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Photos   -  Dollywood's 25th Anniversary

1985 Though her hands are more at home on a guitar, Dolly Parton takes to heavy equipment while moving dirt to make way for her new Dollywood theme park which opened in the spring of 1986.
Dollywood's Opening Season 1986 When Dollywood opened for its first season in 1986, Dolly Parton welcomed guests to "the friendliest town in the Smokies."
Eagle Mountain Sanctuary In 1991, Dollywood welcomed the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 1.5 million-cubic-foot natural outdoor aviary, home to the largest presentation of non-releasable bald eagles. Next door, the Wings of America Theatre and the Birds of Prey show feature raptors cared for by the not-for-profit American Eagle Foundation which is based at Dollywood.
Dollywood Express The 110-ton Dollywood Express, built in 1943, has been riding the rails since the 1960s when Dollywood was known as Rebel Railroad.
Paul the Greeter Paul strolls the streets of Dollywood, offering a friendly smile or directions to guests.
Walker the Blue Tick Hound Among the many strolling characters at Dollywood is Walker, the blue tick hound, Patches the scarecrow and Baxter the bear.
BIG SKILLET™ Dollywood's famous BIG SKILLET™ measures six feet in diameter and serves up freshly cooked sandwich fixings, including steak, onions and peppers.
Kettle Corn Deep, black cast iron kettles provide a delicious and favorite snack -- kettle corn.
Glass Blowing Demonstration Dollywood features more than a dozen crafters, including a glass blower, who provide daily demonstrations of their artistry to park guests.
Robert F. Thomas Chapel Located in Dollywood's Craftsman's Valley, the Robert F. Thomas Chapel is named for the country doctor and minister who delivered Dolly Parton and many of her siblings.
Daredevil Falls Dollywood's 13th season in 1998 marked the addition of Daredevil Falls, a unique waterfall ride featuring a 63 mph free fall.
Thunderhead 2004 Twice named the world's best wooden coaster, Thunderhead opened in 2004 in Dollywood's Timber Canyon.
Dizzy Disk In 2005, a 3.5-acre, $5 million renovation in Dollywood's Country Fair brought 10 new family rides to the park, including the popular Dizzy Disk.
Lucky Ducky In 2005, 10 new family rides were added to Dollywood's Country Fair, including the Lucky Ducky, a fun ride for toddlers.
Dreamland Drive-in In 2006, Dreamland Drive-in, a '50s and '60s revue, premiered in Dollywood's Pines Theatre. The show is a two-time winner of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Heartbeat Award for the show that best connects with its audience.
Mystery Mine 90-Degree Drop In 2007, Dollywood unveiled the largest capital investments in the park's history -- the $17.5 million Mystery Mine steel coaster.
Mystery Mine Coaster Mystery Mine passengers encounter the ruins of an abandoned mine while traveling a 1,811-foot track which includes a hair-raising 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop, just the first in a series of amazing maneuvers.
Dollywood Vacations In 2009, Dolly Parton announced Dollywood Vacations, which includes overnight accommodations in luxurious cabins with sweeping views of the Smoky Mountains.
Sha-Kon-O-Hey! -- Land of Blue Smoke This $1.6 million stage show premiered in 2009. It tells the story of the last family to leave the area that would become Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dolly Parton wrote eight songs for the musical.
Adventure Mountain 2010 Covering two acres of mountainside terrain, Adventure Mountain opened in March 2010. The country's largest challenge course features four adventures and more than 140 obstacles, including a gushing geyser, a narrow cliff ledge, ropes courses, swinging bridges and more.
Dolly Parade Each spring on the Friday evening before Mother's Day, Dolly Parton serves as the grand marshal of the Dolly Parade which travels down the parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Thousands line the street to see their favorite hometown girl.
Dolly Parade 2010 When Dolly Parton visits the park, guests line the walkways to see her as she tours the park in her antique car as she did in 2010 during one of her visits to celebrate Dollywood's 25th anniversary.