Dolly Parton lists the tour bus as a vacation rental
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Dolly Parton is giving fans the chance to spend the night in her decorated tour bus dubbed “Suite 1986” – if they have the cash.
It makes sense to rent it, because it no longer runs regularly, Parton told the Knoxville Sentinel News.
“[I] I decided to take it down because I didn’t tour much anymore and it was just there,” she told the newspaper. “And I thought that could be put to good use.”
The country music superstar charges $10,000 to spend two nights on his tour bus, which is full of Parton’s personal effects, including a bedazzled guitar and a wig cabinet. The reservation also comes with an extra room at a hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that can accommodate four people in case a guest wants to bring more people.
A portion of the proceeds from each stay will be donated to the Dollywood Foundation and Parton’s Imagination Library.
“If you have money — and a lot of people do — they just want to experience it,” Parton said.
The 45-foot-long vehicle is no ordinary tourist bus, featuring a sofa, dining table, kitchen, two toilets, a bathtub and a large bedroom decorated with floor-to-ceiling pink and purple decor, as well as colorful murals illustrating life on the road.
Parton traveled around 360,000 miles on the bus from 2008 to 2022, but now says she’s open to letting others experience it.
“I loved all my time on the bus, traveling with my friend Judy (Ogle), my best friend from Sevierville,” Parton said. “We’ve been friends since we were in third grade and we just walked all those miles together. But we had a lot of wonderful memories of people who came by bus to visit, when we traveled, dignitaries, stars, everyone, but all the memories are special to me.