I've been to the "Land of Oz Park" Reunion
Day for the last few years and yes the "Emerald City Doormans" coat, used
in the 1939 MGM movie, "The Wizard of Oz" is on display at The Land
of Oz Theme Park in Beech Mountain, NC and it's true that the park is only
open to the public usually on the first Saturday in October.
They do have many PIECES of munchkin
costumes on display, and some very interesting red and white striped socks,
(could these be the dead witches that were under the house). Also the curator
informed me that one long legged tall very ornate chair that was on display,
was used in the witches castle. I have all this and more on video.
If they get another good turn-out with
this year, they will continue this yearly reunion event.... that is
if the vandalism and brick stealing is stopped, or at least kept to a minimum.
There is a minimal charge per person
for the whole day, but you want to bring extra cash ! They have Oz collectable
concession stands with Oz collectables both old and new at the park, the
MGM movie and Books. Not to mention food and beverage stands with great outdoor
home cooked autumn fair. It's like a big family picnic in Munchkinland,
And if you want you can even come dressed in Oz costumes.
They usually get a Munchkin as Guest
of Honor, who poses for photos and signs autographs.
They have music through out the park,
which is the original theme park music - as well as some MGM movie tunes.
They have Uncle Henry's Barn (where the memorobilia is displayed), Auntie
Em's House, the Tornado, and of course the yellow brick road, and you can
only guess who you'll meet along the way. It's definately an OZZY TIME with
"JOLLY GOOD FUN"
After expenses, the proceeds go toward
refirbishing and renovating the park. I had noticed the last two trips their
that they had done several things each time.....
I found this cool web site for Emerald
Moutain Reality that has a page for "The Land of Oz Park" and it talks about
the yearly reunion and the history to date on the park and has a few photos.
The sites are :
Also for nice accomadations that are
reasonably priced across the street from the parks drive is the "Pinnacle
Inn". Their number is 1-800-438-2097. I've stayed there 3 times and
could not ask for a nicer place. They also have a web site at :
Hope to See you all Over the Rainbow!!
P.S. If anyone is interested they have
a very nice "Land of Oz" Display Room with original memorbila from
the Park in it's hey day at the Cultural Museum in Boone, just 30 minutes
from Banner Elk where the park is located. I have this on video too, it's
cool so DON'T forget your camera.
Submitted by Ruby Slipper Fan Club Member,
- Thanks Robbie! :)