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Dollywood hotline offers hint of new ‘major attraction’ in 2023


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – Call it new, call it unique, call it a throwback to the fun, pre-pandemic ways Dollywood promoted next season. But just call the phone number 865-868-0168.

On August 5, the park will announce a major attraction. The park told media that the company’s new attraction “roars into the park in 2023” and marks “the largest investment in a single attraction in Dollywood history”. It is the next step in the $500 million expansion announced in 2021 that includes the new HeartSong Lodge and Resort.

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Crafty fans may have noticed this Easter egg at the park. The above phone number is printed on the bottom of this sign on display at Dollywood.

So WATE 6 called the number. Ned Oakley of Wildwood Grove responded.

“This is Ned Oakley. I set up this hotline to get advice on a particularly large bear. I assume you have some information since you called this number,” a man’s voice said as he answered.

The voice then says that he’s heard stories about “this bear that’s been wandering these hills and howling for years” and that he intends to prove that “Big Bear is real and lives right here in Wildwood Grove “.

Excursions in search of Big Bear are planned for next spring.

“Maybe you want to come help me look,” he said. “If you’ve seen Big Bear, have any information or better yet, evidence of its whereabouts, come see me at the Adventure Outpost base camp in Wildwood Grove.”

This is where the call ends.

Information about the new attraction will be released on Friday, August 5.


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