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With all the changes that have been made, and especially with the involvement of the talented investor, Dolly Parton, the theme is now more place-based. Dollywood can get away with presenting a pride in the Smoky Mountains. The theme is all-encompassing and can include 1950s hotrods and a romantic version the time period. It can include Parton's music and music in general. The place doesn't feel like it's cheating when it deviates from the 1880s.
About the chalk artist, by the way, without the family, I would have taken more time to watch her work. I appreciated the talent of reproducing these masterpieces, and I would have liked to have observing the talent in progress. I wonder, now, at how it might feel to work so hard on a piece of art only to have it ruined when the rains come.
While we're on the subject, I would have likes to have spent more time seeing some of the other artisans at work - the glass blowers, the blacksmith, and the like, as well as the musicians and shows.