Dollywood is supersizing.    Dolly Parton told NBC’s Today Show in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday that she’s expanding her Pigeon Forge, Tenn. theme park. As part of a 10-year, $300 million project, a new “family” roller coaster is in the works for 2014, said Parton, with a resort hotel to follow in 2015. The add-ons will create thousands of jobs in the area.   “It’s gonna be a big deal,” Parton told Today’s Willie Geist.  “And I’m so excited…this has been a dream from the very beginning. It’s got a Southern flair, but it’s done very classy.”

The park opened in 1986, against the advice of Dolly’s lawyers and accountant.   “I said, ‘well, I’m gonna do it anyway, because I know that it’s the right thing to do in my gut,’” said Parton.  Last year was the biggest yet for the park.    The 67-year-old living legend was raised near the sprawling theme park in a modest cabin with a dozen siblings, a replica of which sits at the heart of the park.   read more at