Rain-soaked Dollywood prepares for opening day next week

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The rains have not stopped Dollywood workers from preparing the park for the new season. The 34th season of Dollywood is set to open next weekend.

The Sweet Shoppe at Dollywood is being stocked for opening weekend. Courtesy: WVLT

Currently, the park is getting a facelift.

Crews have been working in the rain to get the theme park ready for Friday, March 15. That's the exclusive opening day for season pass holders.

The park opens to the general public on Saturday, March 16.

"It means a lot of working in the elements for our crews, but it's something they have to do and they take great pride in the work they do when it's finished," said Wes Ramey, Dollywood spokesperson.

New this year, the Sweet Shoppe for people with a sweet tooth, and Southern pantry for people who enjoy comfort foods.

The Festival of Nations returns for the spring. Guest performers will be in the park through mid-April.

"We also have a group Drumstruck from Africa. The fun part about that show, when you go into show street palace theater, every seats going to have a drum in it. You will use that drum to be a part of the performance," said Ramey.

Many of these off-season projects will be completed by the time the park opens to season pass holders on Friday.

Dollywood's largest expansion ever, Wildwood Grove, is scheduled to open in May.

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