Dolly Parton and other well known entertainers celebrated 25 years of Dollywood on the Hallmark Channel this weekend. The show featuring Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Kenny Rogers premiered Saturday July 3rd.
The one-hour special, featured Grammy® winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Dolly Parton in a musical tribute previously taped at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The show featured some of the brightest stars in country music and included tributes for Dolly and Dollywood from a few of her friends - Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and others.
In two days, Dolly Parton and friends recorded the program, which is packed with musical numbers, views of the theme park and chitchat between the stars. Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney, who both worked at the theme park in their earlier days, pass along their best to Parton during the special.
"A few years back, we knew we wanted to do a TV special about the 25th anniversary, and we knew we wanted to get people who had performed here at Dollywood over those 25 years," Parton said during a break in the taping.
Later, in front of the audience, Parton took notice of Miley's shopping spree at Dollywood. "I'll give you a discount on that since you're a guest," Parton said. "On second thought, you should pay full price. You can afford it."
Dollywood is a 150 acre family adventure park in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Its mountain themed attractions, world class rides and award winning festivals shows make Dollywood one of the top themed entertainment destinations in the United States.
Happy 25th Anniversary!