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October 1, 2004

Dollywood To Expand Park With 10 New Rides For 2005

Pigeon Forge, TN -- Dollywood announced plans today for a 3.5-acre expansion project in the park's Country Fair area that will add 10 new rides for the park's 2005 season with a special emphasis on rides for families.

"This project will allow more people to enjoy Country Fair, one of Dollywood's most popular areas," said Dollywood General Manager and Vice President Barbara Joines. "I think families will especially appreciate the many rides we've selected with them in mind."

The new rides include a mix of traditional midway favorites and unique experiences that are brand new to the industry including an airplane-style ride, the first of its kind to be built in the world, in which passengers are involved in creating their own flight experience. Other rides will offer twists, turns, spins and dips. Most will allow parents and children to experience the ride together. The new rides' names will reflect the area's country fair theme. Several existing rides will be retired to make way for the new additions.

Construction is slated to begin in November and will be completed prior to the park's 2005 grand opening on March 26. The additional rides will increase the Country Fair area's capacity by more than 2,000 passengers an hour.

In addition to the new rides, the project includes plans for a new restroom and baby care center in Country Fair.

Situated between the park's Village and Rivertown Junction areas, Dollywood's Country Fair opened in 1993. It is home to the 60-foot Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel and a variety of popular midway games.

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