September 24, 2001
Orlando, FL -- Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is breaking ground on its most ambitious project in its 15-year history, a 25-million dollar expansion into the nation's biggest tourist destination Orlando, Florida with a new show and a new theatre. The Theater will be located right in the middle of the tourist Mecca on I-4 between Disney World and Universal Studios.
When it all began in 1987, she visited the best dinner theaters in the world and then took her ideas and years of live production experience and turned it into Dixie Stampede. Dolly mixed music, action, animals and about a dozen ways for the audience to get involved with a huge country feast. The formula was so successful for Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee it enabled Dolly to expand by building Dixie Stampede locations in Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "We have been very successful in Tennessee, and across the country, but Orlando welcomes five times the number of visitors the Great Smoky Mountains do every year, so I expect this Dixie to be even bigger, I expect it to be the biggest and most fun place to eat in the entire country" Dolly said.
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Orlando will feature a similar show to the existing locations but with some new, unique features. The use of ostriches, pig races, chicken chases and other animals will set Dixie apart from all other dinner attractions in Central Florida and across the country. At Christmas, Dixie Stampede changes its format to feature a traditional holiday show complete with a live Nativity featuring real camels, sheep and donkeys. "Orlando has the greatest entertainment available for families from all over the world. That makes it a perfect place for my Dixie Stampede," said Dolly.