Live Your Fairy-Tale Dreams By Moving Into This Magical Amusement Park

"Aggressively priced" at just over $2.1 million: the awesomely retro Enchanted Forest, located in an actual old-growth forest in British Columbia. The owners, who built up the park in the 1950s and 60s, are retiring ... which means this is your chance to take over (pet dragon included). » 2/09/15 12:30pm 2/09/15 12:30pm

How Not to Die On the World's Tallest Waterslide (By Someone Who Lived)

The world's tallest waterslide, located in Schiltterbahn's Kansas City waterpark, opened to the public this Thursday. I had the honor/horror of being part of that public. This is my story. » 7/12/14 12:55pm 7/12/14 12:55pm

The Crumbling Chaos of Abandoned Amusement Parks

Even in the best of times, amusement parks are chaotic, occasionally ugly, and full of danger. But when they are abandoned, they become tragic too. Here are some of the most incredible and sad portraits of fun zones that have gone to seed. » 6/20/13 3:04pm 6/20/13 3:04pm

Horrifying Russian roller coaster is designed to make you puke on…

Step right up, and watch the roller coaster of vomity death. Truly a feat of engineering prowess, this unnamed Russian roller coaster whips around as if it's about to break down at any moment. » 5/07/12 10:58am 5/07/12 10:58am

Behold the water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately

From 1978 to 1996, the Action Park of Vernon Township, New Jersey provided thousands of teenagers with the white-knuckle thrills only inattentive employees and poorly conceived amusement park rides can deliver. The Park's dubiously safe rides were responsible for countless scrapes and bruises and at least six… » 4/23/12 8:40am 4/23/12 8:40am

A walking tour of Wonderland, China's eerie abandoned Disneyland rip-off

We've seen how gorgeous the dilapidated Wonderland amusement park in China can be when spruced up with good photography, but what does it look like when you're actually trekking out there? Turns out it's overrun with cornfields, children scampering in the shadows, and stray dogs. The folks over at Stuck In Customs » 11/13/11 10:40am 11/13/11 10:40am

An abandoned Russian theme park (with a woolly mammoth) in Japan

Japan has a wealth of bizarre abandoned amusement parks. For example, we've seen an entire Mount Rushmore left to rot and a graffitied giant model of Lemuel Gulliver. » 10/10/11 2:30pm 10/10/11 2:30pm

Welcome to Farmland World, a livestock Disneyland where robo-cows roam

One of the runners-up for the recent Animal Architecture Awards is also one of my favorites from the competition: "Farmland World" by Allison Newmeyer and Stewart Hicks of the Chicago-based Design With Company. » 8/27/11 8:00am 8/27/11 8:00am

A video tour of China's dilapidated fantasy park

Remember Wonderland, that unfinished medieval amusement park outside Beijing that looks like a post-apocalyptic Magic Kingdom? Catherine Hyland recently visited Wonderland and toured its many abandoned nooks and crannies. Remember, if you're going to build an amusement park, you must finish it before the ghosts and… » 8/14/11 7:30am 8/14/11 7:30am

A visit to the world's most depressing abandoned water park

Abandoned amusement parks are some discomfiting stuff. Videographer Mike Eisenberg knows this, and he's made this urban archaeology reel of the derelict Splash Down Dunes amusement park in Indiana, which is currently occupied by "a ton of mosquitoes and a lonely deer." » 7/16/11 1:55pm 7/16/11 1:55pm

A tour of an abandoned amusement park in America's heartland

Mike Petty took these shots at Wichita's Joyland Amusement park, which has struggled with bankruptcy and vandalism for the better part of the last decade. Joyland's name has taken on a greater irony, as it's become a dilapidated, depressing place. » 5/07/11 8:00am 5/07/11 8:00am

Scenes from a weird abandoned amusement park outside Beijing

On the outskirts of Beijing lies Wonderland, the skeleton of an amusement park that just never came to be. Despite its meticulously maintained exterior, the interior looks like a veritable Disney-wasteland. Won't you step inside? » 4/30/11 1:45pm 4/30/11 1:45pm

The hurricane-damaged remains of Six Flags New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, one of its victims was Six Flags New Orleans, which was flooded for a month after the storm. The park has been closed indefinitely since then, but urban explorers will still venture in. » 8/31/10 4:58pm 8/31/10 4:58pm

The Nara Dreamland amusement park is a real-life Spirited Away

Japan's Nara Dreamland amusement park, which strongly resembles California's Disneyland, opened its doors in 1961 and shuttered them in 2006. Since then, this ghostly pastel fairground has grown to resemble the ethereal carnival in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. » 8/01/10 12:12pm 8/01/10 12:12pm

Scenes from an underground Russian dinosaur mine

We have a soft spot for dilapidated dinosaur theme parks. Here's another prehistoric-themed park in a Russian gypsum mine, 230 feet underground. » 7/11/10 12:26pm 7/11/10 12:26pm

Berlin's Abandoned Spreepark Is Where Fun Goes To Die

We recently posted about Michigan's Prehistoric Forest, a dilapidated amusement park full of decaying fiberglass dinosaurs. Berlin has its own defunct dinosaur funland - the Spreepark - which fell on hard times after the collapse of communism. » 5/01/10 11:00am 5/01/10 11:00am

Michigan's Abandoned Dinosaur Amusement Park Is Way Creepy

Abandoned amusement parks are eerie. But an abandoned park filled with fiberglass dinosaurs? Eerie as shit. In Irish Hills, Michigan, you can find one such saurian-filled ghost-town: The Prehistoric Forest. It's like Jurassic Park, but the T-Rex eats your soul. » 4/27/10 5:00pm 4/27/10 5:00pm

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Coming Soon: Nature As Amusement Park

Finnish artist Ilkka Halso believes that, once we're done depleting the ozone, destroying the rainforests, and using up all arable land, nature will be on view in amusement parks, kinda like zoo animals—glorified yet completely devoid of purpose. Below are more images of nature amusement parks from the future. » 1/17/08 2:00pm 1/17/08 2:00pm