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PHOTOS: Abandoned amusement parks returning to nature

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 2:31 PM - Amusement parks are often defined by bright lights activity and lots of foot traffic -- but all across the globe, dozens of them sit abandoned, quietly returning to nature.

Some were damaged beyond repair due to violent storms or other disasters. Others closed down due to lack of interest, while other projects went bankrupt during construction and were never opened to the public.

Keep scrolling as we take you on a virtual tour of some of the world's loneliest parks.

Spreepark - Berlin, Germany

Spreepark, Berlin, Germany. Courtesy: Getty Images

Berlin's Spreepark, originally christened Kulturpark Plänterwald, opened in 1969. In its heyday, the park received 1.5 visitors annually, but large debts and an increase in admission fees caused a sharp decline in traffic.

The park was closed to visitors in 2002.

Ellicott City Enchanted Forest - Maryland, USA

Ellicott City, Maryland, USA. Courtesy: Getty Images.


The Ellicott City Enchanted Forest theme park opened in 1955 and drew huge crowds up until the 1980s.

Competition from nearby roller-coaster theme parks eventually did the park in, leading to its closure in 1989.

The park was steadily eroded over the years. Part of its grounds became a strip mall, while the rest slowly rotted away.

In 2004, local Martha Clark stepped in to save the remains of the park. Over the next thirteen years, sculptures from the park were acquired by Clark and put on display at her family farm. As of March 2017, everything had been removed from the area, either to Clark's farm or to a storage unit.

Pripyat Amusement Park - Pripyat, Ukraine

An amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Courtesy: Wikipedia

The Pripyat amusement park was supposed to open on May 1, 1986, but that was abruptly cancelled after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster happened on April 26, just a few kilometres away.

There are reports the park was briefly opened on April 27 before evacuation orders were announced.

Six Flags - New Orleans, USA

Six Flags New Orleans, USA. Courtesy: Wikipedia

Six Flags New Orleans is a massive abandoned theme part that was shut down after being damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

The park has been sitting untouched since the storm. Although visitors are prohibited, curious thrillseekers have posted photos and videos to social media from inside the park.

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Wonderland - Beijing, China

Wonderland Beijing, China. Courtesy: Wikipedia

Wonderland was a never-completed project that sat untouched for years before being demolished in 2013.

It was intended to be the largest amusement park in Asia, but construction was halted in 1998 due to financial issues.

There was also a failed attempt to re-start construction in 2008.

Yangon amusement park

Yangon, Myanmar. Credit: Getty Images

While this park isn't operational, it isn't exactly "abandoned".

The slowly decomposing site is popular with tourists, who sneak into the site for photo opportunities despite the barred-off entrances.


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