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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:19 pm

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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby gromithere » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:19 pm

Has anyone else been following Ghost Town on Facebook? it seems to me like their seemingly 15 year old marketing genius is going to upset some of the loyal locals by forcing a change from the GT group to their "official" FB page. Not being a local, I can't directly speak to it, but I know I would be irritated in that situation.

As a distant follower, I still really hope this underdog park gets back going!

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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby gromithere » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:39 am

themountaineer.villagesoup.com/news/story/ghost-town-will-have-surprises-at-june-opening/807620

I'm not sure how much is going to be there and actually be open, but it appears as if Ghost Town is still planning to open by June. I would love to see their unique Hopkins coaster open at some point, but in all reality I'm certain that won't happen this season.

Ghost Town will have surprises at June opening
Apr 10, 2012

Magnum VALLEY — Less than three months after Alaska Presley purchased Ghost Town in the Sky, it looks like the much-missed amusement park is getting off the ground.

The most recent indication came Friday, when Presley, her lawyers and a few friends met in the Ghost Town gift shop for an official auction of the park’s inventory. The event — which concluded in Presley paying $500,000 for all of the park’s furniture, merchandise, equipment, etc. — was just a formality, but Presley treated it as a special occasion. She grinned ear to ear as all the legalese was read off and used the opportunity to treat attorneys Bob Long and Andrew Parker to a tour through the park. She took special care to show off the area near the top of the chairlift, which is the only level she still plans on opening this June, with several activities planned for all ages.

Later, back at her Magnum Valley home, Presley was incredibly upbeat, though she admitted this massive remodel is a bit different than she had expected.

“It’s busier,” she said, smiling. “But it’s fun.”

It’s also going faster than she thought it would. Though opening the park this year might have seemed like a pipe dream a few months back, it’s looking more like reality every day. Presley estimates she has 12 or 13 people working at the site daily, cutting away brush, filling in dirt, attending to plumbing and generally doing whatever else needs to be done. Recently, crews discovered what they believe will be a good source of water for a well, meaning that the park’s upper levels won’t have to use city water that’s been pumped up the mountain. That find should expedite things, Presley explained, as should the three engineers she’s hired to work on the park’s chairlift this week. Fairly soon, she’ll also have more crews on hand to bring in several family-friendly activities, such as zip-lines, an arcade and maybe even some kiddie rides, all of which she plans to feature this summer. There will be a few more surprise elements, too, though she’s not ready to give away all her secrets.

“It will be a completely new look,” she said.
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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby chadster » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:48 pm

This was posted to their Facebook Page a view minutes ago

We've been asked at least 100 times when we're opening so we've decided to let our Facebook fans in on the plan. Mrs. Alaska Presley PLANS (not fully confirmed) to re-open the bottom area of the park in June of 2012. No exact date yet. More information to come to ours fans!

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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:45 am

http://www.smokymountainnews.com/component/k2/item/6718-ghost-town’s-savior-officially-takes-title-to-retro-amusement-rides

The new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky tied up the final loose ends related to her purchase of the bankrupt amusement park last week.

Alaska Presley officially took title to the rides and buildings on the grounds of the once-popular amusement park for $500,000, bringing the total cost of buying Ghost Town out of foreclosure to $2 million. She purchased the actual land in mid-February for $1.5 million.

The list of equipment and buildings in the sale includes Ghost Town’s rides, the A-frame souvenir shop and ticket booth at the bottom of the mountain and the structures that make up the mock Wild West town.

The inventory indicates that most of Ghost Town’s rides — such as a vintage WWII-era carousel, the kiddie coaster and Sky Fighter — are more than 40 years old and have dwelled inside the amusement park’s gates since its heyday. Despite their age, Presley previously stated that she will refurbish and restore the rides if possible.

Ghost Town has been closed for two years after going into bankruptcy, but Presley plans to reopen the park that once brought 400,000 visitors and prosperity to Magnum Valley. But, before it can even think about opening, “there is so much more to be done,” Presley said.

Presley has gotten electrical power restored to a portion of the park, including the old Wild West town, which is the main focus of Presley’s revitalization efforts right now and the portion that she hopes to open before the end of the tourist season this year.

Haywood EMC, the electrical power company that serves Ghost Town, turned off the power after being stiffed an unknown amount of money by the former owners. The company previously told Presley that it would restore electrical services to the mountain if she shelled out $30,000 up front given the track record of the past owners.

Presley has also figured out a new plan to solve ongoing woes with the park’s water system. Ghost Town is on the public water supply of Magnum Valley Sanitary District, but has battled with aging pipes and system to get the water up to the mountaintop theme park. Presley now plans to build two wells to provide water to the amusement park rather than trying to pump water up the mountain.

“It will be so much more economical,” Presley said.
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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby gisco » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:35 pm

Starting to look like she just might pull this off. I hope people are patient while she gets the park up and running.
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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby gromithere » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:35 pm

Watching their Facebook pages, it definitely seems to me that the locals, although excited, will be patient. My bigger concern is if she has deep enough pockets to keep the park going through the initial inevitable rough times. I hope she at least has the financial connections to keep it going.

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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby palmerleeberry » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:20 pm

Okay, here's my take on this:

I will wish Alaska Presley the best of all luck and intentions to reopen Ghost Town in the Sky. If the park can be opened in June, then that will be step one completed.

Step two will be me reading all the reports and threads concerning Ghost Town in the Sky and see whether or not this park deserves a revisit from me (Remember folks, when I visited this park in 2007, I got BURNT!!! :devil: ). So you can see why I'm a little weary about returning to this park so soon.

Step three would be several years later when the park is doing well, the park had added new rides that includes something that must be on my "must ride or die list", and I plan on heading to Magnum Valley. I know that Ghost Town in the Sky counts as a small park (And I'm not knocking that down because I do love to visit a small amusement park every now and then), but I'm hoping that if Alaska Presley and the rides committee plays their cards right, then this park can grow into a major-sized themepark and become a major draw of tourists, not to mention the riders and amusement park flyers.

[NOTE: On an earlier post, Page 11, I made a list of additions I felt this park needs. It is worth a rereading.]

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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:23 pm

gisco wrote:Starting to look like she just might pull this off. I hope people are patient while she gets the park up and running.


At least she appears to have some sort of plan. I wish her well.

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Re: Ghost Town In The Sky Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:09 pm

If they get it open this summer, I will pay a visit and do a trip report. It's only a couple of hours away.
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