Bottom of ... c1 3 dollywood... you have to go and visit chance to visit dollywood... you have to go and visit dolly parton's tour bus... i spoke with a tour guide there... and she explains all the different things you can learn about dolly... take a look... speaker 1:well, when i decided i had to come back down and do a tour of dollywood, there was no other place i really wanted to be but the dolly parton tour bus.
Let me introduce you to the most amazing woman and the tour guide over here in dollywood for the dolly parton tour bus.
Ms betty, how are you?
Betty:i'm doing great, thank you.
Tell us a little bit about the beginning, the story of dolly parton's bus, when it came to, when did it start and when was it out of commission?
She bought the bus in 1994 and used it 15 years and parked it ... had it parked right here at dollywood in 2009.
Speaker 1:and what are some of the best features that you love when it comes to the bus?
Betty:well, i love telling about her parents at the ... in her bedroom that she had 12 children.
One died at birth and she had 10 other siblings that she was raised with, and about her grandparents, and also i love telling about her little bubble bath, that she loves to take bubble baths, so she got ... ordered her a tub.
And i call it a dolly- size tub, because it is small but it is still a tub.
And i love the expression of the host people when i show them the little hidden c1 3 coffee maker in the cabinet.
Speaker 1:one thing, when i walked on, i immediately felt like i was home with dolly.
Speaker 1:do people say the same thing when you do those little tours?
And that's exciting too, because they're always saying, "oh, this place smells like dolly.
This dolly set, here, dolly looked in these mirrors," and that thrills me and i get so excited, was i'm able to share this part of dolly.
Speaker 1:what's your favorite part about doing the tours?
Betty:the expressions on people's faces, yes.
Getting their reaction, and just being able to tell a few tidbits about dolly, their star.
Speaker 1:dolly is a legend and everyone loves her.
I must say, when you're working in here, was is some of the things that we might not see that you know?
Betty:well, i think it would be her kindness, her goodness.
Little things, like i've heard she would get in the middle of the night and get herself a snack and offer the driver a sandwich.
Things like that just make her special, yeah.
Speaker 1:i think that's great.
So what are some other fun things about the bus?
Betty:oh, my goodness.
Speaker 1:i see ... as i said, there's two toilets.
It is, and that's something everybody says, "dolly must sit here."
I said, "oh, no.
That's the crew's."
An then they say, "oh, there's two toilets," yes.
And so, they had that covered.
However, the drivers would get them a hotel and dolly would stay in the bus when they get to their destination.
Speaker 1:oh, really?
She would stay on the bus and everyone else would go into a hotel?
Betty:yes, because she has the bubble bath.
Speaker 1:oh, i understand.
Now i got you.
Now, this bus was put out of commission what year?
Speaker 1:now, whenever dolly travels now is it by bus all the time?
In 2010 she got her new bus that cost 2.7 million.
Speaker 1:well, that's a big bus.
Well, it's same size but it has slide outs, and has a large wig closet.
Speaker 1:that's what we like to hear.
Now when she's in town, where does she normally park the bus?
Betty:she parks it up at dreammore.
Speaker 1:and she normally stays on the bus there as well?
Betty:well, sometimes she goes to her suite on the sixth floor, and sometimes she stays in her bus.
Speaker 1:well, betty, thank you so much.
We love that little tour.
We appreciate it.
Betty:thank you so much, too.
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