PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – Dollywood visitors will be able to experience something new at the park during this holiday season.
Dolly Parton was at Dollywood Wednesday to unveil a new parade this Christmas season tying in with her new movie.
The “Parade of Many Colors” will not only focus on Parton’s life, but other elements of the Christmas season.
The $2.5 million addition is designed to complement Dollywood’s already spectacular Christmas offerings and is part of the $300 million investment into the park announced in 2013.
Previous pieces of that investment include DreamMore Resort, the Lighting Rod roller coaster and the Firechaser Express.
There will also be two new shows at Smoky Mountain Christmas: the remastered “Christmas in the Smokies” and the all-new “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Crews were also setting up at Dollywood Wednesday to shoot parts of a new film debuting in November called “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
The film tells the story of Parton’s childhood.
A young Parton experiences a blizzard with her family that leads to new life lessons. The film stars Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney and Alyvia Lind.
Parton is set to appear in the movie, but not playing herself.
“When I was a kid, you’ve heard me talk about the lady that I patterned my over the top look after was the town trollop around these parts, and she was painted up pretty good so we called her The Painted Lady. I’m going to be playing her,” Parton said.
Parton said she is also looking forward to November when she will hit the stage at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for a concert in front of her hometown people. That will benefit the Imagination Library.
“It’s always good to come home. We do charity shows pretty often here in the park, but this is going to be fun working in that new LeConte auditorium over there, so I’m looking forward to that,” she said.
This holiday season is already keeping Parton busy looking forward at what is to come.
“You’d think I was going to retire, but I’m not about to do that,” she said laughing.