Land of Oz theme park is opening this week in North Carolina with an interactive Journey with Dorothy experience, and an Autumn at Oz festival.
The attraction’s opening marks the 80th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, a 1939 musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
“Journey with Dorothy is an immersive, interactive experience, where guests get selected randomly to play the characters from Oz opposite Dorothy herself,” Sean Barrett, artistic director at Land of Oz, told Lonely Planet.
“You get to skip down the Yellow Brick Road alongside her, and may even see Mom or Dad playing Glinda the Good Fairy or the Lion. It is a great way to not only experience Oz, but to live it with Dorothy.”
Land of Oz, the first Wizard of Oz theme park ever built, originally opened in 1970. It closed in 1980 following financial difficulties. In the 1990s, the owners started restoring the park and hosting the Autumn at Oz event.
Journey with Dorothy and Autumn at Oz
Dorothy will guide guests down the yellow brick road through the Land of Oz to help in her search for the Wizard during this interactive experience.
At the two-week Autumn at Oz festival, one of the world’s largest Wizard of Oz events, visitors will meet the Scarecrow, TinMan, and Lion as they’re immersed in the Land of Oz.
This year’s festival will feature craft vendors, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and a Land of Oz exhibit with original props and costumes.
New surprises this year include official Land of Oz merchandise, memorabilia, food, and The Emerald City Finale Show.
Journey with Dorothy takes place on June 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 26-28 and July 5. Autumn at Oz takes place from September 6-8 and 13-15.
Experience theme parks
As the ‘experience park’ becomes increasingly popular, the magical portals of Evermore fantasy theme park in Utah are opening to the world of Mythos, the attraction’s summer event.
The immersive experience of Evermore, where visitors are more like explorers than guests, features theatrical performance, costuming, art effects, and technology.
Image: Land of Oz