The Land of Oz Autumn at Oz A Fun Weekend In October
The Land of Oz in Beech Mountain, North Carolina opens every year the first weekend of October for a very special one weekend only festival. The Land of Oz theme park’s annual the Autumn at Oz celebration this year takes place October 3-4, 2015. The festival has a lot of fun activities, face painting, photo taking with the characters, props and souvenirs, food, and drinks. People travel from all over to come to this one weekend only festival. The festival started out as a small reunion of the theme park’s former employees. Now it is has grown into a hugely popular weekend festival in the mountains of North Carolina. Children and adults as well will all enjoy this special one weekend event that celebrates the Wizard of Oz. As an added bonus the fall foliage show will be under way in the mountains of North Carolina.
At Autumn of Oz visitors can travel thru the twister that took Dorothy to OZ, walk along the Yellow Brick Road, explore Oz, and meet many of the beloved characters such as the Tin Man, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Professor Marvel, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wizard of Oz and even The Wicked Witch of the West with her Winkie guards and flying monkeys!
Tickets are $35 for both adults and children. Children 2 years old and under get in free. Entrance times to the park for both days are 10-12, 12-2 or 2-4. You can stay until the event ends at 6:00 PM no matter which of the times you go in. Advance tickets are recommended due to the popularity of the festival. It usually sells-out every year. Buy tickets after August 1 on their website Land of Oz under Autumn At Oz party.
The Land of Oz was an operational theme park for 10 years from 1970-1980. Hard times hit the park and it closed. Then vandalism and destruction took its toll. In 1990 the area was taken over by Emerald Mountain development. With renovations and hard work now it has become what it is today. Emerald Mountain Properties have private parties at Oz, rentals, sales, Land of Oz, Oz souvenirs, Autumn At Oz Festival, bike and hiking trails and 440 acres to discover and explore.
Their website states “Each year we share the park and our memories on a special weekend. We call it our
Autumn at OZ party, where we all take a nostalgic stroll down the yellow brick road and see some of the
original cast perform again. Volunteers and local charities help us with the event, and everyone is invited. Proceeds pay for the party and help with restorations.” For more info about Land of Oz, Autumn at Oz and Emerald Mountain Properties visit Emerald Mountain.
The Land of OZ. A short feature about an abandoned theme park located up high on Beech Mountain in North Carolina. By Jessie Whitman and Sam Howe
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