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Land of Oz Amusement Park Reopening For Tours This Summer

Entertainment | Donald Wood | May 18, 2016

Land of Oz Amusement Park Reopening For Tours This Summer

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The now-defunct Land of Oz amusement park in western North Carolina is reopening this summer for exclusive tours as part of a Family Fun Month promotion.

According to, the Land of Oz amusement park will be open for six exclusive tours a day during Fridays in June, with the organized events taking place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. local time each day.

Tickets for a tour of the Land of Oz cost $12.50, plus a $10 roundtrip lift ticket. Passes for the tours must be reserved online.

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The Land of Oz amusement park originally opened in 1970, and featured hot air balloon rides, costumed characters including the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, an elaborate Yellow Brick walking path and much more.

The theme park is located in Beech Mountain—around 85 miles from Asheville—and originally received 400,000 visitors during its first summer. Unfortunately, the park was forced to close in 1980 due to economic difficulties, but was opened sporadically for invite-only events.

“This is an opportunity to walk through a classic story with the main character,” Land of Oz actress Jana Greer told “Escape the 'cyclone' and run to the storm cellar and enter into the magic Land of Oz. Skip and sing with the Dorothy as you try to find your way home.”

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