Theme parks are where people go to spend some lovely time with their family and especially the young ones. Amusement parks have a fixed location and usually provide attractions meant to gratify to certain age groups, as well as some that are aimed towards all ages.
Some of the major theme parks in the world are Disney World, Disney land, Universal Studios, Disney World Hong Kong. But not all theme parks are as successful as the ones mentioned above. Most of the theme parks close down due to financial difficulties involving the upkeep of the park and staff payments.
Now most of the closed theme parks either sell their assets to someone else, who demolishes the park and builds something else, or some theme park remain frozen in a time capsule and are left standing to rot on their own.
Here are how 10 such abandoned theme parks look now after many years.
1 Wizard of Oz Theme Park – Beech Mountain, North Carolina
The Land of Oz is a now-closed amusement park located in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. It was opened in 1970 by Grover Robbins, who had been successful with Tweetsie Railroad, and was fully operational until 1980.
The costumes of the workers were based on the book at first, but were later changed more in tune to the film. The park also had a museum which housed props and costumes in the film.
2 Six Flags New Orleans – Louisiana
The Six Flags New Orleans is an abandoned theme park in New Orleans, Louisiana. The park was owned and operated by Six Flags, but after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, the company decided to terminate their lease with the city after assessing the costs of repairing the damage.
There were several redevelopment plans announced for the theme park, but as of today, the park is still abandoned and is now used to shoot movies like Killer Joe, Stolen and Jurassic World.
3 Geauga Lake Amusement Park – Aurora, Ohio
Geauga Lake Amusement Park is located in Bainbridge Township and was founded in 1887. The main park was closed in 2007, but the water park is still operational under the name Wildwater Kingdom.
The first ride in the park was a steam powered carousel installed in 1889. In 1925, Geauga Lake built the then-largest wooden roller coaster of its time called the Big Dipper which was 2,800 feet (850 m) long and 65 feet (20 m) high.
4 Enchanted Forest Playland – Toledo, Ohio
Enchanted Forest Playland is located in Toledo, Ohio which opened in 1955. It was a storybook-themed amusement park with life-sized renderings of age-old nursery rhymes, fairy tales. Finally the ending came in 1988, when the owners sold the land to a developer who build a shopping center. Now what remains of the park are rusting rides and memories of a place once filled with fun and laughter.
5 Chippewa Lake Theme Park – Chippewa Lake, Ohio
Chippewa Lake Theme Park is a now closed park located in Chippewa Lake, Ohio, Medina County. The theme park was in operation from 1878-1978. Its final owner Continental Business Enterprises closed it due to lack of attendance.
The rides and the structures of the theme park are still untouched. The theme park was initially known as Andrew’s picnic ground. The park’s former owner Parker Beach was buried in the theme park according to his last wishes.
6 Spreepark – Berlin, Germany
The Spreepark was a theme park located in Planterwald in the Berlin district Treptow-Kopenick. It is also well known by its former name Kulturpark Planterwald. The park was opened in 1969 but it gained serious attraction in 1989 after the unification of the Germany. In 2014, there was a major fire in the park that destroyed many attractions.
7 Joyland – Wichita, Kansas
The Joyland amusement park in Wichita, Kansas was operational for 55 years from 1949-2004. It was once the largest theme park in the state of Kansas.
Major attractions in the park were a wooden roller coaster and 24 different rides. The park was founded by Lester Ottaway and his sons Herbert and Harold. They actually used it to house their miniature steam powered locomotive engine that Lester had purchased and restored. The once famed roller coaster was torn down in 2015.
8 Funtime Amusement Park and Zoo – Angola, Indiana
Funtime Amusement Park and Zoo was a small family amusement park in Angola, Indiana. It was opened in 1956 and remained operational till 2008. The owner of the park is Lee Wright. The park has been closed since 2008, and therefore has the status of standing but not operating.
9 Shawnee Amusement Park – Princeton, West Virginia
C.T. Snidow purchased some land in Princeton and opened an amusement park called Shawnee Amusement Park in 1926. The park highlighted a spring fed swimming pool, dance hall, Wild West shows, carnival rides, water rides, and concession stands, and cabins for guests to stay in. It closed in 1966 after experiencing two troubling children’s deaths over the years.
Gaylord White bought the long-vacant amusement park in 1985. He reopened the amusement park, but it only lasted three years. The remains of the Ferris wheel, several abandoned rides and the children’s swings are still on the park grounds. Now the amusement park is a famous haunted place, people who have visited the location say that the Ferris wheel is the home of a full apparition of a male subject in the car of the Ferris wheel.
In 2005, the park was featured on the ABC network’s Scariest Places on Earth which bought it national attention.
10 Dogpatch USA – Jasper, Arkansas
Dogpatch amusement park was opened in 1968 in Northwest Arkansas. The park was based on the comic strip Li’l Abner which was created by cartoonist Al Caap.
Owner of the park in 1972, Jess Odom tried to replicate the success of the park by opening a sister park by the name The Marble Falls nearby which would have a ski center and a convention hall. The failure of the sister park led to closing of Dogpatch in 1993.