Dollywood gives construction tour of upcoming ‘Wildwood Grove’ addition

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Anticipation is building for Dollywood’s largest expansion ever.

Back in August – country music legend Dolly Parton joined the company’s president to reveal plans for “Wildwood Grove.”

It will feature eleven nature-theme attractions – like “Hidden Hollow”, the “Sycamore Swing”, and the “Dragonflier.”

Dollywood gave media members an inside look at the progress on the $37 million expansion.

The project that started in 2016 is now really coming to life.

The goal – to create an expansive place for families to enjoy and experience the Smoky Mountains.

‘Wildwood Grove’ is a massive undertaking for the park.

“We probably have up to 100 employees running around the site on a daily basis,” Construction Manager Guy Wantiez said.

It’s an addition that promises new experiences with rides for thrillseekers like the “Dragonflier” and some a bit more tame, with areas to gather along with family and friends.

“It’s going to be beautiful, bright, sunny and airy. I think that’s going to be a big surprise for people,” Field Art Director Patrick Brennan said.

The addition includes a full service restaurant, an indoor climate controlled play area, and a focal point that you’ll see from afar, the Wildwood Tree with over 600 butterflies on it that can light up.

“It is inspired by experiences that Dolly had in her own life and the idea of any child,” Brennan said.

It’s a new Dollywood experience that aims to inspire.

“It really is going to give them a lot to do. A lot to explore and it’s a plus. So it’s Dollywood and,” Pete Owens of Dollywood Marketing and Public Relations said.

Despite lots of rain over the past few months, ‘Wildwood Grove’ is still on track to open to the public in May.

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