NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax attraction, opened its newest location at Opry Mills in Nashville today by hosting a celebrity grand opening event where country superstar Trisha Yearwood revealed her first, never-before-seen wax figure. Yearwood led a ribbon cutting ceremony with JP Dansereau, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Nashville, Gregg Goodman, President of The Mills/ A Simon Company and Laurel Bennett from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp before welcoming event guests into the attraction for a sneak peek before the doors officially opened today.
Madame Tussauds Nashville will be the company’s first offering in the U.S. that focuses solely on music icons that have shaped America’s musical landscape. Guests are encouraged to have fun have fun with, take pictures, touch, and get up close and personal with nearly 50 famous stars from all genres of music. The immersive experience will allow guests to be transported to different musical scenes from history, design a concert t-shirt, record a song and much more.
“The time has finally come for us to show the world the amazing scenery, figures and immersive experience of Madame Tussauds Nashville, and we couldn’t be more excited with the outcome of this new Music City attraction,” said JP Dansereau, General Manager, Madame Tussauds Nashville. “Guests will get to truly step into the music and see some of their favorite past and present music icons, including the talented Trisha Yearwood, like they’ve never seen them before. We can’t wait to see everyone’s reactions.”
“The figures in this attraction are strikingly real and incredible – I think everyone is going to love it,” said an astonished Yearwood. “When I was asked to have a figure created for Madame Tussauds Nashville, I was honored. And now to see myself, forever in wax, is truly amazing.”
To capture her every detail, the singer, author, actress and host of the acclaimed Food Network show “Trisha's Southern Kitchen” underwent a “sitting” with Madame Tussauds where studio artists took more than 300 measurements and generously donated the figure’s entire outfit. The Grammy, CMA, ACM and Emmy Award winner’s figure will be positioned at the front of the attraction in the admissions area and will be one of the first figures guests see as they enter.
Joining Yearwood’s figure will be Alan Jackson, Beyoncé, Billie Holiday, Blake Shelton, Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars, Carl Perkins, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Diana Ross, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock, Little Jimmy Dickens, Loretta Lynn, Louis Armstrong, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Minnie Pearl, Muddy Waters, Patsy Cline, Rayna Jaymes & Deacon Claybourne, Reba McEntire, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Tammy Wynette, Tim McGraw and Waylon Jennings.
B-roll and side-by-side images from Trisha’s reveal and the grand opening party are available via Dropbox.
The attraction is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm Monday – Saturday and from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Sundays. Tickets are $24 for adults; $19 for children 3-12 (ages two and under are free) and can be purchased at the door as well as online for a discounted rate at https://www.madametussauds.com/nashville.
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About Madame Tussauds Nashville
Madame Tussauds Nashville attraction is a new interactive wax experience where guests have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world's biggest musical icons. Built to honor Music City and its deep roots in America’s history, Madame Tussauds will host visitors from across the globe as they enjoy a historical walk through America’s musical past and present with vivid scenes supporting the colorful cast of figures. Conveniently located within Opry Mills, the star-studded attraction is set to open on April 14, 2017.
About Merlin Entertainments plc
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.27,000 employees (peak season).
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About Opry Mills
Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee, features a great collection of fashion-forward stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, Cole Haan, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Forever 21, Nike Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Lucky Brand Outlet, H&M and Bass Pro Shops. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment at Madame Tussauds Nashville, Rainforest Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, Dave & Buster’s, and Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX. Opry Mills’ famous Entertainment Stage and Tennessee Treasures play area further enhance the family shopping experience. Opening soon: Visitors can soon enjoy authentic German cuisine and beer at the 15,000-square-foot Bavarian Bierhaus.
Opry Mills is conveniently located 7 miles from downtown Nashville, in Opryland off Briley Parkway at exit 11, and is within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry and the 2,800-room Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Opry Mills, please call 615-514-1000 or visit www.oprymills.com. Like Opry Mills on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OpryMills, and follow us on Twitter @shOpryMills and on Instagram @shOpryMills.
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