Dollywood Opens in 1986


On May 3, 1986, Silver Dollar City Tennessee reopened as Dollywood after Dolly Parton became co-owner of the amusement park.

The amusement park is located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood hosts over 3 million guests in a typical season, making it the biggest “ticketed” tourist attraction in Tennessee.

Parton said she became involved with the operation because, “I always thought that if I made it big or got successful at what I had started out to do, that I wanted to come back to my part of the country and do something great, something that would bring a lot of jobs into this area.”

Dollywood has 3,000 people on its payroll, making it the largest employer in that community.

Check out this 80’s commercial for Dollywood.