October 08, 2007
New leader projects Ghost Town growth
Ghost Town in the Sky has a new leader, and he plans to make some changes at the Wild West theme park. Kevin Bailey, named this week as the park’s general manager, promises that next year’s visitors can expect to find more restaurants and shows by big nam... Read More »
July 31, 2007
Riders Left Hanging After Amusement Park Chair Lift Loses Power
The chairs are expected to be back open on Tuesday, that's the word from a North Carolina amusement park after a ride in a chair lift turned into two very scary hours for people Monday night. Rescue workers say lightning disabled the chair lift at Ghost T... Read More »
July 17, 2007
One-Of-A-Kind Roller Coaster Opening Delayed
Ghost Town recently re-opened on May 25 after a 5-year hiatus while the park was for sale. Although park officials planned on the one-of-a-kind coaster being ready for opening day, extensive restoration and updating safety components have caused delays.... Read More »
February 07, 2007
Resurrecting Ghost Town - Asheville Citizen-Times
Five years of neglect has taken its toll on Maggie Valley’s famous mountaintop amusement park.
Cables that used to lift visitors more than 1,000 feet from the parking lot to the park are worn out and must be replaced. Concession buildings are dilapidated, roofs worn out from exposure to the elements. Many rides appear beat up: paint pealed off, machinery dead, some beyond repair.
But Ghost Town’s management and many neighboring businesses are hopeful. As crews work to resurrect the park’s worn-out equipment, local motel owners are already receiving reservations from tourists planning summer trips to the park.
August 23, 2006
$5 million upgrade planned prior to May 2007 opening - Waynesville Smoky Mountain News
As the new owners of Ghost Town in the Sky pondered whether the dated mountaintop amusement park was a good business venture, one of their first questions was how many visitors they could feasibly expect to attract.
Their own estimates put the figure at 150,000 the first year of reopening. A consultant hired for a second opinion came up with an even bigger number. Now they are revising upwards yet again.
August 22, 2006
Ghost Town spirits rise - Asheville Citizen-Times
Gunfighters swaggered out into the streets for staged shootouts as Ghost Town opened Monday for a sneak peek crowd and for the first time in five years.
Hundreds of people packed the saloon that once showcased cancan dancers to applaud the amusement park’s new owners and regional business leaders for working to reopen the park.
August 16, 2006
Ghost Town in the Sky park sold, to reopen in May - WHNS
Residents in the Maggie Valley area are hoping that the reopening of an amusement park will boost the economy and generate hundreds of new jobs.
Ghost Town in the Sky once attracted around 300-thousand visitors a season. It featured dancers, music, and staged gunfights during its nearly four decades. The park was sold Tuesday and is expected to reopen in May. It's 30 miles west of Asheville.