Dolly shows off new show & ride

5:38 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Both Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country received love from Dolly Parton Friday.

The dazzling celebrity unveiled new attractions at both theme parks.

Parton first flipped a large, bright yellow, magical switch at Splash Country.  The flashy, symbolic lever triggered the first official ride on a new water coaster named RiverRush.

RiverRush is Tennessee's first water coaster.

The shining country star made a second appearance outside Heartsong Theater inside Dollywood. 

Fireworks and a ribbon cutting marked the opening of Parton's new musical My People.  The musical celebrates the family members who encouraged Parton to follow her dreams.  The singer's brother and sister, among other family members, perform in the show.

My People allows fans to feel closer to Dolly Parton than ever before.  Parton appears on a giant video screen throughout the show singing and talking.

Both RiverRush and My People will open to the public Saturday.

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