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Dolly Parton Announces $300 Million Expansion to Dollywood; New Album and Tour on Tap

Image courtesy of Webster PR (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Webster PR (via ABC News Radio)

Dolly Parton is expanding her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN.  The singer announced plans for a $300 million expansion over the next ten years at a press conference Wednesday morning.

A roller coaster for ages four and up is set to open next year, with the Dream More Resort hotel expected to open in 2015. The hotel includes 300 rooms decorated with a Southern flair. The expansion will bring thousands of jobs to the Pigeon Forge area.

In addition to the Dollywood expansion, Dolly also announced that she'll star as a hologram in a new Christmas show debuting in the coming months. Dolly also has plans to release a new album later this year or early next year, and will kick off a world tour next year hitting Europe, Australia and the U.S.

On top of all that, Dolly is filming a Christmas-themed movie Dollywood this week for the Lifetime cable channel. She also wrote some new songs for the as-yet-untitled film.

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