"It would be a song that will never be heard until 30 years from the time we opened the resort. They said, 'You'll be long dead,'" Parton writes. "I said, 'Well, maybe not. I'll be 99. I've seen people live to be older than that.'"
The song's on a CD stored in a chestnut wood box created by her uncle Bill, and the box resides in a glass case. There's also a CD player in the box, just in case that technology becomes even more scarce in the coming decades.
"That's like burying one of my kids, putting it on ice or something, and I won't be around to see it brought back to life," Parton adds. "It's just burning me up inside that I have to leave it in there."
Parton's Dollywood theme park opened in 1986 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Expansions since then include Dollywood's Splash Country waterpark, Parton's Stampede dinner theater and the resort, which includes such amenities as an on-site Starbucks, the Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery restaurant and the DM Pantry.
Per TripAdvisor, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort offers free WiFi, indoor pools, outdoor pools, a hot tub, a splash pad, flat-screen TVs, a fitness center, family suites featuring bunk beds for kids, fire pits for s'mores, bedtime story time and a family-friendly game room. Dollywood ticket holders enjoy such park privileges as a TimeSaver pass and free shuttle service to the park. Check the resort's website to monitor how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic impacts the availability of onsite perks.
The DeamMore Resort and Spa (2525 DreamMore Way, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863) is conveniently located near Gatlinburg, Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.