Oz in the News 9.18.15

BN-KH857_OZ_02j_J_20150915153237Goodbye Yellow Brick Road? Even a Wizard Can’t Save Oz From Vandals  For this year’s opening, on Oct. 3 and 4, the park made available 7,000 tickets, at $35 each, which sold out in 2½ weeks—twice as fast as last year. Oz can also be rented for private events and Dorothy’s house—before the tornado—rents for about $180 a night. These days, Oz is kitschy and low-tech compared with modern theme parks. The Emerald City is mostly just a green door and some smoke machines. The Cowardly Lion’s lair is in disrepair. Owner Page Leidy says all the revenue from events goes into restoring and maintaining the park. Winged monkeys aren’t a problem, but harsh winters and effects of years of neglect are. Making matters worse are the growing numbers of uninvited visitors. At nearby Appalachian State, an oft-told joke holds that most students have a yellow brick or two in their dorm rooms.

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