Sorry, folks, these parks are closed – forever. Once upon a time, children and adults enjoyed these roller coasters, waterslides, and ferris wheels, but one day the music died, the lights turned off, and nature began reclaiming her territory, leaving behind overgrown ruins twisting around those same roller coasters and ferris wheels. You’ll notice in these pictures that the kinetic energy of these amusement parks is gone, replaced by a spooky quietness that may make your skin crawl.
7 OF THE CREEPIEST ABANDONED THEME PARKS IN THE USA:
1. Six Flags New Orleans // New Orleans, Louisiana
Six Flags New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was once a major 140-acre theme park, complete with several steel roller coasters, a log flume ride, and many other rides, restaurants, and carnival booths. However, it’s now overgrown with brush and weeds and swampy places where alligators like to hang out. In recent years, the park has been used as a film set for movies such as “Jurassic World” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” To this day it is still abandoned.
2. Disney’s River Country // Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Disney’s River Country was the first water park at Walt Disney World, built near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. It opened in 1976 and was made to look like a natural swimming hole with waterslides and wooden bridges. It also included a White Water Rapids inner tube ride, as well as a lazy river-style ride. It closed in 2001 for maintenance, but was never reopened, officially closing in 2005. Nature has reclaimed what’s left of the abandoned park. If you love Disney World, you’ll want to stay away. Disney Theme Parks strictly enforces a lifetime ban for anyone caught trespassing.
3. Prehistoric Forest // Onsted, Michigan
This abandoned dinosaur theme park was built in 1963 and once featured attractions such as a waterslide, a waterfall, and even a smoking volcano. It also included 35 life-size prehistoric animals that visitors could see as they road a safari train. The park closed in 1999. It’s now overgrown by weeds and vines, and many of the dinosaur sculptures have been vandalized.
4. Florida Splendid China // Four Corners, Florida
This 75-acre theme park was built for $100 million and opened its doors in 1993. It was built as sister park to Splendid China, in Shenzhen, China, which still exists and receives many visitors today. The park featured 60 replicas at one tenth scale, including a replica of the Great Wall of China, which stretched about half a mile through the park. In its heyday, the park also featured dancers, actors, and acrobats from the People’s Republic of China, many of whom escaped and sought political asylum in the United States. For this and other political reasons, the gates of Florida Splendid China were closed in 2003.
5. Geauga Lake Amusement Park // Aurora, Ohio
This picnic and recreational area became an amusement park in 1889, but the first roller coaster wasn’t built until 1925. Over the years it was remodeled and expanded, and prior to the 2000 season, the park was bought by Premier Parks and re-branded as Six Flags Ohio. The next year, Six Flags bought the neighboring Seaworld Ohio, combining the two parks under the name Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. Then in 2004 the park was sold again, and the SeaWorld portion of the park was changed into a waterpark. At this point it was renamed Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom, but the amusement park only stayed open another four years before closing its doors in 2008. Many of its roller coasters were auctioned off. Wildwater Kingdom stayed open another eight years, but finally closed in 2016.
6. Dog Patch USA // Marble Falls, Arkansas
Dogpatch USA was once a successful theme park in Marble Falls, Arkansas. It opened in 1968, but when its investors decided to build a sister park called, “Marble Falls,” the venture failed and the park was forced to shut its doors in 1993. Soon thereafter the park fell into disrepair.
7. Chippewa Lake Amusement Park // Chippewa Lake, Ohio
Chippewa Lake Amusement Park operated for 100 years from 1878 to 1978 but was ultimately closed due to low attendance. The park was left untouched for decades. Then in 2008 a fire destroyed many of the structures, and later that year some of the remaining structures were demolished. However, to this day, a few of the rotting and rusted rides remain including the ferris wheel and part of one of the roller coasters.