PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge has opened a whole new look for the 2015 season after a multi-million dollar investment.
The 28th season of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede promises to be the most exciting and unique yet, as all-new sights and sounds will create an atmosphere unlike any other.
"A lot of big changes, of course all the big staples are still a big part of this show. We've got the four-course feast, the competition between the North and South," said Jay Teter, Emcee for the show. "Twelve and a half million LED's, just imagine just like a big 3D jumbo tron in your living room. The stuff really pops right out of the screen at you."
The LED screen can transport guests to anywhere. The main backdrop of the show is now centered around the Smoky Mountains.
Dusti Crain has done tricks for ten years at the Dixie Stampede. Now her performance with fire comes with fire on the walls.
"It's so fun and to hear the crowds reaction with the fire and then there's the factor with the horses I ride. I just love them and they're my best friends," said Crain. "I wouldn't say I never get scared, There's a sense of respect for the fire and you always have to stay on your toes."
The show ends with a patriotic performance that will stir your hearts. Dolly Parton wrote "Color Me America" after the events of 9/11, and it was written just for the Dixie performers.
"It's a fantastic element to have in the show. Of course, we're all about Dolly here in the Smokies and we're excited that she's such a big part of this show, and of course tied in with Dollywood and all the other stuff in this town," said Teter.
The updates and changes include new state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and sound systems, as well as a new music score and aerial act, marking the largest upgrade and investment in the show since opening in 1988.