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Source: Deal in works to reopen Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in 2012

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A source close to the former owners of the Ghost Town in the Sky theme park has urged fans to "keep the faith" that the park will reopen in time for the 2012 season.

The source, who asked not be named, claims that a package to sell the park to new owners is awaiting approval from a government agency. A bankruptcy court recently dismissed the park's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, having decided that the owners had "no chance" of reorganising. This raised the prospect that Ghost Town in the Sky's 288-acre property could be auctioned off to help pay off its debts.

While conceding that the old company could not have emerged from the bankruptcy process, the source blames this squarely on a mudslide in February 2010 that caused significant damage to an access road. This ended the company's plans, which were predicated on Ghost Town in the Sky reopening in May 2010. However, it is claimed that the park could reopen as early as 2012 if the latest sale package can be agreed.

A deal to rescue Ghost Town in the Sky was mooted by part-owner Al Harper in December 2010, after he agreed to sell 49% of his scenic railway company to Remodel Auction, creating a combined group known as American Heritage Family Parks. The new company announced its intent to rescue the theme park, but no announcements have been made since.

Harper was one of three owners who bought Ghost Town in the Sky in 2006, some 4 years after a previous bankruptcy forced its closure. However, the park plunged back into bankruptcy in November 2009, just two years after reopening.

There are 9 comments.

When I was little I always looked forward to goin to ghost town in the sky with the gun fight the Indian dance the saloon show and the rides I went in 2008 and I really want to go back again

My family loves Ghost Town. The rides give you views off the side of the mountain that rock. There is not to much to do in maggie valley(or cherokee) other than ghost town. We hope the new owners have a new great season this year and for many to come.

I hope that this news leads to something. I'm only a few hours from this park and I've never had a chance to check it out. It has a pretty unique location and an authentic looking Western theme.

I have so many happy memories in Ghost Town in the sky all the way back to when we used to vacation in Tn. when my kids were young, to a few years ago , since we've lived in Tn. for 20 years ,when we took our youngest Grandchildren to visit when it was on it's way down. They loved the ride up , and the gunfights, and the rides that were still open, although some were closed.
We always loved that it wasn't a huge sprawling park where you had to walk for miles to get around, and the fabulous views including the swings that looked like they were right over the side of the mountain. Plus they had some cute saloon shows and other entertainers too. We're really hoping it will be back !!!!!

I can remember going there when I was a child with my grandparents. We went twice a year my entire life until Ghost Town closed. It is one of the best memories that I have with my now deceased grandfather, and I would love to take my children.

Please please, reopen ghost town in the sky! It is one of the most beautiful places around. My 9 year old granddaughter fell in love with it . I am 50 years old an still I loved going. My granddaughter fell in love with apache kid an asks every year! Will we ever get to see apache kid again? I keep telling her that with our Prayers maybe someone will reopen it soon. We need ghost town back. Someone please help ghost town reopen

I hope the owners open this theme park back up.. Our grandchidlren absolutely love it and they are ages 13 and 9. They have been to Disney, Dollywood, all the other
theme parks but this is one of their favorites. Hopefully this year; 2012, they will... Good luck owners.

My parents took us there for years. We love the big slide and roller coaster too

We would love to see the park open back up. We took our 5 grandchildren in 2009 & they loved it. My husband went with his family years ago & that was his dream to take our grandkids so that they could enjoy it too. They loved the gunfights as much as he did when he was a kid! We have photos on the wall where they were all dressed in western gear! Please get it up & running again!!

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