The rest of the time it looks like it’s been abandoned 35 years. Who knew? Joel Handwerk of Lithium Photo visited the “Creepy Land of Oz” and if anything, he’s understating the oppressive atmosphere of doom and decay that permeates the former theme park. One wonders how the park’s skeleton staff manages to freshen up the place so visitors arriving on the first weekend of October each year don’t immediately turn their cars around and burn rubber in a frenzied effort to escape! In related news, North Carolina has (or had) a ski resort. Comment on Facebook The Land of Oz theme park was planned, built and opened in 1970 by Grover Robbins and was situated in the North Carolina ski resort town of Beech Mountain.