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

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 made … » 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

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

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