The Wizard of Oz is one of the greatest movie classics. But with its eerie sets and odd cast of characters, it’s easy to see why many children have been fighting nightmares over it for years.
There’s a real-life place that exemplifies this: the former Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. The park opened in 1970, and everyone thought it would be a pleasant family attraction. When it unceremoniously closed in 1980, however, it was obvious that that would not be the case…
Even though it opened decades after the success of the film and book, the Land of Oz was pulled in 20,000 visitors on its first day.