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Land of Oz theme park reopening in North Carolina
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Land of Oz theme park reopening in North Carolina

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The Land of Oz, one of North Carolina’s more unusual theme parks, is reopening next month, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the release of the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

The theme park on top of Beech Mountain near Boone will be open various days throughout June and one day in July, according to its website.

Guests will travel with Dorothy down the yellow brick road through the Land of Oz to help in her search for the wonderful Wizard. Some guests will be selected to play one of the characters from the iconic movie and all guests are encouraged to dress in costume (though sensible shoes might be wise.)

The theme park will be open every Thursday and Friday in June (6-7, 13-14, 20-21), the last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the month (26-28) and Friday, July 5.

Tickets are $27.50, plus taxes and fees, and children 2 and younger get in free. Tickets are available at https://www.landofoznc.com/journey-with-dorothy.

The park is not wheelchair or stroller friendly because of the uneven pathways, staircases, and steep ramps built within the natural terrain of Beech Mountain, according to the park’s website.

Originally opened 1970, the park drew 400,000 visitors its first year and fast became one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

But the park later struggled and a 1975 fire in the Emerald City destroyed the amphitheater and its contents, as well as damaging the surrounding shops and restaurant. The park closed in 1980 but has been open the early summer and fall in recent years.

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