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2008 Season Begins at Ghost Town in the Sky

2008 Season Begins at Ghost Town in the Sky

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Ghost Town in the Sky, North Carolina's mountain top family theme park, is opening for the 2008 season on Friday, May 2. Ghost Town is famous for its Wild-west theme, live-action shows and staged gunfights located in a beautiful setting on top of Buck Mountain, which is elevated over 4000 square feet. The park is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains and 4 miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway's Milepost 255 in Maggie Valley. Maggie Valley is 14 miles east of Cherokee and 34 miles west of Asheville.

A day at Ghost Town starts by taking a twenty-minute chairlift ride with 75-degree inclines up the side of a mountain. The multi-level, 90-acre park features live action shows, rides, crafts and live music. Musical guest performances, along with a series of cartoon and comic book characters, have been scheduled throughout the season. A complete entertainment and special events schedule can be found on .

Ghost Town originally opened on June 11, 1961 and remained opened until 2002. The landmark re-opened for the first time in five years under new ownership in 2007 and has been a vacation destination for decades.

Greater Variety of Entertainment for This Season

New in 2008 is American Music Hall which will hold live musical performances and daily entertainment shows. The new Hall is 7000 square feet and seats over 500 guests featuring country bands to legendary gospel singing groups.

Ghost Town will also host live wolf demonstrations five days a week. Local resident and Naturalist Robert Gudger will enlighten park guests about how man and wildlife in the mountains can co-exist.

Sharing the spotlight with Gudger will be Rick Byrd and his Native American Dance Team presenting the pageantry and color of their authentic dances.

"Our shows, gunfights and performances are being offered in such a way that all of our guests can wind their way around the park and enjoy all of it, and they can join us again on the very next day and be thrilled by a completely different series of shows and performances," states John Buccafusco, Ghost Town's Entertainment Director.

New for children this year is a gem-mining attraction where kids can find up to twelve different gem stones, and gold-panning attraction. Enjoyed by all ages will be the Scenic Train which circles Ghost Town's Wild West Main Street.

The highly anticipated re-opening of The Cliffhanger Rollercoaster, located literally on the side of Buck Mountain, is scheduled for June. Since originally built in 1985 there have been improvements in coaster equipment and materials as well as improved safety standards which have impacted the originally planned opening of the rollercoaster last year.

Ghost Town offers an affordable vacation or getaway. Currently a season pass, which gives passholders unlimited access to Ghost Town each day that it's open to the public, is on sale for the same price as two admission tickets. Coupons for daily admission are being distributed throughout the season by third-party partners, such as Food Lion, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell throughout the Southeast and can also be found in a variety of print publications throughout the Eastern United States. "We want to be affordable and give a good value. With the rising cost of gas and slow economy, coupons will help encourage folks to choose Ghost Town as their entertainment destination," says Hank Woodburn, founding partner of the new ownership group that took over the park in 2006.

Visit for a complete operating schedule.

Ghost Town in the Sky

CONTACT: David King, +1-828-550-1859, for Ghost Town in the Sky

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