In 1970, 31 years after The Wizard of Oz was released, the Land of Oz amusement park opened in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina.
Equipped with a real yellow brick road and costumes from the movie set, visitors were made to feel like they themselves were Dorothy — venturing from the tornado ridden house to the Emerald City.
But only 10 years after opening, the park officially closed due to the developers going bankrupt. Today, the park is open by appointment only, and during some of the town’s high traffic seasons. Otherwise it’s completely empty, just like photographer Johnny Joo, an explorer who documents abandoned spaces, likes.
Joo photographed the Land of Oz on a misty, cloudy morning, capturing the eeriness of this once popular tourist attraction.
When Joo photographed it last fall, it was a completely different place. “The fog came rolling in, up in the mountains, giving everything such an eerie look to it,” he told Business Insider.