Photo credit: Johnny Joo
This is not a horror movie, just pictures from The Land of Oz, a now-defunct amusement park located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. Grover Robbins opened its doors in 1970, and the costumes of the actors were based more on the book descriptions until later on in the park’s history when they were changed to look more like the film. Visitors could take a walk down the Yellow Brick Road, “experience” the tornado which struck Dorothy’s house, and visit with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Yellow Brick Road led to a show at the Emerald City where the characters met with the Wizard. An artificial balloon ride, a specially modified ski lift installed by Goforth Brothers, allowed visitors to get a bird’s-eye view of the park and mountain scenery before leaving Oz. Continue reading for more pictures, a video and additional information.
The musical score sung by the characters on the Yellow Brick Road and at Emerald City was composed by notables Alec Wilder and North Carolina native Loonis McGlohon (with the exception of E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” for which rights were obtained to integrate into the Emerald City show). A video and display of The Land of Oz were on exhibit at the Appalachian Cultural Museum, part of Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina but the museum closed and the artifacts were returned to the park.