The Ultimate Dolly Parton Experience

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Are you ready for The Ultimate Dolly Parton Experience? If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be Dolly or wished to live even A Day in the Life of “the” icon, then you’d love to know you can make your wish a reality.

We’re talking about the recent opening of Suite 1986 – Dolly’s highly customized tour bus.

When she wasn’t thrilling large crowds or hosting Country Music Awards, Dolly spent most of her time on her tour bus.

It was the star’s best way to travel and also one of the places she called home.

“I have homes all over the United States,” Dolly once said. “But my favorite place is the bus because that way I can just feel those wheels rolling.”

For 15 years, Dolly lived on the Prevost tour bus crisscrossing the country. It was where she wrote several hit songs, including “Backwoods Barbie” and the hit Broadway show 9 to 5: The Musical. It was also the bus that traveled over 60 cities on the “Pure & Simple” tour.

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Dolly Parton is now welcoming guests to stay in her tour bus, which she customized “to represent her life on the road.”
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Dolly preferred this way of living to flying.

Since the artist spent a lot of time in this home on wheels, she had the entire space fully fitted for a comfortable stay.

This included adding a wig cabinet, bathtub, full-size refrigerator, cooking station, and much more.

Now the same bus still containing some of Dolly’s belongings has been transformed into a hotel on wheels.

“I decided to retire it because I wasn’t touring that much anymore and it just was sitting there,” Parton explained. “And I thought this could be put to really good use.”

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The tour bus sleeps two but the reservation also includes a DreamMore Resort guest room to accommodate up to four additional guests.
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Inside and Outside Suite 1986

The Tour bus is now available to book at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Inside the 45-foot bus are a couch, large bedroom, kitchen, dining table, toilets, and tub. The interior decor includes warm colors, fresh flowers, cozy pillows, and lots of shine.

The wigs in the wig cabinet have been replaced with cowboy hats. A closet now standing in the place of 3 bunk beds displays some of Dolly’s attire, including sky-high Christian Louboutins, shiny gowns, and butterfly jewelry.

The murals on the walks represent life on the road. And of course, from top to bottom, Suite 1986 is a splash of pink and purple.

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Parton wrote “Backwoods Barbie” and “9 to 5: The Musical” while riding around in the tour bus.
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What would it cost?

Only a fitting $10,000 for a 2-night stay. Guests will get access to a dedicated concierge team for the entire stay and special culinary creations.

While the bus sleeps two guests, the reservation also includes an additional DreamMore Resort guest room to accommodate four more guests.

That’s not all. Guests will also get a collection of customized keepsakes to keep as souvenirs, such as a bottle of her perfume, “Scent from Above.” It’s said it smells heavenly.

“I loved all my time on the bus, I was traveling with my friend Judy (Ogle), my best friend from Sevierville. We’ve been friends since we were in the third grade and we just traveled all those miles together,” Parton said. “But we’ve had lots of wonderful memories of people that would come on the bus to visit, when we traveled around, dignitaries, stars, everybody, but all the memories are special to me.”

Read more from I On The Scene: HERE

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