Dolly Parton’s Dollywood To Reopen Friday Following Tennessee Wildfires

Dolly Parton’s Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, was lucky to escape major damage from the scorching wildfires raging in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and a rep for Parton tells ET that the park will be reopening on Friday, while the resort and dinner theatres will reopen today.

“After assessing the damage wrought by recent wildfires in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is focusing its efforts for the next two days supporting the community,” reads a statement from Dollywood.

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Earlier, a massive bald eagle evacuation was undertaken, as the theme park is also home to a rehabilitation facility sheltering large numbers of birds — nearly a dozen of which are bald eagles, TMZ reports. 

Human guests were also evacuated from the venue as a precaution on Monday night. Parton released a statement Tuesday wishing her best to those dispersed by the fires: “I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken.  I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared.”

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All-in-all, more than 100 homes have been damaged in the fire and 14,000 people evacuated from Gatlinburg alone.

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