PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee — Dollywood has announced its largest capital investment in its 32-year history with the planned opening of Wildwood Grove in 2019.
The new area, announced in early August by Dollywood namesake Dolly Parton and park officials, will feature 11 new experiences for guests, including six rides such as the suspended family roller coaster The Dragonflier, the 55-foot-tall Wildwood Tree, live entertainment, various indoor and outdoor play areas for families, and a new restaurant.
The total cost for the project is $37 million, meeting the Dollywood Company’s 2013 commitment of $300 million in investments over a 10-year period four years ahead of schedule.
The Dollywood Company president Craig Ross said Wildwood Grove will be the first expansion of the park’s footprint since Wilderness Pass opened in 2008.
Guests will enter Wildwood Grove through the hollow trunk of a fallen tree. The Wildwood Tree, growing from a cluster of natural rock and boulders and adorned with thousands of butterflies, will serve as the centerpiece of the area and offer a natural platform for performances throughout the day and night.
The new restaurant, Till and Harvest, will feature a selection of Southwest favorites with a Southern twist.