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"Land of Oz" Theme Park Reopens For A Limited Time

Travelers Today       By    Joseph Peter Capaque

Updated: Jun 02, 2016 06:04 AM EDT

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road
The Wizard of Oz scene from The Great Movie Ride.
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In the months of June, July and the rest of fall, travelers can visit Dorothy and the Yellow Brick once again. The "Land of Oz" reopens its doors only on Fridays. If ticket sales were the sole indicator, patrons receive the theme park warmly; tickets for the first Friday is sold out.

Broadcaster WGHP-TV reports that the theme park will welcome guests every hour from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. A ticket is priced at USD$12.50 entrance plus USD$10 round-trip lift.

The characters from the well-loved film-Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Wizard will be joining the guests on the journey.

This will be the third year "Land of Oz" opens its doors to the public. This is a great nod to a classic that should be reintroduced to the present generation. It is the wish of Travelers Today that the theme park will be open for a long time, not just for a limited one. Perhaps, increasing numbers of theme park visitors would encourage the management to do so.

During the 1990s, the dilapidated theme park on top of the Blue Ridge offered places like the Dorothy's cabin to travelers for accommodation.

Cindy Keller saw the place's potential and wanted to bring back the place's golden days. "Charlotte Observer" reporter Mark Washburn describes Keller as the "caretaker, keeper and militant defender of the mountain-top." Keller started the restoration.

"Land of Oz" theme park is in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. It first opened in 1970 until its closure in 1980. It occupies 72,100 square meters of area, and is owned by the Emerald Mountain, Inc. Patrons were allowed to go to Dorothy's house and enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

Urban travelers visited the site after its closure, adding damages. Some relics were reportedly stolen for "souvenirs".

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