Dixie Stampede Shut Down
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner show suddenly shut down Monday.
The attraction, located along Interstate 4 near Disney World, said it has sold its 13-acre property.
"Before we built the Dixie Stampede in Orlando, we looked for the best location we could find. Its visibility from I-4 and proximity to major theme parks made it ideal," said Fred Hardwich, CEO of Dixie Stampede. "Because of this visibility and the success of the area, Dixie Stampede accepted an offer for the property it simply could not refuse."
"The people we have worked with in Orlando have been incredible," said Dolly Parton in a press release Monday. "We at Dixie Stampede have been blessed, but I am a firm believer in timing and opportunity. This was an opportunity we could not pass up. We're exploring our options now and we will be back better than ever."
News 13 also heard from some workers at the attraction who just learned Monday they will no longer have a job, at least for now.
Dixie Stampede said it was looking at a new location to build and open a new dinner show. The attraction has been open in Central Florida since June 2003.
Although the attraction is closed to the general public, it will be open for a charity event on Sunday. The Orlando Harley Owners Group will be hosting a Riding Home benefit for the Russell Home for Atypical Children. The cost of $15 includes a T-shirt, a poker hand, multiple stops and a huge private party at the Dixie Stampede. Registration will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Cypress Cove Park, at 290 Holden Ave. in Orlando. For more information go to www.orlandohog.com
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