Category Archives: Dolly Parton

New “Adventure Mountain” to debut in 2010 at Dollywood

I found this story at’s website .  I know we heard something about this more than a year ago when we did the Dollywood episode of the Internet Radio Show…, but now there is a date set for the opening of the new “adventure.”  The new “Adventure Mountain” debuts at Dollywood on March 26th.

While I haven’t had a chance to see this “ride” personally, it looks similar to the Adventure area at Stone Mountain in Georgia. Imagine being connected to a rope line in case you fall, then making your way around 2 acres of high-in-the-air fun including climbing and walking around things anyone who has even been a kid in a treehouse could only dream of.  It looks like lots of fun.  I only hope the lines aren’t as bad as the lines at the “Adventure” area at Stone Mountain.  Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try the new “Adventure Mountain.”


***We’ll be headed back to the Smokies for another GoSmoky trip to the Smokies next week.  The 2nd annual “Ski Trip” is brought to you by and  Check out their sites for REALLY INEXPENSIVE ski/motel deals right now!***

Video from this week’s celebration of the park’s 75th anniversary at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


I’ve been “out of touch” for a week or so.  My dad and step-mom rented a beach house on Folly Beach here in the Charleston area.  I’ve spent the last week walking to the pier, searching/digging for sea shells, swimming, body-boarding, chatting, drinking coffee (something I rarely do,) eating, relaxing and just having a good time catching up with family.  I intentionally didn’t do anything with the blog (didn’t even bring my laptop on the trip.)  I’m catching up with the blog today with a video from this week’s 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Check it out.  This is from…

***While we were at the beach, I talked to family/friends about the Smoky Mountains, our favorite place to vacation.  The house we stayed in was nice, almost like by the sea.  I’d like to stay in this beach house when I’m at the beach, just like we stay at when we’re in the Smokies.  Check it out!***

Smokies 75th Anniversary Rededication September 2nd.. get your tickets now!

Only 2,000 tickets available for the September 2nd rededication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  As the official spokesperson for the Smokies during this 75th anniversary year, Dolly Parton will take part in the ceremony.  The ceremony takes place at Newfound Gap.  I am really upset that we will not be able to be there, but don’t cry for me.  We’ll be spending the week at a beach house in Folly Beach, SC.


******A GREAT place to stay in the Smokies is Check it out, and see for yourself.  That’s where we stay.  Hope to be there again in a month or two*****

EXCELLENT Video Blog from the Smokies

I don’t know how it took me this long to find the Great Smoky Mountains Association’s video blog.  It is excellent.  I’d love to do videos like this on my blog, but quite frankly, I’m just not in the Smokies often enough:)  Check theirs out though, it is fantastic!

The Duggars (all 18 of them) are joining Dolly Parton at Dolly’s Annual parade in Pigeon Forge in May


A man who works with Pigeon Forge has emailed me, offering to send me the latest news about Pigeon Forge.  I guess people are finding this blog:)  Anyhow, he just sent me this.  Check it out, not only will Dolly be at the parade, but all of the Duggars are coming as well! And their trip to Pigeon Forge will be part of an episode of their TLC show! Their press release is below:)


Dolly Parton’s Annual Parade Drawing In More Celebs;
TLC’s Duggar Family Coming to Pigeon Forge May 5-9

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 2009)—The ever-expanding Duggar family, stars of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting,” is coming to Pigeon Forge May 5 –9 to explore what entertainment legend Dolly Parton and more than 10 million annual visitors already know—this Smoky Mountains town is ideal for families of all kinds.
“Just when you thought Pigeon Forge had everything, along come the Duggars,” said Mayor Keith Whaley.
At the invitation of Mayor Whaley, the Duggars will travel 750 miles from their hometown of Springdale, Ark., to participate in the upcoming Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade on May 8 and take in the many sights of this major tourist town.

The Duggar family trip to Pigeon Forge will be featured in a summer episode of “18 Kids and Counting,” which airs on TLC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).  Each episode chronicles the lives of an Arkansas couple, Jim Bob and Michele Duggar, and their 18 natural-born children, who range in age from four months to 21 years. The family includes two sets of twins. For more information, visit

Every year for the past 24 parades, thousands of Dolly Parton fans have lined a two-mile stretch of the Pigeon Forge Parkway to wave at and to be acknowledged by the entertainment superstar. Parton, of course, is the grand marshal. She is tied to the local tourism economy because of Dollywood, the theme park that is Tennessee’s most popular ticketed attraction.
This year’s Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade has special meaning because Parton is the official ambassador of the 75th anniversary of neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the parade is expected to carry an appropriate theme.
Details of Parton’s float are a tightly held secret, a tradition throughout the parade’s history.  The Duggars will participate with an honorary float the City of Pigeon Forge has crafted for them.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, whose nine million visitors make it the most visited of all national parks, has adopted six Pigeon Forge special events, including the parade, into its official anniversary celebration.
In days leading up to and following the parade, the family will enjoy numerous Parkway attractions during their five-day stay, including several live comedy and musical theaters, spiraling three-story go-cart tracks and North America’s only Zorb, the mountain-side free-fall inside a gigantic ball. All told, Pigeon Forge boasts more than 40 family-friendly attractions along its five-mile Parkway, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in America.
“I guess the Duggars will make it 10 million and eighteen visitors this year,” Whaley said, “and counting.”
Complete information about Pigeon Forge attractions and travel itineraries can be found online at or by calling toll-free to 1-800-251-9100.

If You Go:
The Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade starts at 6 p.m. on May 8 near Traffic Light #6 and travels north nearly two miles to Traffic Light #3 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.  Organizers encourage visitors to arrive in Pigeon Forge early in order to acclimate to the city and find Parkway space from which to view the parade.
About Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, located in East Tennessee near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one of the country’s top tourism destinations drawing more than 11 million visitors each year. With more than 40 family-friendly attractions along its five-mile Parkway, Pigeon Forge is clean family fun for all ages. The destination city is located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population east of the Mississippi River.
About TLC
TLC’s innovative docu-series and reality-based programming include favorites Jon & Kate Plus 8, Little People, Big World, What Not to Wear, 18 Kids and Counting, and LA Ink. TLC defined home design with Trading Spaces and continues to renovate the genre. TLC’s daytime lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning A Baby Story. The channel is available in more than 97 million homes in the US, nearly 8 million homes in Canada and through the website at TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.

3 Minute Video trip to Dollywood

This video from @AshvilleNews on twitter. A great little 3 minuts trip to Dollywood. Enjoy!

“60 Minutes” Morley Safer interviewed Dolly Parton in Pigeon Forge for tonight’s “60 Minutes”

UPDATE: Here is that video from fancast (see comment section.) It looks like the folks at fancast are browsing the site as well now, thanks guys:)  (I’m sure they’re just searching message boards for keywords:)  

  I couldn’t get the embed code to work on my site, but here is the link to the full video of the “60 Minutes” episode…

I’m still leaving this youtube video here as well… since there is the q&a of Morley Safer on the interview…

Here is a short segment of the interview, as well as a web-only q&a session with Morley Safer…
Dolly Parton was on “60 Minutes” tonight.  Morley Safer had a great interview with her, including several funny stories and emotional moments.  Near the end of the interview, Safer said she was as real as they come.  I’d like to add to that.  While I’m not the biggest Dolly Parton fan in the world, I do enjoy her music, especially when I’m in the Smoky Mountains.  I also happen to love Dollywood.  I want to add to Safer’s comments something I’ve talked about before with friends/family.  In this world, we are rarely REAL.  Very few people you run into are genuine.  It is hard to think of a greater irony than Dolly Parton.  Although she is probably the text-book definition of “fake” in so many ways physical, she is probably one of the most real and genuine people in showbiz.  My only contact with her was a sound-check during an interview in which I was the producer talking in her ear, but even then she was as nice as she could be.  And some people might make fun of what Dolly herself admits to, her plastic surgery.  Well I’d say, I’ll bet millions of 60+ year olds across the country would love to look half as good as she does.  Keep going Dolly, we love you!