A water element for the warm months transformed into a snow element for the cold months. Sounds like a good idea, right? The new amusement park coming to Music City will make waves as the first of its kind in the U.S. and be a huge draw for Nashville’s Tourism Industry.
Gaylord Opryland together with Dolly Parton and her Dollywood Co. announced Thursday of their new venture as a team: plans to open a $50 million water and snow park, a fun and family-friendly travel destination fun each month of the year (and the first of its kind in the U.S.!).
The currently unnamed park, which is slated to begin operations by the end of 2014, will find its home across from the Opryland Hotel on Briley Parkway, just north of The Fellowship at Two Rivers church.
The park comes with great anticipation and high hopes for Nashville’s Tourism industry, with expectations for 500,000 visitors in its first year – most of which are speculated to visit from out of state. In addition to the growth for the tourism industry, the park will create upwards of 450 jobs (both part and full-time) and help support the Nashville economy and community.
The park is the first phase of a 50/50 joint venture between Gaylord Opryland and Dollywood, taking up occupancy in about half of a 114 acre plot of land, dubbed a “family entertainment zone.” No other plans have been publicly discussed, however speculation rests on the eventual addition of a musical element that will act as another entry point for artists hoping for their big break into the popular Nashville music scene.
The announcement on Thursday created a large amount of buzz throughout the city, especially through popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. While some do have reservations about the addition of a water and snow amusement park to Music City, it seems the new venture will be welcomed with open arms by many Nashvillians. The news also brings answers and resolutions to those curious minds who have been suspiciously wondering about a new theme park coming to Nashville for several years now.
Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled over the course of the next several weeks and months as more information is sure to be revealed about this new development.