RiverRush Blasts in to Season Two at Dollywood’s Splash Country

Water Coaster Earned Several Accolades, Named 2013’s Best New Waterpark Ride

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.--()--After making quite a splash in 2013, RiverRush returns to Dollywood’s Splash Country this season ready to provide guests an exhilarating experience full of daredevil drops, thrilling twists and tight turns.

Dollywood’s Splash Country opens for the season on Saturday, May 17 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), with daily operation from Saturday, May 24 until Sunday, Aug. 17. Additional operating days take place through Labor Day weekend. The season concludes Monday, Sept. 1.

Not only did park visitors offer rave reviews of Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush received a number of high-profile awards and honors after its maiden season. RiverRush won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for Best New Waterpark Ride in 2013, while USA Today named the ride as one of the most extreme new coasters to debut last year. The Los Angeles Times selected RiverRush as one of 2013’s most anticipated new theme park rides.

Emphasizing its position as the perfect place for families to connect, Dollywood’s Splash Country recently earned several impressive accolades. Gogobot.com named the kid-approved park as the fourth best attraction in the U.S. for children. Additionally, the Atlanta Journal Constitution dubbed the park as one of America’s best waterparks.

“We received a number of great awards and honors last season,” said Mike Brown, Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager, “and it only serves to reinforce what our guests tell us on a daily basis; that Dollywood’s Splash Country is a world-class destination. Our slides and attractions take advantage of the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, providing us with a unique atmosphere unlike any other waterpark. Families love to relax and reconnect while they enjoy their time here.

“Those who were able to ride RiverRush last season know what all the talk is about. For those who haven’t been able to ride yet, come try it and you’ll quickly understand.”

Guests have been elated with RiverRush’s wet and wild ride, which sends water—and riders—hurtling up and down hills along its sprawling 1,176-ft. track. Thanks to its hydromagnetic technology, riders load and unload in the same location, and race through drops and numerous turns. Unlike a land coaster, however, riders experience raging rapids and a refreshing blast of water during their trip!

Named America’s Must-See Waterpark in 2009 by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions and one of America’s best waterparks by The Travel Channel, Dollywood’s Splash Country features RiverRush, Fire Tower Falls, the state’s tallest twin speed slides, two interactive children’s play areas, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a 1,500-foot lazy river, and more than 25 speed slides and white water rafting adventure rides throughout the 35-acre park located adjacent to Dollywood theme park.

For more information, please visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Contacts

Dollywood
Pete Owens, 865-428-9486 or 865-755-7972
Public Relations Director
powens@dollywood.com
or
Trish McGee, 865-428-9601 or 865-654-6242
Public Relations Manager
tmcgee@dollywood.com
or
Wes Ramey, 865-428-9484 or 865-640-3805
Publicist
wramey@dollywood.com
or
Dawn Copley, 865-428-9629 or 865-654-7385
Publicist
dcopley@dollywood.com

RiverRush at Dollywood's Splash Country is the first and only water coaster in the State of Tennessee and was awarded the Golden Ticket for best new water park attraction in 2013. Dollywood's Splash Country opens for the season May 17. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Dollywood's Splash Country opens for 2014 season on Saturday, May 17 after receiving several impressive awards and accolades in 2013, while RiverRush water coaster gears up for year number two.

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Contacts

Dollywood
Pete Owens, 865-428-9486 or 865-755-7972
Public Relations Director
powens@dollywood.com
or
Trish McGee, 865-428-9601 or 865-654-6242
Public Relations Manager
tmcgee@dollywood.com
or
Wes Ramey, 865-428-9484 or 865-640-3805
Publicist
wramey@dollywood.com
or
Dawn Copley, 865-428-9629 or 865-654-7385
Publicist
dcopley@dollywood.com