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The new owner of the shuttered Ghost Town in the Sky theme park has begun work to restore its attractions, ahead of a planned reopening later in 2012.

The Smoky Mountain News reports that Alaska Presley, who recently purchased the park for $1.5 million at auction, is hoping to convince North Carolina state authorities to allow some parts of the park to return to operations this year. However, it is not yet clear which rides will be up-and-running if and when the park reopens its gates.

Presley, who was involved in the original opening of the park in 1960, faces additional challenges due to the issues caused by a mudslide in February 2010. This caused serious damage to an access road, while a number of rides are also in need of significant refurbishment.

Ghost Town in the Sky was last rescued 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.

Further details of Presley's plans for Ghost Town in the Sky can be found in the Smoky Mountain News report.

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