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Dolly Parton Announces Plans for New $25 Million Roller Coaster

Dolly Parton, alongside Dollywood President Eugene Naughton, has announced a spectacular new addition to her theme park.

The brand new ride called Big Bear Mountain will be launching in 2023, reportedly costing a cool $25m (€24.5m)

The 76-year-old country superstar opened the stunning resort, against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in 1986.

Dollywood President Eugene Naughton was in Dublin, earlier this summer as part of a group representing tourist attractions in Tennessee. ITTN’s Emer Roche had the pleasure of meeting him at the event held in The Woollen Mills where he had teased that there was something big to be announced at Dollywood soon.

Travel blogger, Tara Povey and President of Dollywood, Eugene Naughton at Tennesse Event in Dublin. May 2022

The Dollywood company released a video of the upcoming attraction. Check it out here:

As for Dolly herself, she joked that she is unlikely to ride the roller-coaster herself, in case she loses her hair!

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.


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