Ten years after closing a developer purchased the land and a resort was built on the site. Luckily, some of the structures were saved, the fountains restored, waterfalls rebuilt and the yellow brick road unearthed. For several years, an Oz festival is held on the site with local actors playing the characters and dealers selling Oz related merchandise. The festival and park is open the first weekend in October. The houses are still existing, but the rides are no longer functioning. You can also rent out the park for birthdays, weddings, graduation and other special events.
The caption on this postcard reads: Dorothy knows a movie was made about her once, and she's happy that she has the dress Judy Garland wore in the film. It's in a museum along with other items from the movie- at the Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, N.C.
Imagine riding into one of your dreams in a colorful balloon at the Land of Oz atop Beech Mountain. Just over the rainbow all the friendly munchkins, the cowardly lion, tin man, scarecrow and Dorothy are waiting to capture your hearts.
Is the balloon really safe? Of course! Why would Dorothy and the Lion and the Tin Man all get into it together? Especially just after the Tin Man got his brain. It's the Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, N.C.
An enclosed gondola lift- one of three of its kind in the United States- takes you over the rainbow to the Land of Oz at Beech Mountain, Banner Elk, N.C. (as for the Cowardly Lion, he rides the surrey bus.)