The new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky theme park has launched a new official website for the shuttered theme park, ahead of a planned reopening in summer 2012.
The website, located at www.ghostowninthesky.com, provides new details on Alaska Presley's plans for the park. This will see it reopening in three phases - one each in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Work has been underway for several months to prepare for the park's return to action, with the website promising a reopening date later this summer.
The first phase, dubbed "Level Fun", will see the park's iconic chairlift ride reopen. This will enable guests to reach areas of the park that stand some 3,500 feet up Buck Mountain. Several children's rides are also being restored, including the park's 1929 Carousel, Canyon Canoes, Sky Fighters (a flat ride featuring jet plane-themed vehicles) and Wagon Train. In addition, three new zip lines have been installed at the bottom of the mountain, each over 300 feet long.
Phase 2 will see the restoration of Ghost Town in the Sky's biggest draw, the Western Town area. Boasting two saloons, a jail, a schoolhouse and church, the area will be the scene of live recreations of life in the "wild west". Plans for transporting guests from "Level Fun" to Western Town are still being put in place.
As had been rumored, the final phase will see the installation of a religious attraction Holy Land, at the top of the mountain. Presley has previously stated her aim to convert some areas of Ghost Town in the Sky into a Christian theme park, with a large statue of Jesus being installed on the the park's highest point.
Presley, who was involved in the original opening of the park in 1960, is the second new owner to rescue Ghost Town in the Sky from bankruptcy in less than a decade. The park was last rescued in 2006, some 4 years after a previous bankruptcy forced its closure. However, it plunged back into bankruptcy in November 2009, just two years after reopening. Its new owner purchased the park for $1.5 million at auction, later buying its rides and attractions for $500,000.