When you hear the word amusement park, does it bring back good childhood memories for you? Visiting an amusement park during summers was one of the best moments of my childhood. I always loved going for those amazing rides. There are 1000s of amusement parks in the world today filled with noise, laughter and bright colors. But have you ever wondered what happens when these get abandoned due to accidents, lack of funding or loss of public interest? The deteriorating and rusting Ferris wheels, carousels and roller coasters are condemned to spend the rest of their life as an empty useless trash of metal. The Park, once filled with laughter of children now has an eerie silence that is hauntingly beautiful. We have the 13 Creepiest abandoned amusement parks from around the world which will give you nightmares for sure.
1. Prypiat Amusement Park, Pyrpiat, Ukraine
This is one of the most popular abandoned parks in the World. This park unfortunately never formally opened its gate as it was abandoned days before the opening. The Park was scheduled to be opened on May 1, 1986 in time for the May Day celebrations. However, on April 26th, Chernobyl disaster happened and the entire city was abandoned. It is believed that Ghosts of Chernobyl still haunt the place. The Place makes regular appearances in Movies and Games including Chernobyl Diaries, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare among others.
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2.Takakanonuma Greenland, Japan
This one is seriously creepy. It is believed to be hidden in a mountainous rural area, about 250 kilometers north of Tokyo. Takakanonuma Greenland was an amusement park which opened in 1973 at the outskirts of Hoabra, Japan. However, it was closed down only 2 years later and huge number of fatalities on the rides is rumored to be the reason behind it. After it was closed, it became an attraction of urban explorers. The Park reopened again in 1986, but due to poor ticket sales, it was once again closed in 1999. The pictures of park after it was closed show empty rusted rides always accompanied by dense fog giving it an eerie feeling. Allegedly, the park was demolished in 2006. But in 2007, British national, Bill Edwards was walking alone in the area and stumbled across an empty park with rusty rotting rides similar to those of Takakanonuma. He clicked a lot of pictures but only one came out showing the park entrance with thick fog looming over it and a little girl in white dress looking straight at the camera!
P.S: I tried to look in google maps for the Park’s location and was able to find the entrance. See it here. It looks like the park’s has indeed been torn and entrance blocked but you can find corpses of some rides. I could not find Bill Edward’s image though.
3. Six Flags in New Orleans, Louisiana
The park has been closed since 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina struck. The park was originally called as Jazzland when it opened in 2000. In 2003, the park was upgraded adding more rides and was re-branded as Six flags New Orleans. The Park was closed just before Hurricane Katrina and when the Hurricane struck, the Park’s own Drainage pumps failed and the park was flooded for over a month.
4. Umoja Children’s Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania
This small amusement park for children is located in Chake-Chake city, on Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania. The Current remains of the park are quite spooky. The rusty rides for children are sure to give nightmares to anybody.
5. Dunaujvarosi Vidám Park (Hungary)
The park opened in 1952 and during its initial years was quite popular. But later, around 1980’s the footfall began to decrease and the park was ultimately closed down in 1990s. After two decades of rotting, the park was torn down leaving behind concrete foundations and skeletons of Rides.
6. Spree park, Berlin Germany
Spreepark amusement park, also known as Kulturpark Plänterwald, opened in 1969 spread over a vast area of around 30 acres. Since 1999, park had been in huge debts and it never opened after 2002 and was declared insolvent. After being abandoned, it became a place of tourist attraction with guided tours being offered from 2011 to 2014. This was stopped when City of Berlin bought the park. In August of same year, major parts of the park were destroyed in fire.
7. Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Land of OZ opened in 1970 spread over an area of 16 acres. It depicts the journey of Dorothy from her house in Kansas all the way over to Emerald city over the yellow brick road. On December 28, 1975, parts of park were destroyed in a fire and park never reopened. The park is favorite for Urban explorers who get there to click pictures or steal pieces of memorabilia from the park including pieces of yellow brick road.
8. Gulliver’s Kingdom, Japan
Based on the famous Jonathan Swift Novel, Gulliver’s Kingdom was a failed theme park located near Kawaguchi-machi, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. It opened in 1997 but had to be shut down in 2001. Though located at the foot of Mount Fuji, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world, the park never really took off. One of the major reasons for this was located next to the infamous Aokigahara forest, commonly known as Suicide forest. To add to its woes, the village was the headquarter of the infamous cult Aum Shinrikyo, the group behind 1995 Sarin Gas attack in Tokyo.
9. Disney’s River Country, Bay Lake, Florida
When it opened on June 20, 1976, it was the first water park at Walt Disney world. It was closed in 2001 and in 2005 it was abandoned permanently.
10. Miracle Strip Amusement Park, Florida USA
Miracle Strip Amusement Park was an amusement park right across the street from the Panama City beach, Florida. opened in 1963 with the “out-and-back” wooden Starliner Roller Coaster as its main attraction. However, it was closed in 2004 due to loss of revenue and increasing opportunity cost as the park was built on prime real estate. All the rides were later moved to different areas or taken down.
11. Wonderland Amusement Park, China
Wonderland was an amusement park located 20 kilometers from Beijing which was abandoned before completion. There were multiple efforts to compete the park but all of them failed. In 2013, finally the park was demolished.
12. Williams Grove Amusement Park ,Pennsylvania , USA
It started in early 1850’s s as a picnic hosting spot. Soon it evolved into pay per ride amusement park and operated until 2005.
13. Dadipark, Dadizele, Belgium
Dadipark amusement park was a popular attraction since the time it opened its doors in 1950. The park was however closed more than a decade ago in 2000 when a young boy had his arm ripped off at a jet water ride.
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