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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.-Dollywood's Dreamland Drive-In production won the prestigious Heartbeat Award on Nov. 15 during the Big E Awards ceremony at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo 2006 at Atlanta's Georgia World Conference Center. The Heartbeat Award recognizes the show that demonstrates superior overall ability in reaching the hearts of its audience. Candidates are judged on the commitment of the cast, the quality and content of the production and the effectiveness on the part of the producing organization in seeking to create a special connection with its audience.

Entries from around the world in all 12 Big E categories are automatically judged for the Heartbeat Award. More than 130 productions were evaluated in this year's Big E Awards process. "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for this level of achievement among such a daunting field of entrants. It's very rewarding to work in an industry that recognizes the importance of touching people's hearts," said Paul T. Couch, Dollywood's Director of Entertainment.

Dreamland Drive-In also won honorary mention in the category of best overall production with a $500,001-$1 million budget. Dreamland Drive-In premiered May 13, 2006, in Dollywood's 1,000-seat Pines Theatre and showcases the much-loved music of the '50s and '60s. The show's setting is a drive-in diner where the local radio station holds live broadcasts every Saturday afternoon. The production's storyline takes audiences on a nostalgic trip down memory lane as a 15-year romance unfolds between the show's two central characters-"Danny the DJ" and "the girl in the green dress." Bridging the gap between 1956 and 2006 is a video montage of the years' biggest hit songs. Dreamland Drive-In features a 12-member cast and a fully-orchestrated musical score highlighting the eras' most memorable hit songs including "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Yesterday," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "California Dreamin'," and many more.

The Big E Awards recognize and honor the critical role of entertainment in the amusement and attractions industry. The awards acknowledge outstanding examples of live entertainment in IAAPA's member parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, and attractions. Produced by the IAAPA Entertainment Committee, IAAPA's Big E Awards honor excellence in categories of live entertainment, from best male and female performer to best overall production.

IAAPA (www.iaapa.org) is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities worldwide. The organization represents more than 4,500 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries.

Dollywood is a 125-acre family adventure park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Open nine months a year, Dollywood offers more than 30 rides and attractions including the world's No. 1 wooden rollercoaster, Thunderhead(r); live entertainment featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywood.com.

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