Offbeat

By Lauren Fruen


A WIZARD of Oz style theme park is set to reopen to the public 30 years after it closed.

The Land of Oz – which opened in the 1970s – will welcome fans of the hit musical for six days over the summer.

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In its heyday more than 400,000 people followed the yellow brick road at the park, including boxer Muhammad Ali.

But it was forced to close in the 1980s after a devastating fire in 1975.

The museum was also broken into and many of the original film costumes, including Judy Garland’s original gingham dress, were stolen.

Now, more than 30 years later, guests to the park on Beech Mountain, in North Carolina can enjoy one-hour guided tours by Dorothy.

**MANDATORY BYLINE** Pic by Landofoznc.com/Caters News -pictured in the 1970s

Thrillseekers may want to avoid it, however – the theme park has no rides and some of the attractions are still closed.

But the park does boasts a yellow brick road made up of 44,000 bricks and it was even opened by Hollywood royalty Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher.

A spokesman for the theme park said: “Land of Oz is not a fully function theme park.

“It’s a private property.

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“The original attractions and some buildings from the 1970s no longer exist.

“However Kansas and the entire Yellow Brick Road still remain. There are no rides.

“Guests can be lead through Oz by Dorothy herself, and are chosen at random to act out the other characters along the Yellow Brick Road with her.

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“They become a part of Oz.

“We will have the park fully decorated, live shows, a new Emerald City layout, vendors, petting zoo, Oz Museum Exhibit and games.”