When theme parks are working they are normally full of children and adults, laughing and enjoying a day out. However, when parks close down they take on a more sinister atmosphere and are not somewhere you would like to be alone! There are also several horror films which have had not so nice scenes played out in disused theme parks and so empty rides, unused stalls and a sense of emptiness have rather unsettling connotations. With overgrown vegetation, moss attacking the rides and rusting metal the following theme parks, although once a hive of activity and enjoyment, now stand empty while falling into a state of sinister disrepair.
Takakanonuma Greenland, Japan
This theme park was first opened in 1973 but it closed soon after due to several deaths on rides. It reopened in 1986 but never managed to grab the crowds needed to sustain it, some say this was due to the economic downturn, some say it never recovered its reputation after the deaths…
Jazzland/Six Flags, New Orleans
This theme park was literally stopped in its tracks in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina decided to hit North America. Ever since then it has lain in a state of decay and disarray and draws visitors from all over the globe, maybe more than when it was open and charging visitors. Ironically, the management were planning a water park at the time of the hurricane..
Okpo Land, South Korea.
This theme park has perhaps, the most eerie of stories behind it. After a series of fatal accidents, the last one being a little girl who fell from a ride, the park was shut down in 1999. However, that was only the beginning as straight after it was shut, the owner fled and was never heard of again. The park has stood empty since then, with sinister rides and model characters smiling at anyone who dares to step over the gates and take a look inside..
Prypiat Amusement Park, Ukraine
It was a case of bad timing with this amusement park as on the day it opened back in 1986, the country and indeed the world, was hit with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The event rocked the planet and the amusement park could never reopen due to dangerous levels of radiation. They are still high to this day meaning no one has ventured into the park long enough to start a clear up operation.
Wichita’s Joyland, Kansas
This amusement park ran for longer than most having opened in 1949 and running continuously until it was closed in 2003 because of financial problems. It is now sat rotting away, having been vandalised several times and overun with plants and shrubs.
Gulliver’s Kingdom, Japan
The theme park was named and focused around the English novel Gulliver’s Travels. It never took off after opening in 1998 and so in 2002 was forced to close. It is one of the creepiest abandoned parks due to a model of Gulliver tied to the ground reminiscent of the book. It was also next to Kamikuishiki, a town that was home to the Aum Shinrikyo cult that launched a terrorist attack on Japan in 1995. Not the best recipe for success!
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