Dollywood to reopen Friday after evacuations for wildfires

PIGEON FORGE, TN (WATE) – Dollywood is closed through December 2 as fires burn through Gatlinburg.

The park, cabins and DreamMore Resort were evacuated Monday evening. Pete Owens, a spokesperson for Dollywood, said there is no damage to the park. DreamMore is already back open and the theme park will resume operations Friday at 2 p.m.

“The work firefighters did last night with our crew protected the structure of all the buildings here on park. Dollywood’s Dream More Resort is fine as well,” said Owens. “The bad news for us is about a dozen of our cabins, to this point, that are part of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins were damaged or destroyed as part of the Ridge Top fires.”.

“I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken. I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort, Dixie Stampede and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared,” Dolly Parton said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s