You’d be hard pressed to find anything spookier than an abandoned amusement park. Maybe it’s something about seeing formerly bright and happy parks turned unstable and dangerous shadows of their former clowns. Kind of like a murderous clown. Scattered around the planet, these are some of the world’s most incredible abandoned theme parks.
In Japan, there was once an entire theme park dedicated to tiny people, with a gigantic Gulliver himself strapped to the ground. The park bombed, and after low attendance, closed only four years after it had opened. Unfortunately, there’s not much left to explore as the giant and his captors were demolished in 2007.
Photos Via: http://oldcreeper.com/gullivers-kingdom
One of the worst ideas in the history of ideas was to build an amusement park on top of a Native American burial ground. In 1783, a band of Shawnee Indians brutally murdered a family of white settlers on the property, going so far as to burn one of their children at the stake. In the 1920′s, the land, which was formerly a Native American burial ground, was purchased and turned into a theme park.
It goes without saying that the grounds are now considered extremely haunted, and it didn’t take too long for the Shawnee amusement park to close down. Now, the creepy property opens itself up for overnight stays once a year… the perfect opportunity to have a run in with a ghost.
This abandoned park is the victim of pretty awful timing. Open for just five years, this Six Flags park was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, never to reopen. Now it sits alone on the outskirts of New Orleans, seen only by the intrepid adventurers willing to scale fences and risk a trespassing charge.
Amusement Park of Budapest
After several years of enduring financial difficulties, the largest theme park in Hungary, the Amusement Park of Budapest (quite an original name, I know) finally closed on 30 September, 2013.
Pripyat, Ukraine Park
What caused the downfall of this desolate amusement park? Oh, you know, just a nuclear meltdown.
Wonderland Amusement Park
Originally intended to be a knockoff Disneyworld just outside of Beijing, China, this unfinished amusement park was intended to be the largest amusement park in Asia, but the developers walked away from the project in 1998, leaving it unfinished. Now, it’s simply a bizarre castle scene in the middle of nowhere.
After the fall of the Berlin wall, one of East Germany’s most beloved amusement parks saw it’s visitor flow fall as well. As of 1999, the decrepit park was officially closed and fighting off debtors, but does offer occasional tours of the park for those looking to peek at its dinosaurs.
Gulliver Park Photos Via: http://oldcreeper.com/gullivers-kingdom
Six Flags: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49775268@N07/sets/72157632128752880/with/8228037569/
Spreepark: http://www.flickr.com/photos/breakdennis/sets/72157605233495983/; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/spreepark-berlin-instagra_n_4934778.html