Dolly gives an update on her new DreamMore Resort

By next summer, East Tennessee's favorite daughter is promising families a perfect place to stay in Pigeon Forge.

Work is well underway at Dolly Parton's new 60 acre DreamMore Resort, located near her Dollywood theme park.

"I've been dreaming about this resort since the very day we've actually opened Dollywood," said Dolly. Dolly attended a special ceremony to bless the DreamMore site on Friday, and gave an update on the progress.

The buildings are starting to take shape. By June of 2015, Dolly says 306 rooms with various family-friendly layouts will be ready for occupancy.

"One of the things I'm proudest of is we're going to have reunion suites, where all of the doors are opened in between so you can bring your whole family and everybody can just run back and forth into your room or you can slam it in their face if you want to," laughed Dolly.

The resort will also feature large porches with rocking chairs so visitors can sit back, relax, and enjoy the Smoky Mountain views.

Dolly also revealed four personal items that will be put into DreamMore's Dream Box, which is sort of like a time capsule. They included a copy of her book, Dream More, a piece of wood from her Tennessee Mountain Home's front porch, and a sealed, mystery box.

The Dream Box will also include a song written by Dolly Parton that will be released in 30 years, when the Dream Box is opened in 2045.

"I'm going to be around. I'm only going to be 98," joked Dolly.

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is expected to bring more than $300 million in future developments.

A few other big developments are also taking shape in Pigeon Forge.

The Island at Pigeon Forge is buzzing with construction. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is now hiring for its soon to open restaurant. A Margaritaville Island Hotel is set to open later this year as well. Work is also underway on a Paula Deen restaurant and Build-a-Bear Workshop.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg is getting ready to move to a newly-renovated building in Pigeon Forge in the coming weeks. The restaurant plans to open by summer.


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