Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Land of Oz, Emerald City in North Carolina


Joyful Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion reach the end of the Yellow Brick Road and arrive safely in Emerald City at Land Of Oz, atop Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Photographed in natural Color by Jack Bowers

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The Land of Oz is a mostly now-defunct theme park (only opened for the first weekend of October each year) located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. It was opened in 1970 by Grover Robbins, and was fully operational until 1980.

Visitors could take a walk down the Yellow Brick Road, "experience" the cyclone which struck Dorothy's house, and visit with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and of course, the Wicked Witch of the West. The Yellow Brick Road led (inevitably) to a show at the Emerald City where the characters met with the Wizard. Finally, an artificial balloon ride (a specially modified ski lift) allowed visitors to get a bird's-eye view of the park and breathtaking mountain scenery before leaving Oz.

5 comments:

ONeal said...

How odd to only open one weekend per year....Are you a Wizard of Oz fan? Are you going to see the movie "Oz The Great and Powerful"?

9teen87 said...

I'm a Oz fan and a huge Wicked fan from Broadway. I want to see Oz the Great and Powerful, but haven't had a chance yet.

ONeal said...

Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life are two movies I never get tired of watching. I'd like to see Oz the Great and Powerful, but I'm really, really not a James Franco fan.

Anonymous said...

The Land of Oz in the postcard was open all summer. This winter ski resort was transformed into The Land of Oz in the summer months. It was a way for the resort to make revenue in the "off season". Parts of the original park are still there, but they only open those parts once a year. The park closed in the late 1970's.

9teen87 said...

Thank you anonymous for the great information :D