Group from England checks Dollywood off bucket list

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Dollywood is right in our own back yard, but a group traveled from UK to surprise a friend with her first ever trip to the park.

A group traveling to the states from UK said a trip to Dollywood was on their bucket list. It was a big surprise for the birthday girl.

"It's always been on my bucket list to come to Dollywood,"
said Stacy Harper.

Why did she come all this way just see the theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee?

"It's got some amazing rides from what I've heard. Some of my friends have been before and I just wanted to try it because I heard such good things about it,"
siad Harper.

Her closest friends in Britain's Coaster Enthusiast Club have been planning this trip for a year. They even had worked in a few more surprises and an exclusive backstage tour.

"She knew we were coming here, but she had no idea about just what a special time the park was going to make for her. So, it was all a big surprise,"
said Linda Dodd, from England.

Dollywood added to the day of big surprises with a birthday cake, and the ride of the day on the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, Lightning Rod.

"Being a coaster enthusiast, it was really interesting. I never knew how much effort went into maintaining these rides as well,"
she said.

During this two week period they plan on visiting at least three theme parks in the country.