Ghost Town in the Sky missed its target of reopening on May 25, 2013 after confusion over safety inspections for its rides and attractions.
The park, which returned to operations last year having been closed since 2009, was required to put in a request to the North Caroline Department of Labor to inspect its rides at least 10 days before it opened. The Smoky Mountain News reports that the park claims it did so, but the Department of Labor claims that it received the request just 5 days before the Ghost Town in the Sky's scheduled opening date.
The park's management pushed ahead with an "opening" event, featuring entertainment and refreshments. However, they were forced to bring it down to the parking lot area, since the park itself was not allowed to open. The park now hopes to stage its grand opening on June 1.
Ghost Town in the Sky closed in November 2009, just two years after being rescued from a previous bankruptcy. Current owner Alaska Presley acquired the park for $1.5 million at auction in 2012, later buying its rides and attractions for $500,000.
Several attractions reopened in 2012, including the chairlift that carries riders up to the park's mountain location and several zip lines. 2013 is expected to see the return of the park'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".