GHOST TOWN IN THE SKY
Maggie Valley, NC
LULA, LLC DBA Ghost Town in the Sky
GHOST TOWN CLOSED FOR 2015 SEASON
Park News - (7/7/15) While Ghost Town in the Sky was suppose to reopen for the season, apparently I'm told it will not reopen now this season. A press release letter sent out signed by "Alaska", the park owner was sent to me to post on Screamscape.
As many of you know we have spent the last 3 years rebuilding the infrastructure of Ghost Town. The park is 60+ years old and new electrical, plumbing, evacuation roads and more had to be updated. We have spent more than half a million dollars installing 5000 ft of water lines through out the mountain to replace aging and dry wells. I have now been informed that additional measures must be taken in order for the new lines to pass pressure tests and this will not be completed for several more weeks. Without water we are unable to open to the public. This comes as a disappointment, since we have spent the last several weeks renovating the western town and preparing the restaurants and shops. It is just not cost effective to open for a partial season. We will however be completed and ready to go for next season and ask that you please keep updated on our Facebook page for 2016 opening announcements. We have been working on re-branding Ghost Town into a family destination taking it from the 1960's to the 2020's and although it may seem like little has been done, I assure you, you must first complete a solid infrastructure in order to build a memorable destination and we have almost completed that. Ghost Town's future holds exciting new activities like our all new AirWalk which will be a conversion of the existing roller coaster to a harnessed climbable course, extended zip lines, from up the mountain, an Appalachian Village to include local entertainment and artisans and much more. We truly appreciate your understanding and will continue to update you as we progress. Alaska
That last bit about AirWalk is interesting however, as we knew the former Red Devil coaster was never going to reopen, it was a surprise to see that they plan on converting the structure into some kind of ropes-course style experience instead for next season.
(6/6/15) Ghost Town in the Sky has updated their website to announce that the park will open for the 2015 season on July 2nd. They've also posted some interesting new park hours and pricing, and are very clear up front that "THERE ARE NO ADULT RIDES AT GHOST TOWN." any longer. Park admission is now being advertised as being FREE, however you do have to pay for the mode of transportation you take to get into the park: $24.95 if you want to take the Chair Lift and $19.95 if you want to take the Bus up the mountain. The 2015 Park Hours also now only have the park opened on Wednesdays through Saturdays only from 10am to 5pm, and closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. (I can understand the weekdays for a smaller park, but I don't think I've ever seen a park voluntarily close itself on a Sunday before.)
(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.
2016 and Beyond - AirWalk, Ziplines and More - According to a Press Release from the park future attractions include, “Ghost Town's future holds exciting new activities like our all new AirWalk which will be a conversion of the existing roller coaster to a harnessed climbable course, extended zip lines, from up the mountain, an Appalachian Village to include local entertainment and artisans and much more.”
???? - 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?