Up for Debate: Gaylord and Dolly's big announcement

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 3:04am

What do you think of Dolly Parton and Gaylord Entertainment's announcement of a water-snow park next to Opry Mills? Too much hype? Big possible boon for city? What should they do with the rest of the adjacent property?

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Up for Debate

14 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 1/20/12 at 4:48

Sure, why not?
Adjacent property? Obviously build a strip club.

By: Loner on 1/20/12 at 6:06

What?! No Jock Straps?!

How dose this fit in with the new paradigm - Music City is OUT and Jock Strap City is IN. This new proposal sends a mixed message....we want unity and clarity in Jock Strap City..not a bunch of confusing and competing themes...this is Jock Strap country....Sheeesh!

By: dargent7 on 1/20/12 at 6:25

I'm reminded of the Elvis song/ lyric, "I've never been to Memphis, but..."
I've never been to Dollyworld (too many white people) in Pigeon Forge, but many visiting Nashville tell me they love it.
I always ask them for some real fun, if they ever visited Hell, Mich. and that shuts them right up. Then I ask them, "How about Climax, Mich. and that's when the older lady slaps me.

By: govskeptic on 1/20/12 at 6:37

A belated "Happy Birthday" to cute Miss Dolly who turned 66 yesterday! While
serious details haven't been shown, this is good news for the City and
especially that area. Knowing Gaylord their hands will be out for taxpayer
dollars so we will have to wait for those details which will come at the last
minute and surely be highly supported by the Mayor!

By: yogiman on 1/20/12 at 7:11

Entertainment for all, y'all! And money making for metro and the surrounding area.

By: gdiafante on 1/20/12 at 7:25

Great...we already have a water park...and a wave pool...they're a dime a dozen. Just another overcrowded venue where fat heffers think rolls of fat hanging over a bikini is attractive.

A traditional amusement park, with roller coasters, etc., would have been preferred.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/20/12 at 7:55

I am thinking of the surrounding neighborhood. When Operyland was open and making money, it was also making noise and interfering with the lives of people that had been living there for years.

By: LizzyD on 1/20/12 at 9:03

@govskeptic on 1/20/12 at 6:37

Don't worry, Gov.

Dolly makes money by giving, not by taking. Her "business model" is to deliver value for the peoples' hard-earned dollars -- she may be unique in that these days. And if those Gaylord thugs think they will bully her into something else, they are sadly mistaken. Dolly is smarter than all of the Gaylord thugs and Nashville political thugs all put together. And insofar as the nature of the project (thrill rides, etc.), nothing Dolly does is ever "not fun" and nothing ever goes stale, which is what happened to Opryland.

The Dollywood "complex" is always changing, always adding new stuff, always updating to what is FUN for the people who go there. My guess is that the development of this project will be as much fun to watch as it is for the people to go to after it is open. Chances are, if Dolly gets her way, it will never be "finished." And if she remains a partner, she WILL get her way, trust me.

See further assessment in my comment under the news story. I don't doubt that Gaylord moguls see opportunity for boondoggle -- I think they are in for a big surprise!

By: jambenp on 1/20/12 at 9:11

Great News for Nashville, not so good for the investors at Nashville Shores who have been slowly expanding into a larger entertainment complex and receiving little or no support from Metro gov't. This should be a welcomed replacement to something missing in the Middle Tennessee entertainment complex. Dolly is always a class act, she will do it right.

By: BenDover on 1/20/12 at 9:22

Dolly's still my favorite entertainer so if she's on board then that's a good thing.

I'm concerned that the public wave park that had all the riots last year will spill over onto the tourist destination. Hopefully it will be priced appropriately to keep out the riff raff.

Not so big on a water park... and not even really sure what a snow park is. I wish they'd go back to a full Opryland model. That was a neat destination.

It does kinda suck for the Nashville Shores crew. They've been putting a lot of money and energy into that place and this will definitely cut into that. Maybe we can grow out of it though with the convention traffic and such.

By: bfra on 1/20/12 at 10:53

Etta james just died in CA, that was all the alert stated. That was a beautiful voice!

By: bfra on 1/20/12 at 10:55

LizzyD - I agree with you. King Karl just met is better, if he wants to tangle with Dolly.

By: bfra on 1/20/12 at 11:31

OOPS - Should read, his better.

By: spooky24 on 1/23/12 at 5:38

As i titillatingly (pun intended) wait to see what kind of deal Gaylord has in mind for the taxpayers-like a fleet Ken Lay Enron jets or lifetime seats at Fenway park. I have a feeling it will be 'drop um' bend over and take it dry'
Herr Dean has already assured the city of it huge debt for the next 60 years. What do we have to offer Gaylord other than a huge pile of debt?

sp