Want to see Dollywood’s new space, Wildwood Grove, first? Here’s how
Dolly Parton explains her part in creating Dollywood’s new Wildwood Grove
Brianna Paciorka, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
On Friday, Dolly Parton announced the largest Dollywood expansion, Wildwood Grove, will be coming to the park in 2019. Now, the park is offering a way for guests to see the area before anyone else.
How do you do it? Go ahead and reserve your 2019 Dollywood season pass, according to a Dollywood press release.
Here’s what you need to do
Those interested should visit www.dollywood.com to reserve the 2019 passes by Sept. 2. The reservation must be completed online by then, according to the release.
Doing this will offer some perks including receiving the 2018 season pass rate, having the option to pay for a season pass through a nine-month payment plan (which will cost less than $14 per month) and having the opportunity to attend a Wildwood Grove preview event before other park guests.
Another perk invokes guests getting an extra Bring-A-Friend-Free Ticket that can be used during 2018’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.
A link will be sent in late October to those who reserved passes. From Oct. 29-Nov. 3, the link can be used to purchase the pass and receive the incentives.
After Nov. 3, season passes will go on sale to the public, according to the release.
For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.
What is Wildwood Grove?
Wildwood Grove Dollywood’s newest expansion since Wilderness Pass in 2008.
It will cost $37 million, which is more than the park cost when it was originally built, and feature 11-themed attractions. Here’s a list of some of them.
- Wildwood Tree: A 55-foot tree that grows from a cluster of natural rocks and boulders, which will serve as the area’s focal point and feature a nighttime show and concerts. Its canopy will be adorned with thousands of butterflies.
- The Dragonflier: A suspended 453-meter roller coaster that lets guests soar like a dragonfly.
- Black Bear Trail: A ride where kids can hop on the backs of mechanical bears for a trek around the area.
- Sycamore Swing: A leaf boat swing which will swing guests back and forth.
- Treetop Tower: A ride that sends guests 40 feet into the air in giant acorns and spins them around to see the Smoky Mountains.
- Mad Mockingbird: A ride that spins guests in circles, and they can control their experience by moving a sail.
- Frogs & Fireflies: A ride where guests can hop on frogs and ride them as they race each other around a lily pad.
- Hidden Hollow: A 4,000-foot indoor, climate controlled climb structure with slides and games.
- Wildwood Creek: An oasis with pop jets and splashing pools.
- Four new costumed characters and entertainment including Flit and Flutter, butterfly ambassadors for the Wildwood Tree, and Benjamin Bear.
- Till & Harvest: A restaurant featuring fresh Southwest items including burritos, salads, pulled pork, slaw, a topping bar with salsas and a walk-up window with churros and ice cream.
In addition to the attractions, $1 million will be used to landscape the area with more than 400 trees and 1,000 shrubs, according to a Dollywood press release.
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