Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
|Founded||Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,
Number of locations
|Parent||World Choice Investments, LLC|
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction is a form of dinner theater with two locations in the United States. Dixie Stampede is owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and managed by World Choice Investments LLC, a joint venture between The Dollywood Company, Fred Hardwick, and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation. The Dollywood Company is the largest shareholder in the Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage attractions.
The first location opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1988, just outside the entrance to Parton's theme park, Dollywood. A Myrtle Beach, South Carolina location opened in 1992 and, although still part of the chain, was re-themed as Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in 2011. A Branson, Missouri location opened in 1995.
A fourth location, in Orlando, Florida, opened in June 2003 and ceased operations in January 2008 when the property was sold to the outlet mall across the parking lot so they could expand. However, the sale didn't go through, but recently, Orlando Premium Outlets bought the property and in November 2012 the building was demolished.
The meal, which is made fresh on location for each show, consists of a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, corn on the cob, herb-basted baked potato, an apple turnover, and Pepsi products, tea, or coffee. The vegetarian option is identical, except that the meats are replaced with Country Garden Hillbilly Pasta. The Gluten Free Dixie Feast consists of a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted baked potato, gluten free cookie, and Pepsi products, tea, or coffee. The meal is served without dining utensils.
Change to pirate theme in Myrtle Beach
On September 22, 2010, Parton said she would change her Myrtle Beach theater after 18 years. After the Christmas show, the Myrtle Beach location shut down. The animals were moved to the other Dixie Stampede locations or sold. Starting in June 2011, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, "a watery wonderland with an indoor lake where pirates will roam", featured a pirate fight along with a five-course meal. The change was to go along with Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, with many of the advertisements featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
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