Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Drops 'Dixie' from Name Following Criticism

Dixie Stampede from the website

Dixie Stampede from the website

Parton opened Stampede in three different cities: Branson, Mo., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Though similar in concept, each attraction had a different name and theme. But parent company World Choice Investments says it's time to "streamline" the names of the show.

Dolly Parton is nixing the word "Dixie" from the name of her popular dinner theater show Dixie Stampede, and it has a lot of people talking.

The dinner attraction's website already implemented the name change since the announcement, and social media pages for the attraction have also removed any mention of "dixie".

In a statement, Parton said the name change will remove any confusion or concerns as the show expands across the world.

"We continually listen to our guests and our desire to expand coupled with our desire to stay relevant in today's changing world led us to simplify our shows' names".

A quote attributed to Dolly Parton in a press release from World Choice Investments said "Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede".

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World Choice Investments LLC now operates the Stampede dinner show for Parton in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo. reports that Slate writer Aisha Harris criticized the Dixie Stampede show in a brutal review in August 2017.

Owens said they take feedback from guests at every show very seriously, and they make changes to the show every year based on the feedback. It's not clear whether there will be any changes to the content of the show itself, which features a light-hearted competition between the north and the south that includes the audience.

The release said the "production team is hard at work updating the existing shows for 2018".

"It caused us some issues because it created a mis-characterization as to what our show is about", Owens said. The shows will resume late in January through early spring, depending on the location.

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