We live in a changing world, where the things that used to be okay to everyone are now not okay to mostly everyone. No one is learning that harder than many big businesses and theme park attractions. Disney is taking away the infamous “redhead” scene and changing it from a scene about auctioning off women, into a scene where the redhead takes control.
Now comes word that Dolly Parton is doing the same with her Dixie Stampede Dinner show, which has locations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson Missouri. The new show will simply be called “Dolly Parton’s Stampede”, and will feature a huge celebration of America as North and South compete in a fun series of games that showcases trick horse riding, lots of music, dancing, special effects and comedy.
The move comes preemptively, without any complaints or boycotts. It’s all part of the new expansion plan that aims to bring the show to new markets around the country, and around the globe.
“Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Dolly said in a statement Thursday. “Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede. We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities.” To that end, WCI’s legacy show, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, will become simply Dolly Parton’s Stampede for the 2018 season.
“There is interest in several parts of the United States and internationally to host one of our unique dinner attraction shows,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO, said. “We provide spectacular family entertainment at a great value. We continually listen to our guests and our desire to expand coupled with our desire to stay relevant in today’s changing world led us to simplify our shows’ names.”
While it seems like there’s a lot of controversy around this very subject, keep in mind…this isn’t a historical depiction or reenactment. There are no S’more Schnapps, and there is nothing historical about the show. It’s simply a family dinner show that is meant to be fun, and fill guests with the same sense of music and family that Dolly Parton herself had when she was a kid.
From her DPStampede website:
When I was a little girl, my family would get together for some friendly competition. We’d laugh, yell, sing and then sit down to a home-cooked meal. My Stampede brings back those good old times. You and your family will enjoy the friendly competition, beautiful horses, fancy riding, romantic costumes and delicious feast with the finest, freshest ingredients. I guarantee that my Stampede Dinner Attraction is the most fun place to eat!
Will this change your plans to go to any of the “Stampede” dinner shows?