From the once popular Gaya Land, to the Spreepark in Berlin, Germany, here are 11 Scariest Abandoned Theme Parks.
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6. Gaya Land
Once a popular tourist attraction, Gaya Land in Gimhae, South Korea has been closed for the last five years. In that time nature has claimed the land, with vegetation growing unchecked. Roller coasters, swing rides, and bumper cars lie eerily vacant as if permanently stuck in a not too distant past. The highest reaching parts of roller coasters are the only sections of the park that look operable, but even at these spots you can see vines creeping upwards. In it’s day the park must have been a really fun, memorable place to visit. It lies amongst rolling hills and the not too distant outcroppings of a modern city, a fabulous backdrop. The only thrill seekers that visit Gaya Land today however are vandals.
5. Western Village
Built in 1975 Western Village delighted visitors for over three decades with an entire Old West ghost town, replicas of Clint Eastwood and a giant Mount Rushmore. It’s remote location in Nikko, Japan and the increasing success of Disneyland Tokyo forced the park to close down in 2007. In the last decade the park has taken on a gloomy, foreboding nature. Wild West scenes seem complete with gambling halls, saloons and coffee shops, but the closest thing to humans on sight are decaying mannequins.
4. Six Flags New Orleans
Hurricane Katrina created a path of destruction along the Gulf coast and infamously caused the New Orleans levees to break, resulting in thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars worth of damage. When the storm finally abated over 80 percent of the city was flooded, including Six Flags, the popular theme park located off of Interstate 10. Pre-hurricane plans called for a water park to be built within Six Flags, but instead, Katrina had left it too badly damaged to reopen. To this day the park lies in a creepy, abandoned state, a stark reminder of one of the deadliest natural disasters in America’s history.
3. Disneyland Back in the Day
Today you may think of Disneyland more along the lines of the happiest place on earth as opposed to a scary theme park. But trying telling that to this poor child kneeling while being surrounded by terrifying versions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland back in the 1930’s. This kid looks like his next move is to beg his parents to get him the hell out of there. The madness didn’t end there just check out these insane versions of Cinderella characters that used to wander around the park. No wonder Cinderella wanted out of her life situation. Check out those creepy masks. No thanks! While Disneyland’s exist to this day they wisely chose to abandon these creepy costumes a long time ago.
2. Chippewa Lake Park
Remarkably this park, which opened in 1875 stayed active for a century. Originally Chippewa Lake Park in Ohio was known for its visitor's drunken loutish behavior, and its retro hand powered roller coaster that required attendants to drag it back to the top after each trip. Finally, in 1898, a family acquired the property, banned drinking and the sale of alcohol on the premises and built new, mechanical rides. This infusion of money and overall care for the well being of the park caused it to remain open all the way up to 1978. Newer parks with faster, better rides were opening everywhere, causing Chippewa Lake to shut down permanently. For the next three decades, the park would fascinate urban explorers in its abandoned state, rusting as nature and the slow march of time changed its appearance, turning it into an unrecognizable eerie place. Developers finally bulldozed the spot, with the last remnants being demolished by 2010.
Built by the communists in Berlin, Spreepark was East Germany’s only permanent amusement park, and at its peak, nearly two million people visited every year. A slew of terrible accidents, including a crane crashing into a carousel that left seven dead, led to the parks declining popularity, with only four hundred thousand visiting in 2001. Finally, in 2002, owner Norbert Witte would abandon the park, which was in financial ruin, leaving its many exciting and often scary attractions to rust. In 2003 Witte would be jailed for eight years for attempting to smuggle 181 kilos of cocaine in the former Flying Carpet ride. In its abandoned state, the park was often referred to as one of the scariest around, though recent reports indicate that Spreepark has been completely torn down.