Back in 1970, this Wizard Of Oz inspired theme park was opened as an attraction in North Carolina, USA. The attraction didn’t gather as much attention as they would have hoped and ended up being closed down 35 years ago.
It was however just left abandoned.
An Ohio based photographer named Johnny Joo, recently visited the site and captured these eerie photos.
Apparently, the first year the park opened, it attracted more than 400k visitors but interest dropped off after that.
The designer of the park made it such that as visitors walked through it, it followed the original storyline.
Visitors had the change to walk the “Yellow Brick Road”.
And even got the change to leave in a hot air balloon in the form of a ski lift.
The park was owned by a man called Grover Robbins who tragically died just before it opened meaning he never got to see his dream come to reality.
The photographer who took these photos said “It was an enchanting feeling, being that the mountain was blanketed in fog that morning. It was amazing seeing scenery practically straight out of a fairy tale being covered by layer upon layer of fog.”
The park is now opened once a year for an event called Autumn at Oz, which is run by old employees and park enthusiasts.
“It opens for one day in remembrance of the park and how it used to be,” Joo said. Wizard of Oz fans flock from all corners of the world for the event and “tickets are quite difficult to come by,” Joo added.
So if you are a fan of Wizard of Oz, why not give it a go sometime?