The Wild West-themed amusement park plans to add zip lines and be fully opened later this year. Press release here:
Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky, one of North Carolina’s most unique amusement parks and family destinations, will re-open under new ownership after being closed for 3 years. Alaska Presley purchased this park at a bankruptcy auction this past spring. Since then, she has been working diligently on getting the park prepared for a partial opening, Phase One, projected sometime this summer.
The first phase will include the famous chairlift ride, which takes passengers 3500 feet up and back down the side of Buck Mountain, with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains above and the valley below. Alongside the chairlift are railway tracks that in the past, hauled passengers up the Incline Railway. When the park re-opened in 2007, the Incline was not restored and hasn’t been operating since before 2002. Presley has recently purchased all the parts that are needed to get the Incline Railway running properly. Both the chairlift and incline railway debark at the second level, referred to by Ghost Town now as “Level Fun.”
Level Fun will feature some of Ghost Town’s existing kiddie rides, a museum and a restaurant. The kiddie rides are in the process of being moved from higher elevations of the park down to Level Fun.
Two zip lines are being added to Phase One at the bottom of the mountain, located to the left of chairlift as you look up the mountain from Ghost Town’s entrance. The zip lines are over 300 feet long each, one being close to 400 feet long. After the zip experience, participants will be lowered from a 45 foot-high tree house to the ground, which will be a thrill in itself.
“This is just a taste of what is to come,” says Presley. “More zip lines are planned in later stages of our development that will be like no others in the world!”
Ghost Town’s zip lines are manufactured and installed by Beanstalk Builders (www.beanstalkjourneys.com) from Morganton, NC. They have built zip lines throughout the country and are known for their safety features. Instead of using hand brakes, Beanstalk Journey’s zip lines use a “Peter Pan” landing, which means that the zip riders use their feet and walk to a complete stop on an upward slope. Beanstalk Journey’s zip lines are different than most others because children as young as 4 years old can participate.
The Phase 2 Opening includes action-packed cowboy gunfights, can-can dancing and live music from Ghost Town’s legendary Western Town. Projected to open in 2013, plans now are being made for how shuttling guests from Level Fun to Western Town.