Dollywood has come a Looooooong way from the park I remember in the mid-90's.
I first saw the park mentioned on an old E! Special called "Theme Parks a Go-Go" (Which I still have on tape somewhere.), and I was fairly underwhelemed by what I saw. Their big addition for the year was some new 1950's themed section of the park...whoop-ee-ding!...and when she talked about the rides, she gave the only amusing line of the segment...
Dolly: "I often tell people, we don't have Space Mountain, but we have Twin Peaks..." *Pushes her boobs out a little.*
But when I looked at Dollywood again for the first time in ages recently, my jaw dropped...this is NOT the Dollywood I remember, with those awesome coasters...and now that they're adding a vertical drop coaster, I can see that Dolly has finally wised up on how to really compete in the park business.
Good going Dolly!