Monday, October 6, 2014

Autumn at Oz

Yellow Brick Road in North Carolina
Dorothy costume
Witch costume
Rusted Tin Man statue
View from Land of Oz on Beech Mountain, NC
Dorothy costume
Land of Oz sign
Yellow Brick Road
Munchkin houses
Dorothy costume, yellow brick road
Land of Oz gates
Oz balloon
Witch costumes
Red and orange leaves
Yellow Brick Road
My sister and I took a trip to Beech Mountain, NC, to experience the Autumn at Oz festival. The Land of Oz theme park is on top of the mountain, at 5,506 feet. Although it closed in 1980, it is now partially restored so guests can walk through the park every year one weekend in October. The highlights of the festival were the autumn colors, the incredible views, and the long stretch of yellow brick road that runs through the forest.

My sister and I decided to dress up as Dorothy and the Witch (with many layers since it was cold and windy). We were surprised that most attendees did not wear costumes, but ours seemed to be a big hit. Several little girls wanted their picture taken with my sister, and other folks wanted photos with both of us. There were many Oz characters in the park who made the experience a lot of fun. One of the best parts of the walk down the yellow brick road was when a Winkie guard leaned over to my sister and said "You have the power to save us!"

The festival was packed, and there were many long lines, including a wait for the bus to take us up the mountain and a slow-moving line all the way through Dorothy's house. However, everyone was so friendly and relaxed that we didn't mind at all. The Land of Oz isn't something you want to rush through, anyway, and we had a great day out.

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11 comments:

  1. That looks really fun. Wish I lived closer to it. - Leah, http://stylewiseguide.com

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  2. I love how you two dressed with the theme of the place. Your outfits are lovely! :)
    Can't wait till the autumn leaves hit here where I live; so far everything is still green.

    P.S: LOL at the guard!

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! :-) Things are still a little green where we live too - it was amazing what a difference a few hundred feet in elevation made!

      Seriously, we were laughing at what the guard said for the rest of the day. :D

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  3. That looks like so much fun! I am a huge Oz fan and would love the chance to take an autumn walk along the yellow brick road :) You and your sister both look adorable, I love your cute and cozy interpretation of the Wicked Witch's attire!

    ~Isabella
    adventuresinhel.blogspot.fi 

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    1. Thank you, Isabella (and fellow Oz-lover)! The low was in the 30s, so we took special measures to make our costumes warm and cozy. Glad you like them! :-)

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  4. This looks absolutely amazing! What a crazy, fun place. You both look fantastic, I can't believe more people didn't dress up xo

    Alice
    www.pretty-confused.com

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    1. Thanks, Alice! Crazy and fun is a good description! :-) I think perhaps the temperature scared some people. We talked to one couple who wanted to dress up, but thought it would be too cold. Making our costumes warm enough was a huge challenge, so I could sympathize.

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  5. AAAAAAH! I'm actually incredibly jealous; I've always wanted to go here, but I'm in love with your photos. Your sister looks great as Dorothy. And I find your outfit very Ozzy. Seriously though, this place has always seemed to have such an atmosphere about it of nostalgia that is deliciously captured in your photos.

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    1. Aw, I wish you could have been there! I saw that you had pinned an old postcard from this place on Pinterest.

      Thank you!

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  6. Oh I've heard of this place! I love reading about abandoned theme parks and this often comes up! It looks amazing, I love that you and your sister dressed up!

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    1. That is so cool - I'm amazed you've heard of it! :-)

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