? ;)
Monday, April 4, 2005 1:33 PM
Disneyland should give every visitor a 50-year pass on their birthday this summer. :)
Monday, April 4, 2005 1:49 PM
Hear that Cedar Fair?

I would be pissed if they were giving that kind of thing out. I'd rather that money go somewhere useful, like my pocket. :)

Monday, April 4, 2005 9:23 PM
Wish I was There!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 9:13 PM
I was there because I end up selling on ebay. It was pretty she did that. How much money Dolly Parton for the platium passes 20 years to the 1600 guest. Total cost she gave to the for the platium passes for 20 years was about $3,872,000.00 and for each was about $2420.00 per guest.
What did to find the cost platuim passes for Dollywood.

Platium passes at Dollywood for $120.95 per year and then I round to nearest hundredth. $121.00*20 years = $2400 per guest
I calculated 2400*1600=3,872,000
Thats is alot of money Dolly Parton gave to those guests and the guests at theater $2,400. from Dolly Parton thats good stuff.

Peace out from Will Kovich

Thursday, April 7, 2005 12:14 AM
Will, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Dollywood officials estimated the total cost of the 1600 lifetime passes at $8 million.
Thursday, April 7, 2005 11:16 PM
Perhaps considering lost interest/investment opportunity of the $4million over 20 years?

Taking Will's calculation of $3,872,000.00, and going with ING Direct's 5-year CDs currently offering 4.5% (and that's compounded annually), that gives a total of: 9,338,156.71. Even a more conservative 4% yields $8,484,028.81. 3.75% yields $8,085,324.53.

Perhaps they were figuring the $8million cost as a loss of the face value of the passes plus 3.75% annually for the life of the tickets, compounding to a total of $8million?


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