PIGEON FORGE, TN (Friday, March 13, 2020) --- The coronavirus pandemic is an escalating and ever-changing issue. As a result, The Dollywood Company is delaying the opening of its Dollywood theme park to guests for the next two weeks beginning tomorrow (March 14). Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Pirates Voyage also will be closed beginning March 16. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins will remain open at this time.
“We have been following the coronavirus crisis very closely and based on developments within the last 24 hours and in consultation with health experts, we are going to delay our season opening until March 28,” Craig Ross, Dollywood President said. “Despite the delay in opening, we are committed to taking care of our hosts while the park remains closed.”
“We need to focus on good health and praying for those who are affected. We know brighter days are ahead,” Dolly Parton added.
Dollywood continues to watch the conditions within the East Tennessee area, to consult with its medical experts and to follow CDC guidelines. The park will communicate any additional changes should they occur.
Day Two of IAAPA was the day of press conferences, and we have a lot of them to share below.
Producer's Group unveiled their new Dark Rider vehicles today.
KMG's brand new ride Crazy Surf is a blast and a half, full of airtime!
Welcome to IAAPA 2019!! Let's head in and see what's being revealed this year!!
Day one of IAAPA is usually the day of train reveals, and this year didn't disappoint AT ALL.
First up, Iron Gwazi, opening at Busch Gardens Tampa next year.
Texas Stingray coming to SeaWorld San Antonio next year
Pantheon coming to Busch Gardens Williamburg next year
Carnival Cruises also unveiled the coaster trains for Bolt and had a special guest, the Chief Fun Officer himself!!
You can find out more about Bolt here.
In a surprise move, SeaWorld San Diego announced a new name for their dive coaster. Emperor!!
Let's hope an upgrade of their Penguin Encounter is also a part of this change.
Not IAAPA related at all, but how amazing is this poster?
Premier Rides and SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the trains for Ice Breaker
Zamperla's two brand new coaster designs!
Shout out to Fred Langford and Alberto Zamperla who were this year's Hall of Fame inductees!
New vehicles for the brand new dark ride coming soon to the brand new Legoland New York.
For Knott's fans, the Triotech/Knott's conference and a teaser trailer for Bear-y Tales Return to the Fair.
The lead car for King's Island's new B&M giga coaster, Orion.
That's gonna wrap it up for Day One. Stay tuned to all of our social media for Day Two tomorrow!!