A once abandoned amusement park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina reopens for a few days each fall for an event called Autumn At Oz.
Road Trippers reported that the Beech Mountain Wizard of Oz theme park, called Land of Oz, opened in 1970 and closed the gates to the Emerald City a decade later. But that hasn’t kept Wizard of Oz enthusiasts from making a pilgrimage to the spot to take photos on the yellow brick road or in front of the Gale home in Kansas.
And this year’s Autumn in Oz is special because it is a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie, though the original theme park is based on the book by L. Frank Baum.
Road Trippers shared the background on the Land of Oz, which was designed by a man named Grover Robbins, who sadly died before the park opened with the hope of extending the season for the local ski resort.