While the Land of Oz Amusement Park atop Beech Mountain was only open for a decade, it still has quite a following today! A large section of the park remains and reopens a few times each year. Land of Oz opened on June 15, 1970, with actress Debbie Reynolds cutting the ribbon with her daughter Carrie Fisher. It was a big hit and remained open until 1980. The remaining sections of the park reopen every September with “Autumn at Oz”. Event parking is just 8 miles from Sugar Mountain – find a vacation rental!
Autumn at Oz 2022: September 9-11, 16-18, & 23-25
The park really comes back to life with the return of all the characters during the largest Wizard of Oz festival in the country. Advance reservations highly recommended – it’s a very popular event! Tickets go on sale in summer ($55/person), so buy in advance on the official Land of Oz website.
The park is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1900 book and the 1939 movie. It was designed for visitors to experience the story through the eyes of Dorothy as you meet characters along the yellow brick road.
In the mid 1990s, the Autumn of Oz weekend began as a reunion for original park employees. That grew to a weekend with nearly 10,000 people attending. Now, the very festive event is three weekends. Begin tours at Dorothy’s farm – complete with a tornado as you walk through the house. Then you follow the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City to meet all the characters, stopping for music and photo stops along the way.
Finish with a show with Oz under the big tent. The event parking is just 8 miles from Sugar Mountain.
To get information on upcoming tours and events, go to the official Land of Oz website. Purchase tickets well in advance since most of the events sell-out.