GHOST TOWN IN THE SKY
Maggie Valley, NC
LULA, LLC DBA Ghost Town in the Sky
Park News - (5/17/13) The local news confirms that Ghost Town in the Sky is preparing to reopen for the 2013 season starting this Memorial Day Weekend. They’re pushing ahead to finish up various rehab projects in the Ghost Town area on the mountain that will reopen this season as well as restore water service to the park. The article mentions that a request to have the rides inspected before opening has not yet been filed, which is going to push things to the wire for the reopening date to work.
Ghost Town’s shops and restaurants will reopen and they promise that the Gunfighters will return to perform as well. Admission is going to be $24.50 for adults, $14.95 for children and under 5 is free. As for the rides, nothing was mentioned by name, only that they wanted to have a few of the kiddie rides open this year, in addition to the chairlift of course.
As for the future plans... I’m still a bit skeptical of the next phase of expansion that will see the top of the park transformed into a religious based experience to be called Resurrection Mountain. Resurrection Mountain is said to still be in the design phase, but will feature a giant cross and Jesus’ tomb amongst other features drawn from various bible stories.
(4/25/13) According to the Ghost Town in the Sky website, the park will open for the 2013 season on Memorial Day weekend where they claim “Plans are in motion to have the "Old Western Town" operational with gunfights in the street and the Parisian CanCan Dancers on the stage of the Silver Dollar Saloon!” We’ll know soon enough if they’ll make that schedule.
(9/28/12) An interesting article and discussion can be found here about if the local community in Maggie Valley should show more support to Ghost Town in the Sky or not.
(8/28/12) I’ve got the following new information from Ghost Town in the Sky to share this week. The chairlift is indeed operational once again and will remain running through to the end of October, which means this could be a great way to take in the always awesome fall colors. The experience includes the 35 minute total round trip ride up and back again, a tour of “old” Ghost Town, Tour of the museum, the Shooting Gallery is open along with a few arcade games, 3 small kiddie rides. Ticket prices are $16 for adults and $8 for children (3-10).
The park’s new Zip Line experience are also open, and hope to try and remain open year-round. The experience will run you $45 for adults, $40 for children (4-10) and feature three lines: The Draw (325ft), The Bullet (480ft) and The Holster (190ft). Combo tickets are also available for both experiences: $55 for adults, $45 for children.
(7/9/12) The first phase of attractions at Ghost Town in the Sky has reopened at last. The three new zip-lines built near the park’s entrance are now open, as well as the old chair lift to the top of the mountain is running once again. Once at the top, guests can take a bus tour ride through the western town sets under renovation atop the mountain, but the rides and coybow fights and more on top of the mountain that the park was known for wont be ready to reopen until next year.
2013 - Beanstalk Forest / Western Town - (1/21/13) A Screa
mscape reader drove past GhostTown in the Sky over the weekend and reported in with a few pictures. For starters they had a piece of concept artwork up for a new ropes course attraction called Beanstalk Forest (by Beanstalk Builders) listed as “Coming Soon!”. I imagine that these are the same people who were behind the installation of the Zip Lines last year.
The other preview site out front of the closed ticket booths also still lists 2013 as the year Phase II will open, bringing guests back up the mountain and into Western Town. A quick check on the park’s official website also confirms that they are still working on opening Western Town for 2013 where guests can see cowboy gunfighters, can-can dancing girls, and listen to live music. It was my understanding that they had been able to reopen the chairlift before closing down for the winter.
???? - Future Development Plans - (7/2/12) An all new version of the Ghost Town in the Sky park website has launched, spreading the message that after “Phase 1” opens in Summer 2012, Phase 2 is “Western Town” and Phase 3 is “Holyland”. Phase 1 will be the new Zip line attraction being added to the bottom of the mountain, as well as the plan to reopen the chair lift ride and a few kiddie rides at the top.
(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?