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2013-06-21 09:59:01 AM  
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The moose should have told ya.
 
2013-06-21 10:24:05 AM  

blatz514: The moose should have told ya.


Møøse once bit my sister.
 
2013-06-21 10:25:43 AM  
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This one is freakishly awesome.
 
2013-06-21 10:27:11 AM  
Some good places to film a horror movie in that list
 
2013-06-21 10:27:31 AM  
I love stuff like this.

/Thanks Subby.
 
2013-06-21 10:28:40 AM  
Love photographs like this, awesome
 
2013-06-21 10:33:25 AM  
An article that is done often and can't be done too much.
 
2013-06-21 10:33:40 AM  
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2013-06-21 10:33:44 AM  
I miss Joyland, went there several times as a kid. In the late 80s to early 90s it became a gang hangout and went downhill...  fast. If I recall, in 2006/2007 they tried to sell the thing for something like $3-million.
 
2013-06-21 10:35:13 AM  
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Oh Tuttle's Sunday Trousers
 
2013-06-21 10:37:18 AM  
Name something "Happy-Ville" or "Joy-Land" and you can be sure it'll go very, very wrong.
 
2013-06-21 10:38:20 AM  
I love when this stuff gets greened. There was an article a while back with abandoned watersides. Very cool and eerie.

Not so CSB:
When I was a teenager, Biloxi MS had an abandoned hotel from the 1950's (built in the 1930s?). Big, gaudy ballroom...abandoned elevator shafts. Made the mistake of going in at night after I first played Silent Hill. Awesome.
 
2013-06-21 10:39:33 AM  
Really this wasn't there????


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2013-06-21 10:40:13 AM  

ChipNASA: Really this wasn't there????


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A Fark favorite.


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2013-06-21 10:41:40 AM  
I had expected to see pictures ripped off from opacity.

Pretty cool, but Motts does it better.
 
2013-06-21 10:44:16 AM  
Takakanonuma Greenland, Hobara, Japan (1973-1975; 1986-1999)
First it closed after one or two seasons because few deaths in the park, but it reopened in 1986 and operated until 1999.



I presume that is supposed to say "First it closed after one or two seasons because of a few deaths in the park, but it reopened in 1986 and operated until 1999."

I'm not sure how many deaths per season is considered acceptable.
 
2013-06-21 10:46:44 AM  
Looks like Life Without Humans
 
2013-06-21 10:54:52 AM  
It makes me think of Old Chicago, an indoor mall/amusement park that could have been what Mall of America is today, had it not been saddled with an asinine design. To get from the entrance to the actual park you had to just about make a complete circuit around the building so that you'd walk past the shops, and no major anchor stores ever moved in. It would have been smarter to set it up with multiple entrances like a regular mall. Aside from that, in spite of hasty, slipshod construction, millions of dollars in cost overruns (a lot of people must have been lining their pockets) financially doomed the project.

It lasted about five years, then the building sat empty for six years with no takers before being demolished. Truly an epic fail, long before the phrase was coined. The only reminder now that it ever existed is a street named Old Chicago Drive; the site is now used for auto auctions.
 
2013-06-21 11:00:04 AM  
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2013-06-21 11:01:01 AM  
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2013-06-21 11:02:21 AM  
I remember as a kid waiting for cartoons to start Jim and Tammy would be begging for money from their "partners" to build their park. They were giving out trips there for the bigger the donation, because God needed a waterslide for something. Next thing you know he will want a starship.
 
2013-06-21 11:05:47 AM  

groppet: I remember as a kid waiting for cartoons to start Jim and Tammy would be begging for money from their "partners" to build their park. They were giving out trips there for the bigger the donation, because God needed a waterslide for something. Next thing you know he will want a starship.


or fairly odd parents

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2013-06-21 11:09:47 AM  
Gotta love the guy that went to Lima Peru and started smuggling.

Couldn't run a park so he he went to fark.
 
2013-06-21 11:11:24 AM  
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Knew that looked familiar:

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2013-06-21 11:20:41 AM  
I too love stories like this & can easily understand the Chernobyl one & why it was abandoned.  There are some though that you'd think would be torn down & the land used for something else.
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This one in S Korea is obviously in an urban area.  The land in Asian countries in such areas tend to be insanely expensive.  It's hard to believe that someone hasn't come along & scrapped all the metal & thrown up some generic apartment buildings or something.
 
2013-06-21 11:41:30 AM  
The former Heritage USA is not quite still as derelict as TFA makes it sound. From what I can glean from Wiki (it's a really messy article), some parts of the former site has been bought by a new ministry and other parts by a Malaysian-owned developer. Sounds like they've restored or torn down most of what was there.

Also, the PTL TV network was bought by a (different) new televangelist who seems almost as sketchy as the Bakkers.
 
2013-06-21 11:41:31 AM  
Kinda creepy.  They'd make nice paintball battlegrounds.
 
2013-06-21 11:51:11 AM  
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List is incomplete without including that faded jewel called Detroit.
 
2013-06-21 12:04:36 PM  
Think about this: someday, ALL of Disney World will be like this. Maybe not this century, maybe not the next, but eventually, something sufficiently apocalyptic is going to happen and the EPCOT dome is going to fill up with wild ferrets or whatever they have down there.

It'll be GLORIOUS. You can tell those craptastic Eastern European parks were barely any better looking while they were open. But watching the most heavily manicured, perfectly maintained place on earth sink into creepy decay... that's going to be awesome.  It'll totally make living in a post-armageddon hellscape worth it, if you're already in central Florida.

Recoil Therapy: It's hard to believe that someone hasn't come along & scrapped all the metal & thrown up some generic apartment buildings or something.


I think this has to do with the fact that theme park implosions are usually clusterfarks of legal wrangling between 19 different owners, none of whom want to get stuck with the bill for demolishing 500 toxic acres full of giant rickety metal scaffolding (etc.).
 
2013-06-21 12:12:23 PM  

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This one is freakishly awesome.


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/apt pupil
 
2013-06-21 12:25:44 PM  
No mention of (tr)Action Park?
 
2013-06-21 12:25:53 PM  
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Oddly that sounds like a fun idea.
 
2013-06-21 12:26:28 PM  
 
2013-06-21 12:29:11 PM  

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List is incomplete without including that faded jewel called Detroit.



Detroit even comes complete with it's own nearby abandoned amusement park - Boblo Island

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TWtUBDjl_g
 
2013-06-21 12:50:03 PM  
They forgot about River Country
 
2013-06-21 12:55:43 PM  

DigitalCoffee: No mention of (tr)Action Park?


I don't think there's any abandoned remnant of good ol' Class-Action Park. A lot of it is still there, and actively operated, although under a different name and with massive renovations.
 
2013-06-21 01:57:19 PM  

semiotix: DigitalCoffee: No mention of (tr)Action Park?

I don't think there's any abandoned remnant of good ol' Class-Action Park. A lot of it is still there, and actively operated, although under a different name and with massive renovations.


Hmmm. I'm a bit out of date then, I guess. Last I thought was that it was all weedy and overgrown with a bunch of 'Keep Out' signs to keep the idiots from trying to skateboard down the concrete tubes and ending up all mangled. I think that 'Darwin Park' would make a good new name for the place.
 
2013-06-21 03:35:18 PM  

labman: They forgot about River Country


Ah, I was trying to remember the name of that one!

It's an interesting example, because it's the only now-closed amusement park that I went to. Visited in the early '90s, when it was still operational. Seemed really fun, but kind of odd, because it felt "unsafe" by the day's standards, which made it even more fun to me. It had things like slides that ended in midair and dropped you into a pool, ropes and metal bars you could swing out into the pool on, and pools with *gasp* water deeper than the average person's height! No harnesses, no special signs,nothing to stop you from jumping onto the person in front of you but your own common sense. Just fun.

I think I heard that the State of Florida said all waterparks had to use city water, so Disney had to close this lake-fed one.
 
2013-06-21 04:02:53 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: Love photographs like this, awesome


There are a lot of abandoned theme parks in Japan (because there was a boom of sorts, which... didn't work out so well) and they tend to get really overgrown just due to the climate.  The one in TFA from South Korea looks similar, no doubt for similar reasons (and yeah I don't know why they don't get torn down either, maybe legal disputes or something?)

Anyway, a good GIS search can be had with:  遊園地廃墟
 
2013-06-22 02:10:44 AM  
Whispering Oaks?

/I used to be a little peanut riding these
//Best pyrotechnics tour in rock
 
2013-06-22 09:20:51 PM  

Fireproof: I think I heard that the State of Florida said all waterparks had to use city water, so Disney had to close this lake-fed one.


I heard the bacteria level in the lake was getting bad, so they closed it, but the city could have required it because of the water getting unsafe.
 
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