Dolly Parton Announces New Dollywood Ride
Dolly Parton has added even more fun to her Pigeon Forge, Tenn. theme park, Dollywood. The songstress has announced the addition of a new roller coaster, the FireChaser Express.
“It’s a wonderful ride and it’s tailor-made for families so the little kids can ride along with their parents and their little brothers and sisters,” Parton explained on the ‘Today’ show. “And it’s got one element that’s a little different than most coasters. It goes forward, and then halfway through, it goes backwards.”
The ride, which is set in the 1940s, is part of the $300 million expansion the 68-year-old is planning over the next 10 years in the park. In addition to new rides, the expansion will include a resort that has a spa, swimming pool, and shuttle to and from the park.
“I feel like I’m just startin’,” she says of her dreams for Dollywood. “I’m still trying to grow and come up with new dreams every day and make ‘em come true.”
Parton, whose first major acting role was in the 1980 film, ’9 to 5,’ starring alongside Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, says she is unaware of the rumors of a reunion, but she would be willing to participate if her co-stars agreed.
“I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about, but whatever they’re doing, I’m in,” she says. “Whatever it is, we better get to it quick or it’ll be 95 instead of 9 to 5.”
The singer, who just wrapped up the Australian leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour, will kick off the North American leg on May 22 in Tulsa, Okla. Her ‘Blue Smoke’ album will be released on May 13 in the United States. Parton will celebrate the new release with a performance that day on the plaza of the ‘Today’ show. See a list of all of her upcoming concerts here, and pre-order ‘Blue Smoke’ here.