Dollywood kicks off 2021 season with new attractions
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Spring is the perfect time to plan a getaway to the Great Smokey Mountains, and Dollywood is now open for its 2021 season just in time. The first weekend will be packed with several shows like “Harmonies of the Heart,” featuring Dolly Parton’s family and more. Some attractions that had to be closed last year are back, like Dolly’s Museum and the Lightning Rod rollercoaster. new shows, new culinary items, new decor and a couple of our rollercoasters got a facelift so to say. Even if you came to Dollywood in 2021, lots of new things to do this season,” said Ellen Liston with Dollywood.
Masks to be required in parts of Tennessee as cases rise in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
An area in Tennessee that’s home to several popular resort cities will require people to wear masks in public places starting on Friday. The mayor of Sevier County issued an Executive Order on Tuesday that will require people in the county, as well as in the cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, to wear masks in public indoor spaces and businesses. According to the order, masks are required in all city incorporated areas, essentially all public places. WBIR reports that Sevier County continues to have one of the highest coronavirus case loads across East Tennessee and is now considered a COVID-19 ‘hot spot’ in the state. Private businesses can still impose stricter guidelines beyond the order, like requiring masks outdoors on private property, for example.
The Island in Pigeon Forge partially reopening Friday
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – As some places across the country reopen, a popular tourist destination in Tennessee is reopening on Friday. The Island in Pigeon Forge is reopening its retail stores and restaurants on May 1. Dine-in eating will be available at the restaurants at 50% capacity. There’s no mention in Wednesday’s announcement of The Island’s attractions reopening on Friday as well.
Dollywood opening postponed and resort closed until May
– A famed Tennessee destination known for its festivals and special events won’t open until later in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Dollywood officials say the park’s opening is postponed until at least May. Operations at the DreamMore Resort and Spa are also suspended as of Tuesday. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins will stay open, according to Dollywood officials. Guests with resort reservations or tickets for this period of temporary closure, are asked to contact 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for rescheduling information.
Man charged after deadly stabbing outside Pigeon Forge diner
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – An 18-year-old man faces multiple charges after a deadly stabbing in Pigeon Forge, according to WBIR. The Knoxville, Tennessee, NBC affiliate reports that Gabriel Enrique Turcios, of Sevierville, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault after the Wednesday night stabbing outside of the Sunliner Diner on Parkway. Police received a call about the stabbing at about 8:40 p.m. after a woman was talking with a man, who attacked her. Savannah Burford was taken to a nearby hospital, then flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she passed away from her injuries, according to WATE.
Dollywood features 5 million holiday lights during Christmas festival
Pigeon Forge, TN – There’s nothing quite like Christmas in the mountains. Dollywood’s Smokey Mountain Christmas Festival has been named the Best Holiday event in the country for the last 12 years. Ellen Liston visited 10 News to talk about the celebration. Featuring more than 5 million Christmas lights, Liston said the festival has something for all ages including holiday food, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer plus all the rides and attractions that Dollywood offers each year. New this year, Wildwood Grove, the newest addition to the park which opened in May, will be decorated for the holiday.