Since the beginning of the year, Dollywood has been hard at work clearing land behind the Wilderness Pass section of the park. While we knew that the entrance to the new zone would be across from Mystery Mine and that the attractions would be aimed at families, we didn’t know any specifics about the area’s theme. Yesterday, the park made their full announcement, revealing Wildwood Grove, home to 11 new family friendly attractions that the back of the park has been needing.
Guests will enter Wildwood Grove through a hollow tree and arrive in a vibrant area surrounded by brightly-colored leaves and butterflies. At the center of the zone stands the Wildwood Tree—representing the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
Wildwood Grove will be home to six new rides, including Black Bear Trail, Sycamore Swing, and the Mad Mockingbird.
The Dragonflier will be a family suspended coaster from Vekoma with a dragonfly theme. The ride’s layout is believed to be a clone of Orkanen at Fårup Sommerland.
Children in the park will get to meet new costumed characters Flit and Flutter the butterflies, Franklin the frog, and Benjamin Bear. A 4,000-square-foot indoor play area will make a great place to cool off, and a new restaurant, Till & Harvest, that will offer a new Southwest dining experience.
Wildwood Grove will be the largest investment in Dollywood history, at $37 million. The plethora of new attractions in the back of the park will be a welcome addition to families, and I can’t wait to check it out.
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