Friday, January 20, 2012
Just a day after we interviewed David Webb about his plans for Ole South USA, a proposed theme park in Nashville, TN, Dolly Parton announced plans of her own.
Dollywood and Gaylord Entertainment will develop a 114-acre site close to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Convention Center.
Phase I of the $50 million project will be a water and snow park that will provide a mix of water rides and slides during the summer and innovative snow activities during the winter. The group is projecting that the first-year attendance will be around 500,000 people.
The Dollywood company will serve as the project's operating partner and will employ 450 full- and part-time employees. Groundbreaking is anticipated late this year or in early 2013, with the park's opening slated for summer of 2014.
Plus, an additional 35 acres will be reserved for future developments.
I think this is good news for David Webb and Ole South USA.
You see, Dolly and Gaylord are building a water and snow park... but no theme park.
Once the water and snow park is successful, I think that it will show potential Ole South investors that Nashville is ready for a theme park too.
Plus, this new venture between Dollywood and Gaylord will only bring more tourists to the region... exactly the same type of people would would go to Ole South USA.
This will be interesting to watch!