In 1970, the Carolina Caribbean Corporation opened the Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
The idea was for people to have an entire Wizard of Oz experience with themselves playing the role of Dorothy. They could walk down the yellow brick road, be tossed around by a (fake) tornado, and finally end up in the Emerald City.
In its first year, Land of Oz was the top attraction in the southeast region of the United States. Unfortunately, it didn’t enjoy the same level of popularity in the years following. In 1980, the park closed its doors to the public.