Two Dollywood theme park attractions, Adventure Mountain and Imagination Cinema, will not return for the 2013 season.
Adventure Mountain, which is coming up on the end of its third season, will be replaced by a new attraction that will open in 2014. Details of that project won't be released until next year, Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens said.
"With the popularity of that area, we felt this is the perfect location of what has been designed. We know some people will be disappointed, but we think they will be pleased with the new project," Owens said.
Dollywood introduced Adventure Mountain, a $5 million, 2-acre play area in 2010 after being delayed a year because of the economy.
It features more than 100 obstacles including swinging beams, suspension bridges, flying islands and a tire traverse along a hillside, across from the park's newest roller coaster Wild Eagle.
The new project will encompass that property and some more, extending in front of the water raft ride River Battle, Owens said.
Meanwhile, plans have been made to convert Imagination Cinema into a 500-seat venue for a new Dolly family show. The theater, which is currently showing The Polar Express 4D Experience, will reopen in spring 2013.
The additional venue will be part of the park's plans to debut five more shows next year.
Earlier this year, Dollywood opened Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. Next year, it will open the state's first water coaster, RiverRush, in Splash Country.
In September, Dollywood dropped plans to partner with Gaylord Entertainment to build a $50 million water and snow park in Nashville, saying it would focus its attention on the Pigeon Forge theme park.
"When your business grows, it is important to evaluate and improve the experiences you provide to your guests," Dollywood President Craig Ross said in a statement. "For 2013, we're excited about Dolly's new family show and its new venue. Our guests will start to see construction activity for the new 2014 attraction as soon as the park opens next season. … (Families) are going to be thrilled and excited about the new additions. They'll be like nothing you've seen before."
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