Opportunity Knocks Season 1 shooting concluded with a finale at Dollywood.
There really was no better place to capture the inspiring ending to Opportunity Knocks than at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Why Dollywood? Dolly's motivation for creating Dollywood matches the philosophy of Opportunity Knocks.
Dolly Parton is an American Treasure. Beloved for more than just being a trailblazer and icon in film and music (Lifetime Achievement Grammy), she is a hero to many. From Dolly Parton's Imagination Library which has given 186 million free books (as of July 2022) to children birth to age five to increase literacy, to her My People Fund aiding families through wildfire recovery, to her support of the American Red Cross, pediatric cancer and medical research everything she does is to create a better world.
Ultimately what drew producers to Dollywood is Dolly's spirit which carries through all of her endeavors and how she invests in a future where everyone has access to opportunity. Even the Dollywood Foundation has been noted for bringing jobs and tax revenues to a previously depressed region.
The University of Tennessee found the annual direct and indirect economic impact of Dollywood to be more than $1.8 billion. It found the park helped create more than 23,000 jobs for the region.
Dollywood, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and The Dollywood Foundation all share life-changing impact. It was the only place to shoot the finale for our life-changing television series.
*We have the greatest respect for Dolly Parton. This blog is not to represent an implied endorsement of Opportunity Knocks. We are grateful to Dollywood and Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa for allowing us to film Opportunity Knocks on-site at both locations.