8. Land of Oz
This North Carolina park was themed after the classic film, The Wizard of Oz. Its opening in 1970 was met with much fanfare, with actress Debbie Reynolds attending with her daughter, Star Wars‘ Carrie Fischer, to cut the ribbon.
The Land of Oz included a replica of the famous yellow brick road, as well as the spooky woods Dorothy and friends traveled through, and the Emerald City itself. The City replica included displays of costumes that had been worn in the 1939 film.
Sadly, the park’s parent company Carolina Corporation went bankrupt just five years after the grand opening. Soon after that, a fire hit the Emerald City, destroying the film costumes inside.
The park never recovered from these unfortunate events, and closed in 1980. While locals have since rehabilitated the area, using it for Wizard of Oz-themed yearly events, for most of the year the Land of Oz sits disused, its yellow brick road fading away into mist.