Photos of ruined and rotting themeparks around the world

IO9's Vincze Miklós has collected a marvellous gallery of photos from abandoned and rotting themeparks around the world. Several of these have been featured here before, while others are entirely new to me. The Katrina-wrecked Six Flags park in Louisiana and Walt Disney World's sadly abandoned Discovery Island are both especially compelling in their graceful ruin.

The Crumbling Chaos of Abandoned Amusement Parks

(Photo: Pain of Death, Squared2x)


  1. Due to a decade of economic stagnation, Japan has a lot of dead theme parks. They make excellent settings for horror stories. Also, at the beginning of Spirited Away, that’s what Chihiro’s family thinks they have found.

  2. On the other hand, take a look at the history of Glen Echo Park (a National Park very near the Potomac River in Maryland just west of DC, inside the Beltway).

    Built in the 19th Century as Glen Echo Amusement Park (Chautauqua) , closed in 1968, reopened in 1970 as a National Park and gradually, since, has been upgraded. Dances are held there at least 3 evenings a week, several yurts and other buildings used for various arts and crafts. Much of the old park is reflected in the style of the new buildings.  And most of it is in VERY good shape.

  3. I grew up in Wichita, and Joyland was pretty awesome until Worlds of Fun up in KC debuted the Orient Express, making it worth the trip up there.

    At the end of every school year, Joyland would host an end-of-school party, and you could receive an ascending number of free tickets, depending on your grades that year.

    Some of my fondest memories are of the nightmare-fueled automated clown that played the military organ and the true-to-life miniature train that would circle around the fringe of the park every half hour. The lack of a *truly exciting* roller-coaster and funhouse were
    definitely outweighed by the Giant Slide (inexpensive!) and the
    gas-powered Go-Karts (without guide rails!).

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