â€śIâ€™m sure youâ€™ve heard the buzz, if you follow it, itâ€™s had terrific attendance,â€ť said park spokesman Stanley Odum.
Odum said opening dayâ€™s attendance was 2,000 people. Each following day saw 1,800 people visit Ghost Town.
â€śWeâ€™re just slammed, itâ€™s going bonkers,â€ť Odum said. â€śAlaska initially expected 500 people on the first day and obviously that got blown out of the water.â€ť
Alaska Presley, who purchased the park for $1.5 million at auction in 2012, has been attempting to bring the aging park â€” a big Western-themed draw in its 1960s and 70s heyday â€” back from the brink, but has experienced hurdles in the form of failed inspections, limited attractions and delayed openings. This year the parkâ€™s originally slated June 20 opening date was pushed back due to a delayed waterline expansion project and a washed-out evacuation road that needed repairing.
After completing a waterline-expansion project this year that provides service to the multiple levels of the mountain-side park and repairing the washed-out road, Ghost Town passed state inspections on July 3, opening for the season the next day.
â€” Jeremy Morrison, News Editor