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“waste of time and 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 24, 2013

We wanted to share the Ghost Town experience of our youth with our children.....boy, were we all sorely disappointed. After paying $64.00 a person for entrance to the remnants of Ghost Town and the fee for the zip line ride, we first took the chairlift up to Ghost Town, which is aptly named. We should have paid attention to the empty parking lot. There was nothing there except stores and a 5 minute pitiful 'gunfight.' There was one, yes, one kiddie ride. We were flabbergasted. Our kids were frustrated. So after spending about 15 minutes at the actual Ghost Town, we took the chairlift down to the site of our zip line experience. After a weird orientation session, we were led into the woods to the first platform. The first zip was fun and neat as it went down the mountain. The final 2, however, were over the asphalt parking lot!!!!!! Unfortunately, I am not kidding. Folks, do not waste your time and money. Go drive the Blueridge instead. Ghost Town needs to be put to rest.

7  Thank dsd35
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

The kids did enjoy the zip line but for the price it seemed it took longer to get ready than the actual zip line (it took less than 1 hour for everything). Since there isn't much to do in Maggie Valley, it is an option.

Thank Linda G
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Our group of 6 (4 adults and 2 young children) visited on 8/2/13 and had a WONDERFUL time!! The chairlift up and down was relaxing and had gorgeous views. Everyone in our group decided that that alone was worth the $25 fee ($15 for kids). We all thoroughly enjoyed Western Town...with the kids running from building to building to find new treasures. The gun fight was great, as well as the saloon show! The man playing the saloon piano was incredible! We were all mesmerized as his hands flew across the keys!! The kids played skeeball and a target practice game as well as riding the kiddie rides. When we purchased our tickets they told us right away that there were no adult rides open yet, and only a couple for the kids. It was very clean and the staff was super friendly. They will continue to open more rides and attractions as time goes on....and our family can't wait to be a part of Ghost Town's come back!! Both kids have already asked to celebrate their birthdays there, and my "40 something" brother hasn't stopped talking about our day since he left! We need to support places like this or we won't have them to enjoy anymore. Overall...a FABULOUS day and again, the chairlift was worth the ticket price and all the other fun is a huge bonus!!!

6  Thank zekaroo
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We just made a visit there last week and what a huge disappointment! The female cashier was a grouch, rude and sarcastic. She only drives customers away and we witnessed it. We told them not to waste their money. We only got to ride the lift once, they closed 2 hours early which I'm sure is illegal...what a scam! Then the employees were using curse words and watching laptops with cursing around my 4 year old....so much for Family Themed or Atmosphere. I posted all this on their FB page but now they've blocked me...guess they couldn't handle the truth huh? Only 1 ride was going!! They will never see another dime of my money under this management. We will stick with Santa's Land in Cherokee...its worth your time and $!!!!

7  Thank MommyMandy2008
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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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