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Christmas at Dollywood, With Streetmosphere and a Chicken Lady


Some visitors feel alienated by the park’s traditionalist choices: the holiday screening focuses on candid family stories, with predominantly white actors. Zaki Baker, a mother who often comes here with her young children, said: “When people celebrate Christmas, they can celebrate in different ways and families can look very different. “Looks like they have a limited vision.”

Park management says they make edits every season, including popular shows; they recently added a new song to “Christmas in the Smokies.” In a statement, Tim Berry, Dollywood’s vice president of human resources, said the company believes “a diverse workforce makes us more innovative, flexible, productive and competitive”. “Our diversity includes differences in terms of ethnicity, gender, language, age, religion, socioeconomic status, physical and mental abilities, thinking styles, experience and education.”

For many years, Parton’s brand was about inclusion and acceptance; Recently she has come out more strongly in support of the gay community and movements like Black Lives Matter; in 2018 she changed a separate attraction called “Dixie stampede” arrive Dolly Parton Tramples.

For the likes of Shea, the Florida visitor, every area of ​​the park seems to be imbued with the spirit of Parton, including the aviary exhibit for birds of prey, created by American Eagle Foundation. (“I was like, oh my God, Dolly cares about eagles!”) But behind the scenes, John Owens Dietrich, former Rockettes choreographer and director, who teach at NYU, has also been enormously influential in creating movements and songs for the park, and training performers through a packed schedule of up to six shows per day.

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