Wow.. this is very cool! The Mountain Press Newspaper confirmed plans for the new "Mystery Mine" at Dollywood in 2007! And, I'm excited about the Timber Tower opening in two more days! Dollywood is getting big!
PIGEON FORGE - The Pigeon Forge Planning Commission approved plans for a mysterious new ride at Dollywood on Tuesday.
Commission members voted unanimously to approve the site plan for the Mystery Mine Ride, which architect Bruce Rutherford described as the largest expansion that Dollywood has undertaken.
The Mystery Mine features a track that climbs 121 feet and sends passengers plunging over a simulated broken trestle.
"It will be designed to make it look like you are going down into an old mine shaft," Rutherford said.
Ground will be broken for the new ride in a month. It will take a full year for the construction, Rutherford said.
Pete Owens, Dollywood spokesperson, would not reveal further details about the new ride.
"It is a site plan approval for a future expansion," said. "The planning commission has to approve any changes we make to the property. We're not going to make an announcement about our future expansions until July. It's a project for 2007."
They say everyone loves a parade. Apparently, so does the planning commissioners, who approved two of them for the upcoming year during the meeting.
Voting unanimously, the Planning Commission gave its approval for the 21st annual Dolly Parade, which will run on the Parkway from River Road to Wears Valley Road, on April 7 and for the Kerbela Shrine Center Parade, which will run on the Parkway from Methodist Street to Jake Thomas Road, May 13.
The Planning Commission also approved the March of Dimes Walk America event for April 2 in Patriot Park and the 16th annual Patriot Festival in Patriot Park on July 4.