Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is changing its name.
Dolly Parton is changing the name of her dinner attraction this year.
In a statement, Parton said the name change will remove any confusion or concerns as the show expands across the world.
Along with Branson and Pigeon Forge, it has an attraction in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
World Choice officials said the decision was made as part of expansion plans for several dinner shows as well as an effort "to stay relevant in today's changing world". But parent company World Choice Investments says it's time to "streamline" the names of the show.
"Dolly Parton is an American icon", Cohen said.
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"Ultimately, if they believe they were going to sell more tickets calling it Stampede than Dixie Stampede, then they're going to make this change", Cohen said. "Instead, it romanticizes the old South, with generous portions of both corn on the cob and Southern belles festooned in Christmas lights".
Just minutes from Sevierville, Dollywood theme park, Dollywood's Splash Country, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors and locals agree that Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner and Show is a fun-filled, action-packed extravaganza that everyone should experience, flawless for families, friends and groups of any size!
"Well, like everybody else, I love Dolly, and I love all that she's done for our community, which is her community, and I'm disappointed that they're yielding to political correctness", Burchett said to knoxnews.com.
Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, added that Dolly Parton's Stampede is a result of guests' feedback.
"Some of our guest comments and comments of developers, in markets around the country with whom we spoke, show a misconception of what our show is".
The existing locations re-open for the 2018 season from late January through early spring depending on location.