The 'Wizard Of Oz'-Themed Amusement Park Is Back

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This year, one of the greatest and most beloved movie musicals of all time, The Wizard of Oz, turns 80. Based on L. Frank Baum's book series, the movie made Judy Garland a household name and has delighted children and adults since it premiered in 1939. The Wizard of Oz is still incredibly popular, with annual airings on television, so new generations are always discovering the magic of Oz. And for those serious fans, young and old, there is a Wizard of Oz theme park in North Carolina.

That's right, you can go over the rainbow with Dorothy, Toto and the crew!

Land of Oz Theme Park is located in the Beech Mountain resort in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Though the park was first built in 1968, over the years it has seen its fair share of destruction. After 10 years of success, there were multiple acts of vandalism that forced the park to close after the 1980 season. Even though the new owners remained optimistic that the park would be able to reopen at some point, over the next three years it became clear that wasn't going to happen.

Over the next few years, The Land of Oz would be left to survive the harsh environmental elements, vandals, and looters. By 1985, the Emerald City, character houses, and some other buildings were demolished due to decay and vandalism," says a review of the theme park.

Over the years, pictures of the deserted and dilapidated park would circle around social media. And in the last few years, owners rebuilt the park. Now, it is operational for a few short periods twice a year. In June, Land of Oz hosts "Journey with Dorothy," an interactive tour through the park."With Dorothy as your guide, you will find yourself skipping down the yellow brick road through the Land of Oz to help in her search for the wonderful Wizard during this one-of-a-kind interactive experience," the website's description says.

Journey with Dorothy happens Thursdays and Fridays in June, with one extra date in July.

But if you can't make it in June, there is also "Autumn at Oz," which happens in September. The festival happens over two weekend, and since this year is the 80th anniversary of the film, they have big plans. This includes memorabilia from the 1939 film and the original 1970s theme park.

So, if you've ever wanted to skip down the yellow brick road all the way to Emerald City, here's your chance!

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