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Dolly Parton reveals 'inspiration' behind her Dollywood theme park

Dolly Parton reveals 'inspiration' behind her Dollywood theme park

Dolly Parton thinks her Dollywood theme park is in the "most perfect place" in the world.

The 78-year-old country music legend founded the theme park in her native Tennessee in 1986 and believes that the Great Smoky Mountains provide her with all the "inspiration" she could everhope for as she strives to make her attraction stand out amongst all the others.

She told National Geographic: "Well, we’re lucky to be in the part of the world that I believe is just absolutely the most perfect place that God has created, so we just look outside the window and those big, beautiful Smoky Mountains provide all the inspiration we could ever dream of finding. The Smokies—and the wonderful people who work here—are what make Dollywood so different than many of the other theme parks around the world."

The 'Jolene' hitmaker explained that because the park - which features more than 50 rides, entertainment, and high-end dining facilities - is "right in front" of the most-visited national park in the US, she is happy to take that nature gave her and utilise it so that her guests can make memories.

She said: "We’re right on the front porch of the most-visited national park in the country, so we take what God gave us and use it to dream up the big dreams we want our guests to experience while they are here riding rides and making memories!"

The GRAMMY Award-winning star has written more than 5,000 songs throughout her lengthy career and has even installed one of her old tour buses at the park in the hopes that it can "inspire" others in the way it did her.

She said: "One of them is in the theme park so everyone can tour it, and the other one is at our DreamMore Resort and Spa so guests can stay on it and see what it’s like living like me on the road! I wrote dozens of songs on that bus, so maybe it will inspire someone else now!"

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