Sunday, March 27, 2016

Abandoned Amusement Parks

A drone found this abandoned renaissance festival land in rural Virginia. You just never know what is out there. I personally would love to buy this place to live in and renovate and rent out the buildings to artists and make an art colony that opens up during the seasons for visitors. 

Perhaps the most infamous abandoned amusement park was the one at Priypat, closed down after the evacuation from the Chernobyl disaster. It's bad enough to have a park no longer used, but in the case of this particular park, it was due to open 4 days after the Chernobyl disaster. It was a park built, ready for happy memories, only to be dead, like the promise of tomorrow for the people of that region.

Other parks close for tragic reasons. One of the most depressing ones is perhaps the Six Flags Park at New Orleans, closed after Hurricane Katrina.

Japan has a few abandoned amusement parks. What I would give to have this clown's head!

Imagine seeing this abandoned Guilliver?

Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, KS, is a good old-fashioned American amusement park that was open for over 50 years.

This park, Dadipark, in Belgium is quite haunting; like visiting your childhood playground when no one any longer uses it and you are a giant trying to revive the memories on the still rides -

Personally, I've always had a dream of owning some old carnival and amusement park rides and items that are rusted and nasty. In my dream world, I have my writer's office in a barn where these things surround me, or fill a garden with vines growing over them.

Want to buy a piece of an abandoned amusement park? My favorite seller on e-bay, Great American Circus Sideshows, sells carnival rides, signs, and even retired sideshow freak items in jars and such!  

Want to see an inspired movie? The Funhouse! (four teens hide in a funhouse overnight with a mutant killer afoot)

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