A new, story-driven theme park might be coming to Tennessee this decade. Storyville Gardens is planned to be part of a 130-acre destination that includes the theme park, as well as three hotels and more than 220,000 square feet of entertainment, retail, and dining facilities.
Elde and DeLisa Guerrier of Nashville's Guerrier Development are leading the development, with California-based Storyland Studios handling the design.
"Nashville and the surrounding counties are missing family-friendly entertainment options for our children," DeLisa Guerrier said. "Storyville Gardens will provide that option while also helping parents and caregivers instill a love of reading in their children."
Here is a teaser video for the park's design, provided by the team at Storyland Studios:
"We want to create an unforgettable experience that ignites an insatiable love of reading and story in the next generation of children," Storyland Studios Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Clients Ben Thompson said.
"The potential for Storyville Gardens is limitless, both in terms of its ability to become a global attraction as well as its expected impact on children and families that will embrace reading and stories through world-class, experiential attractions," Storyland Studios Founder and Chief Creative Officer Mel McGowan said. "The theme park industry will have never seen a park quite like this one. Tennessee families and tourists to the region are in for an experience they won’t be able to get anywhere else."
Construction is set to begin in the middle of next year, on a site to be announced by the end of this year. The Nashville area formerly was home to Opryland, a 120-acre, music-themed park that closed in 1997 and was replaced by the Opry Mills shopping mall. That leaves Dollywood - more than 200 miles away in Pigeon Forge - as Tennessee's only current major theme park.
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