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Ghost Town's new owners to add ‘adventure’ in park's reopening

The contracts are nearly finalized for new owners to take over Ghost Town Village in Maggie Valley. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The contracts are nearly finalized for new owners to take over Ghost Town Village in Maggie Valley.

The old amusement park is defunct, falling into disrepair over the last couple of years.

But Lamar Berry and his partners created a company called Ghost Town Adventures.

Partners, Spencer and Valerie Oberle said the strategy is to restore some of the nostalgic attractions, like the chair lift, and add new ones.

“We want to protect the legacy of the western town and Ghost Town and add some fun, new, interesting, haunted things there. And then we've got some new attractions that we're looking at, an alpine coaster,” Valerie Oberle said.

The plan is to add attractions like 3D virtual reality and hiking on the property's 250 acres, even weddings at the chapel at 5,000 feet.

“Our weddings will probably be a big thing,” Spencer Oberle said.

The Oberles are former Disney executives. They said their experience will help them build a clear definition for the guest experience.

“What we learned from Disney, probably more than anything else, was to have standard systems and processes in place that are clear to everybody in your team,” Valerie Oberle said.

About 75 to 100 jobs are expected to begin with.

A preview of Ghost Town Adventures is planned for the end of this summer, with an official re-opening in spring 2019.

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