Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley plans yet again to reopen on June 15, 2016. After multiple attempts to reopen the full park have failed, the owner hopes to open a scaled-back, modified version. The new name will be Ghost Town Village. The large A-frame gift shop at the bottom of the skyway will be a "country store" with jams, jellies and other homemade style goods and crafts. Tickets to ride the chairlift will be $10/person. The next level up the mountain is renamed Moonshine Holler with a new game arcade, kiddie rides and a few adult carnival style rides. The old coaster structure will be re-used to create the Mountain Airwalk ropes adventure.
On the park's old third level, the iconic Western Town will become an Appalachian Village, with the old Stagecoach Restaurant becoming the Copper Still Grill, the old Red Dog Saloon to become the Moonshine Playhouse and the Silver Dollar Saloon to become the Village Theater. Find food and shops, along with some can-can girls and "gunfights".
This mountaintop theme park was wildly popular in in the 70s and 80s. It opened in 1961 and closed in 2002, followed by a series of owners that have opened parts of the park for short times. The Park was sold and reopened in 2007, but closed at the end of the 2009 season. Alaska Presley, one of the original investors, purchased the park in the spring of 2012 and started opening the park in various phases. It did not open at all in 2015.
Ghost Town was famous for its Wild-West theme, live-action shows and beautiful setting on top of Buck Mountain, which is elevated over 4,000 feet. The park is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains and is 4 miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 255 in Maggie Valley. It is 14 miles east of Cherokee and 34 miles west of Asheville.