Dollywood reopens in Tennessee

The Volunteer State has begun to reemerge from shutdowns, and hopes to lure visitors with its food, mountains, Music City, whiskey and Dollywood.
2:45 | 05/12/21

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Looking forward to that. Our "Gma" cover story, it's time to "Rise & shine." We are traveling across the country taking a look at how people are starting to gather together safely again. And this morning robin is in pigeon forge, Tennessee, live from dollywood. Robin, how is it going? It's going great. I know we've been talking about mother nature but we're going to talk about that force of nature and that, of course, is dolly parton who is responsible for dollywood. We'll talk to her in just she had the sense to stay out of the rain but we didn't, okay, but first before we get back to dolly, we want to you see what makes dollywood such a special place. known for its stunning seasonal festivals, live music. And rock 'N' roller coasters this theme park is as unique and charming as its namesake owner, welcome to dollywood. The idea, a smalltown girl wanted to share her Tennessee mountain home with the world. No matter where I go, I always take my family and the smoky mountains with me. Reporter: 35 years later the dollywood family is stronger than ever. I'm Joey buck, the chaplain here. Reporter: For over ten years buck has served as the company's chaplain leading services every Sunday and catering to the employees' spiritual need, especially a year after a global pandemic that tested the faith of many. That's what families do is you stand beside each other when times are difficult, when times are good. Reporter: And Julie Collins couldn't agree more. The first woman engineer who runs the dollywood express says the staff she considers family is always there for one another to lend a helping hand. I do believe that everything opening back up and everybody coming back here in the park is a good inspiration for everyone. Who doesn't want to work with dolly? Reporter: Kayla brown says it's a blessing to welcome guests back to the park. For many their first big outing since the pandemic. We were blessed enough to be some of the first people to get back on stage in front of a live audience. It's just an honor. Reporter: An honor, exactly how 94-year-old Johnny Crawford describes working at dollywood. I tell everybody, I say my boss and I rephrase it, I say, no, my co-workers, we have no boss, we all work together. Reporter: She has been greeting guests at the chasing rainbows museum since the park opened in 1986. When you come to dollywood come prepared to be really amazed because this is an amazing place. She said it well.

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