June 7, 2013 1:38 PM

Dollywood debuts major water ride – plus a live, Parton-centric live-music show

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. At Dollywood’s Splash Country, the Keys family of Sevierville, Tenn., shriek in unison as their four-person raft takes a stomach-churning, 25-foot plunge that makes mom Brooke’s hair trail behind her like a kite tail. After splashing down, there’s no time for the rafters to recover before zipping around a hairpin turn that sucks the bunch into a dark tunnel.

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