Ghost Town In The Sky passes state inspection, opens for the season on Independence Day

Here’s the press release from Ghost Town In The Sky, the theme park in Maggie Valley:

Maggie Valley, North Carolina, July 3rd, 2014 – Western-theme amusement park and movie set for Dean Teaster’s 2007 film, ‘Ghost Town’, is officially opening for the season at 10:00AM on July 4th after a brief delay caused it to miss its originally planned opening date on June 20th.  While installing an engineering marvel (pipes to pump city water to feed the park’s 40+ buildings from the mountain’s base elevation to over 4,600 feet above sea level), the construction crew ran into solid rock that prevented the completion of its new water system.  As a temporary solution, existing water tanks will be used for storage.  The water was tested and passed state inspection on June 26th.  State inspectors noted that a wash-out due to recent rains created a safety issue on the evacuation road which has since been repaired and passed state inspection on July 3rd.

Guests of the newly renovated park have the option of taking a scenic, 20 minute, 3,370 foot long chairlift ride or bus ride up to Western Town to enjoy their choice of theme-based activities and venues such as action-packed cowboy gunfights, can-can dancing, rebuilt kiddie rides, two updated shooting galleries, walking trails, a stage coach and picnic area, hand tossed pizza parlor, hand scooped ice cream parlor and hourly rotating live music.  An old west historical museum, updated gift shop, two old west saloons, a schoolhouse, bank, jail, and a church will be open to patrons as well as 3 reinstalled, tested, and inspected zip lines measuring from 190 feet to 480 feet in length. A new paintball course is expected to be open soon.

Ghost Town In The Sky, a popular western-theme amusement park located on Buck Mountain in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, has entertained millions of visitors and hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry since opening to the public in May of 1961.  In 2012, one of the original investors, Alaska Presley, purchased the amusement park to preserve its history and provide enjoyment for the generations to come.  The seasonal park is open from April through October, weather permitting, and hours of operation are from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Friday through Monday.  Chairlift admission (transportation fee) is $24.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 3-10, and free for children under 3.  Bus ride admission (transportation fee) is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 3-10, and free for children under 3.  Zip line admission is $45.00 for ages 13 and up and $40.00 for ages 4-12.  Season passes are available for $39.95.

For more information and follow the latest developments, please visit the park’s Facebook page at, website page at or call (828) 926-1130.


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