If you love The Wizard of Oz, and if you love kitsch, this sounds like it could definitely be the place for you. It definitely is for me!
“Many, many miles east of nowhere lay the wonderful Land of Oz,” boasted a 1939 trailer for a new movie starring Judy Garland based off of L. Frank Baum’s famous novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Thirty years later, this would become a reality. For a brief moment in history (only about 10 years), Oz was a real, truly live place where performers portrayed Dorothy and her friends and danced along a yellow brick road that curved around a mountaintop a mile high in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Original ads enticed guests with the slogan, “You Just Don’t See It; You Live it!”
“Oz was the anti-theme park. It wasn’t about roller-coasters; it was about creating an emotional experience.”
Open for only a decade (1970-1980), The Land of Oz theme park saw its share of success, dismay, and heartache. However, this small theme park’s impact has been going strong over 35 years after its closing, as public interest continues to increase and public events held on the property sell out immediately. If you’re a fan of the Wizard of Oz movie or books, get ready because tickets for the Land of Oz in North Carolina are on sale for the 2019 season!
Oh, and since this is the 80th (!!!) anniversary of the film’s release, their Museum Exhibit will feature actual Costumes & Memorabilia from the 1939 MGM Film, & More!