It’s a little known fact that there once was access to the merry ol’ land of Oz right in the heart of North Carolina. The now defunct theme park ‘Land of Oz’ opened to the public in 1970 and was a dazzling replica of the iconic movie The Wizard Of Oz – you could travel down the yellow brick road, visit the Scarecrow and Tin Man, and even escape from the Wicked Witch of the West.
But in 1980, North Carolina’s Wizard of Oz park closed its doors to the public. What’s left is a spookily run-down attraction on a eerily empty mountain top.
Before you freak out that your childhood dreams have been ruined, there is hope for this abandoned playground in the form of an annual reunion called Autumn at Oz that raises funds to restore the theme park to its once great glory.
You can even stay at Dorothy’s house which includes a basement fitted with a simulator to give visitors the experience of a tornado. Because who wouldn’t want that, right?
To add to the creepiness, the original designers were told not to base the park on the famous film, but instead take their inspiration from the book instead. So what we have is some kind of bizarro world Land of Oz that leans just a little to hard on the spooky side.
Saying that, the house is actually kinda cool – it’s a private farm atop of Beech Mountain near Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s fitted with an antique kitchen and parlour, three bedrooms, one bathroom and access to the surrounding parkland.
If you’re up for a bit of exploring at an abandoned theme park, then look no further. The Land of Oz awaits.