The Willie Nelson family has announced a partnership with Herschend Family Entertainment, with plans to open a 50-acre theme park on property adjacent to Willie Nelsons Texas ranch outside of Austin. The Theme Park, which will be 100% solar operated, will feature rides inspired by the country singer’s long career in music, and will reflect his activism. Herschend is the company that operates DollyWorld in Tennessee, and Nelson said he got the inspiration after a recent recording session with Dolly, when she recorded a song for an upcoming album with Willie.
Nelson will duplicate his Luck, Ranch, which was originally built as a movie set, on a larger scale, and visitors will experience a visit to authentic western town. Fans will be able to ride around in buses fashioned after Willie Nelson’s tour bus, the HoneySuckle Rose. Bumper cars will feature pick up trucks and 1960′s Cadillacs. Visitors will be challenged by a giant haunted “Trigger” corn maze, and other interactive exhibits. The park will include a concert hall, where Nelson will hold his annual Forth of July Picnic, as well as regulary scheduled concerts throughout the year. A movie theater will show Willie Nelson movies 24-7.
A June groundbreaking is planned, with more details to follow later in the summer.