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Dolly Parton Announces $300 Million Expansion to Dollywood; New Album and Tour on Tap

Webster PRDolly Parton is expanding her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The country legend announced plans for a $300 million expansion over the next ten years at a press conference Wednesday morning.

A roller coaster for ages four and up is set to open next year, with the Dream More Resort hotel expected to open in 2015.  The hotel includes 300 rooms decorated with a Southern flair.  The expansion will bring thousands of jobs to the Pigeon Forge area.

In addition to the Dollywood expansion, Parton announced that she'll star as a hologram in a new Christmas show debuting in the coming months.  Dolly also has plans to release a new album later this year or early next year, and will kick off a world tour in 2014 that will hit Europe, Australia and the U.S.

On top of all that, Parton is filming a Christmas-themed movie this week for the Lifetime cable channel.  She also wrote some new songs for the as-yet-untitled film.

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