Dolly Parton Celebrates 25th Birthday (of Dollywood!)

In addition to music, legendary singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (pictured here at Dollywood in 1993), 64, has tried her hand at acting, playwriting, TV producing, philanthropy and even wig design, all with great success. But there's one thing the dynamic country queen won't try: the new attraction at her own amusement park, Dollywood.

Speaking to Fox & Friends on the 25th anniversary of her Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park, Parton described the new Adventure Mountain family obstacle course. "It's one of those things I think families are really gonna enjoy," said the seven-time Grammy winner. But Parton admitted she backed out of plans to test out the new attraction for the press. "It's not set up for high heels," she explained. "I refuse to work without 'em. And the artificial nails -- I could just lose so many things! So I usually don't take part in the rides."

While the self-proclaimed "Backwoods Barbie" loves to make fun of herself, the truth is that Dollywood is a major accomplishment. Parton purchased the theme park in 1986 with designs to make it the ultimate country fair and fashion herself as "a female Walt Disney." Today, it's the most successful southern theme park outside Florida, and has single-handedly revitalized the economy of Parton's home county, employing over 3,000 of its residents and attracting 2.5 million tourists a year. So even if she didn't hold the record for most Top 10 Country Albums (42!), Parton would still go down in history as one of the nation's most successful businesswomen. She may wear artificial nails, but Dolly is the real deal.

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