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Here are the dates when you can visit Dorothy at NC's Land of Oz theme park

Posted January 16, 2020 5:12 p.m. EST

— If you want to make the trip to the Land of Oz, it's time to mark your calendar. The 1970s-era theme park in the North Carolina mountains will open on select dates for a "Journey with Dorothy."

Tours are scheduled for June 12, 19 and 26, July 2 and 3, and Sept. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.

Tickets will go on sale in the spring.

The Land of Oz, on Beech Mountain, opened in 1970, honoring the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." But financial strife took its toll, and the park closed 10 years later.

In recent years, owners have begun opening the park just a few times a year.

The Journey with Dorothy is an interactive interpretation of Dorothy's trek down the yellow brick road. Dorothy is portrayed by an actress, while the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion are chosen from the dozen or so visitors on each tour.

Land of Oz

The tour follows the movie script. It starts in a house in Kansas and sweeps tourists through a raging tornado.

At then end of the yellow brick road, two large, green doors display Oz in silver letters. A young boy from the tour rings a bell and the gate opens. The great Oz finishes the tour, granting the characters everything they wish to have.

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