Country singer Dolly Parton to open new theme park

Los Angeles: Dolly Parton is set to expand her entertainment empire and open a water-snow theme park in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 66-year-old `9 To 5` hitmaker launched Dollywood in the Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee in 1986 and added a water park next door in 2001.

Now Parton is working on a new addition to her popular attractions and she announced plans for the new USD 50 million venture, reported E! online.

The project, located near the Smoky Mountains, will be a joint business deal with bosses at Gaylord Entertainment, who are in charge of the Grand Ole Opry country music mecca in Nashville.

But Parton, who is known to be a fan of wigs said that she will not jump on the new roller coasters because of her false hair.

"I will not ride rides - I got too much to lose, like my hair," said Parton.

The yet-to-be-named theme park is expected to open in the summer of 2014.

PTI