NPR: Dollywood is like the Dolly the woman

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the piece:

Earlier this month, I became the envy of my friends when I visited Dollywood, the theme park that Dolly Parton founded in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1986. Upon reflection, I've realized that Dollywood is much like the woman herself. It presents many identities at once, meaning it can speak simultaneously to wildly different types of people.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:03 PM

Not only was that was a fascinating and entertaining read, but it about sums up why Dollywood is so successful. I think some of us call it "charm" around here. ;)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:22 PM

Lots of charm! I enjoyed that article as well. It pretty much summed it up perfectly!

-Tina

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:06 PM

Dollywood is a wonderful park and the spirit of the place is large part of its appeal. While it is very nice as an amusement park in terms of rides and attractions, its the "vibe" of the people and setting that really make it special.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:19 PM

I was worried that my dislike for country would have an effect on my enjoyment of the park. I was very wrong. I went last spring, during Festival of Nations, and saw some of the best shows of my life. I need to get back there, and I say that without thinking just about the coasters and rides. I was "charmed" by my entire experience. Next time, I'm going to try to visit the park longer than just a day-and-a-half.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:48 AM

I have to say, when I think of Dolly's charms, I'm thinking of something other than trees... ;)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:11 AM

The mountains, right, Mike? ;)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:56 AM

The trees certainly add to the overall vibe though. The upper section "feels" dramatically different than the older lower section. Loved the park. Wish it was closer.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:15 PM

maXairMike said:
The mountains, right, Mike? ;)

I was gonna go with 'huge tracts of land'... ;)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:06 PM

Ensign Smith said:
I was gonna go with 'huge tracts of land'... ;)

I don't suppose you'd feel like singing, then?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:25 PM

I love the park too and always enjoy going there. It was a good article except for the fact they left out one important piece of information: It was Silver Dollar City before her name was branded on it. The article came across to me as if she made the park. I believe that having her name on it has given it more success than it would have being left SDC. It does get more national exposure which is a good thing.

Again, I have nothing against her or the park. I just thought the article was misleading.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:37 PM

^I went to the park when it was called SDC - a great day during our trip to the Knoxville World's Fair. Little did I know then that Knoxville was to become the home of such a heated rival...LOL! ;)

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:22 PM

What a coincidence, that's when our family visited. Went to the '82 World's Fair and made a big trip out of it.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:56 PM

I went to the Wod Fir and checked out the Wigsphere.

(still one of my favorite episodes)

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