DOLLYWOOD EARNS THREE GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS
Most-honored park wins for best kids area, best guest experience, and best Christmas event
PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Monday, September 9, 2019)—Dollywood certainly has earned a number of major accolades in recent years, and the Smoky Mountain theme park won three more on Saturday night during Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards ceremony held at Silverwood theme park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dollywood earned finalist placement in seven total categories and won more awards than any other park.
Two categories Dollywood has dominated for a number of years—Best Shows and Friendliest Park—have been retired and replaced with new categories. Best Guest Experience combines the previous Friendliest Park award with the Cleanest Park award into one prestigious new category. On Saturday night, Dollywood became the inaugural winner for Best Guest Experience of any theme park in the world. The park’s expansive new Wildwood Grove also won Best Kids’ Area for the first time, while the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival earned its 12th consecutive win for Best Christmas Event. Dollywood is the only park in the world to ever win the Christmas award.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish here since we opened Dollywood in 1986,” Dolly Parton said. “First, we’ve been able to provide so many jobs to the great people who live here in the Smokies. Second, I wanted the world to know how beautiful this area truly is. I’ve been able to travel the world and see so many great things, but in the end, the Smokies are where my heart sings. I wanted to give folks the world over a reason to come here and see it for themselves.
“We don’t do what we do to win awards,” she continued. “They are nice, but we do it because we want to provide families an escape to a beautiful place where they can forget about all the things going on in their daily lives and truly enjoy each other.”
According to Craig Ross, President of The Dollywood Company, the addition of Wildwood Grove and Dollywood’s strong heritage of family fun certainly led to the park’s impressive showing. Wildwood Grove’s immersive theme and design, mix of unique outdoor and indoor attractions, as well as the one-of-a-kind Wildwood Tree experience have all combined to create this extraordinary new area.
“Dolly wanted Wildwood Grove to truly reflect the experiences she had as a little girl growing up here in the Great Smoky Mountains,” Ross stated. “As we started to develop the area and she began telling stories—some we had heard and some we hadn’t—we knew kids were going to love exploring the wilderness of Wildwood Grove she had dreamed up. The attractions included in this tremendous land were selected because they reminded her of those same dreams and memories she had from her childhood. The Golden Ticket for Best Kids’ Area reinforces what guests have been telling us since it opened; Wildwood Grove is a place where families can laugh, play and make memories together.”
Pete Owens, Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations, shared why Dollywood has long been known as one of the most enjoyable theme park experiences in the world.
“Winning the Golden Ticket for Best Guest Experience further solidifies what we’ve known for so long,” he began. “The Dollywood experience provides guests a genuinely friendly, clean and warm environment to create memories they will be able to share forever. From our welcoming hosts and picturesque natural surroundings to our unique attractions, entertainment and food, Dollywood offers an experience that is hard to find elsewhere.”
Dollywood also had Top Ten (finalist) positions in four additional categories:
“It has been fascinating to observe the results over the past two decades. I have watched Dollywood ascend from a great regional theme park to a world-famous destination,” said Amusement Today’s Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards Communications Coordinator. “That continual climb has been the result of offering an outstanding product at all levels — food, shows, innovative rides and a fantastic atmosphere. Dollywood is just the complete package! It has been inspiring to watch the park trying to continue to better itself — and it is succeeding in a huge way. The fact that they are recognized in numerous categories is testimony to that.”
Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the industry’s leading trade publication, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced geographical regions. Voters are asked to rate the “best” in a number of categories such as best parks, roller coasters, water rides, kids’ area, food and more.
The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. The awards have become the subject of much discussion by park aficionados the world over and garnered mentions in such notable media outlets as USA Today and the Chicago Tribune, and by the late radio newsman Paul Harvey. The awards also were the topic of a one-hour Travel Channel documentary.
There are still a number of great opportunities for guests to enjoy what has arguably become the biggest season in Dollywood’s history. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana features the return of an even larger Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which includes new experiences in Wildwood Grove! Additionally, more than 600 Southern gospel concerts take place throughout the festival.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, now the 12-time winner for Best Christmas event, features the second year of Glacier Ridge, as well as the first year of Christmas in Wildwood Grove. Now boasting five million spectacular lights, Smoky Mountain Christmas puts guests in the holiday spirit with stunning lights displays, tantalizing food options, traditional shows and fun experiences like the Parade of Many Colors and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends.
For more information about Dollywood, visit Dollywood.com, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or download the Dollywood App.
Press Release Provided by Dollywood Media Team
Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Fat Bottom Brewery
800 44th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37209
The West Nashville area continues to grow faster than ever and with that growth has come many businesses, namely local restaurants, that ring true to the heart of this wonderful city. To celebrate the ever-evolving nature of the West Nashville community, we are hosting an event that highlights all of the unique restaurants that make our area of town the best part of Nashville.
We invite YOU to join us for our third annual Taste of West Nashville event on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 PM at Fat Bottom Brewery on 44th Avenue, right in the heart of The Nations neighborhood! Restaurants provide samples of some of their favorite dishes for attendees to enjoy. Performances by local artists, as well as a silent auction, are other highlights at the event.
Information provided by tasteofwestnash.com
Sep 12, 2019-Sep 15, 2019
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, LIVE ON ICE!
Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from Sunnyside Daycare and race for home in their most daring adventure! Plus, enter the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.
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Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival was inspired by friendship, history, experience and the desire to create an authentic music festival. Three years ago, Musician and Franklin, TN resident Kevin Griffin was on a September morning run through The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm recently purchased by the City of Franklin. Kevin was so taken by the rolling hills, natural amphitheaters, and breathtaking vistas of the 230-acre farm, he envisioned it as a natural fit for a music festival venue. Considering Franklin’s music and cultural history, Kevin wanted the community to further appreciate combining this with the beauty and rustic quality of Middle Tennessee in the fall, and with the blessing of the City, began to dream up a music festival to do it justice.
Partnered with lifelong buddies W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, the trio aspired to highlight the diversity and community spirit of the New Orleans Jazz Fest, tailoring the best elements to Franklin– a richly historic town just 20 minutes south of Nashville. Like Jazz Fest, Pilgrimage takes place during the day, and offers a diverse yet renowned lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more.
The festival has grown in its three years to double down on the music programming, with six stages and heralded lineups year after year, and has expanded its cultural focus by showcasing hundreds of local artisans, restaurants, food trucks and makers that give context and authenticity to the Pilgrimage experience.
Pilgrimage has always presented itself as family friendly which means kids are welcomed and encouraged to experience festival culture at young age. Specifically, at the Lil’ Pilgrims Area with Grammy award winning producer, Ralph Covert, kids experience numerous activities, renowned artists, and are presented musical talent at a high level that has underscored a commitment to the “all ages” experience.
Each year Pilgrimage develops new elements to continue to create a music festival with the mission to grow and evolve each year. In 2017 Pilgrimage introduced Farm to Turn-Table, a food truck park with plenty of shade, seating, food trucks and activities that made it an event in itself. In 2017 Pilgrimage also introduced the Americana Music Triangle Experience which was a collection of municipalities from the rich music heritage of the South in one tent to participate for the first time, collectively in sharing this rich heritage. Thousands of people got to see in one place, where they might want to visit these towns, small and large, to keep this history alive.
When performances wrap and the lights come back on, guests can conveniently head back into the heart of downtown Franklin, within walking distance from the Park at Harlinsdale, to imbibe the best of the town’s bars and restaurants, retail shops, and great weekend lineup of nighttime shows and events.
Information and Photos by pilgrimagefestival.com
Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait used to work at her father Elijah's (Jimmy Smits) celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his firm. She agrees because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world... if they can ever get along.
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* 1 lb of ground beef
* 1 jar (24 oz) of your favorite spaghetti sauce
* 3 cups of ziti noodles
* 1 bag (8 oz) of Mozzerella Cheese
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cook your 3 cups of pasta for 10 minutes.
3. Cook your ground beef oven the stove until browned.
4. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, browned meat, your jar of pasta sauce, and half a bag of mozzarella cheese; and mix well.
5. Pour your mixed ingredients into your 13x9 baking/casserole dish; top with your remaining mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake for 20 minutes.
Now that summer is almost over it is time to start getting ready for your kids to go back to school. With that comes school supply shopping, planning school lunches, and working on getting the kids back on a schedule.
Heading back to school can become costly so I have put together some tips to help you save. This year we did our Back to School shopping with Dollar General and were able to take advantage of their great deals and extra back to school savings.
First, when prepping for you back to school shopping get organized. Make a list of everything that you are going to need for your Back to School shopping. Do not forget to get a copy of your child’s school supply list to take with you.
Dollar General has helped take the hassle out of tracking down your child’s school supply list by creating a Teacher’s List feature on their website. With this feature all you have to do is type in your zipcode to find your child’s list. Make sure you print it out and bring it along for your shopping adventure.
There are several different categories of items that you will need to shop for during your back to school shopping.
When you are shopping for your child’s school supplies it is easy to remember the items such as: a backpack, notebook, crayons, markers, etc. You also want to make sure you include items for the classroom, such as: hand sanitizer, paper towels, clorox wipes, kleenex. These types of items are things that the teacher will use all year to help keep the classroom clean.
Savings Tip: when shopping for the classroom supplies make sure you check out the DG Home items to save a little extra.
Make sure you add lunch items to your list of Back to School items to pick up. Dollar General’s Good & Smart brand offers healthy options at an affordable price. We grabbed some of their Fruit & Veggie snacks and a pack of Apple Crisps to add to the boys lunch boxes.
Look for Special Promos
When it comes to Back to School shopping most stores run specials, which helps make shopping more budget friendly. This year Dollar General has a great deal for parents who are back to school shopping. Make sure you check out their Spend $15 Save $5 promotion! This promotion is valid on school supplies, including: backpacks, lunch kits, folders, glue, pens, pencils, and more.
Make sure you download it to your digital coupons before heading to the store.
Take Advantage on Tax Free Weekend
Don’t forget to take advantage of your state’s Tax Free Weekend! Here in Tennessee Tax Free Weekend is July 26th - 28th. Click here for more details.
Teacher’s Save Even More
If you are a teacher, then you can save 20% off on stationery items at Dollar General just by showing your school badge at the register.
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As a mom, literacy is very important to our family and our community. By teaching our children to read and write we are helping prepare them for a bright future and giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long‑lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they're worlds apart.
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