Was 'Dixie' Taken Out of Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction?

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Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner attraction is changing its name when it opens for the 2018 season.

Strong reactions met the news of Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner show dropping "Dixie" from its name.

World Choice Investments LLC now operates the Stampede dinner show for Parton in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri. "Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede".

"They also said in the release that the name change "... will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows, and will help our efforts to expand into new cities".

World Choice CEO Jim Rule said the company continually listens to guests and its desire to expand and stay relevant led to a decision to simplify the show's name.

"We provide spectacular family entertainment at a great value", WCI says in a press release.

The name change has also been updated on the dinner show's website and Twitter page.

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Advertised as an "extraordinary dinner show ... pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry", Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is the Lost Cause of the Confederacy meets Cirque du Soleil. "Instead, it romanticizes the old South, with generous portions of both corn on the cob and Southern belles festooned in Christmas lights".

As the expansion plans take shape, the production team is hard at work updating the existing shows for 2018.

They range from many saying they are going to boycott any and all Dolly Parton attractions. In September, Dollywood's Director of Media and Public Relations Pete Owen sent a response to Slate after her review ran and said the company would carefully consider her points.

"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".

Owens mentioned that there will be changes and new additions to the show content this year, although he did not reveal any specifics.

The show is scheduled to reopen on January 19. "You know, I just hope they don't change their Christmas program".

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