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“Not bad the view and the ride up is worth the money.”
Review of Ghost Town in the Sky - CLOSED

Ghost Town in the Sky
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Owner description: Ghost Town In The Sky was built literally on top of a mountain in one of America’s most beautiful regions, and the park’s uniqueness and incredible location has attracted families to Western North Carolina for decades.Ghost Town In The Sky was conceived by the late R. B. Coburn, who was inspired to build a park with a western theme after visiting several ghost towns in the American West. In 1960, Coburn purchased Buck Mountain near Maggie Valley as the sight of his town, and construction began in September of 1960 with the help of a few investors, including Ms. Alaska Presley. Over two hundred locals were hired to construct the 40 replica buildings that comprised the Western Town, which is located at the Mountain’s peak. A double incline railway was also constructed to bring its passengers to the entrance of Ghost Town, located at over 3300 feet up the mountainside. The park opened in May of 1961, and since then new rides and attractions have been added throughout the years.Ghost Town has entertained millions of guests throughout the country. Ghost Town was built and opened in a time of uncertainty: bomb shelters were common, Americans were faced with the Cold War and Bay of Pigs, and the President was assassinated. The sixties movement was stirring up the conservatives from the fifties. Popular movies on the Silver screen were Westerns with hero-figures such as John Wayne and Roy Rogers. Television was becoming a household commodity, and shows such as Bonanza, Big Valley, Rawhide and Gunsmoke featured Wild West heroes that children could admire.Ghost Town brought that Hollywood glamour and action to life. Cowboys interacted with the children, much in a similar manner that they do today, and were heroic. Ghost Town was a true escape from reality.Ghost Town closed its doors in 2002 after 41 years of successful operation. Coburn sold the property to in August, 2006, who attempted to revive the park, but ended up closing at the end of the 2009 season. Alaska Presley, one of the original investors, purchased the park in the spring of 2012 and will be opening the park in various phases.Those children who have been to Ghost Town now have kids and grandchildren of their own, and the parents that took their kids in the past now have grandchildren and great grandchildren that will enjoy Ghost Town again.
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I know when you read all the negative reviews on this place it's a turn off, however I visited Ghost Town August 3rd 2013 and you have to understand it wasn't all that bad, The kids had fun playing in the western town with their cowboy outfits on they got from the shops and were even mocking the gun fighters in the street having a ball, a chairlift ride in Gatlinberg TN. is $25.00 with no park or good view atop of the mountain that's mainly what you get at this time, this park is trying to recover and needs support to do so and negative people can't see this when they had rather go loose three to five hundred dollars at the casino in Cherokee, sit on their lazy behind and smoke cigarettes but they don't complain about that at all, I'd much rather get out and breath fresh air on top of a cool beautiful mountain and get exercise for just a little money out of pocket than set around and let my body go to waste that has become a big problem with American people today, if it requires walking or any work at all they just don't want no part of it, Go to Ghost Town and enjoy the beautiful scenery !

9  Thank Lawson K
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

At $25 a ticket, you'd think they would have something working. All the rides were broken, the shows were a joke and they don't serve any food worth eating. Don't waste your money! My husband and I spent $50 and stayed for maybe 30 minutes. Spend your hard earned money elsewhere!

8  Thank tmelton
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Zipline was across the parking lot, food was limited and horrible and everything was closed. THey charge way to much for not a whole lot to do!

5  Thank Shelli S
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Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

It cost $25 and other than the chair lift there was nothing to really see or do. The website was very misleading. Nothing was working and the shows aren't worth it. The mountain top views are gorgeous tho.

12  Thank punkiejo
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We just went to Ghost Town in the Sky today in Maggie Valley. It was absolutely dreadful. Their website is not a true reflection of this attraction. All but two of the kiddie rides were "under construction". The midway was completely closed. The roller coaster clearly hasn't been used in many years and was overrun with weeds. Most of the buildings at the top (in the actual ghost town) were closed/inaccessible. You basically walked around looking at fake store fronts with old creepy mannequins in the windows. There was a lame 30 minute saloon show followed by a two minute cowboy "gun fight" in the street. The train/trolley going up to the ghost town was broken - the small train that goes around the exhibit at the top was being repaired so it was also out of service- we traveled up the chair lift to get there - spent about an hour and a half - and then were told that the chair lift was broken and we had to come back down in a hot, cramped shuttle bus. The only food you can purchase up there is cheese pizza slices, ice cream, teeny bags of popcorn, or fudge. Many of the employees reminded me of those creepy "carnival" workers from those travelling midways that pass through small towns - unkempt looking - tattoos on their necks - no uniforms - just generally unprofessional. We spent $140.00 for a group of six on admission to go up there (if you want to try the zip line it is an extra $40 per person on top of the general admission). The moment we came back down we complained about the poor quality of this attraction and thankfully got all of our money back. My advice: Do NOT waste your time or money on this so called "attraction". It is a sad, unfortunate, out dated, hopeless mess.

16  Thank Katherine U
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