Herschend works behind the scenes as operator of Dollywood

Posted Monday, February 6, 2012 9:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: Warning: Paul Ruben "best" quote included in story. -J]

Herschend Family Entertainment didn’t take center stage last month when country star Dolly Parton and Gaylord Entertainment unveiled plans for a new water and snow family fun park near the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Instead, the 50-year-old theme park operator based in Norcross, Ga., stayed in the background, intent on making its own splash when the time comes to finish designing and building the new multimillion-dollar attraction here.

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Monday, February 6, 2012 9:29 AM

Ruben!


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Monday, February 6, 2012 11:09 AM
LostKause's avatar

Great story, but why the hell do they have to comment about what political party the company supports. It's about a theme park, not politics, for crying out loud.

Hmmmm... I suppose that could be said about CoasterBuzz as well. ;)

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, February 6, 2012 11:09 AM
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Monday, February 6, 2012 11:47 AM
Jeff's avatar

Given the role that companies play in politics, I think it matters. For all of the distaste for corporate influence, there is unprecedented opportunity right now to keep companies accountable for it. I feel like the only person who sees that, but I tend to be optimistic (or naive).


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Monday, February 6, 2012 7:14 PM

Despite the quote coming from Paul Rubens, Herschend really is one of the better park operators out there. Dollywood and Silver Dollar City are wonderful parks and the regional attractions like those at Stone Mountain and the aquariums are also very well-done.


"Thank the Phoneticians!"

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Monday, February 6, 2012 7:56 PM
LostKause's avatar

But how does Herschend feel about abortion and gay marriage? That's what everyone REALLY wants to know.


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Monday, February 6, 2012 8:05 PM
OhioStater's avatar

Nothing screams conservative like a park named "Gay-Lord".

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Friday, February 10, 2012 10:27 PM
DaveStroem's avatar

Ask a Dollywood employee about how they feel about Herschend and if they actually answer you, you might be very surprised. All is not happy in the hallow.


Before you can be older and wiser you first have to be young and stupid.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:06 AM
LostKause's avatar

I assume that the pay is crap, and the hours are probably crappier.


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Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:03 AM
Jeff's avatar

In other words, it's like any other amusement park job.


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:30 PM
rollergator's avatar

Jeff said:
For all of the distaste for corporate influence, there is unprecedented opportunity right now to keep companies accountable for it. I feel like the only person who sees that, but I tend to be optimistic (or naive).

I love pizza, haven't had one from Domino's since I was an undergraduate, about 25 years ago.

Of course, that was way back when "political discourse" in DC was civil and our leaders could come to reasonable agreements with people whose opinions differed.

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