Dolly Parton announces $37M Dollywood expansion to open in 2019

Dolly Parton's amusement park, Dollywood, announced a $37 million expansion to the Tennessee theme park-- complete with rides, live entertainment and dining.

The expansion is called "Wildwood Grove" and plans to open to the public in 2019, according to the Dollywood Facebook page.

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The expansion includes six new rides, including a suspended roller coaster called 'The Dragonflier.' There will also be expanded indoor and outdoor family play areas, according to the Associated Press.

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In the release, Parton said she wanted to create a place for families to "explore, play and imagine together -- but more importantly -- it's a place where they can spend more time together."

Dollywood spans 150 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Currently, the park offers over 40 rides and attractions, a water park, live music, spa services and cabin rentals.