What do Dollywood crews do in offseason? Take down 4 million Christmas lights

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The cries from its coasters have fallen silent. At Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a different sound fills the air.

There are chainsaws and their familiar buzz slicing through trees. There are utility trucks and their constant beeping when backing up in motion.

With the park closed to tourists, it's maintenance and construction time at the theme park.

"I think everyone would be amazed to see what our crews can do during the cold months," said Wes Ramey, the public relations manager at Dollywood. "I'm amazed by the projects our crews can complete in such a short period of time."

Matt Young is the Special Events Supervisor for Dollywood. It's a position he's held for roughly three years.

"The park definitely looks a little different right now," Young said with a grin.

Young and his crew are responsible for taking down the Christmas lights at the park. When you're talking about 4 million lights, it's no ordinary task.

"Teams work seven days a week (taking down the lights)," Young explained. "We will take them down until the second week of March."

Young said there's a crew of 15 constantly working to take down the lights.

Ramey also said crews will work on the walkways and that restrooms and some restaurants will be remodeled for 2017.

"As the park ages, things need to be replaced to make sure guests have a great experience," he said.

There will be two new rides at Dollywood this year. Drop Line is a 200-foot free falling experience. The second is Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior roller coaster for kids.

Dollywood opens first to season pass holders on March 17 and then to all guests March 18.

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