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Dollywood's Wildwood Grove expansion continues to take shape ahead of 2019 opening

The addition will be the first new area added to Dollywood since 2008, when the park added "Wilderness Pass."

Dollywood's newest expansion, Wildwood Grove, is beginning to take shape as the park prepares for the next season.

The expansion is slated to during the 2019 season.

Dollywood has been providing updates on many of the new attractions currently under construction, such as a suspended coaster called 'The DragonFlier.'

A Vekoma 453m suspended roller coaster will "mimic the flight of a Smoky Mountain dragonfly as it speeds through the terrain in an unpredictable path." 

Other upcoming attractions to the new expansion include a Metallbau Emmeln Pony Trek ride named the 'Black Bear Trail' that will allow riders to hop on "friendly bears for a spirited trek through their natural habitat." 

The 'Sycamore Swing' is a "leaf boat" ride that will "swing back and forth just like a leaf falling from a giant sycamore tree," made by the company Zamperla

The 'Treetop Tower' is also made by Zamperla, and will provide guests with views at 40 feet as they ride inside giant acorns and spin around the top of the "tall oak tree" before coming gently back down to the grove floor.

Another new attraction will be 'The Mad Mockingbird', in honor of Tennessee's state bird. The "bird", a Larson Flying Scooter ride, will fly around a "tall tree" in a high-speed circle, according to the handout."Riders control their ride experience by moving a sail as the birds rush above the ground," it said.

Guests will also be able to chase each other in "friendly frogs" in the 'Frogs and Firelies' attraction, a Zamperla Jump Around ride. There will also be an attraction named 'Hidden Hollow' that is a 4,000 square foot indoor, climate-controlled climb structure and an "oasis" called 'Wildwood Creek' that will feature pop jets, splashing pools and other wet and dry activities, including "music instruments" for guests.

One of the central focal points of the new area is the 'Wildwood Tree,' a 55-foot-tall tree which the park said will provide plenty of photo ops when it comes to life each nigh "bedecked with a collection of butterflies dancing colorfully in the breeze." 

The park said, once finished, Wildwood Grove will be landscaped with some 400 trees and 1,000 shrubs.

The addition will be the first new area added to Dollywood since 2008, when the park added "Wilderness Pass."

It will be located next to Dollywood's "Timber Canyon."

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