GHOST TOWN IN THE SKY
Maggie Valley, NC
LULA, LLC DBA Ghost Town in the Sky
Park News - (2/9/15) According to the local news, Ghost Town in the Sky's owner, Alaska Presley, says while parts of the theme park property was put up for sale earlier, she claims the land is no longer for sale. Instead she is ready to move ahead with a vision to build the tallest cross in the western hemisphere on top of her "Resurrection Mountain" plans. According to the article, "Presley wants to take part of the old steel roller coaster" to do it as well.
I dunno... is it right to re-use any part of a roller coaster that was originally named the "Red Devil" to form a giant Christian cross? I'm not a religious expert, but the idea seems a little sketchy to me, despite the fact that the previous owner tried to rename and reopen the Red Devil as Cliff Hanger, but they never could get it fully running as the Cliff Hanger from what I recall.
(1/20/15) It looks like we may never get to see just what the planned Holy Land / Resurrection Mountain plans would be at Ghost Town in the Sky. According to Screamscape sources the park has been quietly put up for sale now, with the asking price set at a cool $3 million.
So the question is... is there a new potential owner out there with $3 million in their pocket with the vision and experience to turn Ghost Town in the Sky back into a serious attraction?
(7/11/14) Ghost Town in the Sky has reopened, and Alaksa Presley (90 years old) has promised new attractions are on the way. They say that 70% of the park is now open once again, however it still seems that most of the rides are still sitting idle, with no plans to repair them. However this article mentions that they have plans on removing and replacing the Cliffhanger roller coaster and Geronimo Drop. The plans for the Holy Land section of the park are now looking to try and open it as early as 2015.
???? - Holy Land / Resurrection Mountain - Status Unknown - (3/10/14) While most of this is still technically a “rumor”, one of our Screamscape sources spoke in detail with some Maggie Valley locals about what the future of Ghost Town in the Sky is expected to be. According to what they were told, the park is no longer planning to even attempt to repair or reopen any of the former classic flat rides at the park like the Paratrooper or Scrambler. Even worse, they were told that the plan was to rip down the old Red Devil / Cliff Hanger coaster later this Spring for scrap, as they no longer intend to try and reopen it.
Forgive the bad pun, but instead of fixing up and restoring Ghost Mountain the Sky to the park it once was, the park owner seems hell bent on only pushing ahead with the plan to open the Resurrection Mountain for 2014.
According to the website, Ghost Town in the Sky plans on reopening for the season on April 25th, 2014 and will run through to the end of October 2014. After reading the many disappointed trip reports I was sent throughout the 2013 season, most were hoping the park would be restored more like it’s old self by 2014 after the rough events of last year. Unfortunately, it looks like the park is moving into a new direction instead and into uncharted and possibly dangerous waters that might put the long-term survival of the park at risk. Time will tell…
(3/9/12) While I had hope to see Ghost Town in the Sky revived once again… I’m now a little concerned. In this article, a few details of what the new owner has planned are a quite a bit of a departure from the Ghost Town theme. Presley is planning on gutting the top level of the theme park, removing the Native American village, and moving all the kiddie rides up there to the lower level. She dreams of replacing it all with a “large gold and white concert hall where people can hold religious events or performances” and even eventually crown the top of the mountain with a giant status of Jesus with a similar look to the famous one in Rio.
Ummmm…. Call me a skeptic, but if he dream is to transform the wild west theme of Ghost Town in the Sky into another Holy Land Experience or a mountain-top version of Heritage USA, I think I’ll pass. Though this will give them a great opportunity to rename the old Red Devil roller coaster once again. Instead of Cliff Hanger, may I suggest Holy Roller?