Many that us have actually wonderful childhood storage of visiting Ghost city in the skies in Maggie Valley. This mountaintop amusement park to be wildly well-known in in the 70s and 80s. It opened in 1961 and closed in 2002, complied with by a collection of owners that have opened components of the park for brief times. We acquired a behind-the-scenes look at in 2017, so take it a peek within the extra ghostly abandoned park v the photo tour below.

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Reopening? While over there were hopes in 2019 that a significant renovation and also reopening, that setup got derailed. There room no plans to reopen the park in 2020, but on-going efforts proceed to uncover a new owner to carry it earlier sometime in the future.

Ghost town in the Sky photo Tour & History

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Ghost city in the sky was renowned for that is Wild-West theme, live-action shows and beautiful setup on optimal of Buck mountain at 4,600 ft. Elevation. The name adjusted to "Ghost city Village" in 2012.

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After parking and also buying a ticket, travellers rode the chairlift or incline auto 2/3 the a mile increase the mountain, climbing an ext than 1,250 ft. In elevation. The chairlift through those wonderful mountain views will certainly return because that the reopening - the incline car will not.

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Ghost city was split into number of "towns" with different themes, consisting of Indian Village, mountain Town and also Mining Town. The Old West Street is still completely intact, and all the structures still have their initial furnishings. Extra ghostly!

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The most famous section was the Old West town through saloons (pic over is the silver Dollar) with can-can dancers, a jail and businesses follow me the key street the was the vision of hourly gunfights.

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The Red Dog Saloon featured live country music.

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Rides contained the Red evil one Cliffhanger roller coaster (pic above), tilt-a-whirl, Goldrusher, Sea Dragon, Monster, Mining town Swing, black color Widow Scrambler, Bumper Cars, Dream Catcher Paratrooper, Casino, ring Up, Lil evil one coaster, Merry walk Round and Silver cartridge flume. 

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The popular Ghost city Train is waiting to lug visitors about the park.

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The an extremely unique layout park was created by R.B. Coburn and also built because that $1 million, opened in might 1961 together an immediate vast success. In ~ its peak, much more than 500,000 human being visited each season. While new rides were added through the 1990s, larger rides began breaking under on a constant basis. ~ visitors got stuck top top the chairlift in 2002, Colburn closeup of the door the park and put that up for sale.

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The amazing mountain views were always a big draw. Ghost town was sold and reopened in might 2007 after millions were invested on renovations. Throughout a poor economy that lugged high gas prices, the park closeup of the door again after ~ the 2009 season as result of a huge mudslide in February 2010 and financial woes. Among the original owners, Alaska Presley, bought the park back in 2012 through plans the transforming it come Ghost town Village. However, she hit part stumbling blocks and also was only able to reopen sections the the park for a quick time. It"s been totally closed since then. Previous Disney executives do a grand attempt to purchase Ghost city in 2018 and 2019, yet they encountered some big stumbling blocks.

If you desire to check out it on the large screen, seek out the 2007 movie "Dean Teaster"s Ghost Town". Two other films, "Mandie and the secret Tunnel" (2008) and "Ringside Rosary" (2010) were also filmed there. 

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Photos from mine visit native 1978! I deserve to still psychic flying the end over the mountainside top top the swings together a teenager.

The park is located at the foot of the great Smoky Mountains and also is 4 miles eastern of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 255 in Maggie Valley. That is 14 miles east of Cherokee and also 34 miles west of Asheville. Lot of Maggie Valley has actually retained that nostalgic feel with plenty of original "mom and pop" motels and gift shops. See things to perform in Maggie Valley.

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Another Ghost TownSee a genuine ghost town at Henry river (read more) near Morganton.