Named America’s Must-See Waterpark in 2009 by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions and one of America’s best waterparks by The Travel Channel, Dollywood’s Splash Country features more than 35 water adventure slides, along with The Cascades leisure pool, the Mountain Waves wave pool, the Downbound Float Trip lazy river, children’s water play areas and much more.
This year, guests can enjoy a newly remodeled Brush Fire Grill restaurant which now features a new menu of hotdogs and Dollywood’s signature “taters.” Saturday exclusives return this season for the waterpark’s season passholders and their guests (park admission required) who are admitted one hour prior to the posted opening time each Saturday. Plus, a selected ride is open during this exclusive hour and an exclusive merchandise offer is available.
“From mid-May to early September, Dollywood’s Splash Country offers guests a one-of-a-kind waterpark experience where each attraction takes advantage of our unique and beautiful Smoky Mountains location,” said Mike Brown, Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager.
Next year, The Dollywood Company will be adding a second history-making coaster to it’s roster. Dollywood’s Splash Country recently announced RiverRush, Tennessee’s first water coaster, which is set to open in May 2013.
“At Dollywood, we made history with Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster, so I thought, why not do it again at Dollywood’s Splash Country with my new RiverRush water coaster,” Dolly Parton said. “You know me. I love making a big splash, and RiverRush is all that and a whole lot more!”
A hydromagnetic coaster, RiverRush combines all of the powerful climbs, plunging drops, thrilling twists, and tight turns of a traditional land coaster with the waterpark’s calling card—water—for the very latest in waterpark experiences.
“RiverRush is a product of the next generation of water coasters, and we are thrilled that Dollywood’s Splash Country will be home to Tennessee’s first and only water coaster for families to enjoy,” said Amy Owenby, Vice President of Waterparks.
Initially propelled by a high-speed conveyor belt, RiverRush’s four-person toboggan-style boats climb 237 feet in preparation of a plunging 25-foot, 45-degree drop. Standing four stories tall, RiverRush’s tube track takes riders past the trees as it navigates three additional drops powered by linear induction motors. What follows is a thrilling combination of multiple hairpin turns and dark tunnels, all accompanied by rushing water. The track covers more than an acre in a newly developed area near the park’s Big Bear Plunge white water rafting inspired slide.
In length, RiverRush’s track will measure 1,175 feet, just one foot less than New York City’s tallest building, One World Trade Center, dubbed Freedom Tower, which will stand 1,176 feet upon completion.
Dollywood’s Splash Country, located in the Great Smoky Mountains adjacent to Dollywood theme park , operates daily from now through Aug. 19. It’s twelfth season continues through Labor Day weekend and concludes on Monday, Sept. 3.
The next major event of the summer is the Eco Awareness Fair, which takes place on July 14, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, please visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.
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