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“Rip Off”
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.
Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Rip Off”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went there 4 years ago and had a great time. This time 7/26/2014 the food was terrible, no rides were open. The train ride was closed. The gunfight was a joke. Saloon show had no talent. I have seen ones there where they fell off the roof. We spent an hour and that was all there was. My 7 year old grandson said it was a RIP OFF. Don't waste your time and money there. They should condemn the place. 4 Adults and 1 child is a lot of money to waste. Don't go there

Visited July 2014
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13 Thank Theresa G
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Toney
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97 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Don't waste your money”
Reviewed July 27, 2014

Totally misrepresented. The so called shows were horrible. Nothing to do but a few shops and walk up and a block of pretend old buildings. And the mannequins are really creepy.

Visited July 2014
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11 Thank mcn001
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Greensboro
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Scam!!!!!”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went today 7/26/14. I was so disappointed. I use to frequent this place way back when. Now I wouldn't advise anyone to come to ghost town. It really should have stayed shut down. We were here about an hour. Went back to try and get a refund. NO REFUNDS AT All. While I was in there complaining there were 4 other people doin the same thing. No rides are operating (unless u want to count the one lil kiddy ride, the gun show was horrible. It was nothing like it use to be. The shops had horrible smells, bathrooms were not in working order. The chair lift was the only thing working. I can't believe they are ripping people off like this. Better watch that....karma will come around and get them. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!!

Visited July 2014
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15 Thank tiffster5025
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Absolutley Horrible”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

The only thing worth paying for is the chair lift ride. Saw everything Ghost Town had to offer in 20 minutes. Can-Can girls cannot dance. Dancing was not in rhythm. Gun fights were OK. Stores did not have anything in them other than some plastic guns for kids and a few novelty items. Food cost to much. This is not the Ghost Town that I know from years ago. $70.00 wasted for 2 adults and 1 child. Will not return............

Visited July 2014
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10 Thank Charles B
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Canton, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Go for the chair lift only.”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This attraction once drew big crowds and was an amazing experience. It really needs to be renovated. The chair lift alone is worth 10 dollars but the other 10 you payed to go in will basically allow you to watch a gun fight, a saloon type show (which was cute), and four rides for young children. There is not a lot to do in Maggie except shop. The littlest in your family will enjoy the day but otherwise you will feel its money wasted. I recommend driving into Gatlinburg and doing Ober Gatlinburg. Visit Dollywood for about 20 times the rides and three times as many shows!

Visited July 2014
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8 Thank Angie R
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