Land of Oz, Beech Mountain

The Land of Oz is currently a private property located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. It was opened in 1970 by Carolina Caribbean Corporation under the guidance of Grover Robbins, who had been successful with Tweetsie Railroad, and designed by Jack Pentes. It was fully operational until 1980. It now opens for Fridays in June for "Journey with Dorothy Tours" and in September for Autumn at Oz - the largest festival in the area. Visitors would start off in Kansas, "experience" the tornado which struck Dorothy's house, and walk down the Yellow Brick Road to visit with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Emerald City consisted of gift shops and an ampi-theater that the Magic Moment Show would be staged on every half hour. An artificial balloon ride, a specially modified ski lift installed by Goforth Brothers, allowed visitors to get a bird's-eye view of the park and mountain scenery before leaving Oz. A small museum showcased props and costumes from the film. These were jointly bought by the park and Debbie Reynolds from MGM.The musical score sung by the characters on the Yellow Brick Road and at Emerald City was composed by notables Alec Wilder and North Carolina native Loonis McGlohon (with the exception of E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" for which rights were obtained to integrate into the Emerald City show).A video and display of The Land of Oz were on exhibit at the Appalachian Cultural Museum, part of Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina but the museum closed and the artifacts were returned to the park.
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  • My husband and I took our daughter to the Land of Oz probably in 1973, a few year before her brother was born. Our son who now has 3 children, ages 11, 8, and 4, had never been to Oz. So when he calle...  more »
  • For an amusement park that officially closed in 1980, The Land of Oz is a remarkable destination. In today's world, the park only opens for a few engagements each year which brings the whole town of B...  more »
  • Had a great time walking through the Land of Oz. Only opens for an Anniversary celebration once a year in September. This event brought back many memories! Just a beautiful sight from the top of Beech...  more »

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