Parton to expand Dollywood

Parton to expand Dollywood
Dolly Parton

SINGAPORE - Dolly Parton is upsizing - her Dollywood, that is.

The veteran US country singer is going to expand her popular namesake theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with ambitious new attractions.

The US$300 million (S$384 million) upgrade will stretch over 10 years, with a new roller coaster scheduled for 2014 and a 300-room DreamMore Resort hotel in 2015.

"The thing we're most excited about is finally building our resort," said Parton, 67.

Dollywood, which was built in 1986, was instrumental in revitalising the small city by boosting the local economy and the add-ons will create thousands of jobs in the area.

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